Summary: THE DESCRIPTION WAS COMPLETELY FALSE . IT WORKS FOR NOW BUT I CANT IMAGINE THAT WILL LAST LONG . BUTTONS BROKE ; APPEARANCE BAD ; & FUNCTIONAILTY IS LIMITED. MY ADVISE IS ONLY BUY NEW ITEMS FROM SOMEONE ELSE .
Summary: The printer works fine. But the color isn't right. When I print pictures of people with blue eyes, the blue is a muddy grey color. I am disappointed since the whole point of the printer is to print photos. Update: 10/25/2010 - I'm still using this printer and it still works. I gave up on using it to print photos because of the color problem, but it works well as a normal printer and copier.
Summary: This printer did work well once for photos. As soon as the ink ran out (which was after only a few prints) I replaced it an it never worked well again. I've run many "tests" where the thing prints the bars to see if the head needs replacing, and after printing 6 of them and cleaning the heads 6 times, I'm all out of yellow ink! The thing wont let you print anything if you are out of any one of the 6 or so inks, even if you don't need that color.
Summary: The Epson line of printers that allow you to print on CDs and DVDs have always had a problem with ejecting the disc tray. Some improvements were made between the original R200 and the R260. The R380 seems to have taken a step backwards in reliability of operation. If you print a lot of discs, go with the 60 series.
Summary: In my usage of this printer, I believe Epson is making a killing on ink sales. I only print on DVDs and only print black and just a few lines of text at that, yet the other colors also show the same decreased print level. I don't believe there is any actual sensor that detects the amount of ink in the cartridges. It is a counter so whether you use the color or not, each print counts against the cartridge.
Summary: I bought this Epson R380 printer to print DVD labels, something it never managed to do completely, which is why I returned it. Epson seems to put all its technology into preventing Epson owners from using generic inks. Not only did this printer not print DVD labels, it was unable to print without problems JPEG images I had with over 20 MBs of data. To get it to do anything took time, the printer is in slow speed most of the time.
Summary: fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. so with out sugar coating it. over the past 6 years i have been using epson printers for my home based printing needs, i am not a professional however i am a broadcast and recording engineer with an a+ computer certification so i do know my way around computers and their peripherals better than most. the R300 is the third epson i have had die on me after 18 months of LIGHT operation.
Summary: I received the printer (as a great gift) on January 16th, I set it up and it wouldn't print - the ink cartridge holder seemed stuck in place. I called Epson who shipped me out a replacement with no charge or delay. I used that printer for two weeks and it quit. Same problem with the ink cartridge holder. Once again Epson customer service shipped me a new replacement printer. It worked for another two weeks and quit on me yesterday (same problem).