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
small image large paper
The first couple of images I printed were exceptionally good. After that, alas I got a portion of an image on a 16X20 paper. I tried this several times, triple checking the paper size selected. I ruined lots of paper and now have nothing left and nothing to show for it. I had to take one of the first non final prints I made to the art show as the entry deadline came up yesterday.
July 14, 2014
I have been using a 3800 for over 5 years and did not see the need to upgrade to a 3880. Technical problems made the decision for me! I should have moved up to the 3880 when it came out. As good as the 3800 was the 3880 surpasses it in all aspects. There is a noticeable improvement in image quality and the added features make the 3880 indispensable. Works great with my Mac Pro set up. The unit is at its best when matched with Epson paper.
July 14, 2014
I am very pleased with my Epson 3880 printer. I use it mainly for the reproduction of my pen & ink drawings. The quality of the reproductions have exceeded my expectations. Once I got past my learning curve I found the printer easy to use.
July 9, 2014
A wonderful printer. Easy to use, many convenient features, i.e. paper paths menu system, large ink cartridges.
Most of all, wonderful prints. Great color or B&W rendition, outstanding tonality.
July 8, 2014
Just Replaced my 3800 with the 3880
After many years of use my 3800 was not printing proper colors and repeated cleaning attempts did not solve the problem. I recently received the 3880 and the results are superior to the prints from my 3800 even when it was in top form. Skin tones are excellent along with details and contrast. I can even use the auto function on the platen gap which was never reliable with the 3800. It is also quitter. Highly recommend this printer.
July 5, 2014
The Mighty 3880
I had an R2400 for years that served me well, but decided I wanted to make a jump to the largest print my workspace would allow, so I started doing the research... I ended up with the 3880, and frankly, I could not be happier! Set up was a breeze, and I was making prints within an hour of getting everything in place...
I have some physical limitations, but am able to manage the functions on the printer, and between the 3880 and the Mac, I am thrilled! Great looking prints!!!
June 16, 2014
I just bought the 3880 to replace a 4900 that lasted about 2.5 years-very disappointing. The cyan inkjet was plugged, and that meant I would have have had to replace the entire print head which would have cost more than buying a new 4900 printer. I have no idea what the anticipated life of these printers is, but I expected better. Perhaps a repair at reduced pricing-I don't know, it just seems to me that Epson ought to give its customers more support than what was given to me. With the 3880, I purchased an extended warranty from a third party just to cover myself. It is my hope that this purchase works out better than the last. The quality of prints that I got from the 4900 was outstanding for as long as the printer functioned.
June 14, 2014
Easy to use with excellent detail. I have used epson printers and paper for years and I've been very satisfied
June 2, 2014
The image quality and colors are really fantastic. I can make my own fine art prints now! The only things I would change would be some things on the printing program for my computer (windows). The program runs slow for some reason and freezes if I don't wait for it to load. I also cannot for the life of me get my images to center completely in the middle of the page. Usually I can figure technical things out by myself but on this I am completely lost. For a fine-art printer I feel like being able to figure out how to center an image onto a sheet of paper would come standard. I am able to get even margins on the left and right (vertical), but the distance on top and bottom I cannot get even so I print it so that there is more space on the bottom. I sign them under the image so it all works out anyways.
May 28, 2014