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Epson Stylus Photo R-1800 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 6.42 (out of 10)
n my review of Epson's Stylus Photo R800 printer (4.5 mice; January 2005), my only complaint was that it wouldn't print on paper larger than 8.5-by-11 inches. Voila! The R1800 is here and it will produce borderless prints up to 13-by-19 inches and panoramic prints up to 13-by-44 inches, which is very impressive for a desktop printer. Featuring the same eight-channel ink set and individual replacement cartridges as the R800, the R1800 is a steal at $549.

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Photo-i 8.93  03-26-05 Read Full Review
Review Completed: photo-i was launched three years ago, our first interactive review featured the Epson 2100 printer (2200 in the US). Today we are pleased to bring you the first full review of the Epson Stylus R1800 A3 printer. If you are new to photo-i, then this is the way the review works. I test every aspect of the printer on the fly, this also includes doing the product photography, close ups, detail shots etc. I aim to have the review completed within seven days, if there is any aspect of the printer you want me to test, then please use the R1800 forum to post your questions.
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Digital Camera 8.14  01-16-06 Read Full Review
"My first impression of the R1800 was the terrific gloss. With my earlier Epsons (the 2200 and the 2000P), I rarely made high gloss prints. I favored the semi-gloss and the luster papers which most resembled the photographs I had produced in many years of darkroom work. The occasional glossy prints I tried on Epson Printers had patches of dullness in the highlight areas. This is a phenomena called "bronzing."

Epson has dealt with this problem in the R1800 by adding a gloss optimizer cartridge. Now the glossy prints look exactly like photographic glossy prints."

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Trusted Reviews 7.89  04-29-05 Read Full Review
Nearly all printers designed for reproducing digital photographs are targeted at A4 or 15cm x 10cm prints, but there are some applications, particularly posters and advertising materials, where the extra size of A3 comes in very handy. Epson uses its new UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigmented inks in this machine, which it claims have a fade resistance of over 80 years, though inevitably this is under glass and accelerated light tests.
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PCPro.co.uk 7.63  05-22-05 Read Full Review
We raved about the Epson R800's superb print quality in our last inkjet printers Labs, and it has held a place on our A List ever since. Boasting a slightly wider colour gamut and the same spectacular print quality, the R1800 is essentially the R800's big brother, featuring the ability to print up to A3.

Getting the limitations out of the way is an easy task. Epson has built the R1800 for photo printing, and it was no surprise to see that mono text printing isn't a strong point. A text document was easily identifiable as inkjet-printed, with feathery output.

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CNET Reviews 7.50  06-02-05 Read Full Review
A perfect printer for the budget-minded photo fanatic, the medium-format Epson Stylus Photo R1800 delivers long-lasting, exhibition-quality color prints. It's virtually identical to its letter-size counterpart, the equally impressive Stylus Photo R800, but its UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink set lacks the monochrome chops that Epson put into the new UltraChrome K3 inks, which debut in the Stylus Photo R2400.
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Outback Photo 7.50  05-01-05 Read Full Review
In February 2004 Epson introduced a new desktop printer: the Epson R800. I immediately purchased this printer and reviewed it. (My review is available here. Since the R800 and the R1800 share many common features it is important you read my R800 review since I will not be repeating what I said in it here).

Just about a year later, in April 2005, Epson released a larger version of this printer: the R1800. In many ways the two printers are similar. However, there are some significant differences which justify writing a separate review. To make this review more interesting to read, and more useful to you in helping you decide which printer to buy, I have structured it as a question-answer session, using questions I have been asked over email or during my recent workshops.

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PC World 7.16  03-03-05 Read Full Review
Just as digital cameras have become viable alternatives to film cameras, home-printed digital photos now rival the quality of the traditional silver-halide prints that commercial photo labs offer -- that is, if you're using a top-quality printer such as the new Epson Stylus Photo R1800. The $549 large-format inkjet model offers several outstanding features, including very high resolution and enhanced fade resistance, which make it a good choice for photography buffs or anyone who wants to produce high-quality archival prints. I tested a shipping version of the R1800 and found it capable of producing beautiful color prints from a variety of images.
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Photographic 6.64  08-09-05 Read Full Review
Photo-realistic inkjet printers are constantly improving. Image quality is getting to the point that it's often difficult to tell whether a print was generated on an inkjet or on a commercial photographic printer. While image quality is the primary consideration for most serious photographers, the new generation of inkjets goes beyond just producing good looking prints. Newer units are faster, easier to install, and less trouble prone than earlier models. Epson's new Stylus Photo R1800 is an excellent example. It's not only capable of generating extremely high image quality, it's also very versatile, fast and easy to operate.
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