pages will bring you a step by step review of the P2100 printer, I will
be updating the pages frequently. If you have any questions or would like
me to try out a function for you, then use the Forum
under the heading interactive review.
A full compilation review will be published at the end of the review period.
I will endeavour to keep up with the questions. For our international
friends, photo-i is based in the UK (GM Time). Enjoy!
Please keep your question in the Forum - I have received many e-mails
(always nice to get them), but others can't share the information. Thanks.
first thing that strikes me, is what a massive box the 2100 comes in.
I suppose it could come in handy for a dog basket afterwards - must get
The Box Contents.
Working my way down from the top layer:
cartridges (Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta, Yellow, Light Black
and Photo Black - No Matte Black, must get on to Epson); Power Cable but
no interface cable (USB or Firewire); 2 blank Sony CDs (for CD printing,
only available on the 2100 and not the 2200); a TDK blank CD; Printer
software CD and online guide (Mac & Windows); Installation booklets
(French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, Netherlands and English);
plus a set of sample prints on Matte, Watercolour, Glossy and Premium
Semigloss surfaces (I will scan these in later for you, at first glance
the Archival Matte paper looks great).
cleaning sheet for cleaning the printer rollers; the Gray Balancer reference
chart (this is in a very flimsy foil wrapper and seems to have suffered
quite badly from rough handling). There is also a selection of papers
enclosed, although I don't think these will be supplied with the consumer
package - we get all the perks! The papers enclosed are; 5 sheets of Premium
Semigloss, 5 sheets Archival Matte (both A4), this may be what you get.
There is also a selection of A3 papers Glossy Photo Weight, Archival Matte,
Premium Semigloss and a further selection of similar A4 papers. Finally,
there is a roll of Premium Semigloss paper 100mm x 8mm.
the hardware consisting of: the P2100 printer; paper support; roll paper
holder; automatic paper cutter unit; photo catcher; a small white tongue
which has the title cleaning kit; CD-R tray with print position software
CD and an 8mm CD-R support.
with most printers I have reviewed there is an abundance of packaging,
cling film and tapes etc. my office looks like a bomb has hit it. All
the protective packaging must be removed before going any further. On
the desk with the paper tray extended, this printer is big - you are going
to need a lot of space to work this one. The dimensions are - Storage
(L x W x H): 13" x 24.3" x 8.2", Printing (L x W x H): 34.1" x 24.3" x
15.4"; weight 25.7lb.
paper tray extended
to an Epson 875 DC (A4)
the Epson instruction sheet in order, I have chosen to use the USB port
for the initial setting up of the printer and software drivers. Later
on in the test period I will compare both USB and Firewire for speed difference