I'm throwing away my third dead or dying Epson (this one is an R300). It makes pretty DVDs, but has been very frustrating, slow, & expensive in terms of ink cartridges. It is always an adventure to see whether the printed DVD will have a smudge on it.
The dedicated DVD printers are crazy expensive. But I may be ready for one, if I can find one that is somewhat reasonable in cost. Suggestions are welcome!
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For thermal printers, there's Rimage Everest and Teac. Both work well and are expensive. A less expensive option is a Rimage Prism with color ribbon. That printer does full color, but it is halftoned like the color images in the newspaper. Look at a print sample before buying. If you aren't doing high volume, you can buy just the printer and add the robotics later on all of these units.
I don't care much for any of the inkjet printers except for very small jobs (a few discs). But my shop does tons of DVD-R duplication and color printing, so I use industrial-strength machines.
I look at disc printers all the time at NAB. I haven't found anything satisfactory between the two extremes of the cheap inkjet printers and the expensive thermal printers.
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