Great printer. DO NOT 'upgrade' to the artisan 50 from this printer
g. johnston "g. johnston", Amazon
11 April 2014
Summary: Epson will tell you that the Artisan 50 is a newer version of the R280. It is simply a crappier version. In fact, 'crappier' does not begin to explain how horrible the Artisan 50 is. The R280 is a wonderful printer, stick with this model. My R280 died, I went with the 'newer' model, and have been horribly disappointed. When I can afford it, I will switch back to the R280. A reliable printer that actually prints the colors and contrast you ask it to.
Summary: Although the item was advertised and listed as new, it is/was not new. The outside showed fairly extreme signs of use and the installed ink cartridges were almost completely expended - i.e., less than 10 percent remaining. No way to tell if these were the originally-installed cartridges. Not all the parts were provided with the item. The CD/DVD tray is missing.
Summary: PIECE OF JUNK. It uses six ink cartridges and if you are running low of a color like cyan it will not print black and white. I am in a jam and just trying to print a simple document and Epson will not let me print unless I buy a new Cyan cartridge.
Summary: This printer is a god. If you need high quality color prints on a WHOLE MESS of mediums (PVC card, CD, etc) this is the printer for you. If using for creating personal ID badges, the pigment ink adheres to special inkjet PVC cards and makes them virtually waterproof. Even buying it used, the printer has still never failed me thus far.
Summary: I have used Epson for many years, usually reliable. I bought this printer from Amazon but through a third party. I did not know this was a discontinued item. Six months later product failed and no one will honor warranty. I am stuck buying a new printer.
Summary: I've read a lot of negative reviews on this product and don't understand why. I bought the Epson R280 from Amazon on September 2010 and its still working great. People need to understand that printers do different things and as such this one is great for printing on DVD's & CD's. I've also used it to make I.D. badges for employees. With the CISS attached I didn't have to refill any ink for a year and a half. So that means it only cost $35 in ink. Now that's a great deal.
Summary: I don't have one single reason to recommend this printer. Came free with a camera. Wasn't worth the price. The photo quality is 4/10. Better than nothing, but for the cost of the ink you could just order photos from you photo software "order prints". Who wants low quality photos? The printer doesn't accept 8 x11 paper. Why in the world? Text printing is mediocre - if for some odd reason you need to print on smaller than 8 x 11 paper, which is the only size it takes.
Summary: I write reviews on the biggest curve, if I give a bad review, its because its REALLY bad - usually I just keep my mouth shut. This printer is awful. I have to do a nozzle cleaning every time I print. I've wasted so many printable dvds over printing, seeing lines or weird coloration, I'll clean the nozzle which wastes a ton of ink and then I'll print with no lines but really, no saturation or contrast.... the printer is awful even when it's doing a good job.
Summary: I got this printer for free with a computer purchase, which seemed like a good deal, especially since my old one was rendered obsolete by the newer OS. Now I understand why they were giving these things away. DO NOT BUY THIS PRINTER!! Fair warning: this machine eats ink like crazy and there is no option to print with other colors (no matter how full), there is no warning before the printer simply shuts down, and the ink itself is some of the most expensive I've seen.