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Epson helps budding digital photographers go large

Epson has launched the Stylus Photo R1800 printer in the Middle East market, which can print border-free pictures up to A3 format and is targeted at photo enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers.

Epson has launched the Stylus Photo R1800 printer in the Middle East market, which can print border-free pictures up to A3 format and is targeted at photo enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers.

Featuring many of the capabilities of the Epson Stylus Photo R800, the R1800 is equipped with eight separate ink cartridges. According to Epson, the R1800 is the fastest photo printer in its printer portfolio, capable of printing an 11”x14” colour image in less than two minutes. The R1800 allows borderless printing, at a resolution of up to 5760 x 1440 optimised dpi, and connects to the PC via the USB 2.0 or FireWire port.

“The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 breaks new ground in photo printing for the most demanding photo enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers,” said Khalil El-Dalu, general manager at Epson Middle East. “These users need the freedom to print a wide range of formats for portfolios, display, and photographic exhibitions without sacrificing quality. The printer comes as a real boon for photographers in the Middle East who are keen on producing high quality prints from the comfort of their homes or offices.”

The printer uses Epson’s UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment ink delivered in 1.5 picolitre (pl) droplets to capture the finest details of an image on paper. While the R1800 printer uses eight ink cartridges, its printer rival HP recently upped the ante by announcing what it claims is the world’s first printer with nine ink cartridges, the HP Photosmart 8750. Launched in March this year, the printer uses HP’s Vivera Inks that have been developed to resist fading for a lifetime.

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