Epson Stylus Photo 825 Review
The Epson Stylus Photo 825 is a color ink jet printer that features impressive improvements over Epson's earlier printer release in the Epson Stylus Photo series, the Epson Stylus Photo 820. With printing made a lot easier and more convenient even for novice users, the Epson Stylus Photo 825 is a most suitable color ink jet printer for homes with a great deal of enthusiasm for producing high quality color photos.
One of the key features with the Epson Stylus Photo 825 is the convenience of being able to producce prints with or without a computer connection, as it is able to print directly from popular digital camera memory cards. The Epson Stylus Photo 825 provides two PCMCIA adapters that support CompactFlash Card Type I, Memory Stick, SmartMedia, Secure Digital and MultiMedia Card. It also provides support for Type II CompactFlash and IBM Drive, wherein another PCMCIA adapter being an additional option. This capability of the Epson Stylus Photo 825 makes it very appealing especially to home users who can produce high quality photos directly from their digital cameras. This also allows for a quicker and a more efficient printing manner.
The Epson Stylus Photo 825 uses a 6-color photo ink system, same with other Epson Stylus Photo printers. The Micro Piezo technology allows the Epson Stylus Photo 825 to produce optimized results for both black text and color photo printing. It also makes for photos with impeccable highlights, better skin tones and rich black levels. For its resolution, the Epson Stylus Photo 825 features a maximum dots per inch (dpi) resolution of 5760 x 720 optimized dpi, a significant improvement over the resolution offered by the Epson Stylus Photo 820. The Epson Stylus Photo 825 also has Resolution Performance Management for optimized placement of 8 droplet sizes on various papers for best photo print results.
True BorderFree printing is also supported by the Epson Stylus Photo 825, with accepted paper sizes at 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10 inches and letter sizes with support for roll paper. The Epson Stylus Photo 825 also features PRINT Image Matching II technology, which allows for better support for PIM-enabled cameras in producing faster and better photo print outs. The Epson Stylus Photo 825 also has easy-to-use PC-free print settings for color, monochrome and sepia options for photos. It also has 15 built-in templates for album pages and photo stickers among others.
For its print speed, the Epson Stylus Photo 825 offers up to 8 pages per minute for black and color text printing. Previous Epson Photo Stylus printers can only such speed for black text prints, which makes this upgrade for the Epson Stylus Photo 825 quite significant and impressive. Photo printing for a 4 x 6 inch photo can be as fast as 54 seconds, while an 8 x 10 inch photo can take as as fast as 1 minute and 51 seconds. Supported printer language include Epson Raster and Remote, with available software drivers for Windows and Macintosh USB. The Epson Stylus Photo 825 also features software such as Film Factory, ArcSoft PhotoImpression and PIM plugin for both Adobe Photoshop 6 and 7 and Elements versions 1.0 and 2.0.
Maximum printable printable area for the Epson Stylus Photo 825 using True BorderFree printing are 8.5 x 11 inches with zero margins and user-defined dimensions up to 8.3 x 44 inches, suitable for panoramic photos. The Epson Stylus Photo 825 also supports Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) file for printing from digital camera memory cards.
For its paper capacity, the Epson Stylus Photo 825 has an input paper tray with 100 sheets or 10 envelopes or 1 transparency. For its dimensions, the Epson Stylus Photo 825 measures 18.4 x 10.1 x 8.4 inches with a registed weight at 12.13 lbs. While slightly heavier and larger compared to its predecessor, the Epson Stylus Photo 825 is still relatively compact and mobile. The Epson Stylus Photo 825 also features an optional preview monitor measuring 1.6 inches for reviewing and selecting images to be printed.
One of the letdowns with the Epson Stylus Photo 825 is the lack of an output tray, which lessens its capability to handle a higher print volume compared to other color ink jet printers with output trays.