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
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
Reproduction of Art Images
I am greatly pleased with the reproduction of art images. It was easy to set up. It has great color and detail. I like that it turned itself off.
January 13, 2015
My best friend has had the 3880 for many years and he's the reason I bought one. I'm very pleased with everything about the 3880. Keep up the good work Epson.I liked it so much I boought the Epson 820 for PDF's.
January 13, 2015
I use the Epson 3880 for professional black and white printing. The Ultrachrome K3 and three-level black technology produces rich black and white prints with great tonal range and attention to highlights and shadows. With four different presets for black and white I am able to have more control and precision in the printing process. The printer also has the technology to produce prints with little grain. I would recommend for photography students and professionals.
January 11, 2015
A fine printer
In a few short months of use, the 3880 has performed exceptionally well -- both with semi-glass and luster papers as well as presentation matt and hot press bright archival papers. Print quality is first rate, especially like the look of the .12/inch white border. So far have used only Epson papers.
December 26, 2014
Great Large Format Printer Without The Large $$$
I needed a large format printer to support my photography hobby and the ones I had looked at were way out of my budget. I saw the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and saw that it could print 17in. by 22in. boderless prints. This makes it easy to make wall murals, put many different size photos on one sheet of 17x22in paper and many other possibilities. I can't wait to try some of the "Fine Art" paper and canvas in the printer. The current range of paper sizes and types of paper that I used in my "other" printer I can use in this so I don't have to buy all new paper to use. I use my other printer (an Artisan 837) for the everyday stuff. This is reserved strictly for my photography work.
December 18, 2014
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Inkjet Printer
Very good printer. Easy to set up and so far has been producing excellent prints. Controls are easy to use and instructions are clear.
December 17, 2014