Pros Accurate colour, high quality, relatively fast, great black and white (and colour), wide selection of papers available.
Cons Switching between matte and 'photo' inks... maybe a little expensive to run, but you have to expect that. Options in the printer driver dialogue could be a bit better, but it's okay.
Summary I upgraded to this printer after using two previous Epsons (Stylus 1160 and C82), in order to supplement my new DSLR.
Excellent quality of prints from the start - colours are accurate and predictable. Black and white work is very easy, with neutral tones from the printer.
If you're getting a printer such as this, you have to realise that you'll be paying quite a bit for the 8 inks it uses, and a bit more if you change the matte/photo often. It's definately not for the novice or weak of heart...
Only real drawbacks are the changing of matte/photo inks, although personally I tend to use matte paper exclusively. Also, it is slightly annoying to have some options missing based on choice of paper and print quality (such as Advanced B/W mode).
Personally, when chosing between this printer and the R1800, I was worried about losing things like the gloss optimiser ink, and the CD printing capacity. But now, I can see no need whatsoever for those features - glossy prints are excellent on this printer, and the higher quality you can expect surely makes up for the extra price. I also heard that the R1800 is better for colour, due to red and blue inks, but the R2400 is truly brilliant in this regard as well. If you are worried about any slight differences between the two, then you're probably looking too hard... Get the R2400 over the R1800 - only a bit more expensive, but far more capable.
Apart from these minor points, it is a high quality, professional-grade printer that should suit anyone who won't be printing above A3+, and who wants the very best quality available. Congratulations to Epson for giving me all the features I could want with this machine. No regrets with this purchase! (and I've had it for more than a year)
Pros Quieter, more vibrant colors than Stylus 2200
Cons A little slower printing than Stylus 2200
Summary As a Network Administrator, I forsee most IT purchases for my company. In this case I bought the Epson Stylus R2400 because our Stylus 2200 broke down and our design department needed a replacement. Based on reviews from CNET as well as recommendations from a client, we purchased this printer.
PROS - Granted, I don't use the R2400 all the time but I from what I seen and done it's a very good printer. The new K3 ink cartridges produces a much better color that it's predecessor. This I've seen and has been reported back to me by the design crew. Also the printer itself is relatively the same size as the 2200, but prints much more quiet. The manual feed tray is always a nice addition, as is the extra part for the roll feeder. It is network, USB, and firewire compatible. Setup was really easy, and I had it networked within about 10 minutes to all 3 computers in the department. As with any purchases I would recommend though an extended warranty. The 2200 we found had numerous problems with inks and such. This so far has none of those issues.
CONS - The only real issue (and even this isn't that bad) is that it seems like it printers a little bit slower than the 2200. So if you found the speed on the older printer bad, then you might not be excited to read that. But really, I don't think the speed is all that bad. That is the only issue thus far we've had, and we've had the printer going into it's 2nd month now.
CONCLUSION: The Epson Stylus R2400 has been really a well made upgrade by Epson. If you're a person printing photographic images are just looking for a rich prints I would highly recommend this printer.
Pros Easy set up and good photo prints
Cons Only prints text documents in grey scale...no black!
Summary I just got off the phone with Epson's tech support and was advised this printer will not print text documents with a solid black color! It will only print in greyscale and there's no way to compensate for this problem. When I asked why a $750 printer couldn't print a simple text letter in black the response was "it a professional photo printer". Anyone have a suggestion ? The seller won't take it back since the box was "opened".
Pros When it works it prints great photos.
Cons Works OK with Photoshop but not well with InDesign.
Summary One of the reasons I bought this printer is to print color comps used in my graphic design business but also to print photos. It is suppose to print to the edge of the paper which it will in Photoshop but won't out of InDesign or using the PDF print options. Epson says it's an Adobe issue and Adobe says its an Epson issue. It also uses a rediculous amount of ink and the price for each of the 9 cartridges it uses has gone up 2 bucks since I got it. It also won't print black text black (it is a grayscale). I also havne't been thrilled with the color output being true to the colors I'm picking. And one of my biggest complaints is that the print driver defauts to Letter-manual in many of the programs I use no matter how many times I try to reset the default so EVERY TIME I want to print something I need to go into the Page Setup menu and pick what paper I'm using. I've only used the higher end Epson printers in the past and am VERY disappointed with this one.
Pros Great pictures and quick printing
Cons uses ink quickly, requires you to print daily
Summary I loved my epson stylus photo R2400 until I had a problem with a printout. I was getting a yellow/brown cast on my photos. I went spent 7 hours (on a long distance phone call to epson), went through 16 cartridges of ink to finially find out I need to use my printer on a daily basis. None of the reviews or the manual states that this printer needs to be used that often. It was determined that some of the ink lines were clogging up with dried ink and they needed to be flushed out along with repeated head cleaning. Eventually my photos came out great. One week later I went to print more photos and I am experiencing the same problem. I recommend only buying this printer if you plan on printing daily not occasionally.