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Epson R2400 vs. Canon PIXMA Pro 9500 vs. HP B9180 Printer Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.51 (out of 10)
Review (Summary): "Generally I hate doing group tests, I prefer to cover each printer in greater depth. However, over the last three years I have covered all three printers with their own interactive reviews. Believe it or not the Epson was reviewed in June 2005, which makes this printer the oldest in the group. Perhaps it may be unfair to include the Epson against the other two, but I have confidence that it will hold its own. ...

For those readers who have not participated in our interactive reviews, this is how they work. I test the printers and publish as I go along, generally I try to keep in all the details on each test, although I may add one or two paragraphs as I discover better ways of doing things. ..."

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Pocket-Lint 10.00  10-01-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Gone are the days of darkroom printing and as we’ll see, from the results of printers such as this, you'll never want to step back into the dark ages. The R2400 supercedes the Stylus Photo 2100/2200 and out of the box, the R2400 is certainly less well built than those predecessors. The articulated feed and delivery trays are particularly wobbly, but overall the machine looks stylish but big. Desk space may be an issue and that's worth bearing in mind.

Pricey, the R2400 may be at a penny under £600 ($749-$849 U.S.)and each (original) ink costs just over £9 ($12-$15 U.S., don’t forget you need eight (or nine depending on the media) of ‘em), so this is a significant investment. However, it is really a pro’ machine capable of superb (nay, the best colour and mono results I have seen) that, if exhibiting and/or selling your work, colour or black and white, will pay you back quickly."

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Photo-i 8.06  06-10-05 Read Full Review
Photo-i's Epson R2400 interactive review is now under way, the first part is a video overview of the printer. This has been split into two to allow for faster download - (I have made this live but need to sort out a couple of problems with the display, this is being dealt with). The Beginners section will be replaced with a new section on Colour Management, I will start this off with a video tutorial on creating a profile for your display LCD & CRT.
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Camera Hobby 8.00  10-11-05 Read Full Review
Dairy Style Review: The Epson R2400 is the prosumer printer that uses Epson's newest pigment ink technology, Ultrachrome K3. It promises excellent print life and stability with no bronzing, as with the old Epson 2200 printer. It basically marries the longevity of pigment with the quality of dye ink thanks to the Ultrachrome inks combined with a Gloss Optimizer that's included in the color inks.
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Creative Pro 8.00  10-18-05 Read Full Review
For the last few years, buying a mid-range photo printer capable of printing up to 13" x 19" has involved balancing a number of compromises. While Epson's Stylus Photo 2200 offered very good results with extreme longevity, the Canon i9900 offered a slightly wider color gamut, without the 2200's metamerism problems. Meanwhile, if you were interested in black and white output, several HP options, including the PhotoSmart 8700, offered true neutral tones that were difficult or impossible to achieve on either the Epson or Canon products.

Epson's new R2400 ($850 list price) is intended to solve all of the shortcomings of the 2200 with a product that combines the longevity of pigment inks, a gamut you normally get only from dye inks, and the ability to output true neutral grayscale images. The new printer delivers on all of these fronts, yet it's not a clear slam-dunk win over its competition.

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BIOS 7.48  06-28-05 Read Full Review
Epson has once again changed the world of home photography with the Stylus Photo R2400. Replacing the Stylus Photo 2200, this A3 printer is one of the highest-quality consumer inkjet solutions to date - thanks largely to its innovative UltraChrome K3 pigment ink technology. With three levels of black and advanced driver controls, the Stylus Photo R2400 enables you to create professional-quality colour and black-and-white prints on a mind-boggling variety of media. Professional and fine art photographers should add the Stylus Photo R2400 to the top of their shopping list.
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Shutterbug 6.50  12-12-05 Read Full Review
Ever since color inkjet printers made for photographic printing were introduced a significant portion of the photo community has felt they were left out because color inkjets have not provided a good solution for black and white photography compared to color. Now, Epson has responded with their new Stylus Photo R2400 that is really three printers in one. First, it is an even better color printer of RGB photographic images than the 2200 it replaces. Second, it also prints black and white with equally fine image quality. Third, it also provides the ability to reproduce CMYK press proof prints of exceptional quality.

How this expanded capability and improved performance was achieved, and right on the heels of the new Epson Stylus Photo R1800, is an interesting story, because set side by side you have to look twice to tell the two printers apart. The key to what differentiates the two printers is the new Epson UltraChrome K3 ink technology and how the new R2400 uses these inks to make both superior color prints and fine black and white prints without skipping a beat.

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Trusted Reviews 6.17  05-19-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Printing anything larger than A4 can cost a lot of money. Large format printers start at around £1,000 and rise steeply from there. There is an intermediary path though. If but don't need A2 or bigger and only want to go up to A3+ - A3 prints with full bleed then Epson's Stylus Photo R2400 is a versatile medium format machine. It can handle sheet, roll and thick media of up to 1.3mm, which makes it suitable for small signage.

Epson has really tried with this machine to provide a semi-pro finishing printer or a professional-level proofing machine. The flexibility of its paper handling, combined with its three-black greyscale printing, will see it adopted in a number of different business and creative offices, where its undoubted high print quality will shine through."

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