Conclusion: The Stylus Pro 3880 stretches the definition of “prosumer.” Not so much in price, but in capability. For the most part, the only features that separate the 3880 from professional graphics printers in the $2,000 plus range are the 17-inch wide media width limit (more expensive professional printers usually have at least a 24-inch media width capability), and the lack of a roll-paper support.
Pros: Prints up to 17 x 22, Wide color gamut, superior monochrome, Excellent output quality, Can use a wide variety of specialty paper
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.
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
Summary: An A2 desktop printer for photo enthusiasts and professional photographers who want to create long-lasting, exhibition-quality prints.Epson's Stylus Pro 3880 was announced early in September as a replacement for the three-year-old Stylus Pro 3800 large format desktop printer (reviewed in December 2006).
Pros: You're looking for high-quality, long-lasting prints for display or exhibition., You want high-capacity ink cartridges., You want to produce monochrome prints that are free of colour casts and metamerism.
Cons: You want fast printing speeds or require high-volume production performance., You'd like to be able to print panoramas or banners longer than 950 mm. (This printer lacks facilities for roll paper printing.), You require ICC profile support for the full range of Epson's ‘fine art' papers.
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.