Reviews and Problems with Epson Stylus Photo R2000
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Epson Stylus Photo 2000
27 September 2013
Summary: Purchased this printer about 18 months ago. Wanted an art printer with ink that would not run. Unit delivers in that respect but am having a terrible time getting it to feed art papers - so can't print business cards, can't print cardstock. Epson says that I MUST USE THEIR paper - and they don't sell card stock. Am replacing with a Brother color laser; Epson Workforce 545 is sitting on the curb now and the R2000 may end up there too.
Summary: This printer set up easily, and prints gorgeous photos. Gorgeous. Wired or wirelessly, even from my iPhone, using the Fingerprint App or Epson's own iPrint App. So what's the problem? It repeatedly reads Epson Genuine ink cartridges as "non OEM" and refuses to print (this might be after previously accepting this same cartridge for weeks).
Summary: I ordered this printer for fine art reproduction prints and finally set it up yesterday. There is some important information that no one mentioned in their reviews and is misleading when viewing the product specs. The quality of the prints is very nice and the printer setting and color management really do make a difference. The most difficulty I had was with the paper stock and feeding tray options. I was using the Epson Cold Press Bright at 21 mil.
Summary: The best way to review this printer is to compare it to peers in its class I have also owned and have conducted A/B comparison tests with to see where each excels. I have included the R2000 as the first in the comparison. EPSON R2000 - MSRP $599 -PIGMENT based printer +Excellent quality on Fine Art & Matte paper +Very good color, but not as much pop/dynamic range as dye +Excellent black & white -Very good quality on Gloss, Semi-Gloss, and Luster paper -Non-matte paper...
Summary: I've been using the R2000 for about 1.5 years. I'm actually on my second R2000 because the first one was having paper feed issues about 9 months after buying it. Epson replaced the printer under warranty and the new one worked perfect for about 4 months and now is giving me paper feed problems again.
Summary: I use this machine daily to print large 2-up sheets. While the quality varies (two consecutive pages can be very different in color) its generally acceptable for in-house work. Large prints take forever, and while i like the ink tank setup- we seem to go through a ton of cartridges. We are moving to a color laser to improve client proof quality and get a better handle on costs.
Summary: The printer will give great images in normal formats and even in 13 x 19 size on high gloss photo paper, but when trying to print a panorama on a canvas roll, none of the printer settings will render the proper size requested. There must be a glitch in the software because I get partial images, partial images formatted incorrectly, whole images in miniature (definitely NOT what I'm shooting for) or some other problem.
Summary: This review is for Mac users and does not have info on picture quality etc as I have not printed yet. Mac users should be prepared for a bit of a hassle when it comes to installing the drivers and configuring the printer to wifi. I'm on os 10.7 which means that the disc sent with the printer is not used AT FIRST - you are directed to the website to get the drivers and download them which is fine if it were that clean - it's not.
Summary: The print quality is excellent. Loading media is a whole different game. I use Epson Satin Canvas cut to 8.5x11 rear loaded as instructed. There is no release mechanism to aid in loading and feeding limp canvas into the rear over the white feed wheels is very difficult. Surely this could be easily fixed with a simple spring and release lever. Also, I find that sometimes when it rejects the media as loaded, you can click eject and it works (about 50% of the time).