Epson Stylus Photo R2880 Inkjet Printer
Does a Nice Job
The R2880 is a great printer and does a very credible job with all types of media. My only complaint is the necessity to change out the photo black with matte black every time a plain paper document needs to be printed. It's time consuming, wastes ink, and it takes several attempts for the printer to recognize the change. Even with that, the printer does an admirable job at a reasonable price-point.
February 28, 2014
R2880 leaves a lot to be desired
Hey, when it works it works well, but if you buy this printer you'd better dedicate it to one type of black ink (matte or photo). As others have said, making the printer recognize that you've changed the type of black ink is very, very frustrating and wastes ink. For some reason, it will cease to acknowledge that there IS ink in black ink in the cartridge you've just swapped back into the ink caddy - resulting in massive waste of time and materials.
The paper handling also leaves much to be desired. I've put a roll of canvas on the machine and it will start to unspool the whole thing out the front like a happy child unrolling toilet paper.
February 25, 2014
The best there is
I doubt there is any professional or serious photographer who isn't using Epson printers.
Prints have both depth and detail. The colors are rich and true to my photographic vision. Though I've not owned this specific printer very long have used larger format Epson printer in my studio for years.
February 19, 2014
The R2880 is an exceptional professional printer for an exceptional price. Nothing else comes close.
January 9, 2014
Great black and white
I find it many times will pick up two or three sheets of paper at the same time and send them through. Does great black and white. I really like Epson printers, I have three of them, but the ink is very costly.
January 6, 2014
Great but too much ink
The 2880 produces beautiful vivid photos that anyone can be proud of. However too much expensive inks are used especially during replacement of matte for photo black,vice versa and in head cleaning
December 23, 2013
Have used my R2880 exclusively for over three years without a problem. I print from 4X6 to 13X19 on several types of paper, and I feel the 2880 leaves little to be desired.
December 16, 2013
My new 2880
I received my printer in the morning and opened the box and set it up in about 30 to 45 minutes. I started using it then and have never turned it off and it gives me excellent prints every time. I get show quality prints each time.
December 16, 2013
I am very pleased with the R2880 so far, it was very simple to set up and I have not had any of the problems that others have mentioned.Remember to set the color management to match the one used to capture your photo. I also liked the Epson Ultra Premium paper very much, it feed perfectly and the prints looked great. The printer is also very quite, at this point I am very satisfied with my purchase.
December 15, 2013
Great Picture Quality, Poor Paper & Ink Handling
The R2880 produces very high quality prints, but it suffers so badly, in almost every way, in comparison to the 3880, that I can't recommend it.
If you only print on 13x19 or smaller light-weight papers (the kind that you can load through the top sheet feeder), and you only use one type of black ink (be it photo black or matte black), and you really can't afford to spend the extra money it would take to buy the 3880, then the R2880 (or the newer 3000 model) might be right for you.
However, if you can afford it, the Pro 3880 is a much, much better printer, and it will eventually cost you less money because the ink usage per print is much lower.
If you print on paper that requires you to use the rear or front manual feed (e.g Epson Velvet Fine Art), you really need to buy a "Pro" level printer like the 3880. The 2880's paper-handling abilities are, ummm... not very good. It takes forever to get the paper to feed properly, and you don't know that the paper hasn't been loaded properly until you start a print job (the 3880 tells you immediately that you need to unload and reload the paper).
If you switch between papers that require different black ink cartridges (photo vs. matte), the 2880 will drive you insane. Switching the cartridge is the easy part. The hard part is getting Photoshop (or whatever software you use) to recognize that you've switched the ink type, and to change the list of available papers (glossy/luster vs. matte). Even after updating the setting in the printer setup, you have to go back and forth from Photoshop Controls Colors to Printer Controls Colors and back, trying to trigger whatever it is that causes the ink switch to be recognized by the printer setting software. Incredibly annoying!
Everything about the 3880 is better than the R2880. There's a reason why the 3880 is in the "Pro" group and the 2880 isn't. If you can possibly scrounge up enough money to buy the 3880, do so. You won't regret it!
December 15, 2013