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.

Printhead enhancements

The Epson Stylus Photo R1900's printhead has been coated with an ink-repelling coating, similar to the one in the x880 line of Stylus Pro printers introduced earlier this year.

The coating is designed to help reduce clogging and ensures precise dot placement over time. A new mist-collection system is also in place, to help minimize ink spray during the printing process. In the release notes, Epson claims that this will keep the inside of the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 much cleaner, but we also believe that the mist-collection system, which uses negative and positive charges to move any overspray to the absorption sponge, will also help reduce clogging.

One other enhancement designed to help clogging: the Epson Stylus Photo R1900's ink cartridges will have tiny glass beads in them, similar to those found in cans of spray paint. As the printhead moves across the page, the beads will agitate the ink, helping to keep the pigment particles from clumping.

The Epson Stylus Photo R1900's print handling appears to be as good as that of the R2400: it will print photos from 6x4in to 13x44in, and supports borderless printing at most of the popular sizes.

In addition to the standard paper input tray, the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 supports up to 13in rolls and has an input tray for handling thicker fine art papers, as well as a CD tray for printing on inkjet-compatible discs.

The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 has two USB 2.0 ports on the back; Epson says that the two ports are not daisy-chained, but are instead designed to let you use the printer with two computers (a laptop and a desktop, for example). The printer also has a PictBridge port for printing directly from compatible digital cameras and Epson photo viewers.

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