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March 20, 2008

Epson Stylus Photo Series: Proven Ink Jet Photo Printers

You can't go wrong with an Epson, especially if you've got a big, fat wallet to spend on ink. But that's the trick of all printers... they get you on the ink. Here's an overview of the updated line. We've included printing speeds, but keep in mind that you usually give up quality for speed. We've directed you to Amazon for the best deals on Epson, but check out the Epson Store as well -- their inventory is sketchy but they sometimes offer good rebates.

Our one piece of advice here: Epson paper does make a difference when you want high-quality prints. We've tested generic store brands, Kodak and HP over the years on our Epson printer and it's just not the same. For everyday printing and drafts, just use plain old paper. As far as generic ink goes, it works just fine but there aren't the same guarantees on fade resistance. Just be wary if you want archival-quality results (photos that won't fade) -- it pays to read the details on ink and paper for those needs.

For most folks, a photo printer can be your only printer. However, if you print hundreds of pages of text a week, you might want to think about having a laser printer in addition to a photo quality ink jet to save you some printing time, cash on ink and wear and tear on the photo printer.
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Epson Stylus Photo R280: Cheap and Easy (Amazon $89.99)
Ink Cartridge: 6 individual ink cartridges (Black, Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta, Yellow)
Ink Type: Claria Hi-Definition Ink (smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant photos)
Maximum Printable Area: 8.5" x 44"
Resolution: 5760 x 1400 optimized dpi (dots per inch)
Speed: 4"x6" photo in 11 seconds, black text at 37 pages per minute
Features: Built-in Auto Photo Correction will automatically adjust poorly exposed photos -- this is helpful if you don't want to spend time editing your photos prior to printing. Advanced face detection helps ensure natural skin tones. Also prints directly to ink jet printable CDs and DVDs. Connects via Hi-Speed USB 2.0.
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Epson Stylus Photo R380: Versatile and Affordable (Amazon $229.99)
Ink Cartridge: 6 individual ink cartridges (Black, Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta, Yellow)
Ink Type: Claria Hi-Definition Ink (smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant photos)
Maximum Printable Area: 8.5" x 44"
Resolution: 5760 x 1400 optimized dpi (dots per inch)
Speed: 4"x6" borderless photo in 13 seconds, black text at 30 pages per minute
Features: 3.5-inch LCD screen allows you to print direct from camera (or memory card or mobile phone) to printer. Built-in Auto Photo Correction will automatically adjust poorly exposed photos -- this is helpful if you don't want to spend time editing your photos prior to printing. Advanced face detection helps ensure natural skin tones. Also prints directly to ink jet printable CDs and DVDs. Connects via Hi-Speed USB 2.0.
Take the interactive tour of the Epson R380.

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Epson Stylus Photo 1400: Wide Format, Still Affordable (Amazon $289.95)
Ink Cartridge: 6 individual ink cartridges (Black, Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta, Yellow)
Ink Type: Claria Hi-Definition Ink (smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant photos)
Maximum Printable Area: 13" x 19"
Resolution: 5760 x 1400 optimized dpi (dots per inch)
Speed: 4"x6" borderless photo in 46 seconds, black text at 15 pages per minute
Features: PictBridge™ port for direct camera-to-printer printing. Adobe Photoshop Elements software included. Also prints directly to ink jet printable CDs and DVDs. Connects via Hi-Speed USB 2.0.
Take the interactive tour of the Epson R1400.
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Epson Stylus Photo R800: Small Machine, High-End Prints (Amazon $369.99 )
Ink Cartridge: 8 individual ink cartridges (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Photo Black or Matte Black, Red, Blue and Gloss Optimizer)
Ink Type: Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss® Pigment Ink
Maximum Printable Area: 8.3" x 44"
Resolution: 5760 x 1400 optimized dpi (dots per inch)
Speed: 5"x7" photo in 45 seconds, black text at 17 pages per minute
Features: Gloss Optimizer for great color and gloss. Also prints directly to ink jet printable CDs and DVDs. Connects via Hi-Speed USB 2.0 or FireWire.
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Epson Stylus Photo R1800: Wide Format, Awesome Gloss Photos (Amazon $400.10 )
Ink Cartridge: 8 individual ink cartridges (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Photo Black or Matte Black, Red, Blue and Gloss Optimizer)
Ink Type: Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss® Pigment Ink
Maximum Printable Area: 13" x 44"
Resolution: 5760 x 1400 optimized dpi (dots per inch)
Speed: 4"x6" photo in 42 seconds
Features: Prints archival-quality. Also prints directly to ink jet printable CDs and DVDs. Connects via Hi-Speed USB 2.0 or FireWire.
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Epson Stylus Photo R1900: Wide Format, Super Color, Super Gloss (Amazon $536.98)
Ink Cartridge: 8 individual ink cartridges (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Photo Black or Matte Black, Red, Blue and Gloss Optimizer)
Ink Type: Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss® 2 Pigment Ink
Maximum Printable Area: 13" x 44" Borderless
Resolution: 5760 x 1400 optimized dpi (dots per inch)
Speed: 5"x7" photo in 44 seconds
Features: Prints archival-quality. Radiance technology to maximize color by reducing grain and smoothing transitions. Also prints directly to ink jet printable CDs and DVDs. Connects via Hi-Speed USB 2.0.
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Epson Stylus Photo R2400: Professional Quality & Control (Amazon $606.99)
Ink Cartridge: 9 individual ink cartridges (Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta, Yellow, Photo Black or Matte Black, Light Black and Light-Light Black)
Ink Type: Epson UltraChrome K3™ Pigment Ink
Maximum Printable Area: 13" x 44"
Resolution: 5760 x 1400 optimized dpi (dots per inch)
Speed: 11"x14" photo in 1 minute 42 seconds
Features: Prints archival-quality. Supports posterboard and canvas printing materials. Includes Premium ICC Profiles for ultimate color control and accuracy. 8-color Epson UltraChrome K3™ Pigment Ink has 3 levels of black ink to print the finest color and black and white prints. Connects via Hi-Speed USB 2.0 or FireWire.

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