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Old 02-11-2006, 04:38 AM   #1
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My mother's 85 and she's announced that she's determined to conquer digital photography (Lord help us all). She'd prefer not to have a separate photo printer and scanner, so is there an all-in-one device that will be OK for amateur use?

She probably won't need to plug her camera card directly into the thing, as I'll get her a computer with PhotoShop Elephants.
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Old 02-11-2006, 05:25 AM   #2
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There is a selection of all-in-one devices down my local ASDA, among them a HP (sorry, don't know the model) for about £70 that should do the job. You'll get some usable software with HP's products as well.

Buying from ASDA!? Well, you get an extended warranty included on all their electrical stuff, which is a good thing. You also get to cue up (unless you shop in the wee hours...), which is exciting!

Avoid Lexmark, my neighbour has got one (he's had two different models, both with the same lack of quality output) and it seems impossible to get a decent print from the thing.
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Old 02-11-2006, 08:36 AM   #3
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Thanks, Bo. Do you think they'll be OK for photos?
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Unless she plans to print them in bulk (it might not be the right solution for that...), by the way - the full name is: HP psc 1210.
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Robin, you could also consider the Epson RX520 all in one. http://www.epson.co.uk/products/all_...hoto_RX520.htm

   
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Many (most?) all-in-ones now come with slots for digital camera memory cards to be plugged in and prints made directly from the cards -- no computer necessary. My mom (86) wants to shoot digital like my sisters and I do, but just doesn't want to get and learn a computer and really, if she admits it, won't want to fiddle with learning anything more complex than her familiar point-n-shoot-&-go-to-WalMart-for-processing routine. I think we've convinced her to just stick with her film camera, but if she insists on trying it, I think we'll point her to a basic camera and an Epson or HP printer with the slots for camera memory and a built-in preview screen. No computer to learn and keep up.

   
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I've not examined more recent models but am impressed with the Epson CX6600 my wife bought. Among other features - plug in a (CF/SD/SM) card, generate an index sheet then check off (on the index sheet) the format and pictures you want to print and finally scan the marked up index sheet and it will print the indicated images in the format selected. No computer connection required.
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Thank you everybody for your advice. I'm off skiing for a week first thing tomorrow, but I'll have a deeper look when I get back. The HP SmotoFart 2575 looks decent: it will even accept the ridiculously small XD cards from her camera. Amazing how these all-in-ones have improved over the past few years: this thing scans optically at 4800, for Heaven's sake, and has 6 inks!

The unusual thing about purchasing this particular system is that I'm choosing the peripherals before the computer. Haven't done it that way round before!
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I have bought my Wife a Kodak camera with a docking station printer - it is really easy to use - have a look at it
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Robin,

Good advice from everyone here but don't forget the paper. Plays a critical role in the quality of the final print.

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