Review: Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Color Inkjet Printer

September 11, 2012

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For years, I’ve avoided doing certain crafts because frankly, my printers have been pretty substandard. (Some were even hand-me-downs from my Dad- thanks, Dad!) But there are so many cool projects to do with a larger-format printer- like printing 12X12 sheets, for example- and I just haven’t had a good enough printer to do some of these crafts. So my world was kinda rocked when I unboxed the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Wireless Wide-Format Color Inkjet Printer )

It arrived in this mammoth box!

First peek at unboxing!

So I have to admit- I was also kind of scared of it! It’s the first printer I’ve ever used that has eight different ink cartridges. Really.EIGHT.

And here’s what you get in the box:

  • EPSON Stylus Photo R2000 inkjet printer
  • One Photo Black UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge (T159120)
  • One Matte Black UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge (T159820)
  • One Cyan UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge (T159220)
  • One Magenta UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge (T159320)
  • One Yellow UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge (T159420)
  • One Red UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge (T159720)
  • One Orange UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink cartridge (T159920)
  • One Gloss Optimizer UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 cartridges (T159020)
  • 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 (Windows® and Macintosh®)

The first thing was just setting it up! Fortunately, the directions are super simple to install the driver, and even the cartridges were easy to install. All I had to do was match up the color on the cartridge to the one on the printer.

Half installed!

Next was syncing the ESP R2000 to my Wi-Fi- because for me, that is KEY. I use a laptop all over my house, and to be able to print from any room is vital. Again, I followed the installation wizard and it was pretty much a snap. The only snafu was that the recommended way to connect your ESP R2000 to the Wi-Fi is through your computer….via a cable. Which they do not give you. (You can try to connect it via the wi-fi itself, but I was unsuccessful in doing that.) So you need the cable. But they don’t give you one. So make sure you order one if/when you order the printer, OK?

Now to explore. Just what will this big boy do? (And I DO mean BIG- the foot print of the printer is 24.5″ x 12.8″ x 8.6″ (W x D x H), and that is with the cover down and paper tray retracted.

Ermehgerd. HUGE.

So let’s look at the website:

Take your creativity and productivity to the next level with the advanced features and uncompromising quality of the Epson Stylus Photo R2000. This robust, 13″-wide printer delivers remarkable efficiency and versatility with high-capacity cartridges, and networking and wireless connectivity, along with flexible media handling. Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss® 2 pigment ink, delivered through Epson’s Advanced MicroPiezo® AMC™ print head, yields beautiful archival prints with an unprecedented glossy look and feel. Offering the latest in wired and wireless networking, the R2000 makes it easy to print from anywhere in your home or office. Now, you can take your creativity further with the next generation in high-performance, pigment printing technology.

Maximum Printable Area:
Maximum paper width 13″
Maximum cut-sheet size 13″ x 19″
Maximum printable area 13″ x 44″

Photo Print Speed:
8″ x 10″ Photo: Approx. 1 min 8 sec1
11″ x 14″ Photo: Approx. 1 min 43 sec1

Special Media Support:

  • Roll paper 8.3″ and 13″ rolls
  • Fine art paper via manual rear path
  • Inkjet printable CD / DVD using included tray

Wow, right?

Right. So I got everything set up and started printing. Photos,directions, even a 12X12 collage. And I printed on some Scrapbooking Attitude film, too. Everything came out beautiful and smudge-free. (By the way, they do recommend that you let the photos dry for 15 minutes and then cover them with a sheet of plain paper, then letting that sit for 24 hours. Presumably to make sure all of the ink is either absorbed or evaporated. Frankly I did not do this and had no issues with wavy paper or smudgy prints.)

First I’ll give you my show you my video overview of the Epson Stylus Photo R2000, and the show you some still photos of the things I’ve printed.

So let me show you some of the things I printed with my Epson Stylus Photo R2000:

Photo book of my grandfather’s 90th birthday celebration….

Scrapbook Layout  featuring Mr. Huey’s mists. Click the photo to read that review.

 

Glossy Photos- professionally printed at home!

I’m just beginning to scratch the surface of what the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 printer can do…. but I have to tell you, it’s been SO quiet, reliable (NOT ONE PAPER JAM SO FAR!!) and the quality has been so top-notch- it’s really opening up my creativity!

I can’t wait to play with the rolled canvas, fine art paper, and disc-printing accessories they sent along, too. In the meanwhile, let me know if you have any questions- I’d be happy to answer them if I can.  What would YOU make with a 13-inch printer?

Disclosure: Printer and accessories provided for review purposes. Opinions are 100% percent my own. 

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21 Responses to “Review: Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Color Inkjet Printer”

  1. Sue Castle Says:

    Thanks, this is my next printer, LOL. I have the Epson Artisan 800, which I love, but to be able to print 12 x 12 paper is a dream come true. Smiles

  2. Jennifer Says:

    Hi! I so want to get this printer. Thank you for the review. Do you happen to know how many 12×12 prints you can get from the ink cartridges? Thank you!

  3. Jenny Says:

    Jennifer- each color and the gloss cartridge are all separate ink cartridges. How many prints you get from each one would depend greatly. I just replaced the gloss cartridge and teal one….

  4. Jackie Fare Says:

    I just purchased this printer to print 12 X 12 Scrapbook pages. The quality is astounding. The trouble I’m having is with the borderless setting. The image won’t center in Print Preview no matter how I change the settings. It’s particularly obvious that it isn’t centering because the scrapbook pages I am working on have a 1/4″ border of color all the way around the outside. When I get to Print Preview, the border isn’t symmetrical. I hope this makes sense. Have you come across this problem?

    Thnaks for any help :).

    PS: So far, Epson has not been to helpful.

  5. Jenny Says:

    Jackie- I can’t really trouble-shoot this for you since I can’t see exactly what you are seeing. However, in the booklet I received, it specifically advised against edge-to-edge printing because of smudging/smearing issues. Perhaps the software is preventing you from printing it because the quality will be poor. The only suggestion I’d have is to print it with the border and then mount it on colored 12X12 cardstock if you want that 1/4 inch of color. Good luck-Jenny

  6. mark Says:

    Try printing from a dedicated photo editing application such as Photoshop instead of the built in Epson software

  7. Shannon Says:

    I was just wondering if I could use this as my everyday printer as well as printing the occasional 12×12. Is there a setting you can change for that so you do not have to use so much of the photo quality ink?

  8. Jenny Says:

    Excellent question, Shannon! I use my Epson everyday- I just set the printer options to “greyscale” , “speed printing,” and “non-glossy paper”- which saves my ink and gloss cartridges. I use this printer for everything now. Totally in love.

  9. Paula Says:

    Hi Jenny! Thanks so much for this informative review. My Epson R1800 just died, and I need to replace it. The R2000 is the obvious choice, but I’m wondering if the Artisan 1430 might be sufficient, especially since it is half the price (and the ink for both is really expensive). Do you have any experience with it? Thanks!

  10. Jenny Says:

    Paula- I have not experience with the Artisan 1430. Maybe check Amazon for some reviews?

  11. Krystal Says:

    Jenny,

    I have been debating whether to go with a laser printer or the Epson R2000, and you seem to be the only person that is posting real-world experiences with the R2000. I want to print digital scrapbook paper, not so much photographs. How would you compare the print quality of the R2000 to a laser printer?

    Can you tell me how the print quality looks when printing on regular card stock and regular paper? From my experience with inkjets, when printing in black, text is fuzzy and the color much lighter. I know you showed a printout on regular paper in your video, but I am unable to tell if the black ink looks lighter or fuzzy.

    Your response is greatly appreciated! I want to buy a darn printer already!

  12. Jenny Says:

    I did print some of my photos on cardstock- and the color was very nice and saturated! The black certainly didn’t look lighter at all. I do hope this helps-Jenny

  13. Crystal Says:

    Hello Jenny!
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    I am graphic design student and I really need to get an A3 printer, the only large issue I have right now is debating whether to get the Epson workforce WF-7011 or this. I know this has way better quality but I need to print a lot of back to back papers and r2000 is not duplex supported.

    Wonder if you have ever tried print it back to back on this printer manually? Would really love to hear from you. I really just want to get this printer shopping over and done with!

  14. Jenny Says:

    Crystal- thanks for asking. You certainly could manually feed one at a time considering that it’s a top feed. But if you are doing a LOT of volume, that would be time-consuming, no? But for 2-5 pages, it would be easy.

  15. kathy weller Says:

    Thanks for your review! If you can, would you please share what brand of cardstock you have been using with your R2000, and the print settings? (I am trying to find the best type of cardstock for my artwork.) Many thanks!!!
    Kathy

  16. Jenny Says:

    Kathy- I use whatever cardstock I can find! And if I’m printing photos, I use the “best” setting. :)

  17. Lissa Marie Says:

    I have had my R2000 for over a year, my husband bought me roll paper for christmas and I JUST NOT started to use it! Can you believe that? I printed my first scrapbook page and it went all to one edge maybe even cutting it off a little even though I had center selected. I am afraid this will happen again. What settings do you use for 12×12 prints without anything cut off? I want it centered, or do I make a 13 inch canvas and print to edge?

  18. Lissa Marie Says:

    I went to “UNroll my paper like the manual said now it is half out! I need help! I can’t find anything on google!

  19. Jenny Says:

    Lissa- I’d suggest you contact Epson via email AND their social channels. I’m really not prepared for this level of trouble-shooting. I don’t have roll paper installed. Good luck.

  20. Lissa Marie Says:

    I just thought you would know how to center the page mainly,since you print out 12x12s. Thanks so much for your reply, not to often I get a reply on a blog or website like this :)

  21. Jenny Says:

    Do do the 12X12s I just had to feed in into the top slot…. so no centering involved. And you are very welcome. :)

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