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Stylus Photo 2200

Review posted 9/5/02

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Photo Printer

The Stylus Photo 2200 - A Photographer's Dream Machine

The Stylus® Photo 2200 is the ideal printer for those wanting the same longevity in their digital prints as conventional film prints. We all love the snappy colors and low costs of our inkjet printers but the real truth is that those prints just aren't going to last as long as "real photos." Epson's answer is the Stylus Photo 2200 with the new, seven-color UltraChrome pigment-based archival inks. (At the time of this review Epson is the only manufacturer to offer pigmented ink photo-quality printers.) Now you can achieve the same color range, density and saturation of dye-based inks and get superior fade resistance. Color prints made on Epson Watercolor Paper are light fast up to 80 years and up to 44 years on Premium Luster.

The Stylus Photo 2200 is an excellent choice for serious amateur or professional photographers and is affordably priced at $699 ($200 less than the 2000P.) The Stylus Photo 2200 with UltraChrome ink has faster printing and drying times enabling the printer to achieve a print speed of four minutes for an 8" x 10" photograph on glossy paper - that's three times faster than the Stylus Photo 2000P. Speed and connectivity is ensured with high-speed USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interfaces as well as a bi-directional IEEE 1284 parallel port.

The printer's resolution of up to 2880 x 1440 dpi comes from ultra small 4-picoliter droplets, which produces an equivalent dot size to a two-picoliter dye-based droplet. Epson's exclusive Micro Piezo ink jet technology creates incredible detail, beautiful skin tones and an ultra-wide color range that is ideal for all types of photography. The interchangeable black inks allow users to choose between the printer's standard Photo Black cartridge and an optional Matte Black cartridge. With a large printable area it can handle from 4" x 6" up to 13" x 44" cut sheet papers with ease. It also features 4", 8.3" and 13" edge-to-edge borderless printing on roll paper. A roll paper holder, an automatic cutter assembly and a print catcher basket is included.

A variety of glossy and matte papers are compatible with the Stylus Photo 2200, including Epson's Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, Premium Luster Photo Paper, Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Watercolor Paper and Enhanced Matte (formerly named Archival Matte) Paper. The newest paper that is available is Epson's Velvet Fine Art paper. This new paper is a 100 percent cotton, acid free paper and is available in both Letter and Super B (13" x 19") sheets. Thicker media is easily accommodated by the manual paper feed and its straight-through paper path.

The Stylus Photo 2200 includes EPSON Software Film Factory with PRINT Image Matching support. PRINT Image Matching technology (P.I.M.), which Epson announced in February 2001, ensures that P.I.M.-enabled digital cameras and P.I.M.-enabled printers work perfectly together to create the best possible prints. Included in the software bundle is a PIM file plug-in for Photoshop 6, 7 and Photoshop Elements 1, 2.

Stylus Photo 2200 Features:

  • New 7-Color UltraChrome™ archival inks in individual ink cartridges

  • Improved matte quality with optional Matte Black ink cartridge

  • 2880x1440 dpi resolution with ultra-fine 4-picoliter droplets

  • Fast print times: 8x10" image: 2 min. 6 sec. on matte paper, 3 min. 51 sec. on semi-gloss paper

  • Borderless photo printing: 4x6" 5x7" 8x10" 8.5x11" 13x19" and with roll paper

  • Roll paper holder and automatic cutter assembly

  • Epson PRINT Image Matching (PIM) technology ensures that digital cameras and Epson printers work together to produce the best possible prints

  • USB 2.0, FireWire (IEEE 1394), and Parallel connectivity

  • Light fastness rating of up to 80 years on Watercolor and other Fine Art papers. 44 years on Premium Luster, Glossy and Semigloss media are currently being evaluated by Wilhelm Imaging Research.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Photo Printer

It comes in a rather large box!  You'll find everything you need in there except for a connecting cable. Can someone please tell me why they can't include at least a standard $2 USB cable with these printers? Not a problem for us "city folk" but for those out in the country it could be a real pain to have to order and then wait for the UPS man to deliver a cable. If you don't have the necessary USB or FireWire cable then be sure to order one -with- your printer.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Photo Printer

Initial setup isn't much different from other inkjet printers except there's now a few more ink cartridges to install. The Stylus Photo 2200 uses seven ink tanks; Photo Black (or optional Matte Black), Light Black, Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta and Yellow.

In front of the ink cartridges is a line of red LED indicators that are visible when the top is closed. When an ink tank runs out the corresponding red LED lights up. The ink levels are constantly monitored and you will get a software popup warning when the ink is getting low, the red LED tells you that it's now empty. We'll cover this in more detail when we explain the software driver options.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Photo Printer

The interchangeable black inks allow you to choose between the printer's standard Photo Black cartridge and an optional Matte Black cartridge. The Photo Black ink supports any type of paper, the Matte Black ink supports matte paper only. The printer "knows" which ink is installed and automatically limits your choice of media types in the driver software.

The Matte Black yields higher density and contrast on matte papers and is ideal for matte fine art photography. It also produces superior B&W prints on matte paper.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Photo Printer

And here's how the printer "knows" which ink cartridges are in the printer and exactly how much ink is left in them. There are tiny little electronic chips on the edge of each ink tank. This allows you to swap any cartridge at any time and then put it back in the printer later. These IntellidgeTM cartridges actually count each ink droplet used to keep track of the ink remaining.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Photo Printer

Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh platforms, the Stylus 2200 features built-in IEEE 1284 bi-directional parallel and high speed USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 FireWire ports.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Photo Printer

Epson's Velvet Fine Art, canvas and other "thick" fine art papers can be fed straight through thanks to the manual paper feed in the rear. The manual paper path supports a variety of media up to 1.3 mm in thickness.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Photo Printer

Here's the roll paper holders mounted on the back of the printer. Shown here with a 4-inch roll of photo paper. The printer handles 4", 8.3" and 13" width roll paper stock for edge-to-edge borderless printing. The roll paper is fed into the manual feed paper path which automatically pulls the paper up to the start point. You push and hold the roll paper feed button to make it "back out" the roll paper when you're done.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Photo Printer

The automatic cutter assembly and print "catcher" basket mount on the front of the printer. It's an easy and fairly quick change from cut sheet to roll printing. You do need to go into the printer driver and properly adjust the cutter and select the desired cut option (auto, paper-saving or manual cut.) The manual cut function is enabled by a button on the front of the printer. The cutter even has a built in cleaning function to keep things moving smoothly.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Photo Printer

I can't recommend the use of the 4" wide roll paper as these prints never seem to sit flat again. These prints here were under a heavy book for three days and yet still retain almost as much curve as when first printed. The roll paper is nice for making wall-size panoramas but for borderless 4x6" prints, stick with the cut sheets.

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US visitors Photo Magenta Ink Cartridge for Stylus Photo 2200

$ 12.34 at Epson
$ 11.99 at OfficeMax
$ 4.50 at EnviroInks.com
$ 9.99 at InkOasis.com
$ 10.59 at TriStateCamera.com
$ 10.99 at TheNerds.net

UK visitors Epson Stylus Photo 2100 / 2200 Magenta Ink Cartridge

£ 16.45 at Valueshop

Stylus Photo 2200 Specifications

Printing Method EPSON's exclusive Micro Piezo ink jet technology
Configuration 7-color (CcMmYKk)UltraChrome™ pigment inks with individual ink cartridges
Resolution 2880 x 1440 dpi black and color
Ink Droplet Size 4 picoliters
Print Speed 8 x 10 image: 2 min. 6 sec. on matte paper, 3 min. 51sec. on semi-gloss paper
Sound Level 42 dB(A)
Ink Technology Epson UltraChrome Pigment Inks; 1 micron ink particles
Printer Language Epson ECP/P Raster
Software Drivers USB 1.1/Parallel - Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP; USB 2.0 - Windows 2000 and XP; Firewire(IEEE 1394)- Windows 2000, Me, and XP; Macintosh system 8.6 to 9.x and 10.1 or later
Input Buffer 256 KB
Interfaces Standard: USB, Firewire (IEEE-1394),and Parallel
Print Direction N/A
Paper Handling
Single Sheets 3.5"x5", 4"x6", 5"x7", 8"x10", Letter, A4, legal, 11"x14", 11" x 17" (B), 11.7" x 16.5" (A3), 13" x 19" (Super B), statement, executive, user definable sizes and panoramic up to 13" x 44"
Thickness Up to 1.3mm
Types Plain and bond, Premium Luster Photo Paper, Epson Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Enhanced Matte Paper, Watercolor Paper - Radiant White, Velvet Fine Art Paper, Premium Bright White Paper
Envelopes No. 10, DL, and C6
Printable Area 13" x 44" Maximum
Paper Capacity 100 sheets (plain paper)/10 envelopes
Physical Dimensions Storage (L x W x H): 24.3" x 13" x 8.2"", Printing (L x W x H): 24.3" x 34.1" x 15.4"; 25.7lb
Environmental Conditions Temperature: Operating:50° to 95°; Storage: -4 ° to 140°, Humidity : 20% to 80% relative humidity, Storage 5% to 85% relative humidity (no condensation)
Safety Approval UL1950, CSA22.2 950; FCC Part 15 subpart B class B, CSA C 108.8 class B
Power Requirements
Rated Voltage 120V AC
Rated Frequency 50 to 60Hz
Rated current .4 Amp (max)
Power consumption Approx. 19W (self-test mode)
Ink Cartridge Life
Automatic ink low/Ink out detection Yes
Black ink life 628 pages text (ISO/IEC 10561 letter pattern); 440 pages graphic (5% coverage)
Color ink life 440 pages (5% coverage per color)
Shelf life 2 years from production life
Warranty Standard one year limited warranty including EPSON Exchange Program (U.S. and Canada only)
PCMCIA Card Slot N/A
Software Epson Software Film Factory, PRINT Image Matching Plug-In for Adobe Photoshop, and exclusive 3rd Party Software Offers
Print Volume N/A
* Light fastness rating of 80 years based on accelerated testing of prints on specialty media, displayed indoors, under glass. Actual print stability will vary according to image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity and atmospheric conditions. EPSON does not guarantee longevity of the prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or lamination or properly store them.

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