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Stylus Photo 925

Review posted 01/15/03

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

The EPSON Stylus Photo 925 has many outstanding and exclusive features that make this printer ideal for more experienced digital photographers and those searching for a completely PC-free solution. Built into the printer is an automatic roll paper cutting device that makes it simple to print over 50 borderless 4" x 6" snapshots quickly from a roll. The cutter automatically trims the photos as they are being printed -- saving time and paper. The control panel supports over 20 photo templates and a large number of supported paper types, along with the cropping feature that enables users to crop images without using a computer. The printer's control panel also incorporates two "one-touch" printing buttons that allow users to save their favorite print settings. Customers can easily print Photo Stickers in addition to Glossy Photo Greeting Cards and Iron-on Transfer Sheets, all without ever turning on a computer.

The printer offers the ability to print with or without a computer with built-in card slots, which support CompactFlash Type I and II, IBM Microdrive, SmartMedia and Sony Memory Stick. The printer supports Secure Digital and MultiMedia Cards with an optional Zio! card reader. The Stylus Photo 925 can also store or back-up digital files right to a storage device such as an Iomega Zip drive or other USB device like the Sony Micro Vault. The printer also offers connectivity with Direct-Connect-Compatible (DCC) digital cameras enabling users to print directly from a variety of digital cameras via their USB cable.

The Stylus Photo 925 produces long-lasting photos which can resist fading up to 25 years with Epson's optimized combination of photo inks and fade-resistant papers, like EPSON ColorLife Photo Paper. The printers also use Epson's fast and convenient quick-drying inks for prints that are immediately dry to the touch and water-resistant on EPSON Premium Photo Papers.

The Stylus Photo 925 includes EPSON Software Film Factory 2.5 for PC or Mac with PRINT Image Matching support. PRINT Image Matching (P.I.M.) II ensures that P.I.M.-enabled digital cameras and P.I.M.-enabled printers work perfectly together to create the best possible prints. Included in the software bundle is a P.I.M. file plug-in for Photoshop 6, 7 and Photoshop Elements 1, 2. Also included is ArcSoft's PhotoImpression 3.0 for editing photos and adding special effects. All three software applications are Mac and PC compatible and support P.I.M. and Exif Print technology.

Stylus Photo 925 Features:

  • 6-Color inkset standard, no special cartridges for photo or text printing

  • Ultrasmall 4-picoliter ink droplets for high detail without visible dots

  • Photo-optimized black ink for precise shadow detail, and dark, rich blacks for better looking color, nighttime, and B&W photos

  • Up to 5760x720 optimized dpi with Resolution Performance Management (RPM)

  • Fast print times: 4x6" photo in 50 seconds, 8x10" in 1 minute 42 seconds

  • BorderFree printing on 4x6" 5x7" 8x10" and letter-size paper

  • Prints up to 8.3" x 44" for panorama photo prints
    (up to 128" long with certain applications under Windows 2000/XP)

  • Roll paper holder for 4" and 8.3" widths with an automatic cutter

  • Three built-in card slots; CompactFlash Type I and II (including Microdrive), SmartMedia and Memory Stick. SD/MMC cards require optional ZIO! reader

  • Print direct from CF/SM/MS cards with more image adjustment features than any other standalone photo printer

  • Optional 1.6-inch color preview LCD monitor

  • Supports a large assortment of papers including EPSON Glossy Photo, Premium Glossy, Semigloss, Luster, ColorLife, and Matte Paper

  • Card slots are Mass Storage compliant and can be used transfer images to host computer

  • Images can be copied from flash cards to an optional Iomega Zip drive

  • Direct Print from Epson, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus and Sony digital cameras, click here for a list

  • Epson PRINT Image Matching II technology ensures the best possible prints from PIM-enabled digital cameras

  • USB v1.1 connectivity with both Windows and Macintosh computers

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

The Photo 925 uses two ink cartridges, the T026 black and T027 color with the usual cyan, magenta and yellow chambers plus a light magenta and light cyan chamber for more accurate skin tones and smoother color transitions and gradations.

There are no special black or color cartridges that need to be "swapped" for either text or photo printing. The black ink is high density and "photo optimized" for dark, rich blacks in both color and b&w photos with better shadow details.

Using genuine Epson Photo Inks and Epson Photo and Premium Photo papers, the printer creates photo prints that resist fingerprints and smearing from water spillage.

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

The printer "knows" which ink cartridges are in the printer and exactly how much ink is left in them. There are tiny little electronic chips on the edge of each ink tank. This allows you to swap any cartridge at any time and then put it back in the printer later. These IntellidgeTM cartridges actually count each ink droplet used to keep track of the ink remaining.

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh platforms, the Stylus 925 features a USB 1.1 input port for connection to the host computer. The connector on the left is for the optional color LCD preview monitor.

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

The Ext. I/F is another USB 1.1 port for direct connect printing from many Epson, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus and Sony digital cameras. This port also allows connection of an optional Iomega USB Zip drive for storing images from the card slots.

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

The Photo 925 has three built-in card slots that support CompactFlash Type I and II flash cards as well as Microdrives. SmartMedia and Memory Stick cards can be read in the other two slots. Secure Digital and MultiMedia Card media requires an optional ZIO! card reader.

Image data read in from the card slots can be transfered to the host computer (if connected) or to an optional Zip drive. Pictures can be printed directly from memory cards or Microdrives without need of a computer via the control panel and data LCD display.

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

Using the control panel makes standalone printing from flash cards very easy thanks to the verbose monochrome LCD menus. You just follow the menu and prompts on the LCD and enter your selections with the Up/Down and Select keys. When you have entered all of your printing parameters you then press the big PRINT button.

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

Here's a page of the settings for printing a borderless 4x6" photo on glossy photo paper. You select the picture # to print, the layout (one up, two up, four up, bordered, borderless and etc), the paper type, paper size, # of copies and so on. The camera icon on the bottom indicates we are reading from a flash card, the two icons on the right are the black and color ink cartridges and their approximate ink levels.

If you don't have the optional color LCD preview monitor then you must print an index sheet of your pictures on the flash memory card. This gives you a small color thumbnail image of each picture along with the number that the printer will use to identify it.

You can also adjust the picture's brightness, contrast, color saturation or sharpness. as well as crop the image, cropping is done in "blind" fashion unless you have the color LCD preview monitor.

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

If you're doing a lot of standalone printing then I would highly recommend purchasing the optional $79 1.6-inch color LCD preview monitor. This lets you select your pictures visually rather than printing out index sheets. It also makes the cropping process much easier as you can actually see the area being cropped. The color LCD has a tiltable head and a brightness control on the side.

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

Here's the roll paper holders mounted on the back of the printer. Shown here with a 4-inch roll of photo paper. The printer handles 4" or 8.3" width roll paper stock for edge-to-edge borderless printing. The roll paper is fed into the paper path and then automatically pulled up to the start point when you press the feed button. You push and hold the feed button to make it "back out" the roll paper when you're done.

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

The automatic cutter assembly is built-in and active when you select roll paper as the paper source. It's an easy and fairly quick change from cut sheet to roll printing. The printer driver has an option for adjusting the cutter and to select the desired cut option (auto, paper-saving or manual cut.)

You can't see it in this picture but there's a little trap door that opens up in the back side of the paper tray that catches the cut-off portions of the paper.

Epson Stylus Photo 925 Photo Printer

My complaint with using roll paper is that the prints never seem to sit flat again. The prints shown here were under a heavy book for three days and yet still retain as much curve as when first printed. My advice for making 4x6" prints -- stick with the cut sheet paper.

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Stylus Photo 925 Specifications

Printing Technology

  • Advanced Micro-Piezo, optimized for photo printing

Nozzle Configuration

  • Monochrome head: 48 nozzles, Color head: 48 nozzles x 5 (CcMmY)

Ink Palette

  • 6 colors (CcMmYK)

Ink Cartridge Configuration

  • One black cartridge and one color (CcMmY) cartridge

Ink Type

  • Dye based photographically superior Photo Ink system

Minimum Ink Droplet Size

  • 4 picoliter, total of 8 variable drop sizes

Ink Cartridge Life

Black Ink Yield

  • 540 pages text (ISO/IEC 10561 letter pattern), 370 pages graphic (5% coverage)

Color Ink Yield

  • 220 pages ( 5% coverage per color)

Ink Shelf Life

  • 2 years from production date; 6 months from first use

Maximum Resolution (dots per inch)

  • Up to 5760 x 720 optimized dpi with Resolution Performance Management (RPM™) on various papers in RPM Photo mode

Print Speed

Black Text

  • Up to 8 ppm1

Color Text

  • Up to 8 ppm1

4" x 6" Photo

  • 50 seconds

8" x 10" Photo

  • 1 minute 42 seconds

Paper Handling

Maximum Paper Width

  • Single sheet - 8.5", Roll paper - 8.3"

Maximum Printable Area

  • 8.3" x 44" (8.3" x 128" using Windows 2000 or XP with certain applications)
    On letter - Full bleed possible on 8.5" x 11"; Top margin - 0", Bottom margin - 0", Left margin - 0", Right margin - 0"

Paper Sizes

  • Letter, legal, A4, B5, A5, A6, half letter, executive, user definable (4" to 44" in length), 4" x 6", 4" x 6" perforated, 4" roll, 5" x 7",
    8" x 10", 8.3" roll, panoramic (8.3" x 23.4")

Borderless Photo Sizes

  • 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", letter, panoramic

Paper Types

  • Supports a variety of Epson photo papers, roll papers (roll paper holder included), plain, bond and air mail papers. Supports EPSON Premium Bright White, Glossy Photo Paper, Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Premium Semigloss Paper, Premium Luster Paper, ColorLife paper, Matte Paper Heavyweight, Double-sided Matte, Inkjet Transparencies, Self-adhesive Sheets, Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper, Greeting Cards, High Quality Banner paper; labels; envelopes, Iron-on Transfers and Photo Stickers; and EPSON 4" and 8.3" roll paper

Envelope Types

  • No. 10, DL, C6 plain paper, bond paper, air mail

Special Media Support

  • Roll paper - 4" and 8.3" rolls

Maximum Paper Thickness

  • .003" -.004"

Light Resistance / Print Longevity

  • Water resistant, light resistant up to 25 years2

Paper Capacity

  • Input paper tray: 100 Sheets/10 envelopes/1 transparency3

Hardware and Software Details

Printer Dimensions & Weight

  • Storage (L x W x H): 19.4" x 11.4" x 9.0"
    Printing (L x W x H): 19.4" x 23.4" x 12.2"
    Weight: 14.1 lb

Printer Case Color

  • Silver and dark gray

Interface and Connectivity

  • 2 Universal Serial Bus (USB) Ports: 1 for PC and Macintosh connection, 1 for connection to digital cameras with direct printing capabilities or connection to Zip® drive (100 or 250 AC or USB powered), or for ZiO! Card reader, 3 memory card slots

Operating Systems

  • Windows USB - Windows 98, 2000, Me and XP;

  • Macintosh USB - Macintosh System 8.5.1 - 9.X, OS X or 10.1

  • (Note: OS X does not support certain features)

  • System requirements for both: CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, 64MB RAM (128MB recommended)

  • 200MB of available hard disk space recommended, USB port. USB printer cable (not included)

  • Additional Windows Requirements: Pentium 233 MHz or higher processor

  • Additional Macintosh Requirements: G3 or G4 processor, OS X requires 128MB RAM

Software Included

  • EPSON Software™ Film Factory™ 2.5 , Arcsoft PhotoImpression™ 3.0, PRINT Image Matching Plug-In for Adobe Photoshop 6.0, 7.0, and Elements (all titles are PC and Macintosh compatible, P.I.M.- and Exif Print-enabled)

Printer Language

  • EPSON ESC/P Raster, EPSON Remote

PostScript Support

  • N/A

Color Management

  • Standard, EPSON Vivid Color, Charts & Graphs mode

Sound Level

  • 42 dB(A)

Printer Duty

  • 16,000 pages - A4 or letter

Environmental Conditions

  • Temperature: Operating 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C), Storage -4° to 140° F (-20° to 60° C);

    Humidity: Operating 20% to 80% relative humidity, Storage 5% to 85% relative humidity (no condensation)

Safety Approvals

  • Safety standards: UL1950, CSA 22.2 No. 950; FCC part 15 subpart B class B, CSA C108.8 class B

Power Requirements

Rated Voltage

  • 120V AC +/-10%

Rated Frequency

  • 50 - 60 Hz

Rated Current

  • 0.4A (max 0.6A)

Power Consumption

  • Approx. 15W (Energy Star compliant), approx. 7W in Standby mode

Input Buffer

  • 32KB


  • Preview Monitor (C12C860005) available for the easiest way to view and select photos from a digital camera memory card without having to use your computer


  • Standard one-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada including EPSON Exchange program (U.S. and Canada only) Extended warranties available beyond one year - see Warranty page

PC-free Printing Capabilities

Memory Card Compatibility

  • Compact Flash™ Type I and II, Sony Memory Stick®, Smart Media™, IBM Microdrive - no adapters required (Supports Secure Digital and MultiMedia Card with Optional ZiO! Card Reader sold separately)

Special Features

  • Print photos with exceptional control without a computer; Crop from printer's control panel; Built-in automatic cutter for roll paper; One-Touch custom buttons; Instant archiving by direct store to Zip®; queue multiple print jobs; Direct connect cameras; Print Greeting cards, Stickers or Iron Ons without a computer

Paper Support

  • 11 papers available from printer's control panel: Plain paper, EPSON Glossy Photo, Premium Glossy Photo, SemiGloss, Premium Luster, Matte Paper, ColorLife, Photo Stickers, Iron-on Transfer Sheets, Greeting Cards, 4" Roll Paper (Glossy or SemiGloss)

Layouts and Templates

  • More than 20 different layouts to choose from right from the control panel

Filters and Image Enhancements

  • Filters: brightness (5 steps from -2 to +2), saturation (5 steps from -2 to +2), sharpness (5 steps from -2 to +2); Automatic Correction settings include PRINT Image Matching and PhotoEnhance with 7 preset adjustment modes (Standard, People, Scenery, Sunset, Night, Back-lit, Macro) ; Five (5) frames to place around stickers

Supported Digital Camera Technologies

  • Printer supports PRINT Image Matching™, PRINT Image Matching™ II, and Exif Print; reads Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) from digital camera memory cards

Direct Connect Compatible (DCC™)

  • Able to connect a variety of digital cameras with direct printing capabilities. The following is a list of cameras that are tested and approved Direct Connect Compatible (DCC™)4 cameras, but not guaranteed. Don't hesitate to see if yours will work:

  • EPSON:PhotoPC 3100Z

  • Minolta: DiMAGE 5, DiMAGE 7, DiMAGE S304, DiMAGE S404, DiMAGE X, DiMAGE 7i, DiMAGE F100

  • Nikon: Coolpix 775, 885, 995, 2000, 2500, 4500, 5000, 5700

  • Olympus: Camedia D-230, D-380, D-510, D-550, D-40, E-100 RS, E-10, C-2040 Zoom, C-304 Zoom, C-700 Ultra Zoom, C-720, C-730 Ultra Zoom, C-3040-Zoom, C-3020 Zoom, C-4040 Zoom, C-50, C-5050 Zoom

  • Sony: CyberShot DCS-P1, P3, P5, P20, P30, P31, P50, P51, P71, P9, F5050V, F707, S50, S75, S85

  • Toshiba: PDR-M4, PDR-T20, PDR-T30, PDR-2300, PDR-3320


  • ¹ Print speeds are based on printing via a computer. Black and Color text memo is in Economy Mode on plain paper and Color photo is in Fine Mode on EPSON Photo paper. Additional processing time will vary based on system configuration, sofware application and page complexity.

  • ² Lightfastness rating of approximately 25 years based on accelerated testing of prints on EPSON ColorLife™ Photo Paper displayed indoors, under glass. Actual print stability will vary according to image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display prints under glass or laminations or properly store them. Water-resistant prints are produced using EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper and EPSON Photo Paper. For more information on these lightfastness ratings, visit Technology In Depth at epson.com.

  • 3 Capacity measured using 17 lb. Paper stock

  • 4 Direct Connect Compatible Cameras (DCC™): Other digital cameras, particularly new models may also be compatible with the Direct Connect feature. Epson cannot guarantee the compatibility of any cameras, including those on the list. Compatibility may be affected by factors such as changes in camera hardware or software interfaces.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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