Epson Stylus Photo R2880 Inkjet Printer
Very Good Printer
This printer replaces a decade old Epson wide format. I was hoping it would perform better but it passed expectations.
Colors are very close to screen output, bright and large gamut. I don't use Epson papers but the printer is popular enough that very solid ICC profiles are readily available from most custom paper houses.
I've shown some prints to friends and coworkers and had a two people buy photos from me. I'm a hobby photographer so no selling pressure was applied. I've given some prints to family and they have been very well received.
So far nozzle clogging hasn't been a problem, but I've made prints at least monthly with it.
The reason for 4 stars rather than 5 is my fault. It's results are good enough I think I should have bought a wider printer rather than the 13" model.
July 9, 2014
The final prints that I make with my Epson 2880 are great.
Its important to note that the digital darkroom printing process requires proof prints just like the old wet darkroom before a great final print is made.
July 8, 2014
Nice printer/some software problems
The printer arrived very quickly and in perfect condition. This was refurbished so it wasn't packed like a new item, but very acceptable. Set up was relatively simple but I had a problem with the printer not recognizing the black ink cartridge as a matte versus photo cartridge so I didn't get the right paper selection. Got help from Epson and this is corrected but still have a problem with the driver upgrade. Will have to call to straighten this out. I had an Epson 2400 before and loved it so this is a great replacement!
May 12, 2014
Have only had my printer for about 3 weeks, however it is replacing my r1900 which I thought did a great job... This one however would appear to beat it by quite a bit.. I use this to print Photographs that I sell in various locations as well as some portrait photography and have had no complaints to date.
March 31, 2014
The usual ink issues...
I bought this for a graphics project, but now I mainly use it to print black and white.
Unfortunately, in order to print greyscale, you need to have the color cartridges ready - even if you never use them.
In practice, it means that I have a full set of color cartridges in at all time - and then they dry out before I've used even half of them and I have to buy more at great expense.
Not allowing you to print greyscale unless you have color cartridges that aren't empty is a software decision, and one that can be very inconvenient for the user. Someone actually had to do work to make this happen...
There seem to be minor incompatibilities with various versions of OS/X as well - for some reason, it periodically reverts back to wanting to print everything as a long, thin "roll" document, but I'm so used to bypassing the program's dialog now I barely notice it. Still, that has caused me frustration in the past.
Decent color output, works on a variety of materials. I'd give it a higher score, except I'm now going to have to take a chunk of my Friday afternoon to rush out and see where I can get a yellow cartridge to print a greyscale document..
March 14, 2014
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