Epson Stylus Photo R300MThe EPSON Stylus Photo R300 and R300M are perfect for digital camera owners who want a flexible and easy to use photo solution. Both printers offer the same convenient and innovative features such as printing directly onto the surface of inkjet printable CDs and DVDs, and being able to print photos with or without a computer. The Stylus Photo R300M includes a 2.5" color preview monitor for viewing and selecting images before printing them. The R300 and R300M are designed for digital camera owners and offer up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi for creating images with incredible detail, beautiful skin tones, sharper contrast and an ultra-wide color range. Users can print frame-ready, BorderFree images in all of the popular sizes; 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 8.5" x 11", and panoramic size photos. These printers make it easy for anyone to crop, resize, save and print photos directly from memory cards or picture CDs without having to use a computer. The front USB port makes it simple to connect the printers to a CD-R drive, Zip drive or PictBridge-enabled digital camera. Both printers are also equipped with built-in memory card slots that support CompactFlash Type I and II, IBM Microdrive, xD-Picture Card, Sony Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo w/adapter, SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard and Secure Digital memory formats. The Stylus Photo R300 and R300M lets you print directly onto the surface of ink-jet printable CD-R and DVD-R media thus eliminating the expense, inconvenience, and risk of using adhesive labels. Users can easily design professional-looking CDs and DVDs with customized text, colorful backgrounds and images by using the included Epson Print CD software. Printing on CDs is quick and simple via the front-loading CD tray that comes standard with the printer. For the first time in Epson's consumer photo printer line, individual ink cartridges are being utilized to provide an even more affordable home printing solution. With the combination of Epson's exclusive ink technology and high-quality, value-priced papers, customers can reap the benefits of an affordable home printing solution. 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 R300 and R300M are both Macintosh and Windows compatible and offer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connectivity when using a computer with the printer and a offer a separate USB 1.1 host connection for use with CD-R drives, Zip drives and PictBridge-enabled digital cameras. An optional Bluetooth Photo Print Adapter allows users to print directly from a variety of Bluetooth enabled devices including mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and Windows laptops and desktop PCs.
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The R300M (and R300) uses six individual ink cartridges, consisting of Black, Magenta, Light Magenta, Cyan, Light Cyan and Yellow. This is the first Epson consumer-priced photo printer to offer this economical alternative, first seen on the professional Photo Stylus 2200. No more throwing out an expensive multi-color cartridge when just one of the colors runs out. 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. The printer "knows" which ink cartridges are in the printer and exactly how much ink is left in them. There are tiny "smart" chips on each ink tank. This allows you to swap any cartridge at any time and then put it back in the printer later. These Intellidge cartridges actually count each ink droplet used to keep track of the ink remaining.
Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh platforms, the Stylus R300M (and R300) features a high-speed USB 2.0 port for connection to the host computer. The connector above is for the color LCD preview monitor.The front-mounted Ext. I/F is a USB 1.1 port for direct connect printing from many Canon, Epson, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus and Sony digital cameras that are PictBridge compatible. Shown here is the popular Canon Digital Rebel SLR camera. This port also allows connection of an optional Iomega USB Zip drive or CD-R recorder for storing images transfered from the memory card slots.
The R300M (and R300) has four built-in card slots that support CompactFlash Type I and II cards, Microdrives, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card and xD-Picture Card media. Image data read in from the card slots can be transfered to the host computer (if connected) or to an optional Zip drive or CD-Recorder via the EXT I/F USB port on the front.
Pictures can be printed directly from memory cards or Microdrives without need of a computer via the control panel and the 2.5-inch color preview LCD display. The LCD can be tilted up or down and has a backlight control on the side. The "Basic" mode (shown above) lets you quickly make 4x6" prints on Epson Photo Glossy Premium Paper by just selecting the desired image and pressing the Print button.
The "Advanced" mode gives you access to a multitude of printing options such as: Number of copies, paper size, paper type, Layout, Cropping, Filters (Sepia, B&W), Auto Correction, Small Image Enhancer, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Sharpness, Date/Time Stamping, Photo Info, Quality and Bi-Directional printing. It also gives you access to maintainenance functions for changing ink carts, head cleaning, nozzle check, paper feed, printhead alignment and LCD contrast.
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.
Most computers are equipped with CD-R or CD/DVD-R drives so the CD printing function is very handy. You can now print your own custom disc labels, everything you need comes in the box. Included is Epson's Print CD software program which lets you design simple text or elegant graphical disc labels. See the end of my conclusion for a picture of an actual printed CD label. Printing on discs is quite easy thanks to a flip-down tray that supports the special CD carrier. This carrier accomodates standard size 12 cm discs, 8 cm "mini CD" discs and Business Card CD media. You load this carrier in the front and after the label is printed it is ejected out the front again. You do need to allow for some extra room behind the printer for this carrier to extend during the printing process.