Using the latest Photo Reproduction Quality technology incorporating the EPSON Perfect Picture Imaging System, true Photo-Quality performance comes as standard without the need for additional upgrades, while printing on plain paper has been improved even further.
The best news is the 780's price, it's now only $99 and Epson has upgraded drivers and software to fully support the Print Image Matching (PIM) technology found on many of the new digicams. Visit the Epson Print Image Matching web site for more details.
How to Get the PRINT Image Matching Upgrade
The first PRINT Image Matching-compatible printer, the EPSON Stylus Photo 785EPX, offered PRINT Image Matching support when used without the computer. With a simple software upgrade to Epson Software Film Factory, this printer can now support PRINT Image Matching through the computer.
Customers who own the EPSON Stylus Photo 780, 890 and 1280 printers can also easily upgrade their printer with an updated driver and a new version of Epson Software Film Factory with PRINT Image Matching support. These upgrades can be obtained by calling Epson's PRINT Image Matching customer support line at (562) 276-7296 to speak to a representative Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST, and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST. A CD-ROM containing the PRINT Image Matching upgrade will be shipped to each customer, free of charge.
or Download the newest 780 drivers from
Epson America's File Library
The difference between the models -- the Stylus Photo 780 is the entry-level photo printer for the home user. It has a carriage width of 8.5 inches and can handle paper lengths up to 44 inches. It is iMac-styled with the translucent blue cover.
The main difference between the 780 and the 890 is that the 890 comes packaged with the
roll paper holder. There is no roll paper option available for the 780 and the only
Paper Source option in the print driver is the Sheet Feeder.
The Epson Stylus Photo 1280 (1290 in Europe) has a wider carriage and accepts paper
stock up to 13 inches in width and 44 inches in length. All three printers feature the
same basic print engine with an amazing 4-picoliter variable size ink droplet that gives
you about twice the tonal range of any other inkjet. The 1280 (1290) uses the larger
capacity T009 color cartridge.
To insure complete cross-platform compatibility the new printers are
equipped with both bi-directional parallel and high-speed USB ports. When used with
a Windows PC you can use either port and the USB can be used with the macintosh
computers. Epson has an optional print server that allows the printer to be a true
resource on an ethernet network.
Mechanics & Performance
I'm not one who cares much about looks, so I can take it or leave it when it comes to the iMac styling -- how can you avoid it nowadays. seems as if everything is mimicking the popular translucent color schemes of our friends over at Apple.
The first thing you notice, especially if you're a new Epson printer user, is the rather noisy "pump up and nozzle clean" cycle that all Epsons are famous for. Yes it does require a little time when the printer is first turned on and yes, it does waste a certain amount of ink. But, it is necessary for the piezo printing technology that Epson uses. It properly primes the feed lines and ensures that all of the nozzles are clear. Believe me, the printed results are well worth it.
The new printers are quite fast unless using the 2880dpi mode, it greatly extends print
times and doubles the ink useage. The 2880dpi mode can only be selected with the Photo
Paper, Premium Glossy Paper or Glossy Film media settings and cannot be used with the no
margins (borderless) mode. Unless you're creating prints to be examined by an 8x loupe,
the 1440dpi and 720dpi modes will more than meet your needs.
As you can see by the print times above, using the borderless (aka no margins or full
bleed) option doubles the print time. You'll know why if you lift the cover and watch
the process it uses to produce a borderless print. The printer micro-steps and begins
printing before the leading edge of the paper gets in range and then slows down
when the trailing edge of the paper is being printed. I was very impressed at how
it handled the paper during borderless printing and didn't see any smearing or
blurring of the trailing edge at all.
I really like the ability to print borderless pictures without having to use the special
Epson 4x6" photo paper with the tear-off margins. It's a hassle to bend and tear off
four tabs per print and the micro-perf'd edges were not all that smooth. You can now
use any brand of 4x6" photo paper to print your own "drug store size jumbo prints."
Looking down inside the new Stylus Photo printers you will see how they are able to handle the ink that is over-sprayed during full bleed printing. There is absorbant foam that soaks up the excess ink and it's located along the leading edge as well as at the 0", 4", 5", 8" and 8.5" width points.
US visitors Epson Stylus 780/870/875/890/895/790/915/1270 Rep. BLK Cart.
UK visitors Epson Stylus 780/870/875/890/895/790/915/1270 Rep. BLK Cart.
|Printing Method||6-color (Cyan, light cyan, Magenta, light magenta, Yellow and Black) Micro Piezo ink jet technology, borderless printing 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10 and 8.5 x 11 support|
|Configuration||Monochrome head: 48 nozzles, Color head: 240 nozzles|
|Resolution||2880 x 720 dpi; 1440 x 720 dpi; 720 x 720 dpi; 360 x 360 dpi; 120 x 120 dpi|
|Ink Droplet Size||4 picoliters|
|Print Speed||4" x 6" Photo: 54 secs. , 8" x 10" Photo: 1 min. 50 secs. Black text memo: Approx. 8 ppm.|
|Sound Level||47 dB(A)|
|Ink Technology||EPSON Photo Ink (Lightfast Inks)*|
|Printer Language||EPSON ESC/P Raster, EPSON Remote|
|Software Driver||Windows USB- Windows 98, 2000, Me or later; Windows Parallel- Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000, Me or later; Macintosh USB- Macintosh System 8.5.1 or later|
|Input Buffer||256 KB|
|Interface||USB, Parallel (IEEE-1284)|
|Print Direction||Bidirectional with logic seeking|
|Single Sheets||Letter, legal, A4, B5, A5, A6, half letter, executive, user definable (4" to 44"), 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10"|
|Types||Supports a variety of EPSON photo papers, plain and bond papers.|
|Envelope Types||No. 10, DL, C6|
|Printable Area||8.5" x 11" (full-bleed letter size); Top Margin, 0"; Bottom Margin, 0", Left Margin, 0"; Right Margin, 0", 8.5" x 44" (maximum)|
|Paper Capacity||Input paper tray: 100 Sheets/ 10 envelopes, Output paper tray: 30 sheets|
|Physical Dimensions||17.7" L x 9.7" W x 7.2" H, 8.36 lb|
|Environmental Conditions||Temperature: Operating: 50° to 95°F (10° to 35°); Storage: -4° to 140°F (-20° to 60°C), Humidity: Operating: 20% to 80% releative humidity, Storage: 5% to 85% relative humidity (no condensation)|
|Safety Approvals||Safety standards: UL1950, CSA22.2 950, FCC part 15 subpart B class B, CSA C108.8 class B|
|Rated Voltage||120V AC +/-10%|
|Rated Frequency||50 to 60 Hz|
|Rated Current||0.4 Amp (max.)|
|Power Consumption||Approx. 17 W (self test mode)|
|Ink Cartridge Life|
|Automatic ink low/Ink out detection||Yes|
|Black Ink Life||540 pages text (ISO/IEC 10561 letter pattern), 378 pages of graphic (5% coverage)|
|Color ink life||220 pages ( 15% coverage)|
|Warranty||Standard one year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada including EPSON Exchange program. (Additional warranties available beyond one year).|
|Software||EPSON Software Film Factory, Arcsoft PhotoImpression 3.0, and QBeo PhotoGenetics 2.0 TE|
|* Per Wilhelm Research Labs, lightfastness rated approximately 25 years before noticeable fading occurs in normal indoor display conditions in a glass frame, when using Genuine EPSON ink cartridges and EPSON Matte Paper- Heavyweight; approximately 6-7 years under the same conditions when using EPSON Photo Paper. Results will vary depending on lighting conditions, humidity, framing under glass, color intensity, color range and print media. Water-resistant prints are produced using Genuine EPSON ink cartridges and EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper and EPSON Photo Paper. Fine Mode: Print speeds will vary depending on system configuration, software application, page complexity, amount of page covered and print setting.|
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