Closeout deals on R1800

As we noted yesterday, Epson’s new Stylus Photo R1900 is replacing the R1800.

If $550 is too rich for you, and you don’t mind using yesterday’s printing technology, Epson is currently offering the R1800 on its online store for $400 (after a mail-in rebate), with free ground shipping.

[Update: it looks like they’ve run through their inventory. The printers are listed as ‘out of stock.’]

We liked both the R1800 (and its letter-size little brother, the R800), and the release of the R1900 does nothing to diminish it in our eyes. The R1800 is a great printer that prints beautiful glossy photos up to 13″ by 19″, and Epson should be offering the original Ultrachrome Hi-Gloss inks for years. Here’s the short take on the R1800/R800, from our Printerville database:

The Stylus Photo R1800 is a nice alternative to the pricier Stylus Photo R2400, if you want pigment inks, but aren’t concerned about printing black-and-white photographs. Epson chose to bypass the extra, low-density black inks found in the R2400 and the more expensive Stylus Pro line, opting for red, green and blue inks, which offer a wider color gamut than is found in less-expensive pigment-based printers. They also added a gloss optimizer, to reduce the gloss differential (sometimes wrongly named as ‘bronzing’) when printing on glossy papers.

When all is said and done, the R1800 is a fast, nimble printer that produces great prints, especially on matte-finish and glossy papers.

While it’s always nice to have the latest and greatest technology, there’s nothing wrong with a bargain.

By Rick LePage

Rick LePage was formerly the editor in chief of MacWEEK and Macworld magazines, was one of the cofounders of the MacInTouch newsletter. He has been covering digital printmaking and photography since its inception.