Reviews and Problems with Epson Stylus Photo R1900
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Epson Stylus Photo R1900 review
24 February 2009
Excerpt: Over the years I spent as a working photographer I used at least a half dozen different 13x19 format photo printers. These wide-format printers have become one of the cornerstones of a working photographer's studio since the transition from film to digital. The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is the latest and greatest wide-format photo printer and it offers incredible print quality, versatility and speed so you can make lab-quality photos in your office or home.
Pros: Exceptional print quality (better than any other photo printer we've seen), Speedy performance, Amazing media capability (accepts matte/satin canvas, premium glossy paper, ultra premium luster paper, and matte paper), Glossy and matte black inks for glossy and matte papers, Two USB ports so you can have an office desktop and laptop connected at the same time, Surprisingly affordable
Cons: Small ink cartridges run out of ink fast when making large prints, At this price, it should have a built-in card reader too
Summary: The cost of ink, the price of the printer and the fact head cleaning uses a lot of ink are all considerations you should have in mind before you buy this printer, but the high quality output combined with good print longevity make the R1900 worthy of close consideration.
Pros: Excellent photo print quality, build, design, and features.
Cons: Slow set up and installation, slow print speeds, head cleaning uses a lot of ink, print heads need frequent cleaning.
Summary: For the serious photographer, Epson is tossing around words such as "sellable" and "gallery-quality" when referring to the R1900 output, terms that have long been reserved for the company's Stylus Pro printers. While we might look a bit askance at those claims - after all, the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is a 6-colour inkjet - the R1900 does look like a solid improvement over an already good printer.
Summary: The Epson R1900 is a great printer. However Epson have pinched the pennies by putting the instruction manual on disc from where it is installed to the hard drive during setup. And as with most printers the number of possible print setting permutations is bewildering. Getting prints that consistently match what is seen on the monitor is hard to do by trial and error.
Pros: The print quality is stunning, easily the best pigment ink prints that we have seen. Detail is very good, virtually indistinguishable from a good dye ink printer. Glossy prints are rich with only the slightest hint of “bronzing” (the unpleasant effect of seeing the contours of the ink when viewed from off-centre which is a characteristic of pigment ink printers).
Cons: The ink cartridges have very small capacities and cost $22 each. You can’t cheat with these inks, once the ink level indicator orders a cartridge replacement it must be done. The penalty for squeezing an extra print from a depleted cartridge is banding and a wasted sheet of expensive paper. In the US the R1900 costs AUD606. Please explain!
Excerpt: Epson’s Stylus Photo R1900 brings to the party a set of new pigment-based UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 inks that includes an orange cartridge to help deal better with skin tones. There’s also a gloss optimiser cartridge that sprays a clear overcoat on top of glossy paper to enhance the appearance that users of that medium favour. This newest member of the Stylus Photo range is no shrinking violet.