The Epson Stylus Photo R320 is a photo ink-jet printer that uses dye-based inks in individual cartridges to print excellent photos with or without the help of your computer.
The Stylus Photo R320 is an update to the Stylus Photo R300 (
). This latest model has a one-inch LCD, so you can preview images on camera memory cards, which you can insert in the printer’s built-in slots (you can also attach a DirectPrint and PictBridge-enabled camera directly to the USB port on the front of the printer). A one-inch display is not very big, but it does help you choose the correct image and select the proper print settings.
Though the R320’s print times weren’t the fastest we’ve seen, its photo-image quality was excellent. Colors were accurate and saturated and we saw no obvious dot patterns in the lighter areas of the photo. Its text printing, though good, was not as sharp that of the HP Photosmart 8450 (
) and the Epson took longer to print. In our plain-paper graphics test, the Epson produced very nice, smooth color gradients and fine curved lines without breaks or kinks.
The R320 comes with an adapter and software for printing directly onto ink-jet printable CDs or DVDs. The software includes samples and lots of different background images to choose from. You can also import your own pictures and add text to the CD. It worked just fine in our tests.
|10-page Word test
|22MB Photoshop image
Scale = Minutes: Seconds
|22MB Photoshop image quality
|Graphics—fine lines, gradients
Scale = Excellent, Very Good, Good, Flawed, Unacceptable
|Number of ink cartridges
|Cost to replace ink/toner cartridges
||5,760 x 1,440 pixels
||CD/DVD printing; camera media slots; USB port for printing from DirectPrint and PictBridge-enabled digital cameras
Macworld’s Buying Advice
The Epson R320 is a great photo printer with some nice features like CD printing, preview display and computerless printing options. It’s a good all-around printer too, though its text prints were a little less sharp, and slower than some of our recently reviewed photo ink-jet printers.Epson Stylus Photo R320