The projected archival of the 2200 -- and this is quoting from information given by Epson UK -- is 45 to 75 years depending on paper grade. Re-read my earlier post, which has the relevant information except for a minor 5-year typo on the archival specification. The hyperlink I also posted will get you to that information. For a more direct route, try <a href="http://www.photo-i.co.uk
</a> which is also referenced off the luminous landscape site I mentioned. I have no idea where the 20-60 thing comes in.
Note that -- as luminous landscape points out -- the UK name for the 2200 is the Epson 2100; this should help if you're looking around for any previews or early reviews from the other side of the pond, because the UK is getting these printers a month before we are.
As pointed out by Moogs, the wide carriage printers will share the same ink as the narrow ones. However, note that this means that you don't get the 100-200 year durability suggested by the 2000P. Again, <a href="http://www.luminous-landscape.com
</a> has more detailed information. So, the new printers are going to have inferior archival quality to the current ones -- but still, they will be competitive with the best chemical color process out there, Fuji Crystal Archive.
The big difference, then, between the desktop models and the bigger printers is the bigger ones have wider format printing and a more durable print engine, so they support higher volume use.
The new photos posted on the photo-i site indicate quality on the new Epson printers that is better -- much better -- than any currently available OEM solution.
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