Review of the Epson R200 Inkjet Printer

by Pete on April 6, 2010

Epson bills this discontinued printer as capable of printing “frame-ready” photos, and bringing quality and convenience to the home printer at a great value. It is compatible with Windows and Macs, and specifically designed for work like scrapbooking and homework assignments. With a resolution of up to 5760 x 1440 dipi, and its Micro Piezo ink jet ability, it prints fairly precise images. Some photo software is included with the printer (the Epson Software Film Factory) and it has Exif Print technology, making it possible to get prints from P.I.M or Exif-enabled devices.

Reviews from users are somewhat mixed. For those who want the printer for just basic photo use (ie. scrapbooking enthusiasts), the machine will work fine. However, many report it konks out after about two or three years. Others have complained it goes through ink like a chubby kid in a chocolate store. You may also have to fill all of the Epson R200 inkjet cartridges before it will print black ink, although the official product description assures users you only need to refill the color cartridge you are using. The feature that has users all atwitter is the ability to print on CDs and DVDs. Those who make a lot of music CDs, or someone who professionally creates videos and issues them on DVDs, would get a lot of use out of this relatively unique feature. The software also helps you with those snazzy creative projects like calendars and decorative pages.

This direct to CD feature helps users create professional looking CDs and DVDs with the CD print software included with the printer. However, users reported needing a USB cable for getting things up and running, so make sure you have all of the appropriate equipment before bringing your Epson R200 Inkjet home and firing it up for its first use. This is also a great printer if you like to use different paper types, another plus for home scrapbookers. If you are buying the printer second-hand for this reason, be sure to pick one up with all of the software that was included originally.

Those who purchased the printer new received the printer, six Epson R200 inkjet cartridges, one in each color, the CD print tray and the software, as well as your handbook. Again, remember a USB cable will be needed, so ask the seller to provide theirs or plan to buy a new one. When you measure the cost of this printer new, about £47.00, against the few negative aspects users reported, you still get a great value. If you are in the market for a cheap, used printer, this may be your answer. If you want Epson’s latest version of a comparable printer, check out the Epson Artisan 50 Ink Jet Printer.

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