Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Inkjet Printer
WOW, blown away
I knew this was a good printer before I purchased it, I didn't just how good it was until I made a dozen prints. Of those twelve prints, ten were BW, mainly on Velvet Fine Art paper (8x10's) and two on Luster. I also printed a couple color images and was just blown away by the detail and gradation of the tones in the BWs as well as the color tonality.
The printer came very well packaged. Many many small pieces of tape held everything together. A good paper manual and the quick start guide made for an easy installation. The driver software loaded without any problems as did the paper ICC profiles.
Everything worked right out of the box. Prior to making a print I performed a monitor calibration. Aside from some minor differences in dark tones, the printed image did a great job matching the screen image.
One minor annoyance, the rear manual paper feed is a bit finicky when it comes to loading paper, sometimes taking two or three times before it is fed correctly. Not enough of a problem to decrease my star rating.
Maybe things may change with time, but my experience right out of the box is nothing but positive and I would highly recommend this printer.
The price is high, but keep in mind that you get fully charged 80mL cartridges with the printer.
This is arguably the best printer currently on the market. Can't wait to print some 17x22s.
April 16, 2011
Great pro printer
The printer is a little large for my home office but it gives me exactly what I want. A professional product
November 27, 2013
Preliminary use of Epson Pro 3880
Having printed a few dozen prints from 5x7 up to 22x24 I have gained some experience with the 3880. Profiles were easy to set up. The printer does an excellent job without any added calibration.
One thought...it was a little counterintuitive to be able to disable the printer manages color and let my photography software do it. You have to go to Mode and choose automatic--Off (No color adjustment).
November 24, 2013
Purchased the Stylus Pro 3880 last year but was unable to set it up due to sickness. I finely got to set it up and all I can say is that this is one great printer, easy setup and perfect first print.
November 15, 2013
Epson Stylus Pro 3880. "Bad to the bone", without a doubt the best printer That I have ever owned. The colors are so true and edge to edge correct and has saved me lots of time printing here opposed the using the lab...
November 6, 2013
Just set up the printer today and made my first couple prints. Needless to say, it wasn't a difficult process and I'm excited about the initial results. I know it will only get better as I venture more deeply into the world of inkjet printing. I have relied on photo labs for years to do my printing. It will be wonderful to not always rely on others to get my printing done. I feel like I'm back in the darkroom again. Can hardly wait to get past all my testing and let the BIG prints begin!
October 30, 2013
The 3880 was easy to set up, but make sure you REALLY look for all of the tape locations, holding things together during shipment. The instructions list maybe half of them.
So far, I've only used 8.5"x11" paper and about 33% of the time it's scewed and I have to reinsert it. This might be the way I'm placing the paper into the rear slot.
The ink cartriges are ample. I've only printed B&W and haven't seen the ink levels change. The B&W prints are fabulous. I printed B&W test prints I downloaded from a few speciality sites and the grays, blacks and whites match their author's descriptions. I'm using Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster and Epson Exibition Fiber Paper with beautiful results. I have lager paper orderd and can't wait to make big prints.
I bought the ColorMonki Display, but I'm exchanging it for the ColorMunki Photo Color Management to coordinate the printer to my monitor.
Everyone who's seen the prints from this 3880 are truly impressed, as I am.
October 9, 2013
I purchased the 3880 after my Stylus Pro 2200 failed, with message indicating that internal parts had worn out. The 3880 is so much better that it is difficult to believe the improvement. I wanted a 4900 until I realized how big it is. The 3880 prints up to 17" width, so it covers over 99% of my needs with a footprint only slightly larger than the 2200. I'm glad the 2200 failed after 10 years. The price is only double the value of the ink included with the purchase!
October 3, 2013
This is my 5th Epson printer and I couldn't be happier. Great colors and great B&W.
October 2, 2013
Best printer I could buy
This is a everything I wanted in an inkjet printer and more. The black-and-white abilities of the 3880 make for really outstanding prints, the ink cartridges seem to last for ever, in short this is a real keeper!
September 22, 2013