Epson Stylus Photo 780Stylus Photo 780 Main Features: 2880 x 720 dpi Perfect Picture Printing
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.
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.
Print Speed TimingsCustom: Advanced Photo-realistic setting
(Windows 98 SE, Pentium III/1000MHz USB)
|Resolution||High Speed||Paper Size||Print Time|
|2880 dpi||N/A||8.5 x 11"||25 min 30 secs|
|1440 dpi||Off||8.5 x 11"||11 min 20 secs|
|1440 dpi||On||8.5 x 11"||7 min 32 secs|
|720 dpi||Off||8.5 x 11"||5 min 50 secs|
|720 dpi||On||8.5 x 11"||2 min 40 secs|
|2880 dpi||N/A||4 x 6"||9 min 20 secs|
|1440 dpi||Off||4 x 6"||4 min 50 secs|
|1440 dpi||On||4 x 6"||3 min 05 secs|
|720 dpi||Off||4 x 6"||2 min 20 secs|
|720 dpi||On||4 x 6"||1 min 20 secs|
|1440 dpi (borderless)||Off||4 x 6"||10 min 30 secs|
|1440 dpi (borderless)||On||4 x 6"||6 min 20 secs|
|720 dpi (borderless)||Off||4 x 6"||5 min 10 secs|
|720 dpi (borderless)||On||4 x 6"||2 min 50 secs|
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.