Pros: Large-format printer that excels at high-quality photo prints on a variety of media – prints up to 13-x-44 inches, plus CDs or DVDs.
Cons: Slower than standard inkjets when printing day-to-day documents, large footprint, and high price.
If you want to produce your own high-quality photo prints, especially on large-format paper, the new large-format inkjet Epson Stylus Photo R1800 is worth its price. Offering high-resolution and enhanced fade resistance, it’s a good choice for photographers who want to produce high-quality archival prints.
Like its smaller cousin, the Epson Stylus Photo R800 (reviewed in Digit 83), the R1800 uses the Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment ink set, which includes eight individual cartridges. In addition to the traditional cyan, magenta, and yellow inks, the set uses red and blue inks, photo black and matte black inks, and a gloss optimizer that applies extra gloss and produces prints that almost match developed film.
Both printers can issue tiny 1.5-picoliter ink droplets (for smoother, continuous-tone prints with crisp details) and both can print at a high resolution of up to 5,760-x-1,440dpi.
But what separates the R1800 from the smaller R800 (and many other regular photo printers) is its media-handling flexibility. In addition to small prints and standard-size paper, the R1800 supports larger paper sizes up to 13-inches wide. It can also use wide panoramic roll paper (a roll-holder accessory is provided) with a maximum 13-x-44-inch printable area.