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Shop by Printer » Paper for the Epson Claria Inks » Claria Knowledgebase

Brief Overview

Epson's line of Claria "Hi-Definition" inkjet printers replaces a good, but aging line of dye ink printers such as the Epson 1280. Besides being fast photo quality machines, Epson touts the Claria system as a "long life" dye inkset similar to the Canon claims for their ChromaLife dye system.

What should you use these printers for?

Photographers, businesses, graphic designers, realtors, and many others will benefit from the quality, speed, and wide paper compatibility of these printers. They are indeal for everyday graphics and photo printing, and especially for custom greeting and note cards from Red River Paper.

Who should not use them?

If you insist on multi-decade fade resistance in differing display conditions, stick with the pigment ink system like Epson's UltraChrome. Despite long life claims, Red River Paper would be uncomfortable selling photography on any dye ink system.

Printer Properties Tour

A brief view of the controls, menus, and properties screens for this series of printers. PC version.

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R380, R260, RX580 Ink Tip

Epson makes a standard ink tank, and a "High Capacity" ink tank for these printers. The larger tanks are likely double the ink for about 40% more money - not a bad deal.

The catch....High Capacity tanks are only available through Epson.com at this time!

If you have one of these printers, you might consider making a purchase direct from Epson.

 

 

Printing Speed Chart

Real world times from the Epson 1400 and R380. Prints made using photo (34 meg TIFF original 8x12) file from Photoshop CS2 in borderless mode. The 1400's numbers compare and even slightly exceed the current speed champ Canon models.

Model
4x6
5x7
8x10
13x19
1400
50 sec
1 min 13sec
1 min 30 sec
3 min 42 sec
R380
1 min 3 sec
1 min 28 sec
1 min 55 sec
n/a
Media Settings Guide
Paper Suggested Media Setting
PHOTO PAPERS GLOSS/SATIN/SEMIGLOSS
UltraPro Gloss Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy
UltraPro Satin Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster
Polar Satin Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster
Arctic Polar Luster Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster
Arctic Polar Satin Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster
Arctic Polar Gloss Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Other Premium Gloss Photo Paper Glossy
PHOTO PAPERS MATTE
Premium Matte Papers (above 47lb.) Premium Presentation Paper Matte
Premium Matte Papers (other) Presentation Paper Matte
Polar Matte Premium Presentation Paper Matte
FINE ART PAPERS
Aurora Art White Premium Presentation Paper Matte
Aurora Art Natural Premium Presentation Paper Matte
SEMIGLOSS / SEMIMATTE
Zeppelin SemiGloss Photo Paper Glossy

 

 

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