Eddy Winner: Epson Stylus Photo R1900 inkjet printer
For years, if you wanted the best-possible glossy prints, you had to purchase a dye-based printer. The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 inkjet printer () changes all that.
Epson’s inkjet produces the best glossy photos we’ve seen from any printer priced under $1,000. On Epson’s Premium Glossy and Premium Luster papers, images really pop; this printer does a great job on matte and fine-art papers, too. The R1900 uses seven pigment inks—photo black, matte black, cyan, magenta, yellow, red, and orange—to produce long-lasting, borderless photographic prints at sizes up to 13 by 19 inches. (An eighth cartridge contains a special spray called a gloss optimizer, which eliminates the bronzing effect that shows up on pigment-based prints on glossy papers.)
The R1900 is speedy, too, so it’s an ideal printer for someone looking to get into archival, pigment-based photo printing. And at $549, it’s one of the lowest-priced pigment printers available. If you love the look of glossy photos, there’s no better printer on the market right now.