A3 Photo Printer (Feb 2012 recommendations)
Not been a similar thread in a while, so thought I'd make a new one rather than going for some necromancy.
I went on a bit of a crusade a couple of years back and purged these walls of inkjet printers. However, I'm starting to feel like I've done a disservice to Art and their Photography students, and actually, they could do with a nice quality inkjet for printing out final photo assessments.
Looking about the web for various reviews, the general consensus seems to be that the following models are contenders:
(all prices inc VAT as I cba to work it backwards to get ex VAT)
They all have various pros and cons - not least the £200 price range there - but do you really think that A-Level photography students will particularly notice the difference between the top and bottom end models there? Do you think they will mind that the PIXMA Pro 9000 is dye-based rather than pigment-based and thus won't have a 100 year lifespan? Bearing in mind that, at the moment, most of them get their printing done at Max Spielmann, so obviously they're not too fussy...
Any personal experiences/thoughts? I know that the Canons are USB only, but that's all I need as it'll only be used on one computer to try and keep usage down (deliberate awkwardness is the best restriction).