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Epson Stylus Photo R2880 A3 Photo Printer

by Epson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Professional Epson UltraChrome K3+ inks with Vivid Magenta for stunning photos up to A3+
  • Borderless printing at a resolution up to 5760x1440dpi for stunning Hi-Definition photos
  • New improved pigment ink for a wide colour gamut with vibrant blues and pinks
  • 3 black-ink system for true b/w output as well as outstanding grey balance on colour
  • Special driver mode for true black and white printing and toning
  • Individual cartridges for maximum cost efficiency
  • True border free printing on a wide range of cut sheet, roll and rigid media
  • PC-free printing with PictBridge and 2 x Hi-speed USB 2.0 ports
  • Print directly onto printable CD's and DVD's
  • Energy star compliant
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Technical Details
BrandEpson
Item Weight998 g
Product Dimensions32.2 x 61.6 x 21.4 cm
Item model numberC11CA16305
Wattage20 watts
Hardware PlatformPC
  
Additional Information
ASINB001A4YR2C
Best Sellers Rank 36,543 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight16 Kg
Date First Available8 Jun 2007
  
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Product Description

Product Description

A3+ Professional Photo Printer

Designed to deliver your creative vision without compromise, the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 includes an advanced ink set and versatile features for incredible quality and control. Boasting the same technology professional photographers demand, Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink gives the R2880 a larger color gamut for more saturated reds, blues and purples. This innovative ink set also employs three–level black technology for outstanding tonal range, while Advanced Black–and–White Photo Mode gives users the control they need, ensuring stunning neutral or toned black–and–white images that rival darkroom prints.

Taking image quality even further, Radiance technology delivers truer, more lifelike color with improved highlight and shadow detail. This powerful machine has the flexibility to create beautiful prints on a full range of professional and fine–art media, including glossy, luster and canvas up to 13 inches wide. Achieve professional results every time with the quality, control and versatility of the Epson Stylus Photo R2880.

Advanced Black–and–White Photo Mode

Part of an advanced workflow, this exclusive technology is your key to intuitive and consistent control, for stunning neutral or toned black–and–white prints. Choose from one of four preset menus — neutral, warm, cool or sepia. Or, fine tune your image further with custom slider bars and the color tone wheel that gives you precise control. Customized settings can be saved and recalled to achieve consistent prints every time.

The results are black and white

For superb, enlarged monochrome printing, Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta gives three levelled black inks which result in better grey balance and tonal control.

Vivid, professional results

When producing images in colour, this superb ink system allows you to reap the benefits of vibrant prints and a wider colour palette, especially in blues and purples.

Long-lasting photos

Photos stay fresh for years in an album or displayed in studios & galleries.

Professional media versatility

Explore your creativity with a printer that supports a full range of professional media, including luster paper, fine art paper, Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper and even roll paper. Print brilliant panoramas up to 44 inches long, on canvas or other media types. Or, print borderless prints in popular photo sizes. This versatile performer accommodates 1.3 mm thick art boards. And, you can even print directly onto ink jet printable CDs and DVDs for professional digital portfolios.

Advanced MicroPiezo print head with AMC

Our Advanced MicroPiezo print head with AMC (Advanced Meniscus Control) is at the core of Epson’s advanced ink jet technology and enables the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 to deliver such incredible detail. This permanent, high–performance print head creates variable sized droplets as small as 3 picoliters and places them with remarkable accuracy and precision. This professional print head also incorporates an ink–repelling coating which decreases maintenance and increases reliability. Working together with Epson PreciseColor technology, the print head delivers consistent print quality every time from every Epson Stylus Photo R2880.

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Ink Type Dye Pigment Pigment (4th Generation) Pigment (4th Generation) Pigment (4th Generation)
Number of Colours 6 colour: C/M/Y/Lm/Lc/K 7+1 colour: Pk/Mk/C/M/Y/Or/R/Go 8+1 colour: C/VM/Y/Pk/Mk/Llk/Lk/Lvm/Lc 8+1 colour: C/VM/Y/Pk/Mk/Llk/Lk/Lvm/Lc 8+1 colour: C/VM/Y/Pk/Mk/Llk/Lk/Lvm/Lc
Resolution 5760x1440 5760x1440 5760x1440 5760x1440 2880x1440
Advanced Back & White mode NO NO YES YES YES
Cartridge size 11ml 17ml 11.4ml 25.9ml 80ml
Individual cartridges YES YES YES YES YES
Ethernet / Wireless3 NO Built-in Ethernet and Wireless NO Built-in Ethernet and Wireless Built-in Ethernet and Wireless
Borderless print YES YES YES YES YES
Automatic sheet feeder YES YES YES YES YES
Roll paper NO YES YES YES NO
Power consumption max./min. 16W / 1.5W 21W / 3.7W 20W / 4W 21W / 3.7W 25W / 5W
Noise level 47dB(A) 39dB(A) 40dB(A) 38dB(A) 39dB(A)

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267 of 270 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate prints at last ! 31 July 2008
I purchased Epson's R2880 to replace my trusty Epson 1270 photo printer which, after 9 years producing excellent prints finally gave up the ghost. I was keen to see what improvements had been made in 9 years of development.

The printer is quite large but easy to assemble, and the software installation proceeded with no problems. Reviews say that the new printer interface is an improvement on the old one. I dissagree with this. It's still good, but not an improvement.

So what were the first prints like ? A bit dissapointing - too washed out with weak colours. So I reduced the brightness and increased the contrast in the printer preferences and the results were then very good indeed. In fact the colours matched exactly those on the monitor screen, something I have never been able to achieve before.

Although the R2880 has higher resolution than the 1270, this did not show in the prints. What did show was the printing speed - just over 2 minutes to do an A4.

The pigment inks do not soak into the paper like dye inks do, but sit on the surface, so the resulting prints are not as glossy but still very good. An they should last a lifetime.

Would I reccommend this printer. You bet. The results really are very good indeed and the printer feels well made. I have printed many thousands of images over the years on several different printers, and the R2880 gives better results by far. Enough said.
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135 of 137 people found the following review helpful
I bought this to replace an R800 that was showing banding on photos and which the local Epson service agent was unable to fix.
It was easy enough to set up and the prints look great. I used genuine Epson ink and premium glossy photo paper with Photoshop colour management (the software installation automatically added the R2880 colour profiles to the Photoshop print menu). Blacks are particularly good - the R800 blacks had a warm colour cast. Bright colours are possibly slightly better in the R800 but there's not much in it. However, the R800 was very poor at printing dark greens.
Speed is very slow on max quality setting but on standard setting much faster and I couldn't see any difference in quality - even under a magnifying glass.
However, I was very disappointed when, after 3 days, I did a nozzle-check. The printer went into an extended cleaning cycle and then showed that one of the nozzles was blocked. I did another nozzle check and again it did a cleaning cycle before printing the nozzle check pattern. This appeared to use around 12 worth of ink, although it's difficult to tell as the ink-level window doesn't give a very accurate display - earlier versions of the printer status monitor at least had graduation marks against the displayed ink levels.
There is no printed manual supplied and the electronic manual doesn't mention this behaviour. I've now seen similar complaints in the US Amazon web site.
Next time I did some printing the problem didn't happen and the nozzle check was fine, so maybe this is just a teething problem.
So overall, I am happy with it but a bit nervous of the apparently random cleaning cycles and the amount of ink that gets used as a result - the R800 would check the nozzles and then give the option of nozzle-cleaning or not.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best print results so far 7 Mar 2009
I've had this printer 1 week now and have only printed to epson archival matt paper so far.
Results are very encouraging for the first batch of prints. Mono prints are excellent with no colour cast that I suffered with by now defunct R1800.
I've found the best results are to print straight from photoshop using the supplied profiles for epson paper, and disabling the color management.
Cons: If you need to change cartridges (Matt black to Photo black), it takes ages to purge out the old ink and is quite wasteful. Sometimes it doesnt recognise the change and needs the printer switched off and on again.
Its best to do a batch of printing on matt or gloss to avoid frequent swaps.
Why didnt epson make it to hold both blacks at the same time - like my old printer?
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great printer, pity about customer service 25 Mar 2009
I purchased my R2880 printer in September 2008 and should have known better than to purchase another Epson printer. Everybody should take note that after you have had the printer for more than 30 days, if a fault develops, they will only replace it with a reconditioned substitute. I purchased an Epson A4 printer 2 years ago and didn't remove it from the box until 6 weeks after purchase. It was faulty from day one. An Epson engineer attended and wanted to replace my new printer with a substitute which looked as though it had been kicked up and down the street. After a long and frustrating battle and with the help of a Digital Camera magazine it was eventually replaced with a new one. My new R2880 developed a fault after just two weeks. It kept insisting on constantly recharging the ink cartridges until they were drained. This corrected itself after a couple of days, until in March 2009 the same problem arose, only much worse. I contacted Epson who agreed the printer was faulty. They arranged for an engineer to attend on a set date. My wife and I spent the full day at home and nobody appeared. I contacted Epson by e-mail and didn't even get any explanation or apology. They simply replied that due to a shortage of parts they would not replace my printer until one week later. They further said that it would be replaced with a quality assured reconditioned one. I have wasted 4 new cartridges (about 45 worth of ink), with no prints to show for it, because of a faulty product. Epson offer no compensation for this.

So what about the printer itself? If you want the best possible quality prints with true blacks and great colour then look no further than this printer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars cant get it going - software hitch
Tried Epson web site for driver - used specific one aimed for this model printer and pah ! wouldn't work, having owned its bigger brother E3550 for 4 years this model is definitly... Read more
Published 9 months ago by B. D. MacKie
1.0 out of 5 stars worst printer I have ever used
I have had this printer for several months now and have not yet got a usable print out of it. The print drivers are useless, designed to waste as much ink and paper as possible. Read more
Published 10 months ago by TrevorW
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent printer.
First Class! Prints very high quality photos and fast. Also good for quality printing of brochures, leaflets and general printing.
Published 12 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
My first A3+ print bought especially to do black and white prints. The quality is excellent and as a very keen club photographer this print never fails to produce the quality. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ChrisD
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive
Delivered as promised. Well packaged nothing damaged. Easy to unpack and set up just follow the easy setup instructions or go online and look at the full manual. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Snap Happy
3.0 out of 5 stars Ink change is a nonsense
I was so pleased to get this at bargain price from Amazon warehouse deals as my previous Epson 1290 had packed in and my first print on matte paper was so close to the image on my... Read more
Published 13 months ago by G. M. Glendinning
3.0 out of 5 stars Epson Stylus Photo R2880
I bought my Epson Stylus R2880 A3 photo printer 3 years ago to replace a much loved and well used 9 year old Epson Stylus 1290, which never went wrong and always produced... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive image quality at high cost
The quality offered by this printer is excellent. I have a year working with it and the results are magnificent. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jose Julio Cuairan Garcia
3.0 out of 5 stars Epson 2880
Not as good for doing high gloss prints as the 1400 model. The cartriges contain a mixture of dye and ink and together the resulting gloss prints appear more matt than gloss. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Neale Photos
2.0 out of 5 stars The most frustrating printer I've ever used
I've had one of these for about 6 months now and have tried all sorts of prints. If you are doing standard, sheet feed stuff it's great provided you use Epson's Easy Photo Print... Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by G. Jackson
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