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.
Read our full review of the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 ($549; Epson).
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