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Epson R800

R800
Review Date: Jun 16, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

Pros: Quiet, fast
Cons:
Running costs, poor gloss coverage, noticeable grain

For the money, and considering all the glowing reviews, I was expecting something spectacular. Boy, was I disappointed. This is the third Epson printer I've owned, and frankly it will be the last. From now on, I persoanlly will stick to Canon.

The ink is expensive yes, but if the prints were top-class I wouldn't mind. The relatively small droplet size of 1.5pl is supposed to produce smooth, grainless images - it doesn't. I also don't like the way the gloss is applied, as it never looks even, or for that matter very glossy. If you use it for anything other than photos then it's merely average, no better than a 30 throw-away cheapy.

I can only assume all the other reviewers have either never used another printer, or work for Epson! I'm sorry but I tell it as I see it, and this printer isn't worth the money. There are far, far better alternatives out there especially from Canon and HP. If this was a 'budget' printer costing around 100 I'd say go for it, but it's not cheap to buy or to run (ink cartridges don't last long and are costly) so my advice to anyone would be simply this: don't buy this printer.