Epson Stylus Photo 870 Review
The Epson Stylus Photo 870 is a color ink jet printer from Epson's long line of Epson Stylus Photo printers, able to deliver outstanding photos and print results. Packed with enough features to deliver incredible performance and reliable printing efficiency, the Epson Stylus Photo 870 is one color ink jet printer that users, both home and office ones, will be thrilled to have.
The Epson Stylus Photo 870 uses Epson's Micro Piezo technology for its printing method, which enables it to deliver excellent skin tones and color detail. The Epson Stylus Photo 870 also has AcuPhoto Halftoning and a 6-color Photo Inks with a quick drying quality in producing laser sharp prints for both text and graphic outputs. The Epson Stylus Photo 870 also has Epson's Digital PhotoLab Starter Kit, which includes a roll paper holder and software such as Film Factory and Adobe PhotoDeluxe. This allows for continuous edge-to-edge photo printing, a feat only the Epson Stylus Photo 870 can deliver.
The Epson Stylus Photo 870 offers a resolution of varying settings, such as the 180 x 180 dots per inch (dpi), 360 x 360 dpi, 720 x 720 dpi and a maximum of 1,440 x 720 dpi. The Epson Stylus Photo 870 uses 4-picoliters for ink droplet size that allows it to achieve better fill for a wide color range and finer shadow detail. For its print speed, the Epson Stylus Photo 870 delivers up to 48 seconds in printing a 4 x 6 inch photo, and as fast as 1 minute and 50 seconds for 8 x 10 inch photos.
The Epson Stylus Photo 870 has EPSON Raster for its printer language support, with available software drivers being those that are compatible with Windows USB and Macintosh USB ports. Supported operating system environments are also Windows systems and Macintosh, such as Windows 98, 95 Windows NT and Macintosh version 8.1 or later. Input buffer is at 256 KB, while its connectivity interfaces include USB and bidirectional IEEE 1284 parallel ports, with an optional external Ethernet server.
For its paper handling, the Epson Stylus Photo 870 features a capacity to hold up to 100 sheets of paper, equivalent to 10 envelopes on its input paper tray. Its output paper tray on the other hand can handle up to 30 sheets. Maximum printable area is at 8.26 x 10.76 inches on a letter size paper, with a user-defined size of 8.26 x 43.76 inches. Accepted single sheet paper types are letter, legal, A4, executive paper size, with thickness support up to 0.003 inches. Other accepted paper types are plain, premium glossy paper, matte paper, Heavyweight, High Quality Ink Jet Paper, Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper, Photo Paper, Transparencies, Photo
Quality Glossy Film, Self-Adhesive Sheets, Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards, Photo Paper, Iron-On Transfer Paper and Banner Paper. Weight support on the other hand is from 12 to 20 lbs. For its sound levels, the Epson Stylus Photo 870 offers a relatively quiet 38 decibels, making it very suitable for home use. For its power consumption, the Epson Stylus Photo 870 consumes approximately 18 watts on a self-test mode and around 3.5 watts on stand-by mode, making it one of the most power efficient and cost effective color ink jet printers in the market.
Dimensions of the Epson Stylus Photo 870 stand at 18.6 x 16 x 11.9 inches with a weight registering at 13.2 lbs, making the Epson Stylus Photo 870 relatively mobile and compact for small home and office work spaces.
Considering its capability to produce high quality photos, the Epson Stylus Photo 870 is lacking in terms of its resolution, which is inferior when compared to other Epson Stylus Photo printers and other color ink jet printers in its class.