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October 10, 2002|By Kevin Washington

Stylus Photo 2200 is cream of market's current inkjet crop

If price doesn't matter, you'll feel like you're in heaven when you print out your first photograph from the Epson Stylus Photo 2200 inkjet printer.

But price can be a problem, so let's get that out of the way first. At $700, the Stylus Photo 2200 remains way outside of most consumer's budgets for an inkjet printer. If, however, you're a photo enthusiast serious about printing high-quality images and don't mind spending the cash, the Stylus Photo 2200 is a must-have item.

The printer, the sequel to the Epson Stylus Photo 2000P, ranks as the best consumer-level photo printer available. The colors, rendered with seven UltraChrome pigments (that's one shade of yellow and two shades each of cyan, magenta, and black), jump from your pictures. The tiny ink droplets that make up the crisp pictures that come from the printer are invisible.

Of course, it's a photo printer -so don't buy it for its document performance or speed.

This wide printer it can print up to 13-by-129-inch banners if your operating system is Windows ME, 2000 or XP (a banner can be no longer than 44 inches if you're using a Mac OS or Windows 98). The box has a roll paper feeder and supports 4-inch, 8.3-inch and 13-inch rolls. It even has a solidly built paper cutter.

Prints looked best on the Premium Luster paper, but I found that the Stylus Photo 2200 worked well with all of the papers I tested from Epson's line.

In 2,880-by-1,440 dot-per-inch resolution mode, a 300 dpi 8-by-10-inch photograph took more than 20 minutes to print, but when it arrived, it was a sight to behold.

Information: 1-800-463-7766 or www.epson.com.

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