Epson Stylus Photo R260 and R380 Printers and Epson Stylus Photo RX580 Photo All-in-One

Three Ultra Hi-Definition photo printers from Epson are said to deliver the ultimate professional-level prints to the home photo enthusiast at amazing print speeds. The Ultra Hi-Definition product line consists of the Epson Stylus Photo R260 and R380 photo printers, along with the Epson Stylus Photo RX580 photo all-in-one.

A key component of the new product line is Claria ink, the latest in Epson's long line of ink innovations, which is said to deliver superior image quality with Ultra Hi-Definition richness, depth and clarity. With Claria ink and a newly designed print head, these products deliver the fastest photo print speeds of any previous Epson model, and print longevity that is superior to lab photos.

The Ultra Hi-Definition product line offers automatic photo correction, which automatically adjusts improperly lit photos and corrects skin tones for better-looking prints. All three models also print directly on ink jet printable CDs and DVDs without messy labels.

The three models feature DX5 Technology, which enables Epson's patented MicroPiezo® print head to deliver five sizes of ink droplets, as small as 1.5 picoliters, to produce microscopic droplets of Claria ink for grain-free photos; each nozzle discerns and adjusts the droplet size based on printing needs; multiple droplet sizes work together with six-color Claria ink to create
greater tonal range for smooth gradations and accurate skin tones.

They also offer faster print speeds. Epson's print head delivers a borderless 4"x 6" photo in as fast as 13 seconds (draft mode), a better-than-lab quality borderless 4"x 6" photo in as fast as 30 seconds (default mode) and everyday black and color text documents in up to 30 pages per minute.

The Epson Stylus Photo R260 will be available in September for an estimated street price of $129.99. The Epson Stylus Photo R380 and RX580 will be available in October for an estimated street price of $199.99. All Ultra Hi-Definition printers are both Windows and Macintosh compatible and will be available at major computer and electronics superstores and can be purchased through mail order, the Internet and Epson's own retail site, The models are backed by the one-year Epson Limited Warranty and are supported by the EPSON Connection(SM), a customer support and technical assistance line. For more information about Epson and its products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit