Epson has been known for providing consumers quality economic choices when it comes to multi-purpose printers, but did you know that they also make some of the most advanced professional photo printers around? As a matter of fact, there have been whole pictorial showcases that use Epson printers, along with Epson photo paper to print out the professional pictures that photographers and artists have on display. The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 is just one of those printers that can produce prints good enough for an exhibition.
That is because the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 doesn’t just support your typical glossy photo paper, but also wide format paper that comes in 11 x 14 or 13 x 19 sizes. It can even print on canvas. This is one of the reasons why the R2000 will not only appeal to consumers, but hobbyists, scrapbook artists, and budding photographers, who all want to print like the pros do.
What’s in the Box
- Epson Stylus Photo R2000 inkjet printer
- One Photo Black UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge
- One Matte Black UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge
- One Cyan UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge
- One Magenta UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge
- One Yellow UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge
- One Red UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge
- One Orange UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge
- One Gloss Optimizer UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 cartridges
- CD print tray and software
- Roll paper holder accessory
- USB and Ethernet cables not included
- Single sheet guide
- Printer documentation
- CD-ROM containing printer drivers and software
The R2000 is a slick looking printer. It’s hardly a compact printer in terms of size, but for a professional photographer, this is the printer they will want in their office – especially if they are on a budget. Users will also appreciate the fact that printer works with high capacity ink cartridges, so that you can get the most for your money.
The R2000 comes with 8 large capacity cartridges and each one specializes in a particular color that will bring your prints to life. The inks are pigment based, and this makes the images pop off the paper even more, as well as dry even faster. The main top-loading and auto-sheet feeder supports photographic and matte papers. The rear, single-sheet, fine art paper path handles heavier fine art and specialty media. There is even roll paper support which allows for panoramas up to 44-inches long!
The Epson R2000 prints on a variety of media that will have professional photographers and scrapbookers drooling- Canvas paper, art boards, cut sheet and roll paper, fine art media and traditional photo paper can all be utilized by this printer. With this variety of quality paper choices, artists can produce prints that are good enough to actually sell.
Setting up the printer was a breeze. There are several options for installation: Ethernet, WiFi (wireless-N) or USB and it works with both a PC or a Mac. Epson bundles an installation disk with the printer, but if you have a Mac running Lion OSX it will install without it. In regards to a PC, the same holds true, but if you run into problems and your computer doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive, the drivers are downloadable online via the Epson website.
The Epson R2000 gives you the power of unleashing your inner paparazzi. You’ll just want to take pictures because of how beautiful they will print out on the R2000. The R2000 did a fantastic job of printing hi-res images from a Sony Nex-5 and a Canon EOS 60D. Each photo looked lush and rich as if I was still in Paris. Prints, both large and small, and full of color printed quickly, and were dry as soon as the print hit the paper tray.
That said, one of my bigger gripes is the loading of the paper in the R2000. I found myself getting into a few jams if I didn’t load it correctly. The same can be said for when you are printing. The printer drivers are very sensitive to the type of paper that is in the tray versus the paper you may want to print on. So word to the wise – if you are printing on glossy paper, make sure you set the print settings to glossy paper on your computer before printing. Otherwise it will lead to paper jams or the printer just hanging up.
The R2000 is a solid printer that is perfect for the budding photographic artists or those consumers who want to print prints big and small for themselves. The R2000 doesn’t require much muscle to work, and it will gladly print out pieces of artwork for you that will make you smile. The Epson R2000 retails currently for just $349.99 after a $150 mail in rebate, or for $499 on Amazon, and it’s worth every penny.
The Good: Excellent print quality on all sorts of media big and small. Budget wide format printer is perfect for the budding photographer. Prints quickly and is a solid built machine. Reasonably priced for what it does.
The Bad: Sensitive to incorrect paper placement which leads to paper jams. You must pick the correct paper setting on your computer before printing or it will lead to the printer just hanging.