Summary: High quality color prints, but my R1800 is extremely frustrating to use when printing several-page documents...in my case a photo calendar PDF. After printing one page, the printer regularly "shoot's" through a blank page and stops. Occasionally it will print 2 pages (rarely more than 2) and then "shoot and stop". Reports to Epson web_support leads to no response.
Summary: I had to replace my Epson 1270, which they decided not to supply new drivers for my operating system. The shocker comes when you buy all 8, yes, 8 cartidges at a whopping $115.00. Each cartridge runs about 12.99 a piece, one of the colors costs about ten dollars more. You can replace just one color but I have found that if you are printing color you soon need to replace the other colors too.
Summary: I bought my Epson R1800 two years ago. Overcoming my initial driver issues with it, I was able to produce beautiful, luscious, large format prints that always made me smile. Occasionally, I'd run into a few profile problems. But these, like the atrocious ink usage, were taken in stride. The Epson r1800 was a beautiful, dependable, functional printer that produced prints that rivaled digital prints made through other printing companies. I was happy.
Summary: I own an R1800. The matte prints are outstanding and the printer is quick, but the glossy prints are not up to par with dye based printers. Even with the glossy overcoat the images look cloudy. This would be fine but Epson sells this as an outstanding glossy printer. If you need a matte printer, this printer offers top quality right out of the box. Be careful using the Epson Watercolor paper because it is too thin and doesn't aborb the ink well.