Summary: After doing considerable research on selecting a printer for my fine art reproductions, I decided to get the 3880. Initially thinking the 13" format would be enough, I liked the idea of larger prints and more versatility. Using my DSLR to take RAW images I am making wonderful prints on fine art matte paper that I mount, matte, and place in clearbags or frame. I have sold numerous pieces. No troubles feeding paper or with color adjustments.
Summary: This is my second 3880. The previous one started leaking black ink after using it for 3 years and 5 months without any problems. A crack developed in the print head and would cost close to the price of a new one to repair (Epson Authorized Repair Center). That being said, I did not hesitate to replace with another 3880. This is a quality printer that delivers excellent Color and Black & White prints. The set-up and operation of the printer is easy.
Excerpt: Strictly a serious hobbyist, and it's MUCH more printer than I need. BUT, I love it! Was packed well, delivered very promptly and set up easily. Made great prints right out of the box. I've only made perhaps 25-30 prints (most were 13X19). All were great, with no miss-feeds. I like the variety of paper this printer will use, but in no way have utilized it's full capabilities.
Pros: Compact Design, Durable construction, Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Fast Print Time, Low Ink Consumption
Excerpt: My thrid Epson printer. Started with the 2800, graduated to the 7900, now back to the 3880. Best ink on the market. Easy set up, even on a network. Best thing is they give you full ink cartridges verses the starter set with the 7900, another $1,500.00 in ink. My first print won first place in our club semi annual exibition.
Summary: I have had 2 epson desk top printers. All have worked well. When I retired I decided to do out door photo work and sell same. At first I used Cosco. I read the reviews on the 3880 and bought one. It runs like a dream. I do a lot of printing on Canvas. My computer with Lightroom and Elements and Topaz on it are all in agreement with the 3880 as far as color and light is concerned. I have been printing for about a year, The 3880 is solid as a brick.
Summary: For me, Epson printers are the industry standard and the only ones I would consider as they are made well, are reliable with few problems, and the inks are excellent. I am extremely happy with my new 3880! I calibrated my iMac monitor to this printer (and 2 papers) using x.rite'e i1 Display Pro and used software called BasICColor. I don't really have to do test prints anymore as they come out perfect.
Excerpt: Most would argue that this printer is really for serious professionals, perhaps. Just the same, I chose this printer because the pros sweaqr by it. The quality of the prints are phenomenal. I do some work here and there but not nearly enough to warrant this level of printer. However I have noooo buyer's remorse.
Pros: Compact Design, Durable construction, Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Reliable