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Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer

You Pay: $1,139.00
Mail-in Rebate: -$200.00 (see details)
Offer Ends: AUG 31 '14
Price after Rebate: $939.00
Product Highlights
  • Print Up To 17" Wide Media
  • 9 UltraChrome K3 Inks
  • Maximum Resolution of 2880 x 1440
  • AccuPhoto HD2 Screening Technology
  • Professional Media Handling
  • Auto-Sharing Photo & Matte Black Inks
  • PreciseColor™ Manufacturing
  • Advanced Black & White Printing

Engineered for the serious professional, the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Printer incorporates a compact, 17-inch wide printer design, along with an amazing variety of technological innovations.

The Pro 3880 is engineered with the all-new AccuPhoto HD2 technology, created from a collaboration between Epson and the Rochester Institute of Technology's Munsell Color Science Laboratory. It combines a complex mathematical architecture and advanced screening technology to provide outstanding image quality, ensuring precision placement of each individual ink droplet, resulting in dynamic looking photos with smoother color transitions, and better highlight - shadow detail.

With a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440dpi, and an advanced MicroPiezo AMC™ print head, the Stylus Pro 3880 produces gallery-quality color and black-and-white output up to 17 x 22".

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 includes Epson UltraChrome® with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology, known worldwide for professional printing applications. The printer's 9-ink set ink delivers an amazing color gamut with breathtaking blues and violets. Even more remarkable, the latest high performance, one-inch wide print head now incorporates an Auto-sharing Black Ink technology, allowing both Photo and Matte Black ink to be installed simultaneously.

Capable of handling virtually any type of cut-sheet media up to 17" wide, the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 incorporates a high-capacity paper feeder that accommodates sizes ranging from 4 x 6" up to 17 x 22". The printer also features four different ways to load media, including a front-loading, straight-through path capable of handling media up to 1.5 mm thick and a second, top-loading, single-sheet feeder optimized for fine art paper.

UltraChrome K3 Ink Technology with Vivid Magenta
  • High-density pigments for an extremely wide color gamut
  • New formulation of Magenta pigments for extreme blues and purples
  • Professional print permanence ratings for truly sellable quality prints
  • High-gloss Microcrystal Encapsulation™ technology for reduced gloss differential
  • Superior scratch resistance from improved pigment and resin chemistry
  • Color is stable immediately after printing - no short-term color shifting
  • Produces a black density up to 2.55 with an L* value of 2.9*
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    MicroPiezo® AMC™ Print Head Technology
  • One-inch wide, high performance print head offers a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440
  • Produces variable sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters to greatly decrease print times, while optimizing photographic quality
  • Reduction of the metameric index makes it possible to achieve consistent color under different lighting conditions
  • Ensures truly photographic prints, even in high-speed or lower resolution print modes
  • AccuPhoto™ HD2 Screening Technology
  • Complex mathematical architecture created from a collaboration of Epson and the Rochester Institute of Technology's Munsell Color Science Laboratory
  • Optimizes ink usage to maximize the color gamut and provide smooth color transitions and gradations
  • Compensates for various ink densities between resolutions, allowing for a single ICC profile to be used per media type
  • Auto-Sharing Photo and Matte Black Ink
  • Automatically utilizes 2 different black ink modes - Photo Black or Matte Black
  • Optimizes Black ink density for various media types
  • Dramatically improves final print quality on photographic media and fine art paper
  • Professional Media Handling
  • Prints on virtually any type of cut-sheet media from 4 x 6" up to 17 x 22"
  • Top-loading, high-capacity paper feeder handles up to 120 sheets of plain, letter-sized paper or up to 20 sheets of photographic media
  • Second, top-loading, manual sheet feeder accommodates thick fine art paper up to 17" wide
  • Front-loading, straight-through, manual sheet feeder handles media up to 16" wide and up to 1.5 mm-thick poster board
  • Supports manual printing on both sides of specialty media
  • Prints on select BorderFree cut-sheet media from 4 x 6" up to 17 x 22"
  • Advanced Black-and-White Printing Technology
  • Unique driver technology takes full advantage of our three-level black system to produce professional black-and-white prints from color or grayscale image files
  • Produces a truly consistent print with no color crossover or color cast
  • Some of the world's greatest black-and-white photography has been printed using this technology
  • Epson Intelligent, High-Capacity Ink System
  • Unique driver technology takes full advantage of our three-level black system to produce professional black-and-white prints from color or grayscale image files
  • Produces a truly consistent print with no color crossover or color cast
  • Automatic Print Head Alignment and Nozzle Check Technology
  • Built-in sensor reads printed data for highly precise alignment of all color channels in both bi-directional and uni-directional modes
  • Built in sensor analyzes a printed nozzle check pattern and automatically cleans the print head if required
  • Exclusive 17-Inch Size Printer Design
  • New print engine technology that takes full advantage of the latest in precision mechanical design, resulting in a significant reduction in overall printer size and weight
  • Incredibly quiet operation, perfectly suited for even home use
  • Large, 2.5-inch, backlit LCD control panel for easy, direct printer control, and operational status monitoring
  • Superior Connectivity
  • Standard ports include one high speed USB 2.0 and one 10/100 BaseT Ethernet
  • Standard professional Epson drivers for Macintosh and Windows
  • High Performance Engine Speeds
  • Utilizing Epson's latest high-performance print head technology, the SP3880 is among the fastest professional desktop printers in the industry
    Print Mode:
    SuperFine - 1440 dpi HS:
    8 x 10": 2:03
    11 x 14": 3:18
    16 x 20": 5:32
    SuperFine - 1440 dpi:
    8 x 10": 4:08
    11 x 14": 6:39
    16 x 20": 10:59
    SuperPhoto - 2880 dpi HS:
    8 x 10": 3:50
    11 x 14": 6:04
    16 x 20": 9:46
    SuperPhoto - 2880 dpi:
    8 x 10": 7:47
    11 x 14": 12:15
    16 x 20": 18:40
  • Based upon print engine speed only. Total throughput times depend upon front-end RIP, file size, printer resolution, ink coverage, networking, etc. 2
    Epson PreciseColor™ Manufacturing
  • Unique production technology to ensure printer-to-printer color consistency
  • Colorimetric calibration is performed during the manufacturing process
  • This process automatically evaluates and adjusts the color performance of each printer produced
  • The result is extreme color repeatability for demanding color performance over time
  • Completely eliminates the need for internal printer calibration devices or procedures
  • World-Class Service and Support
  • Free one-year coverage under the Epson Preferred Protection plan limited warranty with toll-free telephone support available Monday through Friday and usually next-business day, full unit exchange service
  • Optional one- or two-year Epson Preferred Plus service plans available
  • Printing Method
    Printing Technology Advanced MicroPiezo AMC print head technology. Eight-channel, drop-on-demand, ink jet print head. Auto head alignment and cleaning technology. Color & monochrome heads 180 nozzles x 8
    Resolution 2880 x 1440 dpi
    1440 x 720 dpi
    720 x 720 dpi
    720 x 360 dpi
    360 x 360 dpi
    360 x 180 dpi
    Minimum Ink Droplet Size 3.5 picoliters
    Ink Type Pigment-based Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink
    Ink Palette 9-color (C, Lc, M, Lm, Y, Lk, LLk + PK or MK)
    Ink Cartridge Configuration 9 individual ink cartridges
    Capacity Cartridge fill volume: 80 ml each color x 9 colors total
    Ink cartridge shelf life: 2 years from printed production date or 6 months after opened 1
    Please Note:

    On-cartridge I.C. chip automatically tracks several ink usage data points for use in production cost estimations and reporting

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    Ink Cartridges Photo Black (T580100)
    Cyan (T580200)
    Vivid Magenta (T580A00)
    Yellow (T580400)
    Light Cyan (T580500)
    Vivid Light Magenta (T580B00)
    Light Black (T580700)
    Light Light Black (T580900)
    Matte Black (T580800)
    Technology Auto-sharing Black Ink Technology
    Fully automatic switching between Black ink modes
    Black ink conversion times:
    Matte to Photo Black 3:30 (min:sec)
    Photo to Matte Black 2:30 (min:sec) Ink used during conversion:
    Matte to Photo Black Approx. 4.6 ml
    Photo to Matte Black Approx. 1.6 ml 2
    Please Note:

    Ink used in conversion varies considerably based on temperature and other factors

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    Performance
    Print Speed 8 x 10" print: from 2:03 to 7:47 - normal is 4:08
    11 x 14" print: from 3:18 to 12:15 - normal is 6:39
    16 x 20" print: from 5:32 to 19:40 - normal is 10:59
    Based upon print engine speed only. Total throughput times depend upon front-end RIP, file size, printer resolution, ink coverage, networking, etc. Normal Mode based on SuperFine 1440 dpi
    Input Buffer Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Printer Duty Cycle Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Print Archival Life Color: Up to 108 years
    Black & White: Over 200 years
    Paper Handling
    Maximum Paper Width 17"
    Printable Area Maximum paper width: 17"
    Maximum cut-sheet size: 17 x 22"
    Minimum cut-sheet size: 4 x 6"
    Left and right margins: 0 or 3 mm each (0.24" total)
    Top and bottom margins: 0 or 3 mm or 15 mm each
    Maximum printable width: 17.16" (full bleed, 17" width)
    Paper Sizes 4 x 6", 5 x 7", 8 x 10", 11 x 14", 16 x 20", 17 x 22"
    Borderless Photo Sizes 4 x 6", 5 x 7", 8 x 10", 11 x 14", 16 x 20", 17 x 22"
    Paper Types All types of Inkjet media optimized for Pigment ink printing
    Media Weight 12 lb bond, up to 1.5 mm cardboard
    Paper Capacity Main top-loading feeder
    Up to 17 x 22"
    Up to 120 sheets plain; 50 photo
    Second top-loading feeder
    Up to 17 x 22" Single sheet manual feeder:
    Optimized for fine art paper
    Front manual feeder:
    Up to 16 x 20"
    Straight-through, single sheet
    Manual feeder:
    Up to 1.5 mm
    Connectivity
    Computer Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) USB 1.1 compatible
    10/100Base-T Ethernet
    Compatible Memory Cards No
    Direct Print Capable No
    Network Capable Yes (10/100Base-T Ethernet)
    Printer Language Epson ESC/P2 raster photographic drivers standard
    Optional PANTONE licensed PostScript Language Level 3 compatible
    Also supported by most leading, third-party RIPs and workflows
    System & Software Requirements Macintosh
    Tiger 10.4.9 or higher
    Leopard 10.5 or higher (16-bit)
    Snow Leopard 10.6 or higher (16-bit)
    Windows XP
    Vista, and Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit)
    Physical
    Status Display 2.5" Monochrome alphanumeric LCD with Backlight and Indicator LEDs
    Image Preview Display No
    Front Panel Controls Power, Stop/Eject, 4-Way Controller (also function as Menu, Paper feed, & Ink Load), Enter/Function
    Power Requirements 110-120V AC, 50-60Hz
    Power Consumption Operating: Approx. 25W
    Standby: Less than 5W
    Power Off: Less than .3W
    Fully ENERGY STAR compliant
    Environmental Temperature:
    Operating:
    50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)
    Storage:
    -4° to 104°F (-20° to 40°C)
    Relative humidity:
    20 to 85% Operating:
    40 to 50%
    Recommended storage 5 to 85% (no condensation)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 27 x 10 x 15" (686 x 254 x 381mm)
    Weight 43.2 lb (19.6kg)
    Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer
  • Power Cord
  • 1 Set Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink (80 ml)
    • Photo Black Ink Cartridge (T580100)
    • Cyan Ink Cartridge (T580200)
    • Magenta Ink Cartridge (T580A00)
    • Yellow Ink Cartridge (T580400)
    • Light Cyan Ink Cartridge (T580500)
    • Light Magenta Ink Cartridge (T580B00)
    • Light Black Ink Cartridge (T580700)
    • Light Light Black Ink Cartridge (T580900)
    • Matte Black Ink Cartridge (T580800)
  • Ink Maintenance Cartridge
  • Printer Driver Software CD-ROM
  • User Guide
  • Reference Guide
  • 1-Year Epson Preferred Protection Plan with Toll-free Telephone Support
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    EpsonStylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer
     
    4.7

    (based on 440 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (353)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (73)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (8)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (315)
    • Easy to set up (238)
    • Reliable (182)
    • Durable construction (159)
    • Compact (136)

    Cons

    • Large footprint (33)
    • Slow print time (19)
    • Flimsy construction (17)
    • Too much ink used (12)
    • Unreliable (8)

    Best Uses

    • Photos (340)
    • Black & white documents (63)
    • Graphics & charts (39)
    • Professional documents (37)
    • Fine art prints (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (301), Heavy duty user (50), Infrequent user (31)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (229), Business (152)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Epitome of Fine Art Inkjet Printing

    I am a semi-professional photographer with more than thirty years of experience and produce fine art prints for clients, books and exhibition. Having worked with traditional darkroom printing methods and, for the past...Read complete review

    I am a semi-professional photographer with more than thirty years of experience and produce fine art prints for clients, books and exhibition. Having worked with traditional darkroom printing methods and, for the past six years, inkjet printing on the Epson Stylus Photo 2200, I have found the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 to be a major advance in fine art printing beyond anything I have experienced to date. It is for me a fine art photographer's printing "dream machine." The colors are crisp, clean and brilliant. Black and white output is nothing less than stunning. It interfaces easily with my Mac and prints come out much faster than I expected. Set up was very easy out of the box but, heeding the warnings about all of the packing tape, I took care to remove all of it. There is a great deal of tape in places least expected in order to secure the machine for shipment and it takes time to remove it. Be very careful to remove all of it before activating the printer or damage could result.

    The only difficulty I ran into when setting up the printer was the instructions indicated that once the print cartridges were installed and the printer was powered up, it would begin to automatically prime the print lines. The instructions indicated this would take from 7 to 10 minutes. Although I followed the instructions exactly, my printer did not prime the ink lines. It wasn't until I actually started printing test pages that the ink started to flow and it primed the lines. This was a minor inconvenience that was easily overcome but could be more problematic for someone new to inkjet printers.

    To date I have produced over 100 prints since I got the printer a month ago and they are without a doubt the most beautiful prints I have ever created. The output from this printer is far beyond anything I have ever gotten from a commercial photo lab and they surely beat the quality of prints I made in a darkroom.

    I am also pleased with the relatively small footprint this printer occupies in my digital lab. I am somewhat limited in available space and to set up a machine capable of printing as large as this one does into such a small space is a feat of technological engineering.

    If you are serious about obtaining the finest print quality possible in an inkjet printer whether for exhibition, sales or for personal pleasure, then this is the printer to get. You will not be dissappointed.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Short life span!

    This an excellent printer, but my experience with two printers; a 3800 and a 3880 is they have a short life span. I purchased a 3800 (new) and paid for the extra...Read complete review

    This an excellent printer, but my experience with two printers; a 3800 and a 3880 is they have a short life span. I purchased a 3800 (new) and paid for the extra 3yr extended warranty. It was a $[$] printer so I thought it was worth the extra for the extended warranty. After 3yrs and 8 months the printer started dumping 1 inch long by 1/8 in wide black ink blobs, and the Photo Black cart on the LCD read 90% full when the cart was actually empty. Epson support said it needed a new printer head. The cost was the same price a new printer. Because it was now past the extended warranty they would do nothing else for me. (Shouldn't a pro printer at $[$] last more than 3.75 years of moderate use?), I guess not. I then purchased a new 3880, but did not get the extended warranty. After 2 yrs and 2 months, this 3880 started doing the exact same problems as the 3800: dumping 1 inch by 1/8 inch wide black ink blobs and the LCD showed the Photo Black cart at 90% full, when it actually was empty. I spoke with Epson support as well as next person up the line. Epson response: "Because it is out of warranty we will do nothing for you". Despite the fact that this is the 2nd 38xx series printer that had the same problems. Note that Epson will only warranty this printer for a maximum of 3 years - if you purchase the extended warranty, costing several hundred dollars - not cheap. You can not extend the warranty past the 3 years. Given that short time frame you can see that Epson does not expect the 3880 (3800) to last much more than 3 years. If it does, you were lucky. If not, buy a new one or... change to another brand. Given the fact that I had this same problem on two different professional printers - 3800 & 3880. Knowing that these are not $100 disposable printers, but $[$] pro printers; and as a professional customer that had already given Epson several thousand dollars for their printers, and thousands more buying their ink; I had expected Epson Professional division to provide better support and work with me to fix the problems. I had been told that Epson customer support really sucks. Now I must agree with that statement. If you can risk dumping $1200-$1500 every 2 - 3 years on an Epson Pro printer, then you may be happy with the 3880. If you can't, then look at anther brand. I've heard that Canon makes a good pro printer.

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    5.0

    Awesome prints . . . and dead easy to do

    By Mark

    from charlotte nc

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

        Sell a lens (or two) and get this.

        There's something very amazing about holding these prints, brings back the amazement of pulling a great print out of the hypo . . .and it smells a lot better. I am sure there are folks who can sell you prints as good as these but you'd have to pay a fortune. And with the 3880 you can play around, experiment with test strips, etc. until you get exactly what you're looking for.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        So Far, So Good!

        By Photo Enthusiast

        from Hartford, CT

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photos

            Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

            B&H shipped this next day, which was pretty impressive. Took a few minutes to unpack and assemble, but worked great. I am printing from PhotoShop Elements 12 on an iMac and the colors match those on my Mac's screen very closely. I've only had this a couple of weeks, but I'm impressed so far. The largest I've printed is 13X19 and they look great.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Easy to set up and get started

            By js

            from Tucson, AZ

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photos

              Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

              I am a fine art photographer just out of graduate school, and this is the first wide format ink jet printer I have owned. It was easy to set up and is working great. With the printer at school (Epson 7800) I struggled to get the intense blues I wanted and it appears that I may have the same problem with the Epson 3880, but I hope to overcome this by fine tuning my color management.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Professional printing and so easy to use

              By anaisabel365

              from San Marcos, Texas

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Print Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photos

                Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                I am not a professional photographer but I do photograph with a camera and lenses that the pros use. The Stylus Pro 3880 is a dream come true and now my photos are a print quality that words cannot describe! The setup was super easy and the printer is so easy to use. It does take up some space and you will need a simple USB cord; I do not have access to a wireless ehternet connection in my office. I would highly recommend this printer even if you are not a pro! I snapped this image with my phone. First prints....right out of the box!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                4.0

                Great Printer

                By Rich Lewis

                from New Jersey

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable construction
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Slow Print Time

                Best Uses

                • Fine art prints
                • Photos

                Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                I use the printer to make fine art prints in up to 16x20 sizes. It is a very good printer but prints slow when using the highest quality settings. I bought this to replace an old Epson 3800 and the prints are a bit better in quality. Setup was easy and the machine appears to be a real workhorse.

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                • Business

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                1.0

                Very Poor Repair Service

                By Backroad Rider

                from Phoenix, OE

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                    After about four years of use, the photo black ink nozzle quit. I took the printer to the local service center and it shipped the printer to Epson for repair. I got it back after several days and almost immediately the same print head quit working. Again the printer went to the local service shop which sent it back to Epson; six weeks latter Epson sent it back reporting that it was fixed but when the local shop tested it, it was not fixed. I am waiting for Epson to resolve this problem ASAP. Even if I get a new printer, the quality of their repair work is unacceptable.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    MY SECOND EPSON PRO 3880 FIRST BROKEN

                    By OREIDA57

                    from BOISE, IDAHO

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • After 3 Years Stops
                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                    • Photos

                    Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                    PRINTER PRODUCES EXCELLENT PRINTS ESPECIALLY LARGE FORMAT. BUT THEY WEAR OUT AND STOP WORKING EXACTLY AT 3 YEARS FROM DATE OF PURCHASE. DURING THAT TIME I MADE 7000 PRINTS. BUT PRINTER LOCKED UP AND FAILED EXACTLY AY 3 YEARS, MANY OTHER CUSTOMERS HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM.OBVIOUSLY I LIKE THE PRINTER AS I PURCHASED A REPLACEMENT WHICH I RECEIVED IN 2 DAYS. FIRST PRINTER WILL COST OVER $600 TO REPAIR AND I PROBABLY WILL JUST SAVE IT FOR SPARE PARTS.I OWN AN EPSON 1800 (HAS LASTED 5 YEARS, AN EPSON 2200(8 YEARS) AND A 2400(5 YEARS) NO PROBLEMS OR SPECIAL MAINTENANCE REQUIRED.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Shipped to Hawaii arrived in great shape

                    By Dan

                    from Waikoloa, HI

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos

                      Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                      Easy to set up, prints great so far. Seems like a quality product.

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                      4.0

                      Great Printer!!

                      By Gary B

                      from Vermont

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Beautiful prints
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Print Time
                      • Low Ink Consumption

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photos

                        Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                        This printer makes beautiful prints. This is my second one. The first one's printing head went at 13 months. One month after the factory warranty ended. I highly recommend getting the extended warranty. My second 3880 is hard at work making beautiful prints.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        4.0

                        Little outdated...but still pro results.

                        By DanT

                        from NE US

                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Durable construction
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Print Time
                        • Low Ink Consumption
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Too much ink used

                        Best Uses

                        • Photos

                        Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                        I had to laugh at the guy that gave the 3880 1 star because he only got 3.75 years out of his printer. I'd do back flips if my printers lasted that long. I print museum portfolios and lots and lots of hand printed artists' books. Many thousands of prints a year. I run 2 printers at once and keep a backup printer on the shelf. A printer is not like an enlarger. In the old days we could buy an enlarger for life. A printer is just part of the print cost to be amortized into each print. The 3880 is a good all around pro quality small printer. It is a little out dated, but still produces. An inkjet print can match, rival or best the quality of an Eastman Kodak dye transfer print. bring the 3880 up to date and make it perfect Epson needs to do this:Give it 2 black print heads. One for photo / gloss black and one for matte black. That way it can change ink on the fly and without the ink tampon and downtime. Give it gloss optimizer. Give it the Epson Vivid profile as is used in the Epson R2000. Lastly give the new and improved 3880 an affordable price - something along the price of the current 3880 model. If Epson can come out with a dedicated monochrome 3880 printer that would be a great addition as well. As it is the Epson 3880 can reproduce a high quality silver gelatin print pretty exactly. (see attached photo)The fade resistance of pigment ink is fantastic. It will lasts eons longer than an Eastman Kodak dye transfer print, which will fade away in no time in strong light.

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                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        Second time around

                        By Jeff

                        from Frederick MD

                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable construction
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • EXPENSIVE ink

                        Best Uses

                        • Photo Cards
                        • Photos

                        Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                        This is my second 3880. The first one lasted 3 years 5 months and started leaking black ink. The print head developed a crack and the cost to repair was close to buying a new one. ( Extended warranty is 3 years) I purchased another right away because this is a quality printer that produces outstanding color and black and white prints

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                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        Easy to use

                        By Dimock and Dimock

                        from Oregon

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • High quality prints
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photos

                          Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                          I have had an Epson photo printer for several years. When our R1800 finally started giving me problems I purchased this model. The biggest improvement that was immediately noticed was the ease of loading paper. Most of our printing is done on fine art paper and has to be fed one sheet at a time. In the past this was a real problem. With this printer it just slides right in.
                          While the initial cost of the ink cartridges is hard to swallow being 4 times that of our old printer, each cartridge is substantially larger making the ink less expensive per print. This is huge considering the cost of ink.
                          The paper supports (front and back) feel a little flimsy to me. However, they felt that way on my old printer as well and it lasted years.
                          The design uses multiple blacks and changes which black is feeding based on the paper being used. This means it pumps out the black that is loaded and refilled the head with a new black. Since We print on the same type of paper almost always, this will likely not be a problem for me. However, it does seem like it would increase the ink consumption.
                          An additional improvement over my last printer is the user interface. When changing the printing settings a box opens to the left that lists what all the settings are currently set to regardless of which tab you have open. This means no more flipping back and forth through the tabs to make sure everything is set correctly.
                          In total, I am loving this machine. Now to see if it will last for a decade likes it's predecessor.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Solid print quaity

                          By Curt G

                          from Minneapolis, Mn

                          Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                          Very pleased with print quality. No issues so far (1 month). Replaces an Epson 3800 which also was trouble free.

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                          5.0

                          As good as advertised

                          By VA Steve

                          from Leesburg, VA

                          Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                          The Epson 3880 produces excellent prints. The day I got it I printed a couple of images I previously had printed at a high end lab. The images from the 3880 on the sample Epson paper were as good and I think better than the lab prints.

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                          4.0

                          Great printer

                          By Hal

                          from Bend, Oregon

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Durable construction
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Print Time
                          • Reliable
                          • Small Footprint Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photos

                            Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                            It is a very good one. I have two of them, one residing in each place that we spend a lot of time. Perhaps the only issue for me is the price of ink, although the Epson 3880 is certainly not the only printer with an expensive appetite.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            4.0

                            The workhorse photo printer

                            By EricB

                            from Saint Louis, MO

                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comes With Full Ink Carts
                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Print Time
                            • Great Range Of Print Size
                            • Low Ink Consumption
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy Construction

                            Best Uses

                            • Photos

                            Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                            The 3880 was a replacement for a set of huge and heavy 4000s that we used to carry in a trailer all over the US for point of sale photos. The 4000s worked well and were reasonably economical because of the large ink carts.

                            But, in order to cover more than one event in different locations, we needed a smaller printer that could still produce good results. The 3880 proved to be a good solution. You've already read the glowing reviews on print quality. We've experienced the same. No qualms giving it a 10. And, it can handle a nice variety of print sizes. I sell mostly 5x and 8x prints. But, it's nice to be able to sell a few 11x and 16x on site.

                            The biggest downside to the 3880 is its construction of thin plastic. To be fair, it is not meant to be hauled around for events. But, that is exactly what we need it for. If I had my druthers, I'd ask for a model 3890 with all the same specs, but built into a heavy duty body...possibly one that acts as its own flight case. This would be ideal for event purposes.

                            So, the bottom line is that you get a great printer that is a bit flimsy in construction. If you baby it in transport and setup, you can get a year or more hard use out of it. As a production printer, you just have to plan on replacing it every other year.

                            Our company has purchased 6 of these printers over the past 4 years. And, we'll continue to use them until we are presented with a better option.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Great product! Great dealer!

                            By Sam

                            from Blounts Creek, NC

                            About Me Infrequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Durable construction
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Print Time
                            • Low Ink Consumption

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Black & white Documents
                              • Graphics & Charts
                              • Photos
                              • Professional Documents

                              Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                              Strictly a serious hobbyist, and it's MUCH more printer than I need. BUT, I love it! Was packed well, delivered very promptly and set up easily. Made great prints right out of the box. I've only made perhaps 25-30 prints (most were 13X19). All were great, with no miss-feeds. I like the variety of paper this printer will use, but in no way have utilized it's full capabilities.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Excellent printer

                              By Wes

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Fast Print Time
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Black & white Documents
                                • Photos

                                Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                                My thrid Epson printer. Started with the 2800, graduated to the 7900, now back to the 3880. Best ink on the market. Easy set up, even on a network. Best thing is they give you full ink cartridges verses the starter set with the 7900, another $1,500.00 in ink. My first print won first place in our club semi annual exibition.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Great Printer

                                By JMJ Studio

                                from Upland Ca

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Durable construction
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Black & white Documents
                                  • Photos

                                  Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                                  I just upgrade to the Epson 3880 from my Epson 1900. Huge different in quality of prints. Color management with the 3880 is excellent right out of the box using photoshop CS5 to manage color.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  Fantastic Fine Art Printer

                                  By WD

                                  from Austin, TX

                                  Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format Inkjet Printer:

                                  I don't print any photography but instead use the 3880 for printing digital art that I create. This printer is fantastic. I honestly don't have any complaints after 3 months of use so far.

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