Last Thursday’s announcement (click here) of the Epson Stylus 2100 Photo (called the 2200 in the US) A3+ pigment ink, 7 colour printer, generated a great of reaction and interest.
Most of the reaction was extremely positive, but not everyone was moved to order one straight away:
From: Ann SvensonPerlman
Sent:26 April 200220:59
I am sticking with the 1270 for now although I really need more archival inks. I almost bought the 2000 but am glad I didn't rush into it. The 2100 looks interesting and maybe the answer but I'll read on through another month of reviews before I abandon my 1270.
Ann E. Svenson Perlman
After some initial disappointment with the speed of a pre-production Epson Stylus 950 Photo printer recently (click here), there is some resignation that the 2100 won’t be as fast as Canon’s lightning S9000. But at least it should be a good deal faster than the old 2000P model it replaces:
From: Erika Lemberger
Sent:28 April 200220:14
I have high hopes for the Epson. Sure speed is VERY important but true to life color's and archival ability are no less crucial. I was very unhappy with my Epson 2000P and subsequently I sold it on ebay. I do hope that the new 2100 has much more in store for all of us and it sure does look promising.By the way the Epson rep who spoke to me at a trade show I attended advised me to sell the 2000P! He said it was their first attempt into the pigmented inks and that should be taken into consideration. Keep up the fine work!
William is one of many who seem keen to make the move up from the Epson 1200-series dye-based printers:
From: William Reid
Sent:26 April 200219:40
The Epson 2100 is just what I have been waiting for. I currently have an Epson 1200. I look forward to upgrading to the 2100.
In the Garden of England
Richard is another:
Sent:30 April 200206:59
I currently use Epson 1270 and will be buying Epson 2200 as soon as it appears.
Some, like Jim, were moved to write a great deal in anticipation of the new printer:
From: Jim Bergstrom
Sent:26 April 200206:48
Too early to tell about S9000 versus Epson 2100./2200. Prints from glossy and fine art media on production printers will aid in my decision. I would like to see high end drum scans used as sources for printer tests too many other variable introduced otherwise. I would like to know how the capacity of the ink tanks compare. I believe the S9000 tanks are 11 ml. How quiet is the Epson compared to the Canon ? My Epson 1200 woke the dead I had to leave the room when it was printing. Just how improved is the color gamut on the Epson 2100/2200 If it is that close to dyeÂ I would prefer pigment ink set for archival qualities. B&W feature of Epson 2100 looks promising. Just how good a B&W print the Epson can produce interests me. Went to Comp USA they didn't have all the ink tanks for the S9000 and no Canon paper. Will Canon supplies be harder to acquire than Epson? Lots of paper options for Epson's. I like the idea of straight paper path available for Epson so that it can handle heavy Fine Art papers (300 gsm). Canon had straight paper path on S800 seriesÂ but removed it on the S900/S9000 (Just plain dumb). Wish the speed of the Epson was faster (more nozzles) like S900/S9000. Looking forward to seeing updated information on your site.
Flower Mound Texas
One theme that clearly emerged was just how poorly existing and previous owners of the 2000P regarded their old printer and how this made the prospect if replacing it with a 2100 was so encouraging:
From: Randy Focht
Sent:25 April 200217:45
The 2000 was a total dud.After owning it a year, I have never been able to use it with any benefit. I'm selling it right away. If there is any humidity in the paper (or even if it's a humid day), the printouts will be almost smeared looking. Super unsharp. Something to watch out for and any humidity ruins the paper.
An Australian 1270 owner thinks the 2100 is tempting:
Sent: 29 April 2002 11:42
I own a 1270 and have been very happy with it but am concerned with the longevity of the prints. Also buying a replacement cartridge is a bit of a pain because there might still be some usable ink in one of the tanks. I would be very interested in this new printer. Australia will be getting it, I hope!
Andrew likes his 1280, but looks like getting a 2100 for its archival qualities:
Sent: 25 April 2002 12:40
I've been waiting for the 2100 since I got rid of my 2000P last year because of the green cast and its slowness. I replaced the 2000P with the 1280 which is a great printer but I'm looking for a printer with archival properties. Hopefully the 2100 will give me what I'm looking for. I was thinking of the Canon S9000 but I just recently bought a Canon S750 just for text to replace my Epson C-80 (clogging) and was turned off by its interface. Since I've owned 12 different Epson photo & stylus printers in the past 4 years, I'll stick with Epson.
Howard wants to know more:
From: Howard Sirak
Sent:26 April 200222:34
The story about the Epson 2100 printer that is coming out soon: What is the largest print size? What is the pricing on the colour cartridges?
The cop-out answer is: hang on for our full review!
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