Epson Stylus Photo R2880 Inkjet Printer
I've had this printer for at least two years. It makes excellent b&w prints. Works great with professional papers such as the exhibition fiber and luster. I use it fairly regularly (usually once a week). Never had any problems with it. Only shortcoming is switching from the photo black to matte black. Some what time consuming.
May 14, 2013
pretty good printer, a few problems
I have used this printer for a year now, so I know it quite well. It makes beautiful prints on a variety of medium. I also like being able to print on a roll of canvas or photo paper, and having the option of matte or glossy paper.
But it is a bugger to use sometimes. Getting the proper size print off of a roll can be a real challenge--it often comes out 13" long (which would be the width you wanted) instead of the length you want it to be. In fact, printing any unusual size on ANY paper can be very difficult, and I have wasted a lot of paper and ink trying to get it right. There are SO MANY settings to check and numbers to get right, and you have to get to the right box too. And even when you have every box checked and every setting set, it can still come out wrong! Whew, it can be a real pain.
And getting the printer to recognize that you have switched from a matte to a photo black cartridge, well, talk about frustrating. I just did it, and had to attempt to make my print 3 times before it gave me a message that a different ink is installed and it needs a different setting. 15 minutes wasted.
Then there is the issue of thick paper. Sometimes it will not accept a heavy paper such as watercolor paper, and it tells me to put it in the hand feeder. But when I do that, it doesn't accept it either. So I got thru the steps again and again and again and again till it finally accepts it one way or another.
So, I guess I would not say definitely don't buy this printer, but be prepared for some frustration. I have no idea if it would be any better with a different Epson printer, because I've never owner any other, but I'm tempted to switch brands next time I get one.
May 3, 2013
Excellent results from sporadic use - photos only
I've used this printer for more than 3 years. I'm an occasional photo printer - sometimes more than a month between printing sessions. I keep the printer plugged in all the time and perhaps that helps keep it from clogging between uses. I never have paper handling issues - even from slightly curled 4X6's - and never from paper up to full width, some of which I cut myself from big sheets. Color rendition and brightness is excellent - once I figured out how to set up printing out of Lightroom - I did get my share of dull and dark prints - but always get good prints now.
April 24, 2013
Great Prints, Easy to Use
I've had this printer for 3 years and have had no issues whatsoever. I download profiles as well as create my own and the colors are as they should be. I also pre-coat my own papers and still no issues with the colors or my paper feeding through properly. I haven't tried printing on canvas, but that's going to be tricky no matter what prosumer printer is being used. Best to have it on a roll than a single feed. But it can be done if you know what you're doing. I don't know why anyone would use the 2880 to print documents because that's like driving a luxury sedan on a dirt road. It's a photo printer, wasn't intended to print documents.. The only two things I would change is an automatic switch from photo black to matte and vice-versa, and have higher capacity ink cartridges.
April 23, 2013
Awful to work with but can produce good results
I have suffered with this machine for far too long. It is incredibly finicky when used with inDesign, produces misleading error messages and takes ages to settle down after changing a cartridge. Generally I dread a print session with it.
But if you can put up with the aggravation it can produce good prints.
March 29, 2013
I HATE this printer
When it works properly, the result is outstanding. The problem is that it works properly about 10% of the time, and that's being generous. It has NEVER given me two consecutively successful prints. It likes to claim there is a paper jam, when there isn't. It likes to complain the paper isn't loaded correctly, when it is loaded correctly. It arbitrarily seems to ignore color profiles - where the result is dark grays, instead of blacks. I have been a fan of Epson printers and scanners for over 16 years. I have never been so angered by an inanimate object.
March 27, 2013
While it is true that the quality of the photos is very good, the fact that you have to change cartridges to print photos is highly annoying. The other even more irritating aspect of this printer is that it is painfully slow when printing a document. I previously had an R800 which was extremely fast printing documents but not quite as good printing photos. Still, I prefer the R800 overall. If you are more Zen than I am, perhaps you will like the R2880.
January 18, 2013
Outstanding Photo Printer
I have enjoyed outstanding results from this printer which is my first Epson photo printer. This printer is by far so superior to the other brand of photo printer I had. if the need arises I would not hesitate to purchase the Epson 4990 printer.
January 10, 2013
Big but not a problem.
Banding in the beginning but okay now.
Excellent black and white on matte paper.
January 9, 2013
The best prints are from EPSON
The EPSON 2880 is the best printer that I have owned. I have used EPSON printers since 2001 and the products have been improved with the introduction of of every new printer. It is important to note however, that in order to achieve the best results form this printer, one must take the time to know the machine well and to inter phase it well with your computer. I highly recommend it and I am looking forward to the purchasing and using EPSON'S new products.
January 7, 2013