Pros Great prints that will last a lifetime.
Cons None that I could find.
Summary This is the first time I have ever felt compelled to write a review and post
it online. I just received my Epson R2880 and I cannot say enough good
things about it.
The set up was a breeze! I followed the directions in the quick start
guide, installed the drivers from the CD enclosed with the printer and went
to Epson's site to get the latest ICC profiles.
Within thirty minutes I had my first print in hand. WOW! Simply
outstanding! Epson¹s claim that the R2880 provides "Exhibition Quality
Prints" is spot on in my book.
The funny thing is, I have a brand new color printer, and the first print I
made was black and white. It brought me back to being a kid in the
darkroom, when I made my first black and white print. (The ones that have
had the experience of seeing a print come to life in developer for the first
time, know what I'm talking about). Well, it was just like that experience
with my new Epson R2880.
The bad thing about that, is now I want to run out and buy a scanner for all
those black and white negatives that I have tucked away in the archive. Most
likely an Epson V750.
The other thing I like about this printer is the ability to use the roll
paper attachment that came in the box with the printer. I installed it just
after pulling the printer out of the box. Now, I can print either a 13" x
44" or 8.5" x 44" for either panoramic or gang printing. In addition, you
have the option to print 13" x 19" on 1.3mm thick media and Canvas. I
cannot wait to play with that.
What about color prints? Thanks for asking.
The palette of colors seems to be real broad. The skin tones seem to be
spot on and the bright colorful images simply popped! Hey, after all you
have 8 cartridges of Epson¹s UltraChrome K3 ink going to that media.
That brings me to the ink issue you might have read about in other reviews.
All I can say is you get what you pay for! The Epson R2880 is worth it for
the results you will have for a lifetime.
The foot print is not small, but you sure do get a lot packed in to its
24.3" (W) x 31.4" (D) x 16.3" (H) size.
I am hooked on this Epson R2880 printer. So much so, I signed up for an
upcoming Epson Print Academy to get that much more out of my Epson R2880.
Just go get one and you will see what I mean.
Enjoy the prints of a lifetime!
Pros Excellent prints
Archival up to 200 years
Prints many sizes, plus on CDs/DVDs
Cons Doesn't come with a printer cable
Summary The Epson Stylus R2880 produces excellent prints. The archival quality is important to me, and the colors are brilliant. Most prints came out virtually the same as my monitor; every so often I have to tweak a file. I made no adjustments to get perfect black and white prints with no color casts; rich blacks and a nice tonal range. It prints beautiful portraits.
If this will be your home computer, make sure you have a decent-sized place to set it up. It?s very sleek looking and closes up to keep dust out. It?s about 2 ft wide, but is compact for a printer that produces up to 13? x 19? prints.
The set up was easy, and it?s easy to use. Make sure you read all of the directions. It?s sensitive to each kind of paper and where it?s loaded. I?m working on Windows Vista. I just checked for the latest drivers. Also, it doesn?t come with a printer cable, so purchase one separately if you don?t have an extra.
I use the printer for color proofing book and poster designs and making high-quality prints. To get the promise of quality, only Epson products should be used which means no bargain shopping. I like the Ultra Premium Photo Luster paper.
Also the difference in using the quality versus max quality print settings is hardly noticeable if you want to save ink. However, I will always use max quality for my final product.
I?ve only printed on 8 ½ x 11 so far, but I?m looking forward to printing on roll and larger paper. I can?t wait to try out some of the features such as printing images on my DVDs. It will make my home video productions look more professional to send to family.
I would definitely recommend this printer to any serious amateur or professional dealing with images
"Awesome Printer!"on by Jeff8888
Pros Overall color quality and the quality of the black and white images it puts out was incredible!
Cons Ink consumption seemed fast.
Printing on CD/DVD was confusing at first, but I got it.
Summary As of last week, I am the proud owner of an Epson Stylus Photo R2880. I
never had my own photo printer - much less one that could print a large
13x19 inch print. I always had more confidence in "REAL PHOTO PRINTS" and
felt better about delivering those to my clients. But after just a few days
of working with this printer, I have been astounded by the quality of
prints, and now I plan on delivering R2880 prints to everyone! They are just
so much better than the processed prints I have been buying from labs.
My first glance at it, as I opened the box, showed a stylish looking
printer. As I took it out I felt how heavy it was. It feels like a printer
that was made with heavy duty parts. The trays are thick, not flimsy, like I
see on some printers. The set-up was easy, as well as the installation of
I am primarily a portrait photographer and body painting artist. My files
that don't include the body paint are most often black and white, and I had
heard the claims of beautiful black and white prints off the Epson Stylus
Photo R2880. So I was very anxious to try some out.
My first print was outstanding. The black and white print was completely
neutral without any adjustment to the file. The details in the shadows were
more visible than in the "real photo prints" I had just got back from the
commercial lab I was using. The details were outstanding and smooth
Now it was time to print out some color images. My portraits contain a lot
of skin-tones as well as the rich bright colors from the body make-up. In
the past, if I bumped up the colors so the body make-up would look bright,
the skin tone looked over-saturated, sometimes too warm. Get the skin-tone
correct, and the body make-up would not look as bright as I wanted it to.
Using my new 2880, I took a file with no adjustment for printing and printed
it out. The colors were bright and vibrant, especially in the magenta and
blue hues. The skin tone was great, not too warm. I knew that the printer
inks EPSON used in this printer were supposed to be brighter, but I assumed
it might be such a slight difference that your eye would not really even
notice. Boy, was I wrong.
I took these prints to a professional commercial photographer friend of
mine. He had been printing with the Epson Stylus Photo 2200. He has had it
for a few years now, and was very happy with the prints he made from it. I
showed him the prints I did from the Epson Stylus Photo R2880, and he was
amazed. He asked if I could print a few of his files on my 2880 to compare
to his existing 2200 prints. I printed out 3 of his images, which happened
to be food shots. We compared the three new prints to his and I wish you
could have seen his eyes - they were as big as saucers. The subtle value
changes and gradients were easily noticeable in all the prints. The color of
the food looked brighter and more appealing. He says to me, "I guess it's
time for me to upgrade."
I have a new outlook on printing at home, even including large 13x19 inch
prints, and I don't have to deal with the damage to my prints from shipping
from a lab.
Photographer and Body Painting Artist
Virginia beach, VA