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Epson Stylus Photo 2200

StylusPhoto2200
Review Date: Jul 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Wonderful print quality on different types of paper. Archival, pigment inks. Individual tanks. 13"x44" print size.
Cons:
Slow, and like all Epson's, needs constant use to keep nozzles and printheads clean.

I've had this printer for about a year and a half now. I've used Premium Glossy, Luster, Heavyweight Matte and Semigloss(all Epson brands) and all have made for fantastic prints. I just ran some Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss through it, and I think I like the Ilford the most so far. Great image quality and a lower price. In fact, all the Ilford Smooth papers are made with the 2200 in mind.
It is quite slow, comparitively. A friend of mine raced his Canon i9900 against his girlfriend's 2200, and, of course, the Canon was almost twice as fast. The 2200, however, produced a better image with more accurate colors. He also thought he could somehow use rolls of paper, like the Epson, but when he called Canon, the tech said Canon doesn't produce rolled paper, so they don't suppert it. I guess if he wants to make a 13"x44" pano, he can borrow his girlfriends printer.
The independant tanks are nice, as I use 3 lt. magentas for every 2 of the other colors. Plus, if the nozzles or printheads become dirty, just run the cleaning tools and you're all set in a minute or two. The lt black is cool, too. Produces nice b&w prints.
Look out for the 2400(MSPR $850), due out soon. It has 3rd generation Ultra Chrome inks and adds a "lighter black" cartridge.
I give it 9s because I don't give anything 10's.