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Epson Stylus Photo R800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 689 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the build quality and usability. The print quality and design also get good comments, but some have doubts about the noise and ink consumption.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Epson Stylus Photo R800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Epson Stylus Photo R800


The Stylus Photo R800 uses Epson's Advanced Micro Piezo ink jet technology and the world's first 1.5-picoliter ink droplets with an eight cartridge printing system to create incredible detail, more accurate skin tones and an ultra-wide color range...

Epson offers a wide variety of papers for use with the Stylus Photo R800 including Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, Premium Luster Photo Paper, Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Heavyweight Matte and Enhanced Matte Photo Paper. And you can also print directly...

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Epson Stylus Photo R800 Printer


The Stylus Photo R800 adds red and blue inks to the standard set of cyan, magenta, and yellow inks; but it omits light photo cyan and light photo magenta. Other cartridges supply photo black, matte black (for text), and a gloss overcoat. The matte...

Prints on rolls of photo paper

Slow print speeds

The R800 can print on rolls of photo paper either 4 inches or 8.3 inches wide. The printer has a button that pushes finished photos out to be cut off, and then retracts the excess paper to avoid waste. You don't have to remove paper from the main tray...

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Epson Stylus Photo R800


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Excellent print quality; relatively fast photo printing; flexible printer driver; no need to swap Matte Black and Photo Black cartridges.

Doesn't handle changes in output resolution gracefully; no PictBridge support.

This excellent printer cedes its Editors' Choice crown to the Canon iP8500 but remains a great choice for photo enthusiasts despite some finicky printhead behavior.


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Epson Stylus Color 800


Outstanding overall multimedia performance, good 3D.

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Epson Stylus Photo R800


Almost any ink jet printer today can print photos at something approaching photo quality. But for professional photographers and serious amateurs, nothing short of true photo quality will do. This is the group that the Epson Stylus Photo R800 takes aim...

Photos are true photo quality; separate cartridge for each color; Epson's easiest approach yet for printing on printable CDs and DVDs

No memory card slots, even for transferring files to your PC; does not do direct printing at all; relatively slow for standard printing

With eight ink cartridges, including red, blue, and two variations of black, the Epson Stylus Photo R800 offers a large color gamut and true photo quality. It's also designed for easy printing on CDs and DVDs and can function as your single,...

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Epson Stylus Photo R800 Printer Review


The Epson Stylus Photo R800 is the perfect photo printer. Well, almost. It quickly and easily produces stunning prints that are the match of any traditional photo lab, which will last in...

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Digital Imaging Printer Review: Epson Photo Stylus R800 Printer


When some desperate soul grabs our lapels as we're trying to cross the street and demands to know which photo printer to buy, we shrug our shoulders and confide, "You really can't go wrong these days." But there are a lot of ways you can...

You can't go wrong, we have to repeat, but there's a lot of ways you can go right with the Epson R800.

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Epson Stylus Photo R800


This fast and quiet printer produces beautiful, dot-free prints-it could be the only photo printer you'll ever need.

Outstanding print quality ; extended color gamut ; extremely quiet ; quick

None significant

The R800 uses a minuscule 1.5-picoliter print head. This allows a much smaller drop of ink to be placed on the paper, giving the prints a smoother look than previous models could achieve

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Great printer for all uses.


All in all a great printer/scanner/disc printer combo. I've had it for over a year with no issues.

Prints on discs, scans, does everything except fax

Make sure to change your printing settings, otherwise it uses up your colors to print black

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"Great printer for all uses."


All in all a great printer/scanner/disc print... 

Prints on discs, scans, does everything except fax

Make sure to change your printing settings, otherwise it uses up your colors to print black

Product Specifications

The world of photography is changing. Now there's a printer that offers photographers a level of quality and flexibility that's more than a match for the lab or darkroom. The Epson Stylus Photo R800 is a desktop photo printing solution that produces supreme archival quality matte or gloss prints, while you retain all the creative control that makes your vision unique. When it comes to bringing unique ideas to life, photographers have extremely high standards. Traditionally, these have only been met by photo labs or complex darkroom processing. Now it's time to step out of the darkroom and put your trust in Epson, the recognized photo printing experts. Quality, flexibility and efficiency are built in. The eight-cartridge system includes Red and Blue inks which create a color gamut rivaling that of silver halide and adds depth to natural colors such as sky, sea, sunsets and autumn leaves. At the same time, the latest Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks recreate perfect tones that will be lightfast for up to 80 years. Photos and reprints look superb, even when enlarged up to borderless A4 size, because this printer can achieve an amazing resolution of up to 5760 optimized dpi on suitable media. At the same time, the finest detail is achieved and fast print speeds maintained by using a range of dot sizes, including a minute droplet of just 1.5 picoliters. Epson's dedication to satisfying photo experts is underlined by the development of Epson Gloss Optimizer technology. This is a fine-tuning tool designed for optimizing highly durable gloss pigment ink prints. The photographic result is a smooth and even gloss finish, comparable to silver halide, but with a longer lifetime. Also, the finest results are achieved on both Matte or Gloss media, because the printer features two different blacks that optimize performance for each, automatically applied by the driver when you select paper type. Of course, the ability to replace each individual cartridge also maximizes cost efficiency. The digital format has revolutionized photography, but the thrill of watching your photos emerge from your printer is just as rewarding as it was in your darkroom. However, now you can experience the same emotions, but in the daylight. Once connected to your computer you can perfect your images using on-screen photo editing software including Epson PhotoQuicker, an easy print layout tool. The digital format also lets you store your photos safely on your computer and print as many copies as you like, when you like, in a huge variety of formats. With Epson, make a seamless transition into the digital world, and bring your back catalog along too. With an Epson scanner such as the Epson Perfection 4870 Photo, scan, edit and even restore old film and photos. Whether originals were captured on film or digital camera, the Epson Stylus Photo R800 produces superb results, and you can even print directly onto CD faces and create truly personalized archives.


Cartridge Features:Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss Ink
Color:Pigmented blue/Pigmented cyan/Pigmented magenta/Pigmented matte black/Pigmented photo black/Pigmented yellow
Consumable Type:Print cartridge

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Consumable Subcategory:Cartridges
Printer Consumable Class:Consumables and kits


Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:Canada / United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson/Epson Stylus/Epson Stylus Color/Epson Stylus Photo


Category of Accessory:Printing consumables
Color:Dark gray / Silver/White
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista


Type: None


Type: None


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop
Interface:IEEE1394 FireWire / USB/Parallel/Parallel / Serial
Language Simulation:EPSON ESC/P 2/EPSON ESC/P 2 / IBM X24E/EPSON ESC/P Raster / EPSON Remote
Max H-Resolution B/W:1440dpi/360dpi/5760dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:1440dpi/5760dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in) / Panoramic A2 (8.27 in x 23.4 in)
Max Printing Speed:500char/sec
Max Printing Speed (ppm):17ppm/8ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):7ppm/8ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1440dpi/360dpi/720dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1440dpi/720dpi
Media Path Type:Straight
Media Type:Bond paper / Compact Disc / Glossy photo paper / Heavy-weight matte paper / Luster photo paper / Matte paper / Photo paper / Plain paper / Semi-gloss photo paper / Transparencies / Two-sided matte paper/Bond paper / Envelopes / Plain paper/Cards / Coated bond paper / Coated paper / Envelopes / Glossy photo film / Glossy photo paper / Iron-on transfers / Plain paper / Self-adhesive sheets / Transparencies/Coated paper / Envelopes / High-gloss film / High-gloss photo paper / Iron-on transfers / Photo paper / Plain paper / Semi-gloss photo paper / Transparencies/Glossy photo paper / Heavy-weight matte paper / Luster photo paper / Matte paper / Photo paper / Plain paper / Semi-gloss photo paper / Transparencies / Two-sided matte paper
Output Type:Color/Monochrome
PostScript Support:Not available/Optional
Total Media Capacity:100sheets
Type:Personal printer/Photo printer


Installed Size:32KB/64KB/8KB
Max Supported Size:32KB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 7.0 or later / Microsoft Windows 3.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 95 / Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0/Apple MacOS 7.0 or later / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or later/Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.1.3 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.1.3 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME/Apple MacOS 8.6 / Apple MacOS X / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP