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Nimbie Sidekick NB50V Auto disc feeder for Epson Printers

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Nimbie Sidekick NB50V

Auto disc feeder for Epson Printers

It is not often when you come across a truly original product. When I look about at automated CD/DVD disc printers, I mostly find the Bravo SE Auto-printer. This is a dedicated 20 disc inkjet printer. It has a single 3 colour print cartridge and it has a price of $1499.00. So how does this compare to the Sidekick? Well firstly I need to explain, the Sidekick is only a disc feeder and you need an Epson T-50 to get it to do anything useful. The Sidekick is $899 RRP, an Epson T-50 is $179 RRP. But after that we can compare

Print Quality

When it comes to print quality you can’t compare what you are getting with a 3 colour printer compared to a 6 colour printer. The colour changes are far smoother and you can actually print BLACK! (As the SE has to mix Yellow, Red and Blue to make black, it really isn’t pitch black).

Operation

One of the important needs for most people who are looking at auto printing? Unattended operation! Let’s compare: The Sidekick has a 100 disc input hopper, the SE takes 25 discs – so 25 discs later you are going to have to do something.
Secondly, you will need to replace ink cartridges as well! How often? That is really hard to say because is it so dependent on exactly what you are printing. But given that the SE has 3 colours in the one cartridge, and we estimate it has about 5ml of ink of each colour (whereas we estimate the Epson has at least 8ml – about 12ml in the high capacity cartridges) in each of it’s 6 cartridges. When you consider there is 3 of one and 6 of the other, then you are going to have a lot more cartridge replacements in the SE! You may also note that when you run out of one colour on the SE you have to replace the whole cartridge, so you are trashing some ink every time!

What else do you want from your printer? Do you also want to print on paper? Sorry, the SE is a dedicated disc printer ONLY! The Sidekick can be detached from the Epson printer so you can use all of it’s normal functionality.

It is worth mentioning that neither printer is very fast. The SE has a typical robotic arm that slows things down, whereas the Epson seems to get the disc ready quickly but then mucks about with disc positioning. For the Sidekick you are looking at about 29 discs per hour for full face photo quality print. This means that it will take about 4 hours to print 100 discs. Of course if you were smart, you could get it to work overtime FREE!

Support

There is only one area where the Sidekick is lacking – If you have a Mac, then sorry, the Sidekick only works under Windows! Both offerings come with disc printing software, but the Sidekick also has an extra bit of software that manages the Auto Feeding (but works transparently).

Durability: ★★★★☆ 


Construction: ★★★★☆ 


Overall: ★★★★☆ 

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