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Epson Stylus Photo R1900: Nice Inkjet Printing for Home Photography Enthusiasts

written by: Krishna Teja•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 6/11/2009
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If you want a good photo printer that has a full range of media support and offers over 100 years of permanence on photo paper, you should be looking at the Epson Stylus Photo R1900. At a reasonable price, the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 inkjet printer is a good choice for home photo enthusiasts.

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    Introduction

    The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 was released by Epson as an improvement over their Sylus Photo R1800. This inkjet printer is targeted towards DIY-ers and photo enthusiasts that can't spend an arm and leg on a full-blown professional photo printer. The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 prints great color photographs and shows wide color gamut, due to its specially designed pigment ink.

    Photo quality on the Stylus Photo R1900 is definitely above its predecessor, the Epson Stylus Photo R1800. Epson introduced Epson Stylus Photo R1900 -- Image copyright Epson America, Inc (http://www.epson.com) Radiance technology with its line of photo printers including the Stylus Photo R1900 which enhance the color reproduction on media.

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    Print Quality on the Stylus Photo R1900

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    The Epson Photo R1900 inkjet uses pigment inks Epson calls UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2. Over the previous printers using older inksets, the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 does show slight improvement in color reproduction. The high-quality ink also makes up for long-living photographs that do not degrade over time. The Stylus Photo R1900's high-gloss inks definitely have a permanence rating of over 200 years, when printed on Epson's Glossy Photo Paper and framed in ordinary glass. Better yet, when stored in dark such as in albums, photos printed by the Stylus Photo R1900 stay alive for over 300 years!

    The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 also uses a newer orange catridge, allowing for some difficult-to-reproduce shades to be clearly printed on paper. The cartridge of the R1900 inkjet is based on an 8-ink palette making no compromise on color quality. The Stylus Photo R1900 supports a maximum resolution of 5760dpi x 1440dpi and a droplet size of 1.5 picoliters, which makes it a good choice for crisp color image printing.

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    Features on the Stylus Photo R1900

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    The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 inkjet is not rich in features, to be honest. Epson has bundled minimal features with a heavy-duty inkjet printer in this case to reduce costs. The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 isn't as fast as many inkjets, owing to its high-res and functionality. Medium-sized photographs such as 8"x10" take anywhere from 1 minute to 3 minutes to print depending on the image quality and options set. The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 has Auto Photo Enhance and High Speed functions found on most inkjet printers. The print driver that was bundled with the Stylus Photo R1900 was easy to configure. The printer itself was fast to set up.

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    Flexibility and Options on the R1900

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    Flexibility of media is a big plus on the Epson Stylus Photo R1900. The inkjet printer can handle Plain, Photo, Glossy photo, Semi-gloss, Velvet and Watercolor papers. Unlike other similar inkjet printers, the Epson Stylus Photo supports Roll-Feed Media. One outstanding option on the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is the ability to handle compatible CD and DVD discs.

    Media sizes supported on the Stylus Photo R1900 vary from 4" x 6" to 13" x 19", which means you can pretty much print on anything using this inkjet printer. The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 still misses out on options like a card reader and network ability. It comes with a Direct Print USB interface. The heavy footprint of the printer, 24.3" x 16.3" x 31.4" with trays open, will be frowned at. The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is also heavy for an inkjet printer, weighing in at about 27 pounds.

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    Value for Money

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    The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is now available for less than $400, which makes it a good buy for anyone interested in photo printing at home. There's no compromise made on print quality even when compared to some pro-printers available for almost double the price, and the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 inkjet also offers good flexibility. Nevertheless, the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 offers good bang for the buck.

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    Conclusion

    Keeping in mind the outstanding photo quality and flexibility of media provided on the Epson Stylus Photo R1900, it is definitely recommended for home photo enthusiasts.

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    Image Gallery of Epson Stylus Photo R1900

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    Image Credits

    Images of Epson Stylus Photo R1900: Epson.