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The Printerville review: Epson’s Stylus Photo R2880

By Rick LePage | September 14, 2008

Epson’s Stylus Photo R2880, an $800 large-format (13") printer, enters a vastly different printer market than that of its predecessor, the Stylus Photo R2400. When the R2400 debuted in 2005, Epson owned all aspects of the archival photo printer market, and the R2400’s only real competition was the model it replaced, the Stylus Photo 2200. The R2880, however, joins a market crowded by competitors from HP and Canon, as well as Epson itself: there are now five large-format, pigment-based photo printers priced between $500 and $1,000, and Epson’s competitors have done a superb job of catching up to their longtime rival’s print quality. There are many observers who believe that Epson still has the edge in quality, but there’s no disputing that HP and Canon have put themselves into the game, HP with the Photosmart Pro B8850 (and its older sibling, the B9180) and Canon with the Pixma Pro9500. How does the R2880 match up? Read on.

Stylus Photo R2880 specifications
Type B-size pigment-based inkjet
Price $800
Inks 9 UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta (8 printing)
Ink colors Photo Black, Matte Black, Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Light Vivid Magenta, Light Black, Light Light Black
Ink cartridge cost $13.29 (replacement cost: $119.61 for all 9 inks)
Ink cost per ml (est.) $1.16
Maximum resolution 5760 by 1440 dpi
Minimum paper size 4" by 6"
Maximum paper size 13" by 44"
Thick paper support Yes
Straight path Yes, for media up to 1.3mm thick
Interfaces USB 2.0 (2); Pictbridge
Operating systems supported Windows XP, Vista; Mac OS X (10.3.9 and up)
Weight 26.9 lbs.
Dimensions 24.3" x 12.7" x 8.4"
Other features Roll support; CD printing tray; dual USB interfaces allow two computers to be connected to printer simultaneously

What’s new?

What does the R2880 have that sets it apart from the R2400 (and its competition)? Here are some of the primary advantages:

While the R2880 has plenty of enhancements, it also inherits one unfortunate trait from the R2400: the need to physically swap matte and photo black ink cartridges when you switch paper types. Given that both Canon and HP have been able to engineer ink delivery systems that incorporate both black ink types, this is a big disappointment, and one that puts Epson at a competitive disadvantage. For many photographers, this fact alone will eliminate the R2880 from consideration, regardless of the print quality or other strengths. We don’t think this is a fatal flaw, especially given the excellent print quality, but it is a major drawback.

UltraChrome K3 Vivid

Epson added the vivid magenta and vivid light magenta inks to its Stylus Pro wide-format line in September 2007, claiming that the new inks offered a wider gamut and improved black-and-white performance over the previous K3 inkset. In conjunction with the new inks, Epson is using a new color technology called Radiance, developed in conjunction with the Rochester Institute of Technology, that purportedly provides more efficient ink usage, higher quality images, and improved color constancy when viewing prints under different lighting conditions. (If you’re interested in a bit deeper discussion of Radiance, we recently covered some of the technology behind it.)

Attacking the clogged nozzle issue

Clogged print nozzles are a fact of life with inkjet printers from every manufacturer, and the R2400 seemed to be one of those printers that had more than its fair share of problems in this area. With the R2880, Epson is incorporating some new technology to try to eliminate the problem entirely.

The biggest culprit in creating clogs is time. It’s quite simple: if you leave your printer primed and unused over a significant period of time, some ink deposits can solidify and block nozzles. This is one of the reasons that most printers will run a cleaning cycle occasionally if the device hasn’t been used. Of course, this wastes ink, and it doesn’t guarantee that there won’t be clogged nozzles, but we’ve found that it does help.

Epson has added two features to the R2880 designed to reduce clogging: an ink-repelling coating on the printhead, and the addition of tiny glass beads to the ink cartridges. The coating keeps ink from building up on the printhead, theoretically lowering the chances of blocked nozzles, and the glass beads help ‘stir’ the ink while the printer is in use, keeping the viscosity optimal.

The company has also implemented an ink-collection technology that is designed to reduce the stray ink buildup that occurs inside every inkjet printer on the market—tiny amounts of ink that never make it to the paper. (These enhancements are also found in the R1900.)

If you use an inkjet printer long enough, you’ll notice that ink deposits and tiny amounts of paper fuzz can accumulate underneath the printhead’s carriage. This can often lead to paper jams and ink smudges on prints, and Epson representatives say that the R1900’s mist collection system, which uses a special electric charge to capture any ink overspray, is one more little feature that will help reduce printing problems over time. It won’t reduce the tiny amounts of paper dust that slough off a page as it goes through a printer, but it should reduce the sludge that builds as a result. (This is a problem that has begun to plague owners of HP’s Photosmart Pro B9180; for more, check this field report from our colleague Duncan Davidson.)

While we will want to see longer-term reports from the field on the anti-clog features in the R2880, we can say that, having printed more than 1,500 images on the R2880—and another 800 or so on the R1900—we have yet to see a clogged nozzle. We left the printer on for five weeks, with only intermittent printing, and never had a problem, something we couldn’t say with our Stylus Photo R2400 or our Photosmart Pro B8850. (We also left the R1900 on for eight weeks, printing a page here, and a page there, without running into any clogs.)


Like most inkjets today, the R2880 sets up quickly and with minimal effort. The 11ml ink cartridges snap easily into place, and the only real choice you need to make is what type of paper you’ll print on; Epson includes both matte and photo black cartridges with the printer. It doesn’t come with a USB cable, though, so you’ll need to pick one up.

Because it is a large-format printer—capable of printing up to 13" wide—you’ll need a large enough space for the printer to reside upon, but the top-loading paper tray and the output tray fold nicely out of the way when you’re not using the printer. It also helps keep dust and dirt out of the printer, which is another plus. This design was first used in the R1900, and we like it much more than the one found in Epson’s Stylus Photo 1400, R1800 and R2400: those models’ spring-loaded output tray was flimsy and poorly designed.

The printer has two rear-feed paper slots, one for rigid media, the other for standard photo and matte papers. Like most of Epson’s printers in this class, you can also use roll paper; the attachment isn’t the sturdiest, but it works well when set up. It would be nice to have a built-in paper cutter, however.

The R2880 comes with print drivers for both Mac OS X and Windows (XP and Vista). In addition to the drivers is a background application that displays the printer’s ink levels every time you print, an ink-reminder utility (that can be disabled), and PrintCD, a program for creating DVD and CD labels. The drivers for Mac and PC are almost unchanged from those used by the R2400, although the R2880 does add 16-bit printing support under Mac OS X 10.5.

Print quality

At this level of the market, the thing that matters most is print quality, and frankly, the R2880 offers the best prints of any desktop inkjet printer we’ve used. The addition of the vivid magenta inks does appear to create a slightly wider gamut, but it also helps increase the quality of black-and-white output, especially in the shadows. No matter what the type of image, or the paper chosen, viewers consistently picked the R2880 output over the R2400, the R1900, HP’s B9180 and B8850, and Canon’s Pixma Pro9000 and 9500.

The R2880 did a great job regardless of the paper type. On glossy papers, prints exhibited minimal gloss differential (sometimes referred to as ‘bronzing’), and papers like Epson’s own Exhibition Fiber (Amazon link) or HP’s Professional Satin (Amazon) produced stunning, richly detailed prints, with vibrant colors. On matte-style papers, the R2880 did an excellent job of reproducing deep, rich blacks and a fairly broad tonal range. Nearly all of the fine-art papers we threw at the R2880 reproduced well, including Epson’s Ultrasmooth Fine Art (Amazon) Red River’s Aurora Natural and Moab’s Somerset Photo Satin. It’s also worth noting that none of the R2880 prints—on matte or glossy media—exhibited any signs of scuffing or ‘pizza’ tracks, which is important to anyone interested in selling their work.

For anyone interested in black and white printing, the R2880 is a stunner. On both matte and glossy media, the R2880’s output is drop-dead neutral, with the widest tonal range of any printer we’ve seen under $1,000. In fact, its black-and-white prints can rival printers more than twice its price. For example, when comparing R2880 prints with those made with the Stylus Pro 3800—our favorite overall printer in the under-$2,000 category—viewers couldn’t find noticeable differences in most color prints. But, with black-and-white prints, most observers felt that the R2880 did a slightly better job than the 3800. On some fine-art papers, like Hahnemuhle’s Photo Rag, the R2880 was able to hold detail much better than the 3800. Overall, this isn’t surprising; part of the reason Epson went to the vivid magenta inks was that it would help increase the tonal range in black-and-white printing (even when using Epson’s Advanced B&W printing mode, some color inks are used), and the R2880 is Epson’s first large-format inkjet to use the new inks.

All of this should come as no surprise; Epson has long focused on quality, and the company has spent untold sums in improving their printheads and screening algorithms, all in the quest to produce the highest-quality prints. We feel that it’s worth noting that the improvements we found in the R2880’s print quality won’t be noticed by many consumers: the R2400, R1900, Photosmart Pro B8850, B9180 and Pixma Pro9500 all produce very good prints on a variety of media types, especially if they’ve been profiled properly. However, if you’re looking for the best possible color and black-and-white prints in a sub-$1,000 device, then the R2880 is your printer.

Ink life

We’ve spent a lot of time this year dwelling on the topic of measuring ink cartridge life in an everyday setting (as have our friends at Red River Paper). One of the knocks on every vendor is the cost of ink, and while we really don’t want to fuel the ink-consipracy theorists, we think it is important for people to get a sense of what it will cost to print. Using a methodology similar to that of our initial testing (and that of Red River’s), we printed 200 8" by 10" pages of Bill Atkinson’s Profile Test image on the R2880, and, using the weight of full and empty ink cartridges, were able to come up with a measurement of the total ink used, and a cost per print (of ink only).

Stylus Photo R2880 ink yield measurements (200 pages)
Ink Color Equivalent Cartridges Used ml Cost ($)
Light Light Black 1.8 20.2 $24.38
Vivid Light Magenta 2.4 26.2 $31.64
Light Cyan 1.6 17.4 $21.05
Light Black 1.7 18.2 $21.95
Photo Black 3.0 33.2 $40.12
Cyan 0.7 7.5 $9.01
Magenta 0.8 8.8 $10.60
Yellow 1.6 17.1 $20.70
Totals 13.5 148.5 $179.46
per page $0.90
Estimate of ink used in printing 200 test pages at 8" by 10" output size in standard photo mode on an Epson Stylus Photo R2880. Ink usage calculations based on 11ml cartridge size and $13.29 price per cartridge.


Using this data, we can derive an ink cost per square inch, which lets us come up with an estimated cost per print size, as shown below:

R2880 ink cost per page size
Print Size Estimated Ink Cost
4×6 $0.27
5×7 $0.39
8×10 $0.90
11×14 $1.73
13×19 $2.77


While we’re still in the process of measuring a wide range of printers, we can say that the numbers for the R2880 are comparable to those of HP’s Photosmart Pro B8850 and other printers in this class. We want to be careful in setting expectations: the primary function of these tests is to give a comparable set of metrics across a broad range of printers from competing vendors, with a freely available test chart. Depending upon the type of photos you print, the number of copies and print quality levels, you might find that you’re using more or less ink than we are.


Looking at print speed, the R2880 is a very good performer, showing a modest improvement over the R2400, and leaving its primary rivals, HP’s B9180 and Canon’s Pixma Pro9500, in the dust. As we regularly note, speed is rarely at the top of our list for choosing a printer in this class, but it should be a consideration, especially if you believe print quality is relatively comparable across the different vendors’ units.

The first chart, shown below, displays the times (in seconds) for prints at the printers’ default photo modes. This is the setting most people will use, and one that produces very good results for snapshots and everyday use. As might be expected when looking at the newest member of the class, the R2880 is the speediest performer. (Click on the image to see a full-size PDF of the results.)


The second chart shows the print speeds at the highest resolution setting, the one that produces the most optimal prints, but which also uses up more ink. We rarely use this setting except for when we’re dealing with problematic images, ones with wide dynamic range, or when we want to create gallery-quality prints. Here, the R2880 continues to do well, although the gap is not as wide as it is at the lower quality setting. (Click on the image to see a full-size PDF of the results.)


The rough spots

For the most part, the R2880 really shines as a high-end, consumer-level photo inkjet, but there are a few things that prevent us from making the printer an unqualified, “must buy”:

With the exception of the ink-swapping issue, these really are minor problems that mar an otherwise excellent printer. We can—and do—live with them as small annoyances in our quest to produce the highest-quality prints. And, if you are like most photographers, you’ll gravitate to a few paper choices, all of which will be either matte or photo, and ink changes won’t be a concern. But if you want the widest flexibility in media choice, you’ll either have to choose an alternative printer, or put up with the lost ink used when switching (which we estimate at roughly $1.75 to $2 per ink change).


The Stylus Photo R2880 is a bit of a conundrum. The steps forward Epson has made in print quality and reducing clogs are hamstrung by the continued necessity to swap black inks. If Epson had eliminated the cartridge-swapping issue with this printer, it would be a nearly perfect product; as it is, it’s a remarkable printer with one significant drawback. In the end, if you’re looking for a printer in this class and price range, and print quality is your overarching concern, there is almost no reason not to go with the R2880. As much as we wish that Epson would improve some of the rough edges in their consumer-level printers, the R2880’s prints speak for themselves.

Epson Stylus Photo R2880

Rating: 4 (out of 5)
Price: $800
Epson’s R2880 product page


  • Excellent print quality, best of any printer under $1,000.
  • Outstanding black-and-white output with near-perfect neutrality.
  • Handles thick media via two manual-feed paths (including straight-through path.
  • Speedy.
  • Includes number of features designed to reduce clogging, including ink-repelling coating on printhead.
  • Can print on optical media.


  • Must still swap Photo and Matte Black cartridges when changing paper types.
  • Print driver doesn’t include mechanism to add third-party papers.
  • Epson doesn’t include driver preset or ICC profiles for Epson’s Exhibition Fiber Paper, despite pushing it as top-of-the-line media for R2880.
  • Small cartridge size, considering the B-size printing capabilities.


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Topics: Reviews | 78 Comments »

78 Responses to “The Printerville review: Epson’s Stylus Photo R2880”

  1. Alphonse Baron Says:
    March 20th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I’m looking to upgrade from an Epson 960 to either an Epson R1900 or the Epson R2880. I print my photographs mostly for myself as both a hobby and a passion and primarily in color. Is the 1900 just what I’m looking or should I also consider the 2880 or even the 3800? Decisions, decisions, decisions.

  2. David Says:
    April 14th, 2009 at 12:08 am


    Appreciate the great article.

    I was warned of a situation, by a knowledgeable salesperson, with the 2880 where the overflow tray becomes saturated (after approx. 200 A3 prints) and the printer no longer functions. At this point you get an on-screen error telling you the printer is out of warranty. Since the overflow tray is not user-accessible on the 2880 as it is on the 3800, the printer has to be sent to Epson for repair.

    Have you heard of anything like this?

    Thanks much

  3. Ralf Says:
    May 20th, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Hi Rick,

    Thanks for the review. Seeing the K3 ink only has a shelf life of 6 month after commencment of use, it would mean that one would have to turn over a least one complete set of all cartridges every 6 month. Having only 11ml cartridges this seems to be the one quality printer ideally suited for low occasional printing. Is there a recommendation what the minimum print quantity would be to keep the machiene “greased” so to not have problems?

  4. Jennifer Tate Says:
    May 29th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Wow – thanks for being one of the few sites I have found to produce such a thorough review. It really covers all of my questions and has definitely helped me to make my decision.

  5. Corey Says:
    June 2nd, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Hello Rick,

    Many thanks for the comprehensive review. I am looking at buying my first “serious” photo printer, and this has been a big help.

    One question though: I keep reading about some sort of “ink sponge” on some Epson printers that, when it gets full, causes smearing on prints. I presume this is to clean the heads or something, and on some Epson models it is not user-replaceable — so it turns your otherwise-good printer into a wheel chock when it fills up. Do you know if the R2880 (or the R1900 too, for that matter) has this issue? Thanks.

  6. Julie D Says:
    June 6th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I am completely confused. I do sport photography and outdoor photographs. I need a new printer and was comparing Epson R1900 and Canon Pixma Pro9500 MarkII. Now found the R2880 as an additional option. I can order the Epson on the “loyalty” option which reduces the price, or the Canon has a $200 dollar rebate. I want a printer with ink that has longevity, quality color and black and white, and able to print on different media. Help? I am an intermediate photographer.. more of a hobby than anything at this time.

  7. Joe M. Says:
    June 24th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I’m trying to decide between the R1900 and the R2880. I’m a serious photograher who is looking to make better prints. I do mostly color but am looking to do more black and white – the way we did it in the old days. At this time I don’t do a lot of printing but I am looking to increase that and hope to start selling some of my prints. Saying that I’m more of a photographer than a computer guru so I need something that’s easy to work with.

  8. Joe M. Says:
    June 24th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Follow up question – if I purchase the R2880 which seems to do outstanding Black & Whites can I skip buying a Black & White Plug in for Photo Shop?

  9. JoSal Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Rick, thanks for the great review. I think though, I get more from your individual advice ! So, I am just like everyone else torn between the 1900 vs 2880. It seems though, the way you answer most, is that if there is any other consideration for quality, just go for the 2880 because it can just do more and the hassle is worth it at the end because it IS a better printer both for now and for those who might consider more volume. Anyhow, for anyone finding this review between the month of August and September, your decision is a bit easier as there is a coupon for $150 off the 1900 and a whopping $200 off the 2880.

    Its made my decision easier.

  10. JoSal Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    oops, forgot to add…its on the Epson website and for purchase ONLY on the Epson website and basically no where else.

  11. john Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Calumet has the R2880 listed for $529.99 (with rebate)before tax and shipping I did not sign up to see what tax and shipping was.

  12. Rick LePage Says:
    August 30th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I’ve seen low prices on the R2880 here and there as well. Amazon has had the R2880 listed around the $625 mark, with free shipping, for a while.

  13. James Martin Says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    This is a great resource for information about inkjet printers. Thanks for the help. I’m still using an Epson Stylus Photo 750 from way back in 1998 and happy it still provides beautiful prints. Although I read reports like Rick’s and your’s to keep abreast of what is instore and in stores.

    The 750 is used to print beautiful flowers (on glossy) for framing, which I take at large landscape nurseries, for sale in season. Enhanced in Photoshop for sharpness and contrast.

    Never had the prints too dark issue. Maybe the user needs to use the Photoshop Levels’ tool to adjust the original image darker at -140% or lighter at +140%, in his case, if prints are too dark. Hope he’s using a digital camera.

    Off topic, but related: A new Kodak Z1015 IS superzoom digital has proven to be an excellent choice for flower photography. Who would have thought Kodak had anything more than a digital Brownie i.e. 1939. The Z1015 has put me back in business selling prints. (Retired in 2004 after 52 years advertising work.)


  14. Erin Says:
    September 12th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I am a graphic design student and I am debating buying the 2880 for printing long term. Short term though I need it to print out my portfolio, I keep going back and forth about the ink usage and which printer would be best specifically for my purposes. I am very open to suggestions. I’ve gone back and forth between the 1900, 2880 and even the 3800. Thanks!

  15. Adam Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Hi im studying photography at university and really think that the Epson R2880 is my next purchase, but have been looking at the canon Pro9500 markII and wondered if you had played around with this or know which one comes out on top in the Picture quality department.


  16. Bob Wall Says:
    October 21st, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Help me out: If you have gotten a profile from, say Ilford, why would “you have to remember which comparable Epson paper type was used to profile the paper (whether you did it, or you’re using the paper manufacturer’s profiles”?

  17. Doug Wigton Says:
    November 11th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I just purchased the 2880, and my initial impression is in line with your review. I used a 2200 for 5 years, but this printer is just head and shoulders better. The best I have ever seen. However….not only is the small size of the ink cartridges a pain, but the switching of black cartridges is HUGE. Unfortunately, Epson has set up the firmware so that if you pull out a Photo Black cartridge and put in the matte cartridge, then you try to switch back to the Photo Black cartridge, and the Photo Black has a little less than 1/3 capacity left, the printer will not recognize the cartridge! The only fix is to have a completley full cartridge sitting around to “fool” the printer, then put the partially full cartridge back in! What a bummer! I have ordered the Lyson CIS as the Lyson inks are very high quality, and appear from test prints to be so close to the K3 set as to be identical. I’ll come back on when I have the CIS installed and I have printed a large enough quantity of prints to be able to say something about quality and reliability. By the way, the Lyson CIS has a 9 channel version, but you still have to switch the reservoir over and purge the black channel.

  18. josh Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    i am a rookie to the printing world, i have been pressing up cd’s for myself and other independant artists and found that every penny i spend is a dollar lost per every hundred copies i press, i am looking for a printer that can do covers for cd’s, cd printing, posters, business cards, etc. but have no idea what printer is economical, and what material is suitable for each project, as this would boost my business and profit, looking at $500

  19. Samual Bentley Says:
    February 21st, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Careful with the Epson Website icc profiles. I downloaded set for Epson Matte papers. Immediatly started causing problems with the printer. Also: Bugs showed up in Elements 8. Had to remove Elements 8, remove icc profiles and do serious virus scan on computer. Look out for a small black window that shows up and reads “Who am I”. Danger danger. Epson needs to get control of this crap.

  20. Greg Says:
    February 23rd, 2010 at 10:47 am

    So I am faced with a conundrum; repair or replace. I am using an Epson 2200 and it meets my needs perfectly. The print quality and gamut is okay for me. However, it stopped printing a couple weeks ago. No color except a bit of faint cyan on the head alignment pattern. Yes, I have tried just about everything to clean the heads and no luck. A local service shop can send it to Epson for refurb for about $275 incl. shipping both ways. And I have about $150 worth of ink for the printer. A new R2880 will cost me $600, plus another couple hundred for ink and I don;t see that is is going to improve my life. What I am trying to find out is the size of the ink cartridges of the 2200 versus the R2880. The latter are $2 each more and have one extra color so the cost of use looks like it will be a lot higher…unless the 2880 carts are bigger. Epson avoids mentioning capacity anywhere on the 2200 cartridge.

  21. Cees van Duin Says:
    April 12th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    When printing a color photo with my Stylus Photo R2880 on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper, bronzing occurs. I select the usual settings: Photoshop manages color and the corresponding ICC profile I downloaded from Epson’s website. In the printer driver I select Epson Premium Glossy and high speed is switched off. What can I do to reduce the bronzing problem? Many thanks in advance for suggestions.

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  23. Julie Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    We are opening a new office and need to purchase a replacement inkjet photo printer. Our business is that of selling high-end antiques and custom furniture. Our merchandise is expensive, and as we receive a number of long distance inquiries, we send photographs to prospects that we want to be excellent in quality, accurate in color and extremely impressive. We print on average around 50-60 photos per month. They are always full color 8.5 x 11 images from high-resolution originals, and we print on Kirkland brand glossy photo paper. We never print matte finish or in black and white. Is the R2880 the best choice for us, or would the R1900 give us nearly identical results? Or – are there any suggestions among HP or Canon options that might suit or purposes even better?

  24. Susan Says:
    July 25th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I have a new 27″ iMac, an Epson Stylus Photo 1400 and Adobe Design Suite CS5. Before I bought the Mac I had a PC and although the printer worked great it now prints everything too dark. I have spoken to Apple, Adobe and Epson and calibrated the monitor and downloaded the new driver and nothing seems to work. I am a graphic designer and photographer and need to have my work print as close as possible to what I am seeing on the screen. Would purchasing a R2880 be a solution? Do you have any other suggestions?

  25. Dave Patterson Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I need to purchase a 13 x 19″ (A3) size inkjet printer for proofing graphic design work and image retouching. Most of my work is for traditional print media (CMYK), and color accuracy, matching press conditions and paper stock is more important than wide gamut colors and glossy photographic prints. The bright inkjet papers and vibrant inks are great for photography, but don’t represent how images will print on a traditional press.

    While researching the Epson 1900 and 2880 printers, I read that the 1900 is more suitable for glossy prints and has trouble with black & white prints. Will the 2880 be more suitable for proofing graphic design layouts and images that will eventually print in CMYK on a traditional press?

    As a design layout may contain a mix of color photos, vector (.eps) artwork, CMYK and Pantone colors, black text, duotones, and grayscale (B&W images), I hope to find a printer that can do a reasonable job proofing these.

    I work on a Mac (Snow Leopard OS X 10.6.4) with Adobe CS4 applications (Photoshop, InDesign & Illustrator), and need to print from all these apps. I’ve read there are print issues with Snow Leopard and the CS4 and CS5 apps. As inkjet printers don’t include PostScript processing, I will probably have to find a PDF format to handle PostScript chores.

    My print use varies from project to project, but at this time I don’t think I can justify the cost of the Epson 3880. That said, a continuous ink system down the road may be worth while.

    Any advice & suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  26. Rick LePage Says:
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I realize that the cost of a 3880 is higher than the 2880, but if you’re really going to be proofing on it with any degree of volume, by the time you’re first replacing ink on the 3800, you would already have bought enough 2880 ink to justify the 3880 purchase.

    If your volume really isn’t that high, the 2880 is a good deal; I haven’t used any of the RIPs for the 1900, so I can’t say one way or another how close you’ll come color-wise with that printer.

  27. Ross Whitney Says:
    February 6th, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Is it possible, with the 2880, to change the ink pads when they are saturated and to reset the printer so that it knows they have been replaced? Thanks.

  28. martin Says:
    March 25th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    looking to buy a printer for mostly B/W photography, is the 2880 the one to get, any of the competition better in the B/W department. thank you very much for any help!