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Epson Stylus R1800 A3+ Colour Inkjet Photo Printer

by Epson
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • 10 x 8 photos with borders at 1440 x 720 dpi in 66 seconds
  • Borderless printing at a resolution up to 5760 x 1440 optimised dpi for outstanding photos
  • Print from 10 x 15cm up to A3+
  • Display fine details with Epson MicroPiezo" and Variable-sized Droplet Technology and 1.5pl inks droplets
  • Results last up to 3x longer than conventional prints
  • Achieve a high quality finish on gloss or matte media
  • Eight individual cartridges for maximum cost efficiency
  • Produce professional looking CDs and DVDs
  • Advanced connectivity with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
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Technical Details
Item Weight15 Kg
Product Dimensions31.4 x 61.5 x 21.9 cm
Item model numberC11C589021CU
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
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Best Sellers Rank 95,985 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight15 Kg
Date First Available1 Jan 2001
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Taking Epson's award-winning technology one step further, the Epson Stylus® Photo R1800 quickly creates large, archival quality glossy and matte photos worthy of display. Experience the rich, true-to-life colors and subtle detail that's evident in every image. It's all possible with Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss Inks, plus an industry leading resolution and ink droplet size - the same innovative features that made the Epson Stylus Photo R1800 a resounding success

This printer's impressive 8-color individual ink system, which incorporates red and blue inks, means you get a wider color gamut for incredibly vivid photos. Its separate matte and photo black ink cartridges are integrated into the system as well, so you get the deepest, darkest blacks on matte paper, and brilliant results on glossy paper automatically. Finally, the unique gloss optimizer makes glossy prints look like they came from a traditional photo lab. And, since the inks are pigment-based, you can be confident the color and detail will remain true for up to 200 years. The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 delivers studio quality results on a wide variety of media and in eight popular borderless sizes - up to 13-inches wide, as well as panoramics up to 44-inches long.

Best of all, the Epson Stylus Photo R1800 speeds through every project - so you can quickly print stacks of high-quality photos. And, its expertise goes well beyond the art of photographic prints. This photo printer makes it easy to add that special touch to your portfolio with professional quality printing on ink jet printable CDs and DVDs.

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Incorporating red and blue inks, the Stylus Photo R1800 offers an exceptionally wide colour gamut. The UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment ink has also been designed for professional print permanence on a large variety of media and lightfastness suitable for resale. Featuring an eight cartridge set, the Stylus Photo R1800 includes EPSON Gloss Optimizer technology- a fine tuning tool to achieve a totally smooth gloss finish producing stunning archival Premium Glossy or Semi-Gloss Prints. Whether printing on glossy ...

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Software Hiccup - But Superb Photo Prints 25 July 2006
I've long admired Epson inkjet printers ever since I bought one of their first - a Stylus 800 (anybody remember those?). I wanted a high quality photo printer capable of A3 or better and settled on the R1800. My choice of this model was influenced by the fact that it can take a roll of photo paper (panoramic prints maybe?) and also that it can print onto suitable CDs/DVDs. It arrived within 4 days of ordering, unpacking it and putting it all together was straightforward. Installing the software (the full set installs various other utilities such as Epson Easy Photo Print) was painless enough as well. However, although the printer worked fine, the status monitor stubbornly refused to display the ink levels; instead displaying "Communication Error". More worryingly, when printing a Word document to it, although it printed OK, I also got a "Microsoft C++ runtime error"! Epson's tech support tried their best, but initially to no avail.

The PC in question had previously had drivers etc for an Epson Stylus Colour 980 installed on it, which I had previously removed via the control panel (before installing the R1800 stuff). "Could there have been something left behind in the registry?" I asked Epson's tech support. It transpires that indeed there could have been, and they sent me a .reg file to clean it out. That did the trick. Ink levels now display when they should, and the printer works perfectly when handling photos and documents.

This printer produces staggeringly good results - photos are crystal clear and the colours true to life - at least when printed on Epson papers. I havn't tried a different manufacturer so I don't know whether Epson's claim that their inks on their papers produce the best results is realistic or not.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The flushing ink issue... 12 Mar 2007
Yes, I love this printer, or rather I should say, I love the excellent quality prints and really accurate colour.
However, the printer itself is a greedy monster created by even greedier monster - Epson.
If your thinking of buying this model beware the hidden technology in these printers because it will make a big hole in your pocket if your a regular printer user.

The technology in this machine is designed to flush unused ink from ALL 8 separate cartridges every time you insert just 1 new cartridge and every time you close the ink hatch. It wastes YOUR ink and YOUR money and you won't have any control over it. Epsons promotes the the 8 cartridge system as cost-effective but how can flushing good ink away be cost-effective at [...]-[...] a cartridge!

An good example:
Today my printer has stopped working. It tells me I am out of Gloss Optimizer and need to replace the cartridge before it will start again. Well the thing is, I have NEVER even used my Gloss Optimizer and I mean NEVER EVER used it. Not even just 1 test sheet out of curiosity when I first bought it. The Gloss cartridge is empty simply from all the flushing the machine does without my permission.

So, I am held hostage by Epson until I buy a new Gloss cartridge. And when I do buy one, and put it in the slot, the machine will once again FLUSH AWAY a little bit more ink from all 7 older cartridges AND my new unused cartridge before it will start printing anything again. Is this legal or just immoral?

In my opinion, it's kind of like being sold a new Car Tyre that you later learn was given a slow puncture by the garage before you drove away, simply to force you into buying another tyre very very soon. It can't be right.

This machine is an ink addict and it won't keep working if you don't feed it.
This is why it gets 4 not 5 stars!
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning quality 19 July 2005
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I have owned this printer for three weeks. Its the first high quality printer I have purchased after 15 years of dot matrix and ink jets. I am a keen photographer and wanted a printer that would exploit the potential of high quality digital cameras.
This printer fits the bill, the quality is absolutely amazing. The resolution is exceptional and even the A3 prints I have done are crystal clear. The colour reproduction is very satisfying with rich and subtle tones.The best reproduction is on archival matte paper which seems to intensify the colours. The borderless printing option really turns photos into works of art and I am very impressed with what I have achieved.
The kit comes in a big box and I was carefull about installation and assembly so it took about 45 minutes to get going. I think it could be set up in half an hour. The instructions are simple, but you have to load the software to get access to the manual.
I havent used all the features yet, such as roll feed or specilist papers such as velvet, but I do not expect any difficulty.
The inks are widely available on line although they're not cheap. But if you're printing A4 and A3 photos you cannot help but go through a lot of ink.
Overall I am delighted with the product. It'll keep me happy for several years.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mid-range A3 photo printer 6 Oct 2007
By Darren Simons TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Having had Epson printers in the past I opted for this printer as it seemed to provide the best quality offering in my price range. In particular I wanted to print A3 and panoramic rolls (banners with A3 height) using pigment inks (the benefit of pigment inks over traditional dye inks is that they do not fade over time, although they do not appear quite as vibrant when printed).

Six months in and results have been very good. Installation (hardware and software) was easy. The sharpness, vibrancy and overall quality of the photos produced has been excellent. Border printing, CD printing (it has a special tray), gloss effect and black and white prints have also been of a very high quality. I've found I've had to do quite minimal configuration to get the image I have on screen to match what is printed - this seems related to the pigment colours being somewhat more lifelike in my view than the dye colours in previous cartridges. The printer is quiet, fairly quick (a lot faster than my old Epson) and all in all a definite improvement on what I had previously.

On the downside, ink usage is high (but then you get what you pay for... to reduce ink usage use a lower print quality - you may not notice the difference most the time) although I've not yet had problems with cartridges drying up (since there are 8 cartridges they can be replaced individually, a big benefit to me). Despite some reviews I've read, I think the build is a bit clumsy - the paper collection tray uses some unusual hinges and springy bits to open up, but always strikes me as about to break off.

Is this the right printer for everyone? No, probably not...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Printer great
I have owned and constantly used this printer for work and personal use, for the last 9 years. The print output is high quality especially when photographic paper is used. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Miss D. M. Pinkerton
2.0 out of 5 stars Very expensive to run
For A3 picture quality it's as good as any Epson but be prepared for the ink replacement costs. It has 8 cartridges and the cost is 90+ for a full set. Read more
Published 13 months ago by P J Rogers
1.0 out of 5 stars Hateful
This must be one of the most hateful products in the world. I have this machine for a while, out of the box all was fine until I started to need new inks (a lot of new ink) and if... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by Oneoff
1.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it -10 if I could!
Please do not buy this printer, it is absolutely awful! The costs incurred for this useless ink sucking junk doesn't bare thinking of. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2009 by S. M. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall excellent printer
I'm a keen amateur photographer and have owned the R1800 for about 3 years now. I've printed on most sizes and types of paper (though not roll paper) and CDs. Read more
Published on 5 April 2008 by Jack Oliver
2.0 out of 5 stars quality vs greed
I was so excited when i finally got this printer set up as i could finally see all my favourite shots in A3, and it was SOOO worth the outlay, the prints were awesome. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2008 by Brendan Herbert
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but expensive
I bought this printer a year ago, I'm an architecture student and I print a lot of A3s. To save money by printing myself I thought this would be a good investment. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2007 by LusoAma
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb colour and detail reproduction if you know how to use it
This printer will produce excellent results but the original catridges make it expensive to run. There are some possible reasons why some people are not getting the best... Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2006 by Mr. D. M. Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars Epson Stylus Photo R1800, a great printer!
My 5 year old Epson Photo 1200 began ejecting half-completed prints and adding magenta lines to my pictures. Read more
Published on 25 April 2006 by newera'd
2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing!
We only had this printer for a few weeks then problems started occuring. First of all black marks showing on the printed pages. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2006
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