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Epson Stylus Photo R290

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews of Epson Stylus Photo R290. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People really like the design and durability. The performance and usability are also appreciated, but reviews are divided on the print quality.

price, usability, performance, durability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Epson Stylus Photo R290 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : James Hutchinson (

Epson Stylus Photo R290


Inexpensive, efficient printing

Cheap running costs, CD/DVD printing

Poor build quality, some quality problems

The R290 is an inexpensive and efficient low-end addition to Epson’s Stylus Photo range. Although quality isn’t always up to scratch, the printer will suit basic photo printing needs.

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Laiq Qureshi (

Epson Stylus Photo R290


The Epson R290 is positioned at a very comfortable place on the shelves, both with regard to the customer's needs as well as Epson's own portfolio. This photo printer will not fail to satisfy you, especially after you hear the price. Epson is a strong...

The Epson R290 costs Rs 11,500, and is a good deal if you need an easy solution to those printing blues. Consider this: you throw a birthday party, and right after the cake is cut you can simply print pics and distribute them. It's that simple. As far...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Terry Lane (

Epson Stylus Photo R290 printer


The output from the Epson is surprisingly good for such a cheap printer.

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : terry (



This is a six colour inkjet printer that uses Epson's Claria photographic inks. These are dye based inks, unlike some other Epson photo printer inks that are pigment based. Dye has some advantages over pigment and the promised print life is 200 years,...

Black and white prints are exceptionally good, using the grey scale control in the print dialogue. This produces rich blacks and fine detail. Colour prints are also sharp, with decent resolution and colour ; Dislike: There are simply too many variables...

There are simply too many variables in the print options in Photoshop. They are confusing and Epson do not provide a clear set of instructions for selecting the correct settings – perhaps because they assume that Photoshop users know what they’re...

The output from the Epson is surprisingly good for such a cheap printer. It would be silly to expect the same print quality from a $150 unit as from, for instance, the $600 Stylus Photo R800, but these days we can get photo lab quality and consistency...

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (

Photo Print Epson Stylus R290


The Epson R290 is positioned at a very comfortable place on the shelves, both with regard to the customer's needs as well as Epson's own portfolio. This photo printer will not fail to satisfy you, especially after you hear the price. Epson is a strong...

Good price Vibrant colors No banding No ink spillage

Aligning cartridge takes some time

May, 2009

Consumer review (

CHEAP PHOTO LAB Printing Quality


Incredible moment from Your Photos. Enjoy EPSON Stylus Photo R290 Cheap with Good Photo Lab Quality Printing, what else do you want from a printer the only things that made me not give this Product a 5 (five) star is Not Equipped with a LCD screen and...

Cheap, easy to manage, Photo Lab quality

Need a PC

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (

In the convenient of your own home


A maximum resolution of 5760x1440dpi. Epson Stylus R290 printer can produce 540 pages on High capacity Black inks and 860pages on composite yield and 330 pages if you will use Standard Capacity Black Inks and 525 pages on Standard Capacity composite...

Clear pictures, brilliant colors

Speed may vary depends of the paper you use.

Nov, 2008

Consumer review (

A low-cost but good-quality photo printer


Then you should get an Epson R290. I have this printer for 5 months, and I can say, I'm all but disappointed with my purchase. This printer, has 6 individual inks for high-quality output prints, 1.5pl (droplet size) which makes the image more detailed...

Professional looking photos, printing speed

Frequent ink cartridge purchase

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications

Designed specifically for the home user who wants photo lab quality prints the Epson Stylus Photo R290 is a brilliant combination of advanced Epson photo printing technologies, delivering performance, quality and speed.

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):0.3
Power consumption (typical):12

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson Stylus Photo


Power LED: Yes
Stand-by LED: Yes

Input Capacity

Standard input capacity:120

Media Formats

Standard media sizes:A4, Letter, Legal, 8x10", 5x7", 4x6", 3.5x5", 5x8", A6, A5, B5, Half Letter, Envelopes: No10, DL, C6, Letter, Legal


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista


Type: None


Type: None

Paper Handling

Envelopes sizes:10, DL / DL
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
ISO C-series sizes (C0...C9):C6
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Non-ISO print media sizes:Legal, Letter
Photo paper sizes:8x10
Standard tray media types:Envelopes, Photo paper, Plain paper

Ports & interfaces

Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Standard interfaces:USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Wi-Fi: No


Power consumption (standby):0.3
Power consumption (typical):12

Print Technology

Color: Yes
Maximum Resolution:5760 x 1440
Number of print cartridges:6
Paper input type:Sheetfed
Printing colors:Black, cyan, magenta
Separate cartridges: Yes


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Max H-Resolution B/W:5760dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:5760dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):38ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):38ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1440dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1440dpi
Media Type:CD discs / DVD discs / Envelopes / Mini CD / Photo paper / Plain paper
Output Type:Color
Print on CD/DVD: Yes
Total Media Capacity:120sheets
Type:Photo printer


Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):37
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):38


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Sound Emission

Print noise level:36
Printing noise level:36

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:Win 98SE/Me/2000/XP/XP x64/Vista, Mac OS 10.2 / OS 10.5 Bundle available on CD
Mac compatibility: Yes
OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 / Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 - 10.4.x / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP / Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition

Technical Details

Bundled software:Epson File Manager\nEpson Scan Assist\nEpson Attach to Email\nEpson Easy Photo Print\nEpson Print CD\nEpson Web-To-Page\nReference Guide
Color of product:Black
Dimensions (WxDxH):17.7 x 11.1 x 7.36
DVD/CD printing: Yes
Power Requirements:AC 220 - 240V, 50 - 60 Hz
Print technology:Inkjet

Weight & Dimensions