Summary: Hey, when it works it works well, but if you buy this printer you'd better dedicate it to one type of black ink (matte or photo). As others have said, making the printer recognize that you've changed the type of black ink is very, very frustrating and wastes ink. For some reason, it will cease to acknowledge that there IS ink in black ink in the cartridge you've just swapped back into the ink caddy - resulting in massive waste of time and materials.
Summary: Infortunately, I have had lots of problems with this printer. Paper jams, double images, and, considering how many ink cartriges one needs, the inks are rather expensive and can only be ordered through Epson. When it does work well, the prints are giclee quality ... but one never knows when and if it will work properly.
Summary: I've had this thing for a year and a half now, and it is so frustrating that I have used every cuss word in my dictionary, and am starting to make up new ones! The interface with Photoshop is lousy. You'd think that if I made an 8x12 print (which isn't even one of their options, so I have to type it in the custom size box), that the second time I go to print the same photo it would give me that size. But no, I have to jump thru hoops and start all over.
Summary: Very dissapointed with this printer. Difficult to use when you have to change ink cartridge to print on less than photo paper. Have to change empty ink cartridges one at a time and go through the charging process for each one separately. The out put is not as good as my old Stylus Photo 1400. I will replace this printer as soon as I can.
Summary: I have suffered with this machine for far too long. It is incredibly finicky when used with inDesign, produces misleading error messages and takes ages to settle down after changing a cartridge. Generally I dread a print session with it.
Summary: Visually the printer is of middle quality corresponding to its middle price -- not the level of Epson's profession printers. The roll paper is an advantage for the price and functions more or less ok. As per generally functionality, it is reasonable when new, but if you do not use it regularly, it can be a really drag trying to get it functioning again -- not an uncommon problem with color printers but I find one that can be particularly problematic with Epsons.
Summary: my first prints seem to be of higher quality, though, like most of the poor reviews posted here, i'm having the same issues regarding the printer/computer recognizing the switch from photo black and matte black. i've went through nearly half of each color cartrige trying to figure out this (which should be) a simple cartridge swap procedure. nonetheless, i'm not all that inspired at this point due to the costs that i future foresee in the ink costs.
Summary: I've had my R2880 for a year or so (Amazon doesn't remember when it sold it to me, so I guess it was a while back.) I was marveling over the appearance of an 11 x 14 as it emerged from the printer. Started the next print and 3/4 the way through the printer stopped. That part of the print I can see looks great, but what happened? Oh, there's a clue; the ink light is now on! I wish the printer had warned me that I was running low BEFORE it started.
Summary: This printer does print some very nice photos but I am not at all impressed with all of the other maneuvers you have to go through to get it to print when you have to change from photo black to matte black ink. When you change from photo black ink to matte ink or vice-versa it doesn't always recognize the cartridge change half of the time. You have to keep restarting the printer or removing and reinstalling the cartridge.