Epson Stylus R220 – Rich Photos, But Thirsty on Ink
The Epson Stylus R220 is a simple photo printer without a lot of bells
and whistles. Its biggest benefits are that it lets you print richly
colored photos at home thanks to its six-ink cartridge system, and you
can get creative with features such as the ability to print directly
onto CDs and DVDs.
Top Features of the Stylus R220
There aren’t many ways in
which this device stands out amongst its competitors. About the biggest
factor to recommend it is the fact that you can pick one up second hand
at a dirt cheap price – but there’s good reason for that.
On the upside, the printer uses six color cartridges which can be
replaced separately. This leads to better color quality in the photos
you print. In theory, it means you should also save money on ink since
you replace each color one at a time and thus no ink is wasted.
However, with the expense of ink and the rate Epson printers use it,
you’re unlikely to notice any savings over competing models.
As with the other Stylus photo printers from Epson, this machine has
the capability of printing directly to CDs and DVDs. This is one of the
features that attracts people to this model, but bear in mind the other
Stylus printers also include this for the most part and some of them
are a better than the R220.
One of the biggest benefits of the printer is its friendliness to
printing photos specifically for framing. It’s relatively simple to
print borderless photos, although the machine is quite slow even
compared to other Stylus models.
Downsides of the Stylus Photo R220
There are quite a few
drawbacks to this machine. Many people become enthusiastic when they
hear they can print directly to CDs and DVDs, but this is a bit
trickier than you might think, since the ink will not completely dry
for around 24 hours after printing. As mentioned above, this machine
burns through a lot of ink like the other Stylus models, so while you
can pick it up cheap you’ll end up paying more for ink over the long
The reason it uses so much ink is a process that occurs every time you
turn the machine on and off. Each time the machine is turned back on a
kind of mini-head-cleaning procedure takes place – which of course uses
Consumer Response to the Epson Stylus R220
The users who like
this machine seem to be fairly equal in numbers to the ones who think
it’s a piece of junk. Even those who do feel positive about the machine
tend to agree that it has a few major flaws, and very few people will
dispute the fact that it’s hungry on ink and costs a lot to run.
On the upside, many users do appreciate the six-cartridge design which
allows them to replace each color as it runs on and produces better
quality color in the prints themselves.