Any response Neil?
I'm a full time pro photog in Paris. I do love these technologies and have worked with quite a few products and software on the market today as a consultant with a photographers point of view.
HP opened their arms, hearts and ears some years ago to photographers. Many of them still work with Epson! What better way than learning from others.
I do get to test a lot of stuff yes. It takes enormous amounts of time. It can also be frustrating with each change in firmware for example all previous calls on profiles etc are lost. It does however give me the chance to at least know intimately some of the newest technologies on or in the market.
My engineering background has become a new old friend helping knit close connections to eng. while consulting , and photography helping the eng. depts get closer to us.
I do speak positively on all aspects that are and deserve notation. I also speak on many forums about problems , problem solving, and even about other products which I don't actually have but do have access to.
It's the best year in printers to date, and all three biggies are turning up the level of exciting products.