Epson Stylus R1800 advice needed.

Started Feb 23, 2005 | Discussions
McAllister New Member • Posts: 10
Epson Stylus R1800 advice needed.

Hello, I know info regarding this printer is still fleeting as it's not out yet, but I was hoping someone would have the info I need. I'm a graphic design student 2 months away from graduation, and I'm looking for a wide format printer. Ideally, I'd love to get a colour laser, but that's too far out of my price range.

The R1800 meets my price and media requirements, but I'm aware it's being billed as a photo printer. Will it be able to handle text as well as it does with photos, or should I be looking elsewhere?

Thanks in advance.

mjbauer Contributing Member • Posts: 784
Re: Epson Stylus R1800 advice needed.

McAllister wrote:

Hello, I know info regarding this printer is still fleeting as it's
not out yet, but I was hoping someone would have the info I need.
I'm a graphic design student 2 months away from graduation, and I'm
looking for a wide format printer. Ideally, I'd love to get a
colour laser, but that's too far out of my price range.

The R1800 meets my price and media requirements, but I'm aware it's
being billed as a photo printer. Will it be able to handle text as
well as it does with photos, or should I be looking elsewhere?

Thanks in advance.

Almost all photo printers can do text, often very well. To a computer, a photo is really just a graphic image. You don't say what your percentage of graphics vs. text is expected to be? Ae you going to be doing layout? If so, an Epson R1800 will do fine. Read reviews of the R800 for some insights. Check out Vincents site http://www.photo-i.co.uk/ for a good r800 review
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Mike Bauer

danielsan Senior Member • Posts: 1,581
Re: Epson Stylus R1800 advice needed.

You can get pretty good color lasers for about $500 now or maybe even less. They are a little more expensive to run than higher end models but still cheaper than inkjets. However, color lasers are only good for text, brochures, etc not photos.

McAllister wrote:

Hello, I know info regarding this printer is still fleeting as it's
not out yet, but I was hoping someone would have the info I need.
I'm a graphic design student 2 months away from graduation, and I'm
looking for a wide format printer. Ideally, I'd love to get a
colour laser, but that's too far out of my price range.

I have an R800 - the R1800's little brother). I tried text on it. Its pretty good but with the running costs it doesnt make much sense to use it as a text printer. If you are doing a fair bit of text it makes most economic sense to have a printer for text and a printer for photos. Of course, the upfront costs are more but over time you come out ahead. If you dont color for the text part get a cheap monochrome laser(about $100 or so).

The R1800 meets my price and media requirements, but I'm aware it's
being billed as a photo printer. Will it be able to handle text as
well as it does with photos, or should I be looking elsewhere?

Thanks in advance.

OP McAllister New Member • Posts: 10
Re: Epson Stylus R1800 advice needed.

Thanks. I should have clarified a bit more about what I'll be using it for. I'll be freelancing mostly (so anything is a possibility), but I'll be focusing on corporate identity and communications.

This is good news, I think I found my printer!

mjbauer wrote:

McAllister wrote:

Hello, I know info regarding this printer is still fleeting as it's
not out yet, but I was hoping someone would have the info I need.
I'm a graphic design student 2 months away from graduation, and I'm
looking for a wide format printer. Ideally, I'd love to get a
colour laser, but that's too far out of my price range.

The R1800 meets my price and media requirements, but I'm aware it's
being billed as a photo printer. Will it be able to handle text as
well as it does with photos, or should I be looking elsewhere?

Thanks in advance.

Almost all photo printers can do text, often very well. To a
computer, a photo is really just a graphic image. You don't say
what your percentage of graphics vs. text is expected to be? Ae you
going to be doing layout? If so, an Epson R1800 will do fine. Read
reviews of the R800 for some insights. Check out Vincents site
http://www.photo-i.co.uk/ for a good r800 review
--
Mike Bauer

OP McAllister New Member • Posts: 10
Re: Epson Stylus R1800 advice needed.

I'll primarily be using the printer for portfolio/presentation/mock-up purposes. I have a separate printer for straight text purposes.

danielsan wrote:
You can get pretty good color lasers for about $500 now or maybe
even less. They are a little more expensive to run than higher end
models but still cheaper than inkjets. However, color lasers are
only good for text, brochures, etc not photos.

McAllister wrote:

Hello, I know info regarding this printer is still fleeting as it's
not out yet, but I was hoping someone would have the info I need.
I'm a graphic design student 2 months away from graduation, and I'm
looking for a wide format printer. Ideally, I'd love to get a
colour laser, but that's too far out of my price range.

I have an R800 - the R1800's little brother). I tried text on it.
Its pretty good but with the running costs it doesnt make much
sense to use it as a text printer. If you are doing a fair bit of
text it makes most economic sense to have a printer for text and a
printer for photos. Of course, the upfront costs are more but over
time you come out ahead. If you dont color for the text part get a
cheap monochrome laser(about $100 or so).

The R1800 meets my price and media requirements, but I'm aware it's
being billed as a photo printer. Will it be able to handle text as
well as it does with photos, or should I be looking elsewhere?

Thanks in advance.

Vlada Regular Member • Posts: 297
Re: Epson Stylus R1800 advice needed.

McAllister,

read this report:
http://www.wilhelm-research.com/wpson/r1800.html

it can help you a little bit on making decision.

Bruce Oudekerk
Bruce Oudekerk Veteran Member • Posts: 3,412
Re: Epson Stylus R1800 advice needed.

I have an R800. With the combination of inexpensive Heavyweight Matte and its ability to profile well, it’s a great choice given its price point. I do a lot of work in Illustrator CS, PS CS, Corel Draw 11 and love the look and feel of the small proofs. I’ll need to switch to the R1800.

If your needs become more specific, I still can’t see you regretting this purchase as it has the useful property of producing drop dead gorgeous photographic imagery.

FWIW the R800 (and presumably the R1800) can produce fine detail you cannot see with the naked eye.

Bruce

Vlada wrote:

McAllister,

read this report:
http://www.wilhelm-research.com/wpson/r1800.html

it can help you a little bit on making decision.

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Dave Lewis Forum Pro • Posts: 10,425
Re: Epson Stylus R1800 advice needed.

McAllister wrote:

Hello, I know info regarding this printer is still fleeting as it's
not out yet, but I was hoping someone would have the info I need.
I'm a graphic design student 2 months away from graduation, and I'm
looking for a wide format printer. Ideally, I'd love to get a
colour laser, but that's too far out of my price range.

The R1800 meets my price and media requirements, but I'm aware it's
being billed as a photo printer. Will it be able to handle text as
well as it does with photos, or should I be looking elsewhere?

Thanks in advance.

All of the Epson photo printers handle text perfectly. They are considerably slower and more expensive to use than a laser, but the text to the naked eye is just as good. As for a color laser, don't waste your longing on such a beast. They are probably just fine for vector art, without much gradient, but as a photo printer they are nowhere near ink jet. They are best with text and speed and high output.
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Dave Lewis

mjbauer Contributing Member • Posts: 784
Re: Epson Stylus R1800 advice needed.

Vlada wrote:

McAllister,

read this report:
http://www.wilhelm-research.com/wpson/r1800.html

it can help you a little bit on making decision.

The above didn't work for me, try this one

Link http://www.wilhelm-research.com/epson/
--
Mike Bauer

Adam Benn Regular Member • Posts: 171
Re: Epson Stylus R1800 advice needed.

I would recommend at least looking at the HP 30. It is a few bucks more, but available now. Plus, it'll cost less to run, and be more reliable. With HP, the print head is a standard replaceable part. On the Epson you'll find yourself needing to do head cleaning more often, especially as the printer ages (which consumes a significant amount of ink), and if a print head clogs permanently it is costly and pretty much has to be done by a service center.

Also, I find HP printers to be a little better all-round, for things other than just photos. Plus, the HP calibrates itself, whereas to calibrate the Epson requires lots of trial and error or professional calibrating services.

The Epson is pigment ink, while the HP is dye ink. There are pluses and minuses to both types.

You should at least take a look.

McAllister wrote:

Hello, I know info regarding this printer is still fleeting as it's
not out yet, but I was hoping someone would have the info I need.
I'm a graphic design student 2 months away from graduation, and I'm
looking for a wide format printer. Ideally, I'd love to get a
colour laser, but that's too far out of my price range.

The R1800 meets my price and media requirements, but I'm aware it's
being billed as a photo printer. Will it be able to handle text as
well as it does with photos, or should I be looking elsewhere?

Thanks in advance.

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