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.