Summary: About a year after I bought it, my C80 printer started to have problem. Every time I turned it on, its power LED started flashing and ink LED was always on. I couldn't print anything. Ink cartidge was still full. I even tried print check described in its manual and that didn't work. I contacted Epson support and they couldn't figure out either. It's now sitting in my closet.
Michael Marco "friendly neighborhood tech guru", Amazon
21 January 2005
Summary: I bought this printer my last year of college based on a number of excellent reviews both online and from reputable publications. When I first got it, I loved it. Fast printing, great quality printouts, and the price was right for a broke student. Though it went through ink quicker than I would have liked, I was pretty conservative with its use and only had to swap black cartridges once in the span of a year.
Summary: I hate to say this about an Epson product, but this printer sucks. I bought three of these: one at home and two at work. The first clog was after one week, and between the three they all had major clogs within two weeks. It cost a lot to run their cleaning cycles. I bought third party ink at about 1/3 the cost, and these cartridges actually worked better! Within three months all three printers were useless.
Summary: I bought this printer on the strength of its reviews. My goodness, Epson must have photos of the editor's of PC magazines in compromising positions. Clogged nozzles, degrading print quality, hours debugging XP drivers. I'm not a big review junkie, but registered with Amazon for the explicit purpose of warning you away from this printer. It's too late for me ... but save yourselves...
Summary: Hands down, the worst printer I've had. Sure, when it works great, it's wonderful. Nice clear printing, fast, blah blah blah. My Epson c80 has been the most problem-filled printer I've ever owned. Goes through ink way too fast, smears pages, has required frequent cleaning with a toothbrush and rubbing alcohol just so there aren't horizontal lines through my prints, plus it broke right after the warranty expired.
Summary: Not only does this printer run through ink *way* too fast, it dies right around the time your warranty expires. My first one just stopped printing (well, it went through the motions, but produced a blank sheet of paper) just under a year after I bought it. Epson was familiar with the problem and walked me through all the possible fixes. They finally sent me a replacement, which died in just a few months -- but past the end of my warranty, of course.
Summary: I write this as a graphic artist who has worked in the print industry for 5 years. I'm not just an at home freelancer. This never produced "photo quality" pictures. It was okay for printing text but it is not for a true graphic artist of photographer. My first serious problems started exactly one week after the one year warranty expired. Banding problems, ink pools on glossy paper, constantly have to realign and clean print heads.
Summary: I have always been an Epson fanatic until trying the C80. What a poor quality printer. Epson advertises that the printer runs their new ink system with Dura-Brite Inks. I asked Epson tech support if they misnamed the inks, they should be called Dura-Dull Inks. What a dissapointment to see how lifeless and dull photos print on this printer. Photos lack detail and brilliance. My two year old Epson 740 prints with better quality at 720 dpi.
Summary: It is with confident expectation that I save others the unnecessary aggravation caused by owning an Epson Stylus C80 printer. This is by far, one of the worst purchases ever made. First, value is an issue. Initially, the advertisements and reviews sang the praises of the Epson Stylus C80. It was prematurely branded as an exceptional printer with great value.