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Stylus Photo R800

Review posted 04/09/2004

Epson Stylus Photo R800 Photo Printer

The Stylus Photo R800 uses Epson's Advanced Micro Piezo ink jet technology and the world's first 1.5-picoliter ink droplets with an eight cartridge printing system to create incredible detail, more accurate skin tones and an ultra-wide color range designed specifically for photography. The durable Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks deliver archival quality portraits, landscapes and more which can resist fading for up to 80 years on virtually any media.

It's the fastest Epson photo inkjet printer ever creating a borderless 4x6" print in just 45 seconds and black text pages at up to 17 ppm. By utilizing PRINT Image Matching technology and Epson's patented, true BorderFreeTM photo printing technology, the Stylus Photo R800 is able to produce the best prints possible in a variety of frame-ready and portfolio-ready photo paper sizes. Users can effortlessly print their photos on Epson's Borderless 4" x 6", 5" x 7" and 8" x 10" photo papers without having to trim the borders or tear off perforations.

Epson offers a wide variety of papers for use with the Stylus Photo R800 including Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, Premium Luster Photo Paper, Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Heavyweight Matte and Enhanced Matte Photo Paper. And you can also print directly on inkjet-printable CD and DVD discs.

The printer comes bundled with Epson Film Factory™ v3.0, Epson Print CD Software, and 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)

Stylus Photo R800 Features:

  • Eight individual ink cartridges, including matte black and gloss optimizer

  • Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment ink for archival quality glossy and matte photos

  • 1.5-picoliter size ink droplets and up to 5760 x 1440 dpi resolution

  • Fast printing - 4x6" borderless photo in 45 seconds, black text at up to 17 ppm

  • BorderFree printing on Epson 4x6", 5x7" and 8x10" media

  • Prints directly on inkjet printable CD/DVD discs, Epson Print CD software is included

  • Roll paper holder for 4" and 8.3" paper widths

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

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

  • High-speed IEEE1394 and USB v2.0 connectivity with Windows and Macintosh computers

Epson Stylus Photo R800 Photo Printer

The Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink set is designed specifically for photographers and digital artists. This ink set includes eight individual cartridges and features the new Gloss Optimizer as well as Photo Black and Matte Black ink cartridges. With an eight channel print head, the EPSON Stylus Photo R800 allows the user to keep the Photo Black and Matte Black ink cartridges in the printer at all times and the printer driver determines which black ink to use based on the paper type selected.

In addition to the traditional cyan, magenta and yellow inks, the Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink set also includes new red and blue inks to create a Hi-Fi ink set that expands the color gamut. The color gamut for the Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink on glossy paper is up to 22% larger than ink jet printers with standard cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink sets.

Epson Stylus Photo R800 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 R800 Photo Printer

Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh platforms, the Stylus R800 features both a high-speed IEEE1394 FireWire and a USB 2.0 input port for connection to the host computer.

Epson Stylus Photo R800 Photo Printer

Here's the roll paper holders mounted on the back of the printer. It can handle 4" or 8.3" width roll paper stock for edge-to-edge borderless printing. Good for continuous 4x6" prints or 8.3 x 24" panoramas.

Epson Stylus Photo R800 Photo Printer

This printer also features direct CD printing capabilities enabling customers to print directly onto printable CDs or DVDs by placing them in a tray that slides through the printer's front-loading, straight-through paper path. This CD printing capability is an Epson exclusive feature, first introduced with the EPSON Stylus Photo 960 and is also available with the Stylus Photo 900 and Stylus Photo R300/300M. Macintosh and PC users can create their own CD or DVD designs, or utilize colorful backgrounds and images from the EPSON Print CD software, which now supports Mac OS 10.2 or higher and comes bundled with the printer.

Only ink-jet printable CD-R and DVD-R media are compatible with the EPSON Stylus Photo R800. Ink-jet printable CD-R media are produced by several major media brands including Imation, Maxell, Memorex, Mitsui, TDK and Verbatim. The ink-jet printable CD-R media can be purchased from a variety of online retailers including www.cdw.com, www.macconnection.com, www.pcconnection.com, www.warehouse.com, and www.zones.com.

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Stylus Photo R800 Specifications

Printing Technology

  • Advanced Micro Piezo® pigment ink jet, optimized for photo printing

Nozzle Configuration

  • 180 nozzles (per cartridge)

Ink Palette

  • 6-color (Cyan, Magenta,Yellow, Photo Black or Matte Black, Red, and Blue)

Ink Cartridge Configuration

  • Individual cartridges, eight channel print head system

Ink Type

  • Epson UltraChrome™ Hi-Gloss Ink

Minimum Ink Droplet Size

  • 1.5-picoliter

Ink Cartridge Life

Black Ink Yield

  • 550 pages ISO/IEC 10561 letter pattern, 400 pages graphics at 5% coverage¹

Color Ink Yield

  • 400 pages at 5% coverage per color¹

Gloss Optimizer Yield

  • 400 pages at 5% coverage¹

Ink Shelf Life

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

Maximum Resolution (dots per inch)

  • Up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi

Print Speed

Black Text

  • Up to 17 ppm²

5" x 7" Photo

  • 45 seconds², (Photo Mode)

Paper Handling

Maximum Paper Width

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

Maximum Printable Area

  • 8.3" x 44"

Paper Sizes

  • Letter, legal, A4, statement, executive, user definable (4" to 44" in length), 4" x 6", 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", and panoramic

Paper Types

  • Supports a variety of Epson photo papers, 4" and 8.3" roll papers (roll paper holder included), plain, bond and air mail papers. Supports Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, Premium Luster Photo Paper, Enhanced Matte Paper, Matte Paper Heavyweight, Double-sided Matte Paper Heavyweight, Inkjet Transparencies, Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper, Premium Bright White Paper, ink jet printable CDs/DVDs.

Envelope Types

  • No. 10, DL, C6

Special Media Support

  • Roll paper - 4" and 8.3" rolls , Direct CD printing

Light Resistance / Print Longevity

  • Light resistant up to 80 years (both matte and glossy media surfaces)³

Paper Capacity

  • Input paper tray: 100 Sheets(plain paper)/ 20 sheets (photo paper)/ 10 envelopes/ 1 transparency/ 1 printable CD/DVD

Hardware and Software Details

Printer Dimensions & Weight

  • Storage (L x W x H): 12.1" x 19.5" x 7.8"
    Printing (L x W x H): 25" x 19.5" x 12.8"
    Weight: 17.6 lb (without ink cartridges)

Printer Case Color

  • Silver and dark gray

Interface and Connectivity

  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and IEEE 1394 (FireWire®)

Operating Systems

  • Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP, Mac 8.6-9.2, OSX 10.1.3 or later

Software Included

  • Epson Software™ Film Factory™ v3.0, Epson Print CD Software, and 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

  • No

Color Management

  • Standard and Epson Vivid Color

Sound Level

  • 45dB(A) (max)

Printer Duty

  • 25,000 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 (without condensation)

Safety Approvals

  • Safety standards: UL60950, CSA 22.2 No. 60950; FCC part 15 subpart B class B, CSA C108.8 class B

Power Requirements

Rated Voltage

  • 120V AC

Rated Frequency

  • 50 - 60 Hz

Rated Current

  • 0.5 Amp (0.8 Amp max.)

Power Consumption

  • Approx. 20 W (Energy Star compliant), approx. 2 W in Standby mode

Input Buffer

  • 64KB


  • Standard one-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada including Epson Exchange program (U.S. and Canada only)

Direct CD / DVD Printing Support

  • Yes

Straight through paper path for thicker media

  • N/A


  • ¹Cartridge life will vary with images printed, print settings, papers, and frequency of use. Some ink from first cartridge used for initialization.

  • ²Black text memo is in Economy mode on plain paper. Color photo is in Photo Mode on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper. Additional processing time may vary based on system configuration, software application and page complexity.

  • ³Lightfastness rating up to 100 years based on accelerated testing of prints on select Epson Papers 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.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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