Pros prints well on matte paper when it works
Cons Poor ink to print ratio = $$$
Doesn't register ink cartridges
Epson has worse customer service than a cell phone company
Summary I ordered this printer from Epson.com the week it was introduced and have had a horrible experience ever since. To start my express delivery option I payed extra for ended up taking 2-3 weeks instead of the 2-3 days then the printer only worked about 1out of 5 print attempts. Then the ink would run out and I would replace it with a new cartridge and it would not register (I wasted almost $100 of ink this way, Epson would not replace the defective ink cartridges) I finally received a new printer after many wasted hours on the phone with support who had less printer knowledge than myself. After being sent a new printer I not only have the same ink problem but this one also prints orange hairpin lines through my entire print even after cleaning the heads this still occurs.
This printer has done the same "not registering ink cartridge trick" on 3 of my colleagues printers also.
Bottom line - don't buy this printer. It's not a headache it's a migrane!
Pros Outstanding glossy/luster color photos - resolution, clarity, color depth, fidelity & brilliance. Very Good matte photos. More than adequate neutral B/W photos.
Cons A bit slow printing text from non photo applications. Smaller ink cartridges incease ink cost.
Summary After 4+ years, my still functional Epson 1270 was a candidate for replacement, given technology advances alone. Based on personal experience with Epson printer reliability and customer service, the choice was the R1900. Features influencing the decision were A3+ (13x19) borderless printing capability with Epson?s K3 Ultra Chrome pigment (long print life) inks, expanded paper choices, gloss/matte paper choices without swapping black inks, high resolution, and color brilliance and fidelity.
Installation was quick and easy. The test prints were made using Epson Premium Glossy, Premium Luster, and Presentation Matte papers, using both the ?Let Printer Manage Color? and ?Let Photoshop Manage Color? (specific paper profiles) settings. Although the supplied Epson ?standard? profiles proved totally acceptable, the free Epson downloadable premium profiles are definitely superior and I will use those for all exhibition quality prints.
Test prints were compared to the same images printed on the Epson 1270 (dye ink) and the Epson R2400, a more expensive pigment ink printer with a different ink configuration which facilitates ?neutral? (no color cast) black & white fine art printing.
Compared to the Stylus 1270, all R1900 prints had better color depth, clarity, fidelity, and brilliance than the 1270 dye ink prints. Very likely the added ?Gloss Optimizer? cartridge of the R1900 contributed to the advantage.
Compared to the R2400, the R1900 color prints were at least equal to the R2400 in most every case. In a few instances the R1900 premium profile gave marginally better results, specifically for skin tones. However, the differences were VERY subtle and could well reflect my own subjective judgment.
With additional black ink cartridges and an ?Advanced B/W? print mode, the R2400 has an edge for the photographer requiring high volumes of exhibition quality B/W prints. However, the R1900 can deliver acceptably neutral B/W prints (especially using the Epson premium profiles). Toned monochrome prints appeared to be dead even between the two printers. I was delighted to discover that the 5% opacity ?slightly brown? toning which I sometimes add for B/W print ?richness? also enhanced the neutrality of the R1900 B/W prints.
For all photographers not needing to print larger than 13x19, or those not requiring large numbers of exhibition B/W prints, I would recommend the R1900 as an excellent choice for a mid-priced photo quality printer.
Pros Great print job. Love the glossy finish
Cons Ink can be expensive if you print a lot of pictures. The warranty
Summary I purchased the Epson R1900 about two months and the printer worked great until a few weeks ago.
After printing out around 10 pictures, the black (PK) ink light came on indicating to replace the cartridge. But, when I replaced the cartridge, the light never went out. I thought something was wrong with the cartridge so I purchased another cartridge and install it. The problem didn't go away.
I call Epson Technical Service and they sent me another printer. Instead of replacing my printer with a new printer, I received a refurbished printer. I plug in the refurbished printer hoping that this will solve my problem but it made things worst. Not only did the refurbished printer have the same problem as my printer has but, the cyan ink light never light up when there was no ink inside the printer. This is not good customer service.
Instead of giving up the new printer I bought in order to get a used printer in which I didn't know what was wrong, I sent the refurbish printer back and call Epson that following Monday. The customer relations person stated that the only way I would have received a new printer if I would have turn back the original within 30 days after I purchased it. That didn't make sense to me. I could of turn it back where I bought it from and received my money back. So now I have two choices. I can give up the printer I bought and received a refurbished printer or, I can keep my printer and have it repair at some local store.
I hope Epson change their policy on people who brought a printer within 90 days instead of 30 days. Since printing a picture is expensive (paying for the ink and paper) and this printer only prints pictures, 30 days is not enough time to determine if the printer performs as Epson stated on their website.
Pros great color prints, fairly compact for a 13x19 printer
Cons awful B&W prints, tricky to use
Summary I purchased to to replace my R800 printer and to be honest I was expecting more than I got. I compared prints between the two and realized that out of the box, the R1900 isn't as good. I had to work on adjusting both Photoshop and the Epson print software to find the best balance for what I am printing (mostly landscapes and portraits). I still find the prints I am getting to be softer than on my old R800 though the oranges are indeed better with a dedicated ink cartridge. B&W prints have a blue cast which is typical for these pigment printers. I suspect that the printer needs further adjusting to get it to where I expect it to be.
Pros The price was right for a pigment based ink printer
Cons Color output of this printer is dull and drab and takes an inordinate amount of adjustment to get a decent picture. Every picture needs to get printed 2-3 times until it is accurate. Efforts to get help from Epson have gone unheeded.
Summary This is not a priinter for people serious about photo printing.