The entry level of the archival-quality photo printer market is heating up right now, with the simultaneous release of Epson's Stylus Photo R1900 and HP's Photosmart Pro B8850. HP's entry is a lower-priced version of the Photosmart Pro B9180, offering that model's very good print quality and strong features (with a few intelligent omissions) at a lower price.
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Epson Monday announced the Stylus Photo R1900, a US$550, B-size (13" by 19") desktop printer with pigment-based inks, advanced paper-handling capabilities and productivity features aimed at serious amateurs and professional photographers. Unlike the pricier Stylus Photo R2400, which is best known for its black-and-white printing capabilities (and its voracious appetite for ink), the R1900 is designed primarily to produce optimal color prints. In place of the R2400's light black and light light black inks, the R1900 has a gloss optimizer cartridge that sprays a clear overcoat on top of glossy media, producing a "superglossy" print that lacks the bronzing or dullness found in glossy prints made with most pigment-based printers.