Professional Photographer Magazine Web Exclusives

Epson Stylus Photo R1800

200503bc_epsonr1800 Epson took the popular Stylus Photo R800 and supersized its abilities with the Stylus Photo R1800. This new printer features the same great Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss eight-color pigment ink set, but can produce prints up to 13x44 inches and resolutions up to 5,760x1,440 optimized dpi. This ink set also features Epson's Gloss Optimizer, which eliminates gloss differential.

The Wilhelm Research numbers on this product are outstanding. On Epson Watercolor Paper (Radiant White), displayed prints framed under glass reached a permanence rating of 200 years. Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper hit 104 years and Epson Matte Paper made it to over 150.

Speed increases with this model. 4x6 prints in less than 42 seconds and 11x14-inch photos in less than two minutes.

Like the R800, the R1800 can print directly on inkjet printable CDs and DVDs. You don't realize how much you'll love this capability until you have it. CD and DVD product with a custom printed face looks great and leaves a professional impression.

And if you're catering to the scrapbooking crowd, this printer offers true border-free printing on the top scrapbook format sizes: 12x12 and 8.5x11. Study popular scrapbooking layouts and offer your professional prints with ample white space as a scrapper's blank canvas. In fact, if you're having success with this strategy already, write jsherwood@ppa.com and tell us about it.

The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 has an estimated street price of $549 and will be available in late March. Epson is taking orders now.