Pros Excellent print quality, fast, large format.
Cons Lack of paper options.
Summary My main reasons for purchasing the R1800 were: Long print life (up to 300 years), one of the paper size options being 12x12, & the fact that my old Epson was a fantastic little workhorse.
If you'd have asked me last week, I would have given a glowing report on my new printer. The prints are beautiful, crisp & clear, it's easy to use, & it prints very fast. I was disappointed at the lack of paper-type options. I do like to print on transparencies, handmades, & various other papers - I haven't seen a printer without the 'transparency' option.
I purchased my printer only 1 month ago, & have made just 6 or so prints since then. Today, it is already back being repaired under warranty, as the rollers refused to pick up the paper (even plain paper!)
After spending a lot of money on this printer, I am extrememly disappointed that this would happen - I hadn't even attempted any 'unusual' papers yet!
Pros Print Sizes, Border-Free Printing, Quality of all output types
Cons Cost of ink!
Summary I quit using Epson printers 3 years ago and moved to Dye Sublimation printers for the durability and quality. The Epson R1800 finally exceeds dye-sub quality with ink jet technology. One of the best features of this printer is the Gloss Optimizer ink cartridge. Go ahead and poor water on your glossy prints! They repel water! No sticky print surface on your photos either! This printer ROCKS!
Pros vivid detail on color photograph prints, excellent results when printing with "Epson Enhanced matte paper" , prints up to 13 x 44 feet.
Cons takes up a large amount of space.
Summary I bought/ returned 2 different printers without satisfaction. Then recently I purchased this one- and I have no complaints! I AM SO HAPPY with this product! Try watercolor paper- the results are amazing!
"A Piece of crap"on by morrie14
Pros Nice Image Quality
Cons Slow, stupid, and flimsy
Summary If you like to babysit each print, and push it through the feeder, and if you have lots of money to blow on ink, and if you don't mind sitting and waiting for your printer to do god-knows-what before it actually tried to feed your page, then this is the printer for you.
I am a professional graphic designer, and when I bought this consumer model from Epson (I have bought Epsons for as long as I can remember) I had no doubts that it would work for me. Actually, my experience with a glitchy and clogging photo printer gave me doubts, but the reviews said otherwise. Well I'm here to tell anyone who'll listen that this is a piece of consumer junk. A toy for someone who will only use it a few times and doesn't mind the monumental hassle it takes to coax a print of any kind out of this thing (ok, I'm not printing 20 lb. webpages). This printer let me down so many times, I actaully lost my temper and broke it with my fist (flimsy). It was new (6 months) and should not have needed any kind of maintenance. Woudl not feed paper. I have always this problem with Epson and have gotten pretty good working around it, but this time, it just wouldn't pick it up.
The ink is way too expensive (I priced print-outs at about $2.00 each for 8 1/2 x 11" color). (Holy-Laser printer batman!)
This is another consumer gimmick trap set by Epson, who I really don't think can make a quality product anymore. Epson is great on the phone until you buy a printer, then beware of the rude squad!!
In my 15 years as a graphic desinger this is the most insulting humiliating experience I have had to deal with a piece of equipment.
I hope espon goes out of business for making such shoddy crap (and needless to say, they've lost mine).
Pros Great color quality when it works
Cons Printer will not recognize print media- period.
Summary Purchased the printer three months ago. It worked fine for a month and half. One day just froze. Wold not recognize any print media. Called Epson tech three times. First tech told me 'I use a 1800 it works perfectly.'. Finally got some email messages telling me what to do. Didn't help. Printer returned. Just got it back. No information on what they did. Printer still freezes. Must turn it off, turn it back on, try again. Any suggestions?