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.

Pigment-based printers have long been the province of the pro end of the inkjet printer market, although the Big Three vendors - Epson, Canon and HP - have steadily been moving down to the consumer end of the market, dancing around that magic £350 price point. The coated printhead and the mist-collection system should help Epson with the knock that its printers clog more than those of the competition, which is a perception issue for some users, and reality for others (and a non-issue for the Stylus Pro line).

What's most interesting about the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is Epson's focus on optimising for glossy prints. Most serious amateurs and pros stay away from glossy photo papers, preferring to print on matte, fibre-based or fine art paper types. But the reality is that many people - especially when printing at home - love the look of glossy prints. And the Epson Stylus Photo R1900, although priced a bit higher than the average home user might like, should offer some of the best glossy output on the market.

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Epson Stylus Photo R1900: Specs

  • 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
  • 16kg
  • 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
  • 16kg

OUR VERDICT

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.