Summary: It makes fine prints but BEWARE of planned obsolescence. There is a counter that will STOP printing even if the waste pad is not filled. You can replace for About $150. New models ALWAYS require different ink leaving you with a drawer full of expensive but unusable inks. I like the printer in many ways but I am SO done with them! Can be very finicky about pulling paper through. I only insert ONE at a time--you have to babysit it.
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 am one who switched from Canon photo printers to the Epson Pro 3880, after I had used my Canon i9900 for many, many years. I struggled with the decision and went with the Epson because pretty much all of the serious photographers I know use this printer. The printer works great and makes beautiful prints ... BUT ... the switching between Matt black and Photo black inks is verrry annoying.
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.
Summary: The other mfrs seem to have abandoned the 17" wide market to Epson. My older Epson 3800 "version 1" (from Amazon)has just had its last breakage. It puts a physical line down every wide page at about the 10" mark. I guess a roller or guide has broken. While it is a few years old, it is still fairly low mileage. And that's my biggest complaint. This is not a production printer.
Summary: I've hardly used this printer and I can't figure out why my inks look so bad when I print color photos. I had to let it sit for several months but I did take the inks out of the machine and stored them in a sealed plastic bag. I've just spent six hours trying different settings with Photoshop CS-3 and Windows 7.0. I've let Photoshop manage the colors and I've let the printer manage the colors. It makes no difference. My prints are muddy.