After several months of an abusive relationship with my Epson 1280 (and a borrowed sample of the same model from my friend Charlie), I broke down and purchased my first new printer in several years.
I decided on the Epson R1900, a massive beast of an ink-jet printer that allows for oversized paper (up to 13×19) and supposed awesome glossy photographic prints. I got a great deal on Amazon, in what I realise now was a glitch, because not only was the list price wrong, but the reduction has been depleted only days later. So I got a good deal.
Here are some photos of my un-boxing and setting up the bloody thing:
The biggest box I’ve ever received from Amazon
A box within a box, filled with crumpled paper.
The Epson box itself is fairly unimpressive, but this sort of machine isn’t really purchased based on its shelf appeal.
Everything is tidy when I open the box.
This thing is huge, takes up half my desk.
In addition to CMYK, there is a Matte Black, a Photo Black, and the Glossy Optimiser. There’s also Red and Orange, which I imagine help for high-quality photos. It’s odd to see that CMY and K are not together.
It wouldn’t be electronics packaging if it didn’t produce a whole lot of waste.
So it begins. I’ve long been at odds with printers — no matter how much they improve, the same troubles persist: compatibility with various systems, colour matching, edge-to-edge accuracy, overall print quality, lifespan, and the frustrating economy of consumables, especially ink cartridges. Lasers aren’t much better, but it would be nice to have a simple black laser printer for printing emails, receipts, etc.