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
Easy set up but am disappointed that many paper profiles for the SR 2400 do not seem to be available for the 3880.
May 15, 2015
Epson Stylus Pro 3880
Great Printer for high quality color images. Easy to update ink cartridges. Straightforward settings.
April 27, 2015
wishful thinking and praying
this is my third 3880. the first one worked great for two months, then broke. the replacement arrived broken and now the third one here i really hope will work. i bought it to replace my 2200 which i successfully used for over ten years and three different macs. i was very disappointed that the software wouldn't work anymore so i forked out the cash to buy this one. pray for me.
April 21, 2015
Full Inks, Exceptional Print Quality, But...
Solely in terms of print quality, this unit is the best of the best. Both black and white and color images have astounding detail. I also suspect the images will have superior longevity. Unfortunately, my printer has two ongoing issues. I keep getting various error messages, requiring me to unplug it briefly. The printer then resets and works well again for another week or two until...more error messages. The same reset process gets me up and running again. The second issue is one experienced by many others: the printer and its rear feed tray don't get along. It's no better than 50/50 as to whether it will accept paper loaded there each time. I'm not using substandard paper, either. It's Epson brand premium paper! Even after careful examination, there is nothing wrong with the rejected sheets. Providing these two issues don't worsen, I can live with them.
This is a large printer. Double check your dimensions to ensure it will fit where you want it.
This is not an inexpensive printer. However, Epson does something very few other printer manufacturers do: they include all nine FULL ink cartridges rather than starter sets. Kudos to them, as this fact alone increases the out-of-the-box value of this printer by hundreds of dollars. Keep this enhanced value in mind when evaluating competitor's offerings.
This is one of the best printers available today at any price. If you need a professional or prosumer inkjet of this size, the 3880 should be on your short list.
April 16, 2015
The Epson 3880 is a superb printer. This is my second one; the first one printed beautifully for over 4.5 years. I have printed on all kinds of paper and canvass. There are two downsides. A printer of this caliber should be able to handle rolls. Also sometimes when I am printing fine art papers, I have to use the front feed; I get constant errors with the rear feed.
April 2, 2015
Excellent printer by EPSON
I am glad I bought the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Inkjet Printer. I've experienced many of the benefits and features this powerful tool has to offer and I recommended to all my colleagues at the CubanAmerican Phototheque Foundation. I made all prints for the first 2014 Miami Photo Salon with this printer and artists were in heaven, one told me at the opening reception " This is the first time that I can see my image in its full colors, what a wonderful copy!" Another told me "This copy is better that the one I can produce!" So we went over the printer she had from another brand and I recommended her the 3880.
March 31, 2015
I have been an epson user for years. They have never let me down and the prints from them let me keep my work in house. I love how it prints on canvas and basically only want to print on canvas now. Setup is easy,printer driver is good, tank access is easy and the several options for loading media is good. I have no complaints from people on the ultra chrome inks it uses. Images on Matte paper are stunning. I have yet to find fault with it.
March 25, 2015
Excellent Professional Quality Printer
I have used this printer for about 3 years now, mostly for my fine art prints and prints for clients. All the enthusiastic reviews about print quality and ease of use are true, so I won't repeat them. I'll just limit my review to a few things that I've learned after using the printer for several years.
First, this should be taken for granted if you're in the market for this kind of printer, but it's so important that I'll discuss it anyway. This printer uses pigment ink, not dye ink. Any pigment ink printer, any model from any manufacturer, must be used regularly to prevent nozzle clogging. That's just a fact with pigment ink printers. You can't let this printer sit unused for three months and expect it to be fine. So if I don't intend to use the 3880 for a while, I run a nozzle check at least every two weeks, and if I see even one missing segment for any of the 8 colors, I do a head cleaning. This is not necessary if you use the printer frequently. Only if you use it infrequently. But you can't just let the printer sit unused.
Second, this printer was designed to use cut sheet paper in sizes up to 17 inches wide. There's no limit on the length. Normally the fine art paper is sold in 17X22 inch sizes, which is fine for most people. But you can print any length you want if you know what you're doing. Sometimes I need those last two inches for a 16X24 inch print. I buy roll paper and cut my own sheets. That's all great except for two things. You have to turn off the "check paper size" in the printer menu, and you have to make sure the sheet is flat (not curled) before you try to print on it. This printer was not designed for roll paper, and it won't print correctly on paper that's not FLAT. So I'll use sheets that I cut myself from a roll, usually 17X28 inches, to make 16X24 inch prints. But you need to make sure your custom sheets are flat, and you need to turn off the paper check size on the printer.
Lastly, there's the issue of the printer switching back and forth between photo black and matte black ink. That process consumes a ridiculously large amount of ink, and at $60 per cartridge, you don't want to do that very often. My solution is to use fine art paper that will tolerate the photo black ink whenever possible. If I absolutely have to use the matte black, I try to wait until I have enough prints to justify the large amount of ink consumed in switching. If I had any criticism of the printer, it would be about the expense of switching black inks. It's something you want to avoid doing, it at all possible. Other than that, the Epson 3880 is a fantastic printer for any kind of cut sheet printing 17" wide or smaller. I love mine and intend to use it for as long as I can.
March 18, 2015
Beautiful results with 17 x 22 inch prints (the maximum width). I don't make a lot of prints but having my own printer lets me control the results completely, and that's important to me. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that the ink is very expensive. This replaces my 3800, which I had for about 10 years.
February 3, 2015