Inkjet Printer that prints direct to CD/DVD

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  1. Janner66

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    Hi,
    I am finding it very frustrating trying to find an inkjet printer with the function to print direct to CD and DVD.
    I was hoping that somebody might have one that they could recommend to me please.
    It doesn't have to be multi functional although ink prices would be important as it would need to support compatibile inks. Apart from that anything goes.

    Price range under £75.

    Thanks for any replies.:thumbsup:

    I have just found this one that seems quite good and has compatibile ink:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005I9JQ...de=asn&creative=22218&creativeASIN=B005I9JQWQ

    Any Ideas on others would be appreciated though.
     
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    They appear to have gone out of fashion. A few years ago it became common to offer CD capability but it could not have been too popular as now they have almost disappeared. Interestingly, you can still buy the disks but of course they are more expensive than non printables so I just use a permanent marker and write it on.

    About your only hope would be second hand off ebay.

    Have you thought of using a Lightscribe drive? A bit slow but quite a professional finish.
     
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    I just replaced my Canon Pixma iP4500 with a Canon Pixma MG5250, both of which print direct to CD/DVD. The only reason I replaced the iP4500 was because Best Buy had the MG5250 on offer at £49.98 which was cheaper than buying ink for the iP4500. I don't think Best Buy have any MG5250's left, they were on offer as they have been replaced by the MG5350.

    I think Canon have recently upgraded their Pixma iP and MG range so there may be other offers out there for the previous models.
     
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  4. Janner66

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    I have thought about Lightscribe but it takes too long really. A DVD disc surface can now be labelled in 21 minutes (reduced from 35 minutes). I would prefer printing at the moment. I'm not sure why they're unpopular.

    The Canon MG5250 looks promising. I will keep an eye on that one. Thanks.
     
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    Well, what use is any label on a CD or DVD ? They are not normally on view but piled up together for storage so you need to go through them to find the right one and then it is pulled out of the pile and put straight into the drive. A 'fancy' label with a picture is no better for this than a single line of scribble. Now if CD printers were no extra money and printable blank disks were as cheap as normal disks I'm sure that most users would go for one but seldom use it.

    Having said that, sometimes a 'fancy' label is required. I recently attended a wedding as a guest and took quite a few pictures. I gave the couple some of the photographs together with a DVD containing the entire shoot from two cameras. It would have been poor form to just give a plain DVD with 'your Wedding' scribbled across it, so I used my lightscribe drive to label a lightscribe DVD using pics of the bride and groom. Now that DVD sits in the back of their wedding album.
     
  6. Matt_C

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    I agree that a disc with a fancy printed, especially a full colour one, is useful time to time. Like if you're giving the disc as a present, or it's a disc with special contents on (no, I don't mean porn lol) but 99% of the time, it really doesn't matter if it's just got the name written on in marker.

    My brother tried to print off a label once and stick it to the DVD. The DVD player did not like that one bit - I presume it was because it added weight to the disc and made it unbalanced which affected it's playing
     
  7. bstevenson

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    matt c is right. i used stick on labels for a while and they do cause an imbalance to the disc which affects its ability to play. apparently some manufacturers advise against using them as they can damage machines.
    i too have been looking for a direct to disc printer and have found these

    Canon PIXMA MG5350 Inkjet All-in-One Printer with WiFi - www.misco.co.uk

    CANON Pixma MG6150 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer at cheap prices | PC World

    i used lightscribe for a while and while its better looking than writing in a marker you cant really print decent photos with it. they are only greyscale and seem to only work on the 'gold' faced lightscribe discs. that was my experience anyway.
     
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    I have had several printers that print to cd...cd/dvd being white faced discs you can buy and not the cheapy label lark to be honest.

    Epson R300 was my first printer then I bought a Epson RX685...which again was fantastic quality and thus better than the R300...but as so common these days printers dont last.

    I am now looking for a another cd/dvd printer and just came across ths deal at pc world...

    EPSON Stylus Photo PX720WD Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer buy online | Currys

    Very good deal considering its being sold in alot of other places for £100+

    Hope this helps you :)

    Cheers

    p.s. I usually buy my white faced cd's/dvd's from here in bulk:
    http://new.ukdvdr.co.uk/

    but plenty of other places you can buy from i.e. ebay etc.
     
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  9. Resonate

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    hmm, most of these seem to bo out of stock and discontinued now. Im having a nightmare finding a new printer to replace my Epson R200 to print direct to CD's. id also like wifi if at all possible.

    Anyone come accross anything?
     
  10. Janner66

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    I ended up buying an Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD which I'm happy with. Its WI-FI with CD/DVD printing.
     
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    They're really nice printers, I bought the previous model (px720wd) when it was on offer for £80 a few months before the new one came out. Haven't used the CD printing option yet, but really pleased with the photo print quality. only problems I've had with mine is that the cheap agfa photo paper I use tends to curl because it is only coated on one side, and that makes it catch the curved feed ramp at the back of the paper tray, setting the stop in the tray a bit less than A4 usually fixes it though. It also reported an error with one of the cartridges after one of the paper loading jams the cheap paper caused, but just lifting and closing the printer's case cleared it, maybe a bug in the Epson firmware.
     
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    I'm copying family film to Blu-ray Disc for the capacity, after much searching the net, sticky labels are out as they can cause problems with jamming etc. I then discovered lightscribe but you cannot get Lightscribe Blu-ray Discs! Which is why I need direct disc print
    As some of discs contain holiday films so copying a holiday photo on to it is great!
     
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    I've never had self-adhesive labels peel off. Try "printable blu ray discs" in Amazon.
     
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    That's what I've bought, this is really the only best option! After reading so many comments about the adhesive on labels causing problems Thanks for your interest
     
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    I've always use Canon printers for this. Starting with the Pixma 3000. Now I have a Pixma 4500 and a 4850. The only problem is the printing cost, buying original ink is madness and Canon has made dificult the use of 3rd party ink. Even so, I will always recomend Canon printers.
     
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    I used to have lots of issues with inkjets drying out and destroying the print heads, however I bought a cannon pixma 650 about 4 years ago and have never had a problem. The printer has even been left unused for 6 months and still worked perfectly after 3 nozzel clean cycles. I bought an ink refill kit just after purchasing the printer and am still on the first kit after 4 years which must say something about the printing reliability and efficiency.

    At present I would never consider switching to another manufacturer given the reliability and quality of this device. Please trust me, in that I would never have previously recommended an inkjet printer for reliability but my opinions have certainly changed with the Cannon.

    NOS
     
  17. JamesE

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    I've just picked up on this thread as I was looking into what is available should my Epson R285 give up. It does a really good job but the ink is a bit dear.

    The trouble with adhesive labels is not them peeling off but that they contract, which in turn "dishes" the CD. This results in it playing OK at the start (in the centre) but going out of focus and ceasing to play as the track moves out to the edge. It takes about a year to dish after sticking them on.

    The Cannon Pixma looks interesting. Does it have any label design software? The Epson's is quite good and by printing to PDF printer and then using Snapshot on a 400% magnification with Adobe Reader and a resize with Photoshop Essentials a good jpg image of the label can be produced which could be transferred to another printer.

    All advice/experience will be gratefully received.
     
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    Hi after much research I bought a canon pixma
     
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    After several years using an Epson R800 with CD/DVD printing facility, the machine finally died today. It printed to a very high standard so I am really disappointed that it is no longer. So like other members I am looking for a new printer that will cope with printing directly onto CD/DVDs. That would be it's main function as I also have an Epson R2400 and a separate Epson scanner. So I really just want a simple printer - it's not necessary for it to be an all-in one printer. I tried looking for a Canon Pixma 650 which looked ideal but it seems it's no longer available.

    Any recommendations please?
     
  20. rogdodge

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    The printer I have is a Canon MG7150. Although it does not do everything I want, it does print onto a printable CD/DVD, not only a label print (if that is what you meant). :)

    Initially I thought it didn't do it because I couldn't find any instructions, but the CD/DVD tray is kept annoyingly hidden underneath the top tray. Only when you select the print option and printable CD/DVD does the choice for a picture etc appear.

    I was advised to burn all the information onto the CD/DVD before printing onto the disk. Doing it the other way may cause the ink to flick off because of the rotation speed. (Sorry if you are already aware of this)

    Not sure about other models but I would look at the specs - very carefully, and really ensure that what you are reading is accurate and complete. :mad:

    There is a label design option in My Image Garden. I haven't used it.
     
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    For anyone looking for CD/DVD label printing software, I use this:
    CD-LabelPrint for Windows

    I have used it for making inserts for jewel-cases and printing diectly onto CD/DVDs with my old Canon iP4500 printer. Simple piece of kit, even for me.
     

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