Epson is slating three photo inkjet printers for release: the Stylus Photo 870, 1270 and the digital camera focussed 875DC. The printers can output true photo-quality images, according to Epson and, when used with the company’s Premium Glossy or Matte photo paper, can output materials that will not fade for more than ten years.
The printers all use Epson’s latest Micro Piezo printhead, which produces dot droplets of 4pl (picolitres). They can also perform edge-to-edge printing, which gives smooth edges to photos with no bleed. Other new technologies included in the three printers are Intellidge ink cartridges, which use an integrated IC chip to monitor ink status and a reseal function (allowing cartridges to be removed and replaced with ink status intact), and DC stepper motors that lower noise generated to what Epson describe as "whisper level".
At the general specs level the 870 offers A4 printing, 9ppm (B&W) and 8.8ppm (colour), a paper roll holder to allow edge-to-edge printing and the LivePix low-end photo-editing tool. The 1270 delivers A3 and A3+ printing, 9ppm (B&W) and 8.7ppm (colour), a paper roll holder and Photoshop LE. The 875DC offers A4 printing, 9ppm (B&W) and 8.8ppm (colour), a paper roll holder, a USB port, and Epson’s PhotoQuicker software. This applications allows most forms of small media cards (including Compact Flash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick and Flash ATA) to be read through the printer’s PCMICIA card slot and CompactFlash PCMCIA card adapter – allowing photos to be printed without the use of a computer middleman.
The 870 costs £239, the 1270 £399, and the 875DC £239. All prices are inclusive of VAT.