Epson's Stylus Color 740i
Epson (800/463-7766, http://www.epson.com ) has released the latest additions to its Macintosh-compatible ink-jet printer line, including two new photo printers and a flavorful version of its Stylus Color 740.
The $299 Stylus Photo 750, successor to the Stylus Photo 700, uses a six-color process to print photo-realistic images at up to 1,400-by-720-dpi resolution. It produces sharper images than its predecessor by using 6-picoliter ink droplets, compared with 11 picoliters for the Stylus Photo 700. It's also faster: at 720-dpi resolution, Epson claims, the Stylus Photo 750 can print an 8-by-10-inch photo in about two minutes, compared with five minutes for the previous model. The printer will be available only through mail order and online outlets. Epson will continue to sell the Stylus Photo 700 through retail stores for $249.
If you're going for the big picture, the new $499 Stylus Photo 1200 offers the same resolution, droplet size, and print speed as the 750, but with a maximum print area of about 12 by 44 inches. It replaces Epson's Stylus Photo EX.
Epson also announced an "iMac" version of its Stylus Color 740 ink-jet printer (see Reviews, January 1999). The $279 Stylus Color 740i features an iMac-inspired translucent design with a blueberry cover. If you don't like that flavor, you can order a lime, strawberry, tangerine, or grape cover for $14.95.
All three printers feature USB and serial connections.
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