Little things like setting the media type. In the case of Lyve the setting is for Watercolor Paper-Radiant White (Matte Black) or Premium Glossy Photo Paper (Photo Black ink) (I choose to the watercolor setting). Setting the platen gap to wider will also go a long way to creating a perfect print. All this reinforces the need of using an ICC profile for the media used.
So what have I learned/observed this past week? Glad you asked.
The print quality is better. The tone in general is richer than I've seen before. This can be the result of using new media as well as the printer itself. However, I've seen this in the paper prints as well as the canvas. I've been using Hahnemühle Baryta for a number of years and had enough left on the roll to print 3-images of an order for Jackson Hole. The paper images looked better than I'd ever seen them.
Changing from matte to photo black and back. One word. Easy. Or if you prefer, super easy. Set the media profile (I'm using CS5) and click either matte or black then sit back and let the printer take over. It's that easy.
Changing media. Again, easy. It now takes less than 1/2 of the time it used to in changing the media. The lack of the spindle reduces the weight and in general makes the process so much faster. I've changed rolls of Lyve canvas from 42" down to 36" then changed it again to a 36" roll of paper without feeling like I was wrestling an alligator. Press the button (no lever) and the media rolls back onto the roll. Open the lever and move the locking mechanism to release the roll and remove it from the printer. Release the end caps and store the media. It took longer to explain it than it actual takes.
Ink. I just logged onto www.myepsonprinter.com (nice touch Epson) where I see that in the week I've had the printer I done 23 prints jobs, used 546 mil ink for 119 sq ft. (Epson warns this is an estimate).