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I've had this printer for about 10 years now so I think it may be a little dated compared to the newer printers on the market. I can confidently say, however, that it has stood the test of time. I've just got to the point now where I think I need a new one!
The printer is perfectly fine in appearance. It is mainly black with silver edging so fits in with most surrounding deco and is smart enough to look at. It is quite chunky in width so needs adequate space on a desk, or preferably its own table to sit on. It has a paper loading section at the back which folds down for storage or when not in use. Similarly, it has a folding tray at the front where the paper is dispensed (though mine has broken off now!)
There are 3 buttons along the top - one is the on-off switch, one indicates that the printer requires more paper, and other indicates when one of the ink levels is getting low.
It is quite a basic printer, but then again it does everything that a printer needs to do. It prints any documents and photographs well, with a good quality and richness of colour. This is when original Epson ink cartridges are used though. I was fed up of paying the extortionate price of these (they're about £15 each) so chose to buy some ink cartridges from ebay for £1.50! I checked that they were compatible first and they were so I thought I'd give them try. Text documents still came out perfectly, but pictures or photos came out as a jumbled mass of colour, ,so be warned.
At only £40 for the printer itself, expensive ink cartridges will make this an expensive printer to run. I have found a couple of these printers on ebay going for a low price. They are an older model, with a low to average print speed so I wouldn't recommend them to anyone who needs to produce a large number of documents at speed. Also, compared to other printers I've seen this sounds a little like a freight train when printing!
However, it has served me well, and if you can get hold of one of these for pounds and pennies it will certainly sufficel for any basic printing needs.
I have owned this printer for years now and not once has it let me down. Buying it for under £100 brand new at the time, I thought It wouldn't last very long, but how wrong can you be. All these years later and it is still sitting here churning out great quality photos day after day.
Changing inks has never been easier. Just pull up the plastic cover at the front and bobs your uncle, the inks can be changed straight away, quicky and without causing any mess.
Two downsides. Firstly, sometimes when the inks are getting really low or if you are using really bad cheap paper, coloured lines can appear. To address this, just buy better quality paper and it should hopefully go away.
Secondly, it isn't the quietness printer in the world. When switching it on it can take about ten seconds to do all the start up processes and it make alot of vibration and clicking noises. This isn't the best when you are printing off an essay due at 4am due in the next day and trying to keep the noise down.
Given my families obsession with photography it only seemed natural that we at least attempt printing out our own work rather than paying excessive shop charges on images. The Epson Stylus Photo R220 was recommended to us and so being the trusting people that we are decided to give it a go, this of course was several years ago now when Christopher was still a wriggling, gurgling baby, he's 3 now so you can certainly say we've had a fair amount of experience with the printer.
The Epson R220 is designed to give a high quality of print, suitable for printing out highly detailed photographic images that can equal that of the professional printers. Designed with 6 separate colour ink cartridges it promises the deliver the brightest and crispest of images on your chosen media.
The printer itself is quite sleek looking when closed, presented in charcoal and silver grey tones it fits with most modern computer equipment. Both the in and out trays are able to fold in completely allowing you to tuck away the printer, keeping it compact and neat, not cluttering up what could already be cramped desk space and also protects the printer from being clogged up with dust or dirt.
The out tray, which catches your completed prints folds down to catch the prints but also has an extra slide out portion should you be printing larger sized images, the plastic on this tray is quite flimsy though and I wouldn't trust it to hold a full print run of 120 sheets without it breaking. The in tray, which can hold up to a massive 120 sheets of basic A4 paper, folds in half before folding again to completely cover the opening in the top of the printer, it can be adjusted to properly hold various sizes of paper including A4, 9 x 13cm, 10 x 15cm, 13 x 18cm, 20 x 30cm, 3.5 x 5", 4 x 6",5 x 8", 8 x 10", A5, A6, B5, Legal, Letter & Half Letter, which gives an amazing scope to what you can actually print out on the thing.
The printer has a print rate of up to 5,760 x 1,440 dpi which is ample to provide a high quality photographic image, it can also provide borderless printing so there's no white frames surrounding your prints, which are always a nightmare to cut off without ruining the photo in one way or another. Using a high quality photo paper (the machine holds up to 20 of these sheets at one time) we have been more then happy with the results received when printing out our pictures, lesser quality papers don't quite provide such great results, so unfortunately it can work out quite pricey getting the best prints. Naturally the printer can be used for basic text documents as well as photos and again we have always been happy with the quality of the prints we receive. The overall print speed of documents will vary, a basic black text document will print out in a matter of seconds, obviously a colour photograph will take much longer, once again depending on the size of the actual print you've chosen.
The 6 separate ink cartridges come in Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan and Light Magenta. They are quite standard colours and are easily replaceable, you can also buy refillable cartridges which will fit the printer, this works out considerably cheaper as individually the cartridges can cost up to £20! Having the colours separately though does provide some benefits, firstly you get a better application of the individual colour, you also only have to replace a cartridge when it's colour has run out, rather then having to replace a whole 6 colour single cartridge because one colour is used more than the others and has run out.
The printer has the ability to print onto CD and DVD discs meaning that you are truly able to personalise your own software, imagine being able to not only record your photos onto a disc but to then print the disc to match the images contained on that disc, or perhaps you're an amateur film maker who's just completed his first masterpiece and want to give your film a suitable cover. We've never actually used this particular feature however you do need to buy suitable discs to be able to print on them properly.
While I'll admit I didn't set the machine up personally I know that it comes with a set up guide which is clear and easy to follow, however it did not come with a USB cable, something that is common in all Epson printers, meaning that you either have to dig out a spare or purchase a new one. With the added software provided with the printer you can also add effects and designs to the prints, change layouts and add frames to your photos.....there is an amazing amount of options for your entertainment via this software.
Price & Availability-
We've had this printer for a while now but it can still be picked up occasionally, however you'll only find it online as the electronic stores like to keep their stock brand new and up to date so this one is technically discontinued. You can pre-order the printer (for when one becomes available) on Amazon for approximately £50. It's certainly not the easiest printer to come by and I'm sure newer updates provide similar features, but it's worth purchasing if you can find it (keep an eye out on Ebay!)
For a full list of specifications and compatibility go to- http://www.epson.co.uk/products/ inkjet_printers/product_spec/Stylus_Photo_R220.htm
(minus the spaces)
We have been very happy with the life of this printer, its still going strong after all these years and still provides an excellent quality print out, even photo's printed all those years ago are still as bright and vivid as when we first printed them. We've had no complications with the printer and it's needed no repairs or maintenance, it's a nice looking, compact machine and I love that you can tuck the trays away keeping it neat and tidy, it's also quite quiet when operating which is a bonus. The ink can be quite pricey to replace (but it is still available) as is the good quality photo paper that's required for the best images, at the time of purchase we didn't mind this so much but since such places as Asda have been able to produce really cheap photographic prints of a decent quality it almost seems silly to pay such high prices to do the prints ourselves, nowadays it's just extra special images and document printing that we'll use it for. Overall though it's a great little printer and if you can find it I can certainly recommend it.
Review also on Ciao.
The Epson Stylus Photo R200 is quite new and modern.There are now six ink cartridges (black, cyan, magenta, light cyan, light magenta and yellow), rather that two (black and colour). I find it a real hassle. Not only are there more cardridges, but they also cost more. Normally I would have been paying £21.50 for each cartridge but now I'm having to fork over £150 for all 6 (£25 each).
There are three buttons on the actual printer itself. The first is the power button. It's main function is to turn the printer on but it can also be used to turn off the printer. Next to that is the paper button which has to be pressed when you are loading paper or if you are ejecting paper that has got stuck in a paper jam. Finally we come to the ink button which is my least favourite. I hate having to push it 'cause each time I do it costs me £25. It's used when you're replacing the ink cartridges!
When I'm printing a document I often end up with either a low quality picture or a high quality piece of writing. I know it's meant to be the other way around, but I have trouble using the menus and all that. There's so much to do when you're printing that I just hit the print button and don't change my prefrences!!! When my mum prints she often gets some excellent photographs (just shows you what I can do!)
My favourite part of the printer is it's nice black and silver display. It matches my P.C. and my room!!!
Overall, I like most of the features this printer has to offer.
My girlfriend bought this for me as a gift and I honestly have to say its definately one of the best Inkjet printers on the market.
I have used a number of Epson printers including the C62, CX3200 etc and I honestly can hold my hands up and say they are in my opinion the best printers for value of money.
The R200 is one of the first printers to allow you to print directly to a printable DVD or CD, this in itself is a great concept and makes the standard DVD or CD look that much more professional. Use it for creating your own CD or DVD make it stand out from the crowd!
The quality of pictures printed on the R200 are fantastic the colours look vibrant and with the correct setting can produce outstanding photographs!
This can be a little tricky but once you get your head around the software its a piece of cake. The R200 is supplied with a CD/DVD tray this allows you to put your printable CD/DVD on the tray and insert into the printer, in order to do this lift the lid and pull down the plastic tray that is on the left hand side as you look in. Slide the tray with your CD/DVD on into the printer tray and line it up with the arrows on either side. One thing you have to watch out for is the paper tray at the bottom, make sure the extension that pulls out is not extended as this will cause the tray to not load correctly. Also be aware you need at least 30cm at the back of your printer for the tray to pass through.
Once you have done this load up the Epson PrintCD software and setup the disc the way you want, once your done click print and your away.
This printer is very reliable and with Epson's 12 month manufactures guarantee you cant go wrong.
I find this printer to be very efficient on ink as with most Epson printers the compatible ink available on the market makes the Epson printer range the cheapest bar none. The Epson R200 boasts 6 seperate ink cartridges, which are in place to give a better quality of print and also help keep costs down due to replacing the specific ink cartridge rather than the complete colour ink (this was a problem in older models such as the C62).
The cartridges exist of the following:
1) Black (T0481)
2) Cyan (T0482)
3) Light Cyan (T0485)
4) Magenta (T0483)
5) Light Magenta (T0486)
6) Yellow (T0484)
The replacement of ink is very easy and does in all honestly last quite a while (depends on what your are printing of course).
Overall Value For Money
Definately worth the price tag and if your looking to make your CD/DVD's a bit more exciting then this is the printer for you.
The printer has come down in price alot over the last few months and you can pick it up at a very good price. You are looking at about £55 to £65.
Ink can be expensive if you buy the original Epson Ink, alternatively through auction sites and even a general internet search you can find the compatibles at prices as little as £7 inc P&P for a full set.
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The Epson R200 is the R300's little brother. It uses the same six colour printing technology but lacks the built in card reader. As such, it cannot be used as a standalone photo printer. The technical aspects, print quality, features, etc., have been adequately covered elsewhere in reviews of the R300, so I'll confine my comments to a few personal experiences and printing tips.
I settled on this machine after becoming increasingly disillusioned (not to say utterly p*ssed off) with my aging Kodak PPM200, which had the most annoying habit of running out of one colour - generally around 90% through printing a photo - without warning. Original PPM200 ink cartridges are hard to find nowadays, and VERY expensive. Refilling is a P-I-T-A, and never seems to match the original colours. Cheaper to buy a new printer, and a new R200 cost me £85 from PC World.
Photo quality is excellent as it stands, but I would recommend downloading the Print Image Matching plugin (for use in Photoshop / Elements) from the Epson website, which also comes with a full set of colour profiles for Epson papers. Strange how no mention is made of this in the documentation that comes with the printer. Even if your digicam does not support PIMII, the plugin works equally well with Exif Print, which is standard on all new cameras.
Experimenting with PIMII reveals that it makes a big improvement to some digital pics, and little or no improvement to others. One printed landscape in particular is absolutely stunning, when printed on Ilford Gallerie smooth gloss paper (using the correct colour profile from the Ilford website). I freely admit to being a nitpicking perfectionist when it comes to colour matching and photo detail, and this setup really delivers.
The printer also produces far more photo prints than than my old machine before running out of ink; and luckily, it gives you plenty of warning when this is about to happen. Which brings me to the whole point of this review - the cost of replacement ink.
A full set of pukka Epson cartridges at PC World will set you back over £70. The cheapest I've found so far are sold by Boots, but will still cost £50+ for 6 cartridges. Various Epson compatibles are available from many websites, and cost around £18 per set.
A local consumables supplier had a special offer - a full set of R200/300 compatible 'Pro-Jet' cartridges for a fiver. Can't be much good at that price, I thought; but it did have the 'ISO 9001' logo on the packaging, so it had to be worth a gamble.
How wrong can you be? I have tried this ink on Epson Premium Semigloss, Ilford Gallerie, and Kodak Ultima paper with brilliant results; always making sure, of course, to use the correct colour profile for each paper (Kodak need you to register on their website before allowing download of the Ultima profile). Printing without a matching profile can be very hit-&-miss; and be warned, this ink does NOT work well on Ilford Printasia glossy paper. No doubt the same can be said about various other papers, especially the cheaper ones; but at this price, one can afford to experiment. CD/DVD printing is also perfectly acceptable using the standard Epson R200 profile which is installed with the printer driver. I now have a whole bagload of Pro-Jet ink cartridges, which should last me the life of the printer.
If you can source these particular refills at a similar price, I would say go out and buy an R200/300. This is home/ semi-professional printing as it should be.
Epson as you may or may not know are one of the best producers of mass printers and are on par with Canon, HP, Lexmark and other big name brands.
I personally bought one of these printers for some very good reasons. Having just binned a Canon as it started playing up as it was a bit too cheap and no longer chearful i decided to go for a more solid so at about the £50 range (so i didn't just get the cheapest one on the market). In addition to this limit i also decided to rule out all HP instantly due there stupidly high price of cartidges due to there poor design of having expensive chips in them. Finally decided to buy the R200 as it was one of the cheaper ones, has cheap cartridges, does 5000+ dpi and what clinched it the ability to print directly on to CD's which none of its close competitors can do. As you would expect the print quailty on the expensive paper is perfect as good as, if not better, than normal photo prints from the shops and i have had no problems with it at all since buying it 3+ months ago. The print quailty on CD's is also very good its not as good as the paper prints but is however very good, its even better than some of the poor commerically printed discs! Overall its a delight to use and gives very good results with the right media. This printer also has a another smart trick of using 6 different cartiges to cut down on the amount of ink you use when doing different shades, so in theory you use less ink. One slight draw back is that this printer isnt the fastest in the world, but does have its own feed tray, but to achieve much faster rate of printing you really need to be doubling the cost so i found i can live with a bit of awaiting. Finally be warned it doesn't come with a USB cable but then most don't now, you'll need a male A to male B one which aren't too pricey if you get one online just remember to add it to your order :) other than that i can't think of thing to complain about, i'm very happy it gets 5 stars.