The Good: Big enough for scrapbookers; roll feed capable; long-lived prints; CD and DVD-label printing; many paper options; new ink set enhances skin tones. The Bad: No card reader. The Bottom Line: Epson's Stylus Photo R1900 photo printer is great for scrapbookers who want to print with pigment ink or advanced photographers who want to print large but can't justify the expense of a pro-level printer \r\nAdvances in printer technology don't come along very frequently and\r\ntend to be less than earth-shattering. Almost three years after Epson\r\nintroduced the widely popular Stylus Photo R1800,\r\nthe company has released the Stylus Photo R1900, which brings along\r\nwith it a new version of the company's pigment-based UltraChrome\r\nHi-Gloss ink set called UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2. The new inks include an\r\norange cartridge, instead of the blue cartridge used with the R1800,\r\nwhich allows for slightly better skin tones.The R1900 is available for around \u00a3375. DesignThe printer's design looks much like the Stylus Pro 3800.\r\nThough both use pigment inks, the pricier Pro 3800 uses Epson's K3 inkset\r\nand doesn't support roll-feed media. It does have larger ink cartridges\r\nthan the R1900, which should give you many more prints between\r\ncartridges and a slightly better pound-to-ink-millilitre value, but\r\nthe Pro 3800 doesn't include the new orange ink found in the R1900. Of\r\ncourse, the Pro 3800 is really designed for people who print a whole\r\nlot, plus it costs more than twice as much as the R1900.Setup was fairly simple, though given the printer's size,\r\nyou'll want to set aside ample desk space. With its trays extended, the\r\nprinter is 24 by 16 by 31 inches,\r\nand Epson suggests that you place it at least 100mm from the wall,\r\nsince some papers will extend out the back during the printing process.\r\nClosed, the printer is almost 13 inches deep, so if you plan to let the\r\nfront tray extend off the desk, you should plan for about 19 inches of\r\ndesk depth, just to be safe.Most of the rest of the R1900's specs are similar to the printer it\r\nreplaces. It has a maximum print resolution of 5,760x1,440 dpi, a\r\nminimum ink droplet size of 1.5 picolitres, and can print on CDs or\r\nDVDs. Of course, you need to use special discs with a white coating on\r\ntop if you want to do that. More important than the disc printing is\r\nthat the printer holds both Photo Black and Matte Black cartridges and\r\nswitches between them automatically based on the paper you choose in\r\nthe driver. Some printers, including Epson's own R2400, make you switch them manually, which gets old really fast. \r\nFeaturesThe company has also revamped the way it translates colours from the\r\nimages shot by your digital camera into those that the printer can\r\nreproduce. Epson is calling this new system Radiance Technology, but\r\nwhile Epson also claims some grain reduction and smoother colour\r\ntransitions with the system, at its heart it's mostly a new set of\r\nlook-up tables that the company says can better maximise the number of\r\ncolours available with this printer. \r\nEpson updated the MicroPiezo AMC print head in this new model with a\r\ncoating that repels ink and is intended to better maintain dot\r\nplacement accuracy over the life of the printer. It has also added a\r\nmist collection system that absorbs the overspray of ink when printing\r\nborderless. Over long periods of time, that mist can collect on the\r\nbottom tray and other points inside the printer and can cause errant\r\nmarks on the tops and bottoms of prints. Though there is no built-in\r\nEthernet connection, Epson includes two Hi-Speed USB 2.0 jacks on the\r\nback of the printer, so you can connect more than one computer, and\r\nusing special software you can network the printer through a computer.\r\nIf you like to print via PictBridge, there is a separate USB jack on\r\nthe front of the printer for that purpose.