Epson Stylus Photo 785EPX
Stylus Photo 785EPX Main Features:
2880 x 720 dpi, 6-color Photo Reproductive Quality
Virtually continuous tone quality
Print speeds: 4x6" in 54 seconds, 8x10" 1:51 (Fine mode)
Printing without computer via flash card and control panel
prints on 4x6", 5x7", 8x10" and 8.5x11" media
Panoramic printing with cut sheets up to 8.5 x 44" long
PCMCIA Type II card slot (includes CompactFlash Type I adapter), supports Sony
Memory Stick, SmartMedia, Type II CompactFlash, IBM Microdrive, and Secure Digital
with optional adapters.
Filters for brightness, sharpness, vivid, sepia, monochrome and contrast
Optional 1.6-inch color LCD for preview ($99 MSRP)
Supports Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) from memory cards.
Epson PRINT Image Matching Technology
EPSON Ultra Micro Dot™ 4pl with Variable Sized Droplet Technology
Separate black and color ink cartridges
USB connectivity for Windows® and Macintosh®
EPSON Film Factory™ and Arcsoft™ PhotoImpression™ 3.0 software included
The Epson Stylus Photo 785EPX, 780, 890 and the larger format
Stylus Photo 1280 printers represent the absolute best in current
inkjet printing technology at the time of this writing (May 2001). They all feature
2880dpi printing resolution for pinsharp text and graphics. Using a combination of
4-picoliter Ultra Micro Dot, advanced Variable Sized Droplet technology, PhotoEnhance 4
and 2880dpi, they produce photolab-quality prints.
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
Epson has upgraded 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.
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.
The Stylus Photo 785EPX is entry-level priced but has everything the home or small
office would need in a modern, high-resolution photo printer. It has a carriage
width of 8.5 inches and can handle paper lengths up to 44 inches. Also included
with the printer is a roll paper holder, more about this below.
In addition to the Photo Reproduction Quality technology, the Stylus 785EPX is
Epson's first printer to include PRINT Image Matching, a breakthrough technology
that ensures digital cameras and printers work perfectly together to produce the
best possible prints. Many new cameras made in 2001 will feature PRINT Image
Matching compatibility. Camera manufacturers can set critical image specific parameters
for printing such as gamma level, color space, contrast, sharpness, brightness,
saturation, shadow point, highlight point and color balance to ensure optimum
results for each camera.
There are specific driver settings for all types of media; plain paper, photo paper,
Premium Glossy Photo paper, glossy film, transparency, double-weight matte, photo stickers
and roll glossy photo paper.
I really like the ability to print borderless pictures without having to use the
old 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.
Epson's new borderless glossy photo paper is available in the 4x6", 5x7" and 8x10"
standard photographic sizes. No more cutting prints to make them fit in photo
The Stylus 785EPX can also print BorderFree prints on standard 8.5 x 11" letter
size media as well.
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 (borderless) 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.
The built in PCMCIA Type II card slot supports all existing memory cards when
used with the appropriate adapter. Epson includes a CompactFlash Type I adapter and
there's a mailin coupon in the box to exchange the CF adapter for either a SmartMedia
or MemoryStick adapter (offer good thru 9/01/01).
You can read your memory cards and print pictures without the use of a computer or
the PCMCIA slot can be used as a card reader to transfer images to the host computer
when connected via USB. Utility programs are included that detect when a card has
been inserted and then automatically copies the images to the hard drive.
The 785EPX comes with a roll paper holder. Using the 4" wide glossy photo paper
rolls you can crank out an endless stream of borderless 4x6" prints just like a
photo lab. You can also print up to 4 x 44" panormamas with the roll paper.
I would advise you to get a good rotary trimmer to cut roll paper prints as most
paper cutters leave the edges rough.
Equipped with a high-speed USB port, the 785EPX is compatible with PCs running
Windows 98, 2000, Me or later; USB equipped Macintosh with System 8.5.1 - 9.X
There is an optional 1.6" color LCD preview monitor available for $99.
This monitor allows you to "see" and select pictures on the memory card for
printing. This eliminates the need to print index sheets.
The color preview monitor has a screen saver function, brightness adjustment knob
and a tilt mechanism for changing the viewing angle.
The first thing you notice, especially if you're a new Epson printer user, is the
rather lengthy "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
As you can see by the print times above, using the borderless (aka no margins or
full bleed) option more than 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.
Print Speed Timings
Custom: Advanced Photo-realistic setting
(Windows 98 SE, Pentium III/1000MHz USB 1.1)
|Resolution||High Speed||Paper Size||Print Time
|2880 dpi||N/A||8.5 x 11"||20:35
|1440 dpi||Off||8.5 x 11"||10:30
|720 dpi||Off||8.5 x 11"||5:15
|720 dpi||On||8.5 x 11"||3:50
|2880 dpi||N/A||4 x 6"||7:22
|1440 dpi||Off||4 x 6"||3:58
|1440 dpi||On||4 x 6"||2:52
|720 dpi||Off||4 x 6"||1:53
|720 dpi||On||4 x 6"||1:20
|1440 dpi (borderless)||Off||4 x 6"||10:02
|1440 dpi (borderless)||On||4 x 6"||7:41
|720 dpi (borderless)||Off||4 x 6"||5:10
|720 dpi (borderless)||On||4 x 6"||3:20
Standalone Mode - Direct print from Card
|720 dpi (borderless)||N/A||4 x 6"||7:56
|720 dpi||N/A||4 x 6"||4:45
|720 dpi||N/A||8.5 x 11"||11:45