Summary: The first couple of images I printed were exceptionally good. After that, alas I got a portion of an image on a 16X20 paper. I tried this several times, triple checking the paper size selected. I ruined lots of paper and now have nothing left and nothing to show for it. I had to take one of the first non final prints I made to the art show as the entry deadline came up yesterday.
Summary: I just bought the 3880 to replace a 4900 that lasted about 2.5 years-very disappointing. The cyan inkjet was plugged, and that meant I would have have had to replace the entire print head which would have cost more than buying a new 4900 printer. I have no idea what the anticipated life of these printers is, but I expected better.
Summary: I've had this printer for about six months and have had quite a few problems with it. Right out of the box, it gave me an error message which told me to take it to a repair shop - of which none are anywhere nearby. Turning it on and off a few times seemed to clear things up and it printed fabulously with no problems.
Summary: I have had a 3880 for about 2 years. It produces very good quality prints. However, for its price point, I would have expected much better paper handling. The main feed slot is relatively easy to use, but the rear feed is VERY poor: this is the only slot you can use for A4 and A2. It takes much tricky handling of paper to get it to be taken up.
Summary: I have been able to get some very very lovely prints out of this machine. I SWORE I would never own another Epson, but this size format is so hard to find. This is not what I would consider a "beginners" printer. Color correction takes patience and is vital to get all you can out of the printer and the high quality paper you should use. GREAT for printing high end photos and art, but just know there more of a learning curve than the average home digital printer.
Summary: I affirm all the raves about print quality given in other reviews, when it works. I've had years of experience with both the 2200 and the R2880 with little problem, and am pleased with the improved print quality from the 3880.
Summary: I got Stylus Pro 3880 #1 about 3 weeks ago. After reading 50+ glowing reviews about the phenomenal quality of 16x20 black and white prints on Epson Exhibition Fiber paper, I decided to upgrade from my trusty Stylus Photo 2200. 3880 #1 was the best but had a couple of uneven printouts and several with microscopic white dots. The white dot problem was the paper which has to be carefully cleaned of dust.
Excerpt: This is an excellent printer when it prints. Unfortunately, even after reinstalling the latest printer driver on my Mac pro tower running PS 5.5 under Snow Leopard, it keeps hanging up. I had the 3800 before this, and loved it. As I said, when it is working, it produces beautiful rich prints. I wish the printer driver worked better. I often need to produce proofs under tight deadlines, and it is a pain when the printer refuses to print.