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Epson Stylus Photo R1900 photo printer

£369 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Epson

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Stylus Photo R1900 is a £369 inc VAT B-size (13in by 19in) desktop printer with pigment-based inks, advanced paper-handling capabilities and productivity features aimed at serious amateurs and professional photographers.

The Stylus Photo R1900 is a £369 inc VAT B-size (13in by 19in) desktop printer with pigment-based inks, advanced paper-handling capabilities and productivity features aimed at serious amateurs and professional photographers.

Unlike the pricier Stylus Photo R2400, which is best known for its black-and-white printing capabilities (and its voracious appetite for ink), the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is designed primarily to produce optimal colour prints.

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First look: Epson Stylus Photo R1900

In place of the R2400's light black and light light black inks, the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 has a gloss optimiser cartridge that sprays a clear overcoat on top of glossy media, producing a "superglossy" print that lacks the bronzing or dullness found in glossy prints made with most pigment-based printers.

The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 uses a reformulated inkset, called UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2, consisting of eight individual inks: the gloss optimiser, matte and photo black, and cyan, magenta, yellow, red and orange.

Epson claims that the orange ink, which replaces blue in the original Hi-Gloss inks, increases the printer's overall gamut and provides improved flesh tones, while the new formulations of magenta and yellow inks improve the blues and greens, respectively, in most prints.

In conjunction with the new inks, the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 incorporates a new colour-imaging technology, Radiance, co-developed by Epson and the Rochester Institute of Technology's Munsell colour Science Lab. According to Epson, Radiance provides an advanced colour gamut; better ink efficiency; reduced grain; and minimised metameric failure, which results in "improved colour constancy under different lighting conditions".

In a nod to HP Epson also says that the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 will be colour-calibrated at the factory, a process that will produce consistent colour from unit to unit. (This has been something that Epson has long done during the manufacturing process for its Stylus Pro printers.)

The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 will also come with a set of ICC profiles for most Epson media types, including glossy, matte, and fine art papers and canvas.

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Epson Stylus Photo R1900 Expert Verdict »

Epson Stylus Photo R1900 reviews verified by Reevoo

Epson Stylus Photo R1900Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 53 reviews
Photographic prints up to A3+ size
Epson's new UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 pigment inks
Epson Gloss Optimizer Technology for enhanced gloss printing
8 Individual Ink Cartridges for maximum cost efficiency
Maximum 5760 optimized dpi for detailed and super smooth gradations
Minimum 1.5pl droplet size and Variable-Sized Droplet Technology
Epson New LUT Technology
Create original CD-R/DVD-R with direct CD-R/DVD-R print function
True BorderFree printing
Energy Star compliance
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

For the serious photographer, Epson is tossing around words such as "sellable" and "gallery-quality" when referring to the R1900 output, terms that have long been reserved for the company's Stylus Pro printers. While we might look a bit askance at those claims - after all, the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is a 6-colour inkjet - the R1900 does look like a solid improvement over an already good printer. We'll reserve final judgement until we've had a chance to test it fully, but we think it's an exciting addition to the photo printer market.

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