Have to agree with you thereJohn, All-in-ones don't give fantastic photo quality - they are a compromise, really - its really expensive to use one as a photocopier unless you just want one copy now and then; faxing - well, you can use your PC, you don't need one of these - and as for scanning - again, not the best quality, although if space is an issue and you are happy with relatively reasonable / mediocre results, then there are quite a few cheap deals out there. Depends on what quality photos you would be happy with, I would only use a Canon or an Epson for serious photography reproduction, although HP is now making a effort to regain lost ground.
I love my Epson R300 bit on the big side perhaps but good quality prints. The only downside to the reviews when I brought it was "a bit slow".:thumb:The primary concern for me when looking for a printer is the cost / availability of compatable cartridges, cheap compatables easily available for Epson & Cannon, less the £5:00 for a full set of six colours for my R220 / R300.
Prolly not good enough for the serious photographer but plenty good enough for snapshots.
I've just flashed the internal service counter on my R300 for the third time!!! & it's still going strong.