Epson (800 463-7766), whose color ink-jet printers have always focused on image quality, is getting into low-cost photo-quality printers. Like the Hewlett Packard PhotoSmart printer (BW--Apr. 28), the $499 Epson Stylus Photo produces images that are almost indistinguishable from photographs when printed on special glossy paper. While the Epson cannot print on the heavy photo paper the HP uses, its output dries faster and is less prone to smudging. It's also more versatile: The Stylus Photo works with all Windows, including NT, as well as Macintosh. And it can print banners up to 44 inches long and 8 1/2 inches wide.
BY STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM
Updated June 15, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1997, Bloomberg L.P.