Epson Stylus Photo R2880 Inkjet Printer
I am very pleased with this printer. I have a larger Epson that will print 19" wide but I wanted one that would print on 4x6 paper too. The quality is as good as my larger printer and I know I will use it a lot, the colors are bright and clear. I highly recommend this printer.
June 14, 2013
Im a professional photographer with over 25 years of experience. I've used the Epson R1800 for quite some time now but it finally died. I purchased a R2880 and I'm very happy. I do a lot of B&W and this printer accurately shows the tones as I saw them. The color photos are spectacular and accuracy is right on with my images in Photoshop CS6 on a Mac. The cost of the ink is a bit high but you get what you pay for. I'll gladly spend my money for Epson ink and paper.
June 12, 2013
Epson R2880 printer
Really like the printer. Good photo printing.
My only gripe on it is that the ink is so expensive. I don't print a lot, but seems like I have to purchase new ink a lot. It would be helpful if black ink was sold at a discount.
May 27, 2013
Interface could use some touching up.
In terms of speed, range of tonality, versatility, and general print quality I give the R2880 highest marks. Its driver/interface with Photoshop Elements can be a royal annoyance. Who, for example, ever thought that there would be advantage in defaulting to a print-with-borders setting? After every print I have to go back through a multi-click series of steps to reset the borderless option. Forget to do it just once and there's two dollars worth of paper and ink wasted. Why not simply leave it as set until changed?? Similarly, now that 8 1/2 x 11 is the default standard size for many purposes and prints, would one not expect that the driver/interface would make it easy to set up an 8 1/2 x 11 print? Nope. It is a constant pestiferous battle to get the dimensions of paper and print just right for 8 1/2 x 11. Were it not for these (and one or two other) driver/interface hassles, my rating would be an unqualified 5. The hardware and finished prints are superb.
May 27, 2013
Beautiful prints with the opportunity to control what is being printed
May 26, 2013
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