Summary: The 3880 has been on the market for several years, but praise for the printer -- mostly from professionals, who seem to be the primary buyers -- keeps rolling in. One Amazon.com user says in a lengthy review, "After one year of printing fairly regularly, I have to say that I am still very pleased." Another notes that the nozzle requires no cleaning, even if the printer is turned off for weeks.
Pros: Exceptional photo print quality, Prints up to 17 inches by 22 inches, Compact
Cons: Wastes ink when switching from glossy to matte, Finicky paper feed
Excerpt: Epson’s 17” Stylus Pro 3800 has been one of the most popular printers in its size for the past three years. With a good combination of price and size, this C-sized printer has filled the needs of photographers looking for the ability to print 17x22” on a variety of media without the bulk or expense of a large format printer.
Excerpt: Most A2+ printers are enormous things you need plenty of office space for, but not the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 . Designed to sit on your desk – although it’ll have to be a pretty big one – and with a simple top-controlled panel and stylish matt black casing, this machine is more like a regular inkjet on steroids appealing to design studios, pro photographers and illustrators alike.
Pros: Produces great-looking prints; compact and quiet; automatically switches between blacks.
Cons: No paper roll option; software installer needs updating.
Excerpt: Designed to sit on your desk (although it'll have to be a pretty big desk), the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is more like a regular inkjet on steroids. Something that makes it useful for all kinds of users – from design studios to professional photographers and even keen amateur snappers who love to show off their prints.
Summary: There aren't a lot of other A2 printers around at this kind of size which makes comparing it to rival units pretty tricky. Canon have the image PROGRAF iPF5100 at around £1649 but is a large format printer with it's own stand, not the desktop type.
Pros: Small footprint for a large format printer, Wonderful quality images, Economical inks, Good colour reproduction
Excerpt: When you have the most popular C Size (17") printer on the market, it might not seem that there's a good reason to update it. For the past three years, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 has held this status. With a good combination of price and size, this C sized printer has filled the needs of photographers looking for the ability to print 17x22 on a variety of media without the bulk or expense of a large format printer.