Summary: I got a great deal on this printer about a year ago (new from an office supply store). The first twenty or so prints were not bad, not nearly as good as the ones from my HP B9160, but not nearly as expensive or cumbersome to print either. Unfortunately, I was reminded why I don't buy Epson. The print heads clog really quickly and then you get banding on your prints. It happened to me before on another Epson. I chalked it up to being that printer but apparently it wasn't.
Summary: I've owned this printer for a couple of years and recently bought a 2nd one. I do a lot of graphics and I'm real impressed with the quality of this printer from postcards to large format sheets of 13 x 19. This printer has excellent color and detail, and I am very happy with the printer's performance. Not the fastest printer on the block, but I can live with that given its exceptional print quality.
Summary: This is not a great printer. I bought thhis because it was a replacement to the 2200, which is like old faithful to me. This printer did not put down enough color when printing, it looked dull and boring, and the colors were completely wrong. Now some of you might be saying that my computer is not displaying colors correctly. I fired up old faithful and printed out the same picture with the same settings. It looked miles better!
Summary: I bought this printer for graphic design school. At first (meaning, within the very limited 1 year warranty) everything worked great. Then, my black ink began banding. No problem - you would think the built-in nozzle cleaning and checking might resolve the problem. Alas, this did not work. Epson online support was not helpful whatsoever. They basically say (in a nutshell) "do nozzle cleaning and if that doesn't work you need to get it serviced. And..
Summary: I had high hope for this printer but turns out no amount of head cleaning and realignment can resolve the horizontal banding which gets worse toward both ends of every photo paper. I looked up the service manual which states it is a known problem and the top 1.58in and the bottom 1.7in of any page is affected. Such design should never enter production. Totally unacceptable for photo printing.
Summary: Knowing nothing about printers except the small cheap kind everyone gets when they first go digital, I was fortunate to buy this one when I started doing a bit of photography and figured I wanted my work to "jump" off the page. I do lots of photo editing as well and I print from different programs, i.e. Adobe Lightroom (the BEST!) and Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, FX Home, etc.
Summary: Great image printer for a 6 color machine. 1.5 picoliter droplets insures that you will get great gradations. I have two of these. One for Color imaging and the other converted to an all black image printer utilizing 5 black ink in three shades and one cool tone and warm tone black. The 6 position uses a gloss optimizer for gloss and luster papers. This is a wonderfull printer that is easily converted to 3rd party refillable and CISS.
Summary: I've been buying epson printers for ages. I always use the real epson ink cartridges. My small all-in-one printer has been plugging along for years. So, with that context, onto my experiences with the wide format printer. The first one of these I bought started having problems after a few months, mostly with dragging black ink, and also with stray ink drops. Cleaning the print heads would help for awhile, then it would start again.
Good printer if calibrated with a custom icc profile
Gary Ratcliffe, Amazon
6 May 2011
Summary: I've had this printer for almost two years and have wasted a ton of ink and paper producing substandard prints. I bought a monitor calibration device, thinking perhaps that was the problem. The prints still were too dark and the colors were off. I downloaded icc profiles for the printer. Things only improved slightly. I was about to give up on it, but then decided to buy a Datacolor Spyder3Print to calibrate the printer.