Preserving the Past
How Long Will Your Inkjet Prints Last?
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Apr 21, 2008, 19:39

According to a recent article in US News and World Reports, some of our digital prints may fade in less than a year. Since so many of us are switching to printing our own photos instead of having them processed on film, it's important to be aware of how those prints will survive.

The Epson 2200 printer with Epson Watercolor Paper scored the best with a 90 year rating, while the Lexmark Z55, and Z65 scored the worst with a rating of less than a year using Staples Premium Glossy Paper.

Other excellent results were achieved with HP printers with HP Premium Glossy Paper (73 years), Canon printers with Canon Pro PR-101 Paper (38 years), and Epson printers with Epson ColorLife Semigloss Paper (27 years). Traditional photo processing is rated at 22 years for Kodak paper and 60 years for Fuji paper.

After taking a look at this information you may want to be more careful about the papers you use for your digital photos. For more information and a complete article on the future of digital printing, be sure to visit US News and World Reports.

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