Nice photos, price make Epson printer picture-perfect


April 25, 2002|By Kevin Washington

Nice photos, price make Epson printer picture-perfect choice

At $200, the Epson Stylus Photo 785EPX competes well against more expensive inkjet printers. This six-color photo printer, which offers 2,800-by-720 dpi resolution, can produce borderless prints that Epson says will last upward of 25 years if you use archive-quality ink.

More a photo printer than a text printer, the 785EPX produces sharp, color-rich pictures in sizes up to 8-by-10 inches. It uses Epson's proprietary Micro Piezo print head with Variable Sized Droplet Technology to create pictures that are nearly indistinguishable from a photo finisher's prints.

The 785EPX offers a memory card slot adapter for Compact Flash Type I cards, which can be traded for a SmartMedia or Sony Memory Stick. Plug in a card full of pictures and you can choose what to print and how to print it without a computer, if you desire. But not seeing the image makes some people uncomfortable, so Epson offers an optional 1.6-inch LCD monitor ($100) that allows you to preview photos before you decide whether to print them, even if you're near a PC.

Even when it's purchased with the LCD screen, the price of Epson's printer is $100 less than a Hewlett Packard Photosmart 1315 with similar features. Moreover, the Epson's print quality edges that of the HP.

The 785EPX also has Print Image Matching, a technology that reads data stored by your camera in the picture file when you shoot a photograph. That information then tells the printer how the image should look when printed. If your camera supports PIM, then you may want to match it up with this excellent Epson machine.

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