Epson R1900 Printer

October 3, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | Printers | 13 Comments | |

Epson R1900The Epson R1900 printer produces durable, superior quality, Hi-Definition photos up to A3+ on a wide range of media. The R1900 includes groundbreaking image processing algorithms and a new formulation of Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss Ink technology. UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 offers a wider colour gamut, natural skin tones and consistent colour with a smooth gloss finish. The Epson R1900 prints onto glossy, matte and fine art paper in cut-sheet and roll format and directly onto printable CD’s and DVD’s. The Epson R1900 will cost £399.99, available November 2007. The Epson R1900 will be available in the first quarter of 2008 in the US for $549.99.

Epson UK Press Release

Epson® Stylus Photo R1900 with groundbreaking technology for smoother images and colour control

Incorporating revolutionary colour processing technology and UltraChrome™Hi-Gloss2 Ink, the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 offers a new level of quality for photo enthusiasts, who demand the big picture.

03 October 2007– The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 incorporates the latest developments from Epson to provide durable, superior quality, Hi-Definition photos up to A3+ on a wide range of media. It includes groundbreaking image processing algorithms to manage colour combinations and ensure beautiful prints.  It also features a new formulation of Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss Ink technology. UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 represents the evolution of photographic printing, offering a wider colour gamut, natural skin tones and consistent colour with a smooth gloss finish.

In addition to cyan, magenta and yellow inks, UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 features matte black, photo black, red, orange and gloss optimiser. The new orange ink replaces the blue ink previously used with UltraChrome Hi-Gloss. It allows Epson to offer significant enhancements in colour reproduction for natural skin tones. Output also features more vivid oranges and an expansion in the red colour gamut.  The magenta and yellow inks have been reformulated and contribute to accurate blue and green tones.  The resin coating of the gloss optimiser and colour inks has been redesigned to create even smoother and glossier prints. The individual ink cartridges mean only the colour that is used needs to be replaced.

The eight-colour inkset featured in the Stylus Photo R1900 creates a staggering 18,446,774 trillion colour combinations.  To calculate which combination should be used to deliver the tones and colours required for the images, Epson has developed new Look Up Table (LUT) technology in partnership with one of the world’s leading centres of colour science, the Munsell Color Science Laboratory of the Rochester Institute of Technology.  In conjunction with the Micro Piezo™ print head the Epson LUT technology decides how much of each colour is used to translate a RGB source file into a print.  The mathematical algorithm effectively optimises colour matching to ensure the printed image is consistent with the original photograph.  The end result is prints with smooth gradations, reduced graininess, wide colour gamut and low colour inconstancy*; all of which combine to create clear and beautiful, Hi-Definition photographic images.

Other printing technologies in the Stylus Photo R1900 include Epson’s Variable-sized Droplet Technology. The smallest droplet of 1.5pl is used for areas where fine detail is required and bigger droplets where larger blocks of colour are needed. 

The flexibility of the Stylus Photo R1900 is further enhanced with its increased media support.  It will print onto glossy, matte and fine art paper in cut-sheet and roll format.  It prints directly onto printable CD’s and DVD’s.  For printing photos without a computer photographers can connect their digital camera or picture viewer using Pictbridge. The comprehensive software package includes Epson Print CD and Epson Creativity Suite including Epson Easy Photo Print, FileManager, Web to Page and Camera RAW Plug-in.

Mark Robinson, Senior Product Manager, Epson UK commented, “The new Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is a truly advanced printing system that is easy and fun to use. The extensive research and development required to develop Epson Micro Piezo inkjet printers and ink technologies is fully illustrated in the launch of the Stylus Photo R1900.  The UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 Ink works in harmony with the Epson LUT technology and Epson paper to deliver outstanding photo quality for sale, for display and for archiving.”

Epson Stylus Photo R1900 key features summary: 

Print Hi-Definition durable photos and album pages on various media up to A3+
Achieve vivid colours and natural skin tones with Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 ink
Advanced colour processing for smooth and accurate colours with Epson LUT technology
Achieve a range of photo finishes with Epson glossy, matte and fine art papers in cut-sheet and roll format
Personalise inkjet printable CDs and DVDs
Prints are lightfast for 80 years** on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper
Borderless printing at a resolution up to 5760 x 1440dpi for stunning Hi-Definition photos
Print photos on A3+ at 1440 x 720dpi (Photo Mode) in only 106 seconds***
Efficient printing with individual ink cartridges, only replace the colour used
Enhanced connectivity with Dual Port USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Bundled with sophisticated photo software including Camera RAW plug-in for Creativity Suite for fast, easy printing of camera RAW files
Epson Stylus Photo R1900 RRP including VAT £399.99 – available November 2007

*  Phenomenon where one colour looks different under different light sources

** Light source: Fluorescent light, Intensity: 70,000 lux. Temperature : 24?, Humidity : 60% RH
Glass mount: 2mm, soda lime. Fade criteria: Pure YMC 30% Loss at OD=.
Display-life Calculation: Total illuminance/(500 lux x 10 hours x 365 days = 1 year).
The data is calculated using Epson’s accelerated test and does not mean Epson guarantees lightfastness.
Tests developed and conducted by Epson.

***  Standard ISO Bike image 11x14” used

About the Munsell Color Science Laboratory (MCSL) of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
The Munsell Color Company was founded by Professor Albert H. Munsell, the originator of the Munsell Color Order System. The directors of the Munsell Color Company eventually sold the company’s assets and created the Munsell Color Foundation. The Munsell Color Foundation was charged with furthering the scientific and practical advancement of colour knowledge.  In 1983, the Foundation trustees voted to dissolve the foundation, and donate the proceeds to an academic institution for the creation and endowment of the Munsell Color Science Laboratory. RIT was selected as the recipient of this donation, and MCSL was born.

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#1 Jon

I'm not sure, but I think Epson fails to list another key feature not listed above ... Almost all Epson owners will experience clogged print heads anytime from 3 months to 2 years after buying the printer. Expensive "head cleaning" which forces tons of ink through the cartridges in an effort to clear the clogs will only work 1/2 the time. Users should expect to buy lots of spare ink, expensive cleaning kits, and spend a lot of time researching the issue and clearing inks from print heads.

7:55 pm - Wednesday, October 3, 2007

#2 John Roberts

Yes Jon, R1800 will clog badly,only 1.5pl nozzles. But 1900 has variable size droplets,I think 1.5pl-3.5pl. Hope this cures it as my 1800 has packed up and I will probably try 1900 when available .

2:44 pm - Sunday, October 7, 2007

#3 JSW

Epson makes the best photo printers bar none they are copied by canon and hp...I use to work for hp division now work for canon and I only use epson for photos!!!!

12:57 am - Tuesday, October 9, 2007

#4 frank

Having both a r800 and a r1800 , both of which that have seen seen what can be considered extremely light and erratic use (not used for 3-4 months), I was expecting clogs. Hasn't yet.

However, I was much more than a little teed off by the announcement timing of the r1800 vs the r2400 - I thought the r1800 was the 2200 replacement, bought it, and then the 2400 comes out. I wonder of we'll see a 2500 soon as the 2400 replacement, or if we've seen the last of the 13" "pro" level printers - due to their "cheap" 16 incher.

3:19 pm - Tuesday, October 9, 2007

#5 Pablo

In view of the introduction of the r1900 to replace the r1800 I'd bet on a 2400 replacement in the spring of 2008, some retailers are already offering very good deals on the 2400, a sure sign that something new is in the pipeline!

8:23 pm - Sunday, November 18, 2007

#6 Lawrence

One secret with Epson Printers has always been to turn them off when not in use. That cured my clogging problems completely.

5:31 pm - Sunday, February 17, 2008

#7 Bill

I just received the R1900 earlier this week and am extremely impressed (no clogged heads yet ;-). I've printed imperssive prints from Noblex scans and that ability alone is worth tons to me. I shopped around and found it for 499 free shipping from one of the reputable companies known more for deals on ink/paper supplies. I just wanted to say that this printer has generated extremely impressive results so far.

9:45 pm - Friday, March 14, 2008

#8 Russell

The secret to keeping the Epson heads from clogging is to use the printer then turn it off. I only use my 1900 for prints, another printer for everday paper printing. Began this process with the 1280 and have never had clogged heads since.

2:41 am - Tuesday, October 28, 2008

#9 Syed Shah

I've been working on Epson printers, for the past 15 years, almost as Epson started & I did say PRINTERs & they clog, I can bet my life on it, they clog bad.

10:26 pm - Monday, January 5, 2009

#10 Pam

I just bought the 1900 and the first print was good... then the 2 prints after that all have tiny lines going through them arleady. Does that mean clogged print heads only after one print?
Any advice?

6:37 pm - Friday, April 24, 2009

#11 herman

agen di pekan baru ada bos

4:32 am - Wednesday, May 6, 2009

#12 ak

I am seeing tiny lines going through all prints on epson premium glossy photo paper. I bought it only 2 weeks ago and have taken about 5 prints. Did I get a defective piece or is this a common problem? Please help.

4:55 am - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

#13 bob murphy

Okay... the 1900 is my third epson. The first, a cheapie, died without warning about 1 1/2 years after purchase. Epson telephone tech support was worthless; not to sound prejudiced but a guy who spoke english as a second language ran me through some rudimetary tests (plug and un-plug, etc.) then told me the best they could do was offer a coupon to use in epson store. The second, an all in one is okay, and still working, I use mostly as scanner/copier. Then I bought the 1900; prints beautifully; a few months ago had to do the nozzle clean, etc., but still making great pics. However 2 weeks ago, printer stopped making 8 1/2 X 11 glossies. Will not advance Epson glossy 5 star paper; again tech support is worthless, but this guy kept reminding me that my printer is out of warranty (bought in 8/08), was otherwise no help, sent me some cleaning paper. The printer will pick up 13 X 19 5-star luster stock, and 8 1/2 X 11 plain white paper, but not the good letter size paper. This morning, printed 1 print, then refused to advance paper, shut off, restarted printed another. Obviously annoying and obviously epson will be no help. Any ideas out there? Love the prints, but am beginning to hate the printer (and Epson with its low quality minimum wage tech support)

4:25 pm - Friday, April 30, 2010