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Wednesday, October 08, 2003
Epson 825 Printer

The Epson Stylus Photo 825 is an excellent printer. It is essentially the same printer as the Epson 780 with the addition of a card reader so you can print photos directly from a memory card. The inks are the same.

My review of the Epson Stylus photo 780 is here. Everything I say about the Epson 780 also applies to the Epson 825.

I am writing this because the last time I dropped in at Office Max, they were selling the Epson 825 for $100. Such a deal. True photo quality with a semi-archival print life span (ca. 25 years) in an affordable package.

The Epson 825 has a card slot and comes with two adapters that will take Compact Flash, Smart Media, Memory Stick, MultiMEdiaCard, and SecureDigital cards. Just plug in your memory card and print to your hearts content.

From the card slot (without a computer) you can print an index page (or pages) of all of the prints on your memory card. You can also print individual pictures on 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, and letter size paper. Letter paper is the largest size this printer takes.

You can set up the printer for plain, glossy, or matte paper, all without a computer. You can also change the quality setting.

You can't view the photos on the printer without an adapter, so you need to know which photo you want to print, either from an idex print or from viewing the photo number on the memory card before you remove it from your camera. Epson does sell a addo-on photo viewer as an accessory to the printer.

Of course, you can hook the Epson 825 up to you computer and use it just like any other computer-attached printer. Many digital camera files need to be tweaked in some kind of software to bring out the true quality of the original scene that is hidden in the digital camera file. For more on this, read my article on Fixing Digital Camera Files.

As I said in my review of the Epson 780, the photo quality of the output of this printer is excellent - true photo quality if you use Epson Enhanced Matte, Glossy, ColorLife or other photo quality papers.

If you are looking for a printer that will give you true photo quality at a reasonable price with prints that will last as long as many traditional (analog) prints, the Epson 825 is one excellent solution.


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