Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Ink Jet Printer

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This product has been replaced with: Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Inkjet Printer


Printing Technology

  • Advanced Micro Piezo®, optimized for photo printing

Nozzle Configuration

  • Monochrome head: 48 nozzles, Color head: 48 nozzles x 5 (Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta and Yellow)

Ink Palette

  • 6 colors (Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta, Yellow and Black)

Ink Cartridge Configuration

  • One black cartridge and one color (Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta and Yellow) cartridge

    Recommended Ink Cartridges¹
  • Black (T007201)
  • Color (T009201)

Ink Type

  • Photographic Dye™ Ink system

Minimum Ink Droplet Size

  • 4 picoliter

Ink Cartridge Life

Ink Shelf Life

  • 2 years from production date

Maximum Resolution (dots per inch)

  • Up to 5760 x 720 optimized dpi

Print Speed

Black Text

  • Up to 9 PPM²

4" x 6" Photo

  • As fast as 54 seconds²

8" x 10" Photo

  • As fast as 1 minute 50 seconds²

Paper Handling

Maximum Paper Width

  • 13-inches

Maximum Printable Area

  • 13" x 44"

Paper Sizes

  • 3.5" x 5", 4"x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", A4 (8.3" x 11.7), letter (8.5" x 11"), legal (8.5" x 14"), 11" x 14", 12" x 12", B (11" x 17"), A3 (11.7" x 16.5"), Super B (13" x 19"), user definable, plus 4", 8.3" and 13" wide panoramic roll papers

Borderless Photo Sizes

  • 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", letter (8.5" x 11"), 11" x 14" and 13" x 19"

Paper Types

  • Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, Premium Luster Photo Paper, Ultra Premium Glossy Photo Paper, ColorLife™ Photo Paper, Matte Paper Heavyweight, Double-Sided Matte Paper, PremierArt Matte Scrapbook Photo Paper, Semigloss Scrapbook Photo Paper, Inkjet Transparencies, Photo Quality Self-adhesive Sheets, Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper, Greeting Cards, Iron-on Transfers, Photo Stickers, Premium Bright White Paper, plain paper

Envelope Types

  • No. 10, DL, C6

Special Media Support

  • Roll paper - 4", 8.3" and 13" rolls

Maximum Paper Thickness

  • Up to 0.27mm

Light Resistance / Print Longevity

  • Light resistant up to 27 years with Epson ColorLife Photo Paper³

Paper Capacity

  • Input paper tray: 100 Sheets(plain paper) / 10 envelopes / 1 transparency

Hardware and Software Details

Printer Dimensions & Weight

  • Storage (L x W x H): 24" x 12.2" x 6.9"
    Printing (L x W x H): 24" x 30.2" x 16.3"
    Weight: 18.48 lb

Printer Case Color

  • Silver and dark gray

Interface and Connectivity

  • USB and Parallel

Operating Systems

  • Windows USB - Windows 98, 2000, Me and XP

  • Windows Parallel - Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000, Me and XP

  • Macintosh USB - Macintosh OS 8.5.1 - 9.22, OS X 10.1 and later

Software Included

  • PRINT Image Matching II Plug-In for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0

Printer Language

  • EPSON ESC/P Raster, EPSON Remote

PostScript Support

  • Yes, Optional

Color Management

  • Photo-realistic, Vivid, EPSON Natural Color

Sound Level

  • 42 dB(A)

Printer Duty

  • 25,000 pages - A4 or Letter

Environmental Conditions

  • Temperature: Operating: 50° to 95°F (10° to 35°C); Storage: -4° to 140°F (-20° to 60°C);

  • Humidity: Operating: 20% to 80% releative humidity, Storage: 5% to 85% relative humidity (no condensation)

Safety Approvals

  • Safety standards: UL1950 with D3, CSA22.2 950 with D3, RFI: FCC part 15 subpart B class B, CSA C108.8 class B

Power Requirements

Rated Voltage

  • 120V AC

Rated Frequency

  • 50 - 60 Hz

Rated Current

  • 0.45 Amp (Max. 0.7A)

Power Consumption

  • Approx. 15w (Energy Star compliant)

Input Buffer

  • 256KB


  • N/A


  • Standard one-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada including EPSON Exchange program (U.S. and Canada only)


  • ¹ We recommend that you use genuine Epson cartridges. The use of other products may affect your print quality and could result in printer damage. Yields vary considerably based on images printed, print settings, paper type, frequency of use and temperature. For print quality, a variable amount of ink remains in the cartridge after the "replace cartridge" indicator comes on. The printer ships with full cartridges and part of the ink from the first cartridges is used for priming the printer.

  • ² Black text memo, measured after the first page, is in Economy mode on plain paper. Color photo speed is in Fine mode on Epson Glossy Photo Paper, measured from start of paper feed. Additional print time will vary based on system configuration, software application and page complexity. See for more information about print speeds.

  • ³ Lightfastness rating of 27 years with Epson ColorLife Photo Paper based on accelerated testing of prints displayed indoors framed under glass. See for test details and information on other Epson papers. Actual print stability will vary according to display conditions, light intensity, humidity and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or properly store them.

  • Note: Cleaning sheets packaged with Epson special media should not be used with this printer. The cleaning function performed by these sheets is not necessary with this type of printer, and the sheets could jam in the printer. For cleaning sheets compatible with this printer, please go here.