updated 12:05 am EDT, Tue September 14, 2004
Epson Stylus Photo R320
Epson today announced its , offering PC-free printing, 13 supported memory card types, a built-in color monitor for viewing and selecting images before printing them and the ability to print in a variety of borderless sizes. The printer also features Epson's unique ability to print directly onto the surface of ink jet printable CDs and DVDs. The printer ofers six-color Photo Inks, up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi, 15 ppm monochrome print speeds, USB 2.0 connectivity, a front-mounted USB port for external device connectivity, and more. It is available now for $200 with a one-year warranty.
With the Epson Stylus Photo R320, customers can print directly onto the surface of ink-jet printable CD-R and DVD-R media. Epson says it was "the first and still is the only" inkjet printer manufacturer in the U.S. to include this feature on its photo printers. Customers can also print frame-ready, BorderFree images in all of the popular sizes, including 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", letter, and panoramic size photos. The printer also utilizes individual ink cartridges for maximum convenience when replacing ink.
Users can crop, resize, and print photos directly from memory cards or picture CDs without having to use a computer. The EPSON Stylus Photo R320 is equipped with built-in memory card slots that support CompactFlash Type I and II, MultiMediaCard, IBM Microdrive, xD-Picture Card, Sony Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, MagicGate Memory Stick, SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card, and Secure Digital memory formats (adapters required for some types). Customers can also save images from their memory cards directly onto a CD-R or a Zip Disk without using a computer by utilizing the printer's front access host USB port. This port makes it simple to connect the printer to a CD-R drive, Zip drive, thumb drive or PictBridge-enabled digital camera.
For added convenience, the printer has a control panel, which provides customers with the flexibility to make selections such as paper type, paper size and number of copies without having to use a computer. Users can choose from nine paper types and seven different photo layouts plus manual adjustments, filters and frames. The control panel also offers the ability to save favorite print settings with a simple "one touch" button.
An optional Bluetooth Photo Print Adapter ($70) is available that allows users to print directly from a variety of Bluetooth-enabled devices including mobile phones, PDAs and Windows laptops and desktop PCs.