Epson Stylus Photo R285: A workhorse that keeps trudging along
29 June 2010
Summary: I have had an Epson R285 photo printer for over a year now. It is a fantastic little printer, and has kept on printing and printing without letting me down. I would say the only downside is that sometimes the ink jets get clogged and it can take up to 10 cleaning cycles to get rid of the blockage, by which time you have used up an entire ink cartridge. I find the colours true to life for printing photographs.
Excerpt: I bought this printer specifically to do holiday cards (I use a Hi-Touch dye sublimation printer for my photos). I checked the specifications, and it claimed it could do cardstock. However, it kept jamming on the cardstock. I went through the Epson website trouble shooting screens, and I discovered that the maximum paper weight it can handle is 24 pounds (that's the weight of fine office stationery). Cardstock is usually 50 or 60 pound weight.
Excerpt: "From my point of view epson stylus photo has been one the best printers i have ever used.the print quality has been so splendid.prints on any kind of paper even on cds.and the printing speed is very fast.and the print on glossy paper is excellent.also its vibrant colours and excellent image quality and dries instantly. the design is very cute and easy to carry around.whenever im traveling on long journey i do carry it along with me. normally most ...
Excerpt: "This printer from Epson is specifically for printing photos with its six colour ink and fast printing black, this R285 is the replacement of the R265. The look of the paper hold is conventional, with folding support at the rear and a pull out, telescopic output tray at the front. The CD/DVD tray slots into this output tray. Epson claims a print speed of 37ppm for black and 38ppm for colour for the Stylus Photo R285. That's about as fast as the Xerox ...
Epson Stylus Photo R285 - The Photographers Choice
29 January 2009
Summary: Having had a Canon iP6600D i decided to go for a different brand this time to try and take advantage of the CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System) to help reduce ink costs. ---Costs--- I purchased this from the site inkexpress.co.uk with the CISS for just £81 (10% member discount by signing up for free), but it's available at Oyyy.co.uk for just £59.29 an absolute bargain for this printer!
Pros: quality prints, good value for money
Cons: start up time of 25 seconds roughly (may be too long for some)
Summary: As far as middle of the price range printers go, you can't do better than the Epson R285. It is billed as a photo printer but it is so much more than that. Features obviously include the ability to print your photographs, at the various standard sizes, but it also allows borderless printing which means that it can do photographs and prints up to A4 without a white border round the edge.
Pros: Fast and reliable. Borderless priniting
Cons: No on printer screen andlack of extra features