I can highly recommend this printer. This is my third inkjet (all have been Epsons), my previous one being a Stylus 660. The progress that has been made over the last couple of years is just amazing!
I have tried printing a variety of jobs on a variety of different papers. Text on plain paper is excellent. For text and graphics or text and photo combinations I have always used Epson's 'photo quality inkjet paper'. The results of doing so with this printer are - 100% perfect.
When it comes to printing photo's this printer has blown my mind! You can use a variety of papers for this, and I have so far printed full size A4 photos on both the aforementioned photo quality paper (which is a lightweight coated paper) and also with the premium photo glossy paper. Now, let's not mince our words here. With a high quality uncompressed photo printed onto the premium paper you will not be able to tell the difference between the Epson's printout and an actual photo developed onto photo paper at a photo lab! In fact, given the way some photo labs seem to rush their output these days, the R200 may actually give you considerably better results!
The R200 uses 6 ink cartridges. I have so far printed out quite a few full page photo's and the ink levels have barely moved. Being the first set of cartridges into the printer the initial charging of the print head will also have used some ink, so ink use is looking quite satisfactory. I will be trying third party cartridges next as they are available at 1/3 the cost of Epson's. I have always used Print-rite cartridges with no loss of quality on the Stylus 660 and photo's printed 2 years ago are still as good as the day they were printed. However I have not yet tried them on the R200.
The printer is also whisper quiet, a very refreshing improvement!
The R200 is the same as the R300 but without the memory card slots and LCD display. The print engine is identical.