Reviews and Problems with Epson Stylus Photo R1800
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An exceptionally versatile tool for creating high-quality photo images.
12 September 2013
Summary: I bought an R1800 in 2006 in connection with a business I was running. The business didn't survive, but the Epson printer has, in spite of being worked to death--or as close as it is seemingly possible to get to that. It's hard to estimate how many prints I've generated, but it is certainly at least 25,000 (yes, 25,000). For perspective, consider that I recently reset the waste ink counter for the seventh time.
Summary: After a few head cleanings, the printer operates just like it should. Even though it is a few years old, it still performs like new. Just be sure to use only Epson ink, generic ink is not that good.
Summary: The print quality of the R1800 is excellent. You'd never know, if the settings are used correctly, that these prints came from a home printer. I usually use this printer for fine art projects, professional portraits, or a similar level of quality. The ink will go bad if left unused in the printer for a long period of time. Fresh ink is key if you are looking for the best quality.
Summary: The Epson R1800 has been a great printer for me. It was easy to calibrate to my Mac system and consistently produces brilliant photos that help me look good to our customers. I've been most impressed that during a period that I did not use it for weeks on end, it started up and printed beautifully the first time... seems better than my other Epson printers in that regard. The printheads do not get clogged.
Pros: Compact Design, Durable construction, Easy Setup, Easy To Use, Fast Print Time
Summary: I moved up from the dye-based 1200 to the R1800 about two years ago, having tried and returned an Epson 2200 because of bronzing on the glossy prints(bronzing is a brownish tint that appears when you hold the print at an angle under certain lighting conditions) The R1800 uses a "gloss optimizer" coating to reduce the bronzing ...Problem solved. The glossy prints produced by this printer do actually look like "real photos".
Summary: This is, hands down, the best photo printer I have ever owned or used. I'm a "serious amateur/semi-professional" photographer and this printer delivers the high quality images I demand. Epson provides an excellent "quick start" guide that made setup a breeze. It went from box to printing in a matter of minutes. The most time consuming part of the whole installation was waiting for the inks to "charge" after installing the cartridges.
Pros: Medium format photo quality is extremely good. Printer is fast and reliable.
Cons: Nozzles clog quickly so do the maintenance. Printer is fragile, so no rough-housing. It prefers Epson papers. Printer driver needs to be updated to play well with Photoshop. Cartridges are hardtofind.
Excellent for high end - but NOT with fine art paper
D. Barrack "RunningHappy", Amazon
24 August 2006
Summary: I have used the Epson 1800 with Photoshop CS2 on both a Windows and Mac machine. In both cases the prints are outstanding. It's important to calibrate your monitor and also use the specific profiles that Epson provides to match your paper. Otherwise you'll get less than stellar results and blame the printer. You may also want to print in 16-bit so your prints turn out that much more spectacular.