One of my loyal readers asked what exactly I was illustrating with the scans I posted from a print generated by my C5280. Here’s the scan I posted yesterday, next to a scan of a print I made at CVS:
|C5280 print||CVS print|
The CVS print was produced by an instant-print kiosk, not by the big honkin’ machine behind the counter. If I’d hung around longer and used the big machine, the print would be even better than this one.
What you should notice is that the C5280 print has vertical stripes spaced evenly across the entire print. These stripes are caused by ink jets that are not firing properly. Every single ink cartridge I tried in the C5280 had misfiring ink jets. The problem persisted with three different C5280 units.
In addition, the CVS print is much sharper and has much more uniform colors. Even if the ink jets weren’t misfiring, the quality of the C5280 print would clearly be inferior. Here’s what HP has to say about the C5280 on their Web site: “Get lab-quality snapshots that resist fading for generations with optional six-ink color”. While I wasn’t really expecting this printer that to produce “lab-quality snapshots”, that’s what HP claims it’ll do, and that’s clearly false advertising.