At $499, you can get quite a few lab prints for the price of Epson's newest 13-inch inkjet printer. But, if you truly want control over your images, doing it at home is still the way to go.
The R2000 has a few printing features often reserved for higher-end pro models, the most notable of which is the inclusion of pigment-based UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 inks in 8 colors. It can also handle a fairly wide variety of media, including roll paper, canvas, fine art paper, and CD/DVDs.
One of the biggest bragging points in the press material is the new AccuPhoto HG Image Technology, which was designed in conjunction with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Munsell Color Science Laboratory. Epson claims that it increases the precision in the placement of ink droplets. As a result, prints show smoother tones and less grain.
The ink is dispensed through Epson's MicroPiezo AMC print head that has a maximum resolution of 5670 x 1440 with droplets as small as 1.5 picoliters. Because it has larger ink cartridges, it will also deliver up to 50% more prints before you have to go in and change them.
Other features include the ability to automatically select between Photo or Matte black ink for producing the best shadow details and three connection interfaces: Wi-Fi (802.11n), USB 2.0 and 100 Mbit ethernet.
It will be available later this month. Official site.