Epson Stylus R2000 Inkjet Printer Review
If you're looking for a pro photo printer, seriously consider the Epson R2000.
For a little more money than the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000, you could have the HP B8850, which stacks up fairly well to the Stylus Inkjet R2000, minus a somewhat oddly-low detail performance. Both are suited to the pro-photo role, but the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 is the better buy at this price point by a decent margin.
The HP B8850 struggles a little bit with blues like the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000, but it also has a better overall color accuracy after some tweaking to the color profile than does the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000. The difference isn't astronomical, but it's noticeable.
The Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 does a far better job at maintaining levels of detail in gradients, though it falls a little behind on sharp lines. This one's somewhat of a wash, as both have their strengths and weaknesses.
The Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 does a better job with depth of blacks, and it's not terribly surprising: this is a pro photo printer, after all.
Color Gamut Comparison
Here, the newer Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000 absolutely blows the B8850 out of the water, as the HP printer can only manage to maintain about 42% of the Adobe RGB (1998) gamut, whereas the Epson powerhouse can maintain about 69%.
Because both printers are extremely similar in the way they handle their workload and what they are capable of, there are very few differences in terms of usability. Still, the one difference that you should care about is the Epson Stylus Inkjet R2000's ability to be networked, whereas the HP printer is virtually incapable of this feat. This will help accommodate several more users should you need this.
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