Pros When it prints it does a very good job.
Cons Problems recognizing the ink cartridges. When a new cartridge is installed ALL cartridges are charged sucking up ink. Must physically remove and replace the Photo blk. for the Matt blk. which uses up ink.
Summary My wife and I have been shooting professionally since the late 80?s and have been 100% digital since 2000. We believe in purchasing the better ?tools? for what we do because not only is time money but it?s our reputation too. Frankly we found that Epson printers were superior some time ago, however we no longer feel that way. We had an Epson 2400 and loved it! After several years of pretty good service and with few complaints our 2400 finally died so we purchased a R1900 and had issues since day one. Primarily the problems of recognizing ink cartridges and the constant need to clean the heads requiring a significant amount of ink.
Epson acknowledged the problems and admitted that there were issues with some cartridges. We figured they would resolve the issues but they didn?t and several months later we were still purchasing faulty cartridges. Epson was always good about replacing the bad cartridges but it became old and expensive so decided to replace the R1900 with a refurbished R2880. We set it up and it worked fine, for about 15 or so prints. As I write this I am on my 3rd, Vivid Light Magenta cartridge that the R2880 printer can?t recognize.
For the record, Epson machines print quite well, if and when they work! Being a pro we do not have the time and in this economy, the money, to play games with a multi-billion dollar company that has the ability to resolve these issues but choose not to. As one of the Epson teks told me. ?If the problems occur in less than 10% of the machines then it probably isn?t worth fixing?. I?m sure that this technician was speaking his own opinion but I have to admit the comment wasn?t far off from how I felt after spending hours on the phone in an effort to resolve the problem and/or requesting replacement inks.
In an effort not to sound as if I?m promoting another manufacturer I will not list what I found in my latest research, but I encourage that anyone looking into this machine, or Epson technology, really do your homework because between problems recognizing cartridges, recharging each time a new cartridge is installed which burns ink, clogged jets and small expensive inks cartridges; well enough is enough!
Goodbye Epson, you?ve lost a long time customer!
Pros Outstanding print performance with great color representation
Cons Ink supplies are too small.
Summary This is simply a superb PHOTO printer. Some posts here talk about letters and Quicken not printing....it's a Pro-level PHOTO printer. It's for serious photo work.
It is not a "point and shoot" type printer. You can buy those for $99 at office max. This printer needs adjustments and settings to be right. If you get those correct (and it's not hard but takes some effort) the results are gorgeous. Black and white are superb too. I have had mine now for 2 years and cannot say how pleased I am with this. I am a pro shooter and from time to time my lab screws up a print for my clients. I always re-print the shot myself on the Epson, and deliver in person. Makes for great customer relations too !!! Never had a complaint about the replacement print yet.
Pros Beautiful output.
Cons I have just spent most of a day on the phone with Epson. The printer I have will not print a full borderless 19x17. So far the suggestions have been:
I estimate it has cost 6 hours and approximately $100 in ink.
BEWARE this printer!
Summary Great prints when it's working. For me-- it's not working correctly yet.
Pros When it prints -- if it prints -- it has beautiful prints sometimes. But no always!
Cons I am on my 2nd substitution for the first one they sent. So far, inferior prints some times. Won't recognize paper. Won't recognize ink cartridges. Refuses to feed paper from the manual roll. The third one I've been sent refuses to feed any paper!
Summary The first printer they sent did not print the stunning photos I was led to expect. I called tech support and they walked me through all the steps. It did better for a while then quality went sour again. Tech support again. Sometimes I get stunning photos; sometimes not. Inconsistentency is its motto!
I tried to print on Epson watercolor paper using the back manual tray. It refused to pull the paper in. Spun its wheels. Tech support spent 2 hours (yes! 2 hours) assuming I was just too stupid to know how to feed paper straight, then admitted it probably had a sensor problem, and they'd send me a replacement. That took a week!
The replacement was not the new machine I paid for, but a "refurbished" one. Someone forgot to refurbish it. It would not recognize the ink cartridges. It did not print at all. So, after another two hours on the phone at my long distance expense, I was promised a replacement new one overnight. Well, that one came, and it won't recognize paper in any tray, and says it has the wrong ink cartridges in, when they're not wrong! I can't even print a letter out of Word or print my checks out of QuickBooks!
It is worse than useless! I want my money back after trying three (Yes, that's right - three) printers that won't work!
Pros Been printing with Epson printers for better than twelve years and this printer is the fastest, sharpest and richest color printer I have seen. It is sharper than my Epson 9800. I may need to upgrade to the 9880 or 9900 far sooner than I imagined.
Cons ink cartridges should be largerf
Summary Just made my first few prints with the Epson 2880 - the sharpness and color saturation is quite amazing. I have been printing with Epson printers for better than twelve years and this printer is the fastest, sharpest and richest color printer I have seen.
Printing in 16 bit color mode the Epson profiles for Premium Lustre paper is remarkably accurate ? no need for a custom calibrator to create a specific profile. The printer?s sharpness is what really makes this printer a bargain. For prints up to 13 x 19 you can make photographic prints that will rival the best service bureau.
In Black and White Advanced mode the printer?s ability to render an accurate and extremely smooth tonality will make this a wonderful printer for those who still prefer the classical esthetic of B&W.