Summary: I purchased this printer for it's CD/DVD printing capabilities. It has worked extremely well and makes great, high quality graphics/images. Although I have not used it very much for photo printing it has performed well on what I have done.
Summary: My daughter is starting a Photography business. I let her have the printer when it came. She has gotten excited over the quality of the printing of pictures. Have no input as to length of use for inks.
Summary: As I write this (Aug 07) Epson has announced four new inexpensive all-in-one printers, one priced even lower than the R260. The R260 is now the R280 on their website. Epson is selling the older R260 on their website for $30 off, as is Staples, (but you need to mail-in a Staples rebate.
Summary: I needed a printer capable of printing directly onto DVDs because LightScribe can not create ADA-compliant labels, and DVDs with paper labels often "skip" and play incorrectly. Only Epson makes printers that can print directly onto DVDs, and the R-260 is their current lowest-end product with this...
Summary: I read several reviews of this printer before I purchased and was almost afraid to buy it. However, I'm VERY satisfied with the printer. It is large and does use six different colors of ink, but provides easy and beautiful labels for my CDs and DVDs.