Epson R2000 Review
If you're looking for a pro-photo printer, seriously consider the Epson R2000.
If you're looking for a pro photo printer, but don't want to have an initial cost of nearly $1,000, seriously consider the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 for your printing needs, as it offers performance at a price point that won't destroy your bank account. Not only are you getting good performance with the Stylus Inkjet R2000, you are also getting a printer with networking support suited for any modern facility.
Design & Usability
A simple design geared towards photo printing and not much else.
Setting up the R2000 is a relatively straightforward ordeal, but be prepared to have blue tape and plastic everywhere. Once you take your behemoth out of its box, set it up on whichever surface you'd like to keep it on with the power cable and whichever means you'd like to connect it with (USB or ethernet). After you've installed your ink cartridges and installed your software, you're ready to go.
Because the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 is a well-endowed pro-photo printer, it can handle a wide array of media—including just about any paper size—out there that can fit in the load tray or spool, from CDs and DVDs, to canvas in matte, glossy, and satin finishes. Paper can be stored in either the load tray or the spool for banner prints. The load tray can hold up to 120 sheets of paper, depending on the its thickness.
Located on the front of the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 are the physical controls for the printer. Limited in scope, these essentially cover only the most basic functions. Normally, this might be an impediment, but in an age where everything can be controlled wirelessly, this doesn't seem to clip the wings of the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 all that much. There is no display, so all functions are limited to Power, Ink (for changing), Wi-Fi, spooling, and document retrieval.
Features & Performance
There aren't really any crazy features, but there is crazy performance.
The Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 is very limited in terms of media slots on the body of the unit, but that can be remedied by picking yourself up a card reader of any sort—they've become rather cheap. On the Stylus Inkjet R2000 itself, however, there is a parallel port, ethernet port, USB port, and PictBridge port. That's it, but if you're using the Stylus Inkjet R2000 in the way that the manufacturer intended, you'll be printing from your computer almost exclusively anyway.
Not leaving its users high and dry with lesser-quality ink systems, the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 has 8 individual ink cartridges: cyan, magenta, yellow, matte black, red, orange, black, and gloss optimizer. The benefits of having such a modular system are obvious from the get-go: you can replace cartridges as they run dry, instead of having to replace the entire set, saving you money in the long run, and eliminating a bunch of waste.
For whatever reason, the printer does have a little more trouble with blues than other colors, but it's mostly an acceptable level of error. That being said, the color gamut is enormous, and the detail preservation is good compared with other printers, and not just at the R2000's price point. Just be aware that the print speed isn't going to dazzle you in any way.
A fantastic printer at any price, the R2000 is a solid pickup for photographers or artists.
As far as the perks of buying a Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 go, being able to replace your ink individually by cartridge is a huge plus. Not only that, but having high performance for a sub-$500 price is also a great way to get your high-quality photos printed without breaking the bank. In that regard, the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 is great because you can print on a great range of media, much like the doubly-expensive Epson R3000.
All that being said, there are a couple performance points that are less than ideal, but should be listed for the sake of completeness. For example, the color accuracy on the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 isn't perfect, it's just "fair." Additionally, it can't handle scanning or faxing, but that's not what a pro-photo printer does.
For printing photos, it's hard to find a better option than the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000, especially for its relatively low asking price.
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