Epson has launched a new A3+ colour inkjet printer, the Epson Stylus Photo R1900. The Stylus Photo R1900 has a maximum resolution of 5,760x1,400dpi (dots per inch) which are automatically distributed in varying droplet sizes depending on whether large swathes of a single colour or finer detail and colour variation are required. The Stylus Photo R1900 uses Epson’s piezo ink printing method and can produce ink droplets as small as 1.5 picolitres. Click here for a full review of the Epson Stylus Photo R1900.

Epson has produced a range of media on which photos and other creative graphics can be printed, ranging from glossy and matte photo papers to fine art papers. The Stylus Photo R1900 will also be capable of printing inlay information for CDs and DVDs.

Acknowledging the importance of professional and semi-professional digital photography in the success of large format photo printing, Epson has made the Stylus Photo R1900 capable of borderless photo printing. The printer company says the UltraChrome Hi-Gloss inks the Stylus Photo R1900 uses offer a wider-than-standard colour range, more natural flesh tones and consistent colour with a smooth gloss finish.

As well as the usual CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and keystone black) inks found in most colour printers, the R1900 has separate ink tanks for matte black, photo black, red and orange. While this may sound like an awful lot of ink, Epson claims that because its printers have separate ink cartridges for each colour (rather than the combined colour cartridges some manufacturers use), its printers are more ink-efficient and cost-effective to run.

Epson commissioned independent research by TUV Rheinland to verify its belief that tri-colour ink is significantly more wasteful than separate single colour ink cartridges. See news story.

The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 can be connected to a PC and a camera simultaneously as it has two USB ports and comes with Epson’s Creativity Suite and Print CD software. It will go onsale in November priced at £400 inc VAT.

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Epson Photo Stylus R1900 printer

Epson Photo Stylus R1900 printer