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==Epson Ultra Glossy Photo Paper==
Getting photos printed out can be an expensive business and its difficult to weigh up whether getting them done in a shop or via an online specialist site works out less economical than printing them at home. However having the ink and printer already I decided on getting a little bit of paper so that I could print out at my leisure when the fancy took me.
==Price and Availability==
Any Epson paper I find is fairly easy to get hold of and it is stocked in a good deal of high street shops such as Staples and supermarkets such as Tesco. This particular "Ultra Glossy" version of photo paper I purchased online, as generally the price is always a good deal cheaper and online is where the best prices can always be found. I bought the large A4 sized sheets of the photo paper because I was planning on printing off various sized photos to fit in a selection of frames.
The recommended retail price of this sort of paper is about £29 odd so its not a cheap choice and compared to the cheaper brands or Stores own version, it is a lot more money. I was lucky enough though to get this paper on a very good special offer at Amazon for a smidgen over £10 which is much more agreeable to me and it is still on offer at the moment if you are in the market for some. I don't really think I would have purchased this paper had it not been on special offer due to the fact that in my mind I just wanted some high quality branded paper for around the ten pound mark and this particular brand and type is just what Amazon came up with.
==Look and Design==
The paper itself is housed inside a relatively thin cardboard type case which is adequate enough at keeping the paper clean and fresh until such time that it is needed to be printed on. There are 15 separate A4 pages in the pack that I purchased although I am sure you could choose a pack which is larger and contains more sheets per pack. The standard A4 page sizing is 297 mm x 210 mm but I wasn't needing to print anything quite this large but instead print a variety of sizes and use my home guillotine to cut them down to fit the frames I had.
The paper to look at is of course lovely and bright white in colour and the front side of the paper is indeed very glossy, some might say "ultra" glossy! The page itself feels quite thick to the touch and also fairly durable, as far as paper goes, though not to the point where it is bordering on a type of cardboard but instead just a good quality photo paper. On the backside of each sheet there is a light Epsom logo repeated in pattern across the entirety of it. In my view you can instantly tell by the look and feel of the paper that it is the high quality stuff and not just the cheaper imitation.
I use a ink jet printer which is nothing really special and not designed specifically to print outstanding quality prints however I was very surprised at the finished articles when I printed out a few different snaps of the family. The printer wasn't very quick at pumping them out but I must say that the photos were well worth the wait and the hassle. The ink seemed to be dry as soon as the page hit the table and the high glossy finish of each photo made for a professional look and gave a wonderful finish. Of course it is difficult to say whether the ink or the printer made for the prints to look so good but having printed out the photos accidentally on regular, non-photographic, paper I can say that the density of the paper and the sheen of the front does indeed make all the difference when printing out photos.
The photos I printed came out with a fantastic look about them and I was proud to put them in frames and hang them on the walls. The larger photos I printed out were especially good and these were the ones that I worried about most as I was unsure of what the quality would be and seeing as they are far more noticeable than the smaller ones when being displayed I thought these needed to be looking perfect. Comparing to other photo paper that I have purchased in the past I can say that this Epson ultra Glossy is far more superior. It has a professional feel about it that I have never experienced before and my photos have been on the wall for a good deal of time now and they are still looking bright, clean and very glossy. The colour or ink has not become dull or faded at all in that time and I don't expect it to in the future either.
All in all I think that I made the right decision in purchasing this particular type of photo paper. It is generally a fair bit more money than the cheaper brands but if found on a good special offer it doesn't work out that much more money wise. However although I probably wouldn't pay out for the paper at the full RRP, I can say that the quality of the paper is well worth every penny I paid and I would definitely be happy to buy this particular paper again.
In my view it is a 5 star photo paper that beats its competitors hands down in overall performance. I can't find anything negative to say about it other than the fact that it would be nicer if it was even cheaper! However, I am more than happy to give it an exceptionally high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
We like to print our own photographs out and have them framed around the house. We have a wall that is full of quirky photo frames and each one has a great photo on display inside. We have tried a number of different photo papers and I am not particular loyal to a set brand. I do tend to favour HP or Epson products though as they are reliable and suitable for my printer.
==Price and availability==
The photo paper costs £8.99 for a packet of 30 sheets which are a4 sized.
The a4 sized paper is standard size and you can get 2 5 x 7 inch photos out of the page or you can print on it full size. There is a shiny coating to the paper that gives the photos a glossy finish, although it is not as glossy as other paper I have had. The paper is 102gsm thick which is actually quite thin and suitable for ink jet printers. The underneath of the paper is smooth but it is a more matt finish to it. Care is needed when inserting the paper so that you always print on the right side.
The paper is suitable for colour, black and white, text and images.
I find that the paper gives a lovely finish to photographs but it is not as glossy as some other paper I have used. It has a nice sheen to it but because it is not overly thick it has a cheaper appearance, or a less professional appearance at any rate. I find the paper much better for documents that include images rather than actual photos as I feel a tad let down by the quality. They can be framed but they do not have the same finish as other pictures.
This is good paper and it has a nice sheen to it. It is quite thin though and I think it is this that hampers the quality. The ink does dry quick on the paper though and the overall quality is good; there are no smudges and the lines are crisp. The quality of the paper is good, however I do find it quite expensive for what it is.
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|Product Description:||Epson Photo Paper - photo paper - 25 sheet(s)|
|Media Type:||Photo paper|
|Media Size:||A4 (210 x 297 mm)|
|Media Weight:||190 g/m2|
|Included Qty:||25 sheet(s)|
|Designed For:||Expression Photo XP-950; Stylus DX3800, S21, SX100, SX105, SX110, SX115, SX210, SX215, SX400, SX405, SX410, SX415, SX510, SX515, SX535, SX600, SX610; Stylus Color 600; Stylus Office B1100, B40, BX300, BX310, BX600, BX610, BX635; Stylus Photo 1500, P50, PX650, PX700, PX710, PX800, PX810, PX830, R2880|