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Taking it to The Matte

There's no doubt in my mind that theEpson 2200/2100printer is a milestone product. For the first time since photo-quality inkjet printers first appeared in the mid-90's we have a reasonably priced desktop printer that produces superb image quality along with archival print life.

It is also the first desktop printer that utilizes 7 inks. In addition to the now standard 6 inks of most other photo printers (Photo Black / Cyan / Light Cyan / Magenta / Light Magenta / Yellow) the 2200 addsLight Black. This aids with fine transitions in dark areas and enhances the image quality.

But, there's also a third (optional) black ink. It's calledMatte Blackand it is designed to replace thePhoto Blackcartridge when printing on matte papers. The Epson part # is T0348.

InstallationThe 2200 is Epson's first printer with individual ink cartridges. This makes replacing just the black ink a snap. Literally. Press the "Ink" button on the printer, lift out thePho...

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