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EPSON Stylus Photo R2880 Review

Thomas Berg (twberg)

Keywords: epson, stylus, photo, r2880, printer, paper, non_nikon

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1. Introduction
2. The hardware arrives
2.1. Contents of box and selection of paper media
2.2. Hardware preparation and installation
2.3. Printer driver basic set-up
2.4. Starting up the printer and initial test prints
3. EPSON software
3.1. Printer driver options
3.1.1. Important remark for users of Windows XP:
3.2. Print Plug-In accessory software
3.3. Other EPSON software
4. The printer at work
4.1. Interface with Photoshop CS4
4.1.1. Excursion: align image colours with printable gamut
4.2. Interface with Photoshop Elements
4.3. Interface with Nikon Capture NX2
4.4. Interface with Nikon ViewNX
4.5. Interface with Fujifilm Hyper-Utility Software HS-V3
4.6. Feeding paper media
4.7. Printer Noise and storing prints
5. Print quality
5.1. Available EPSON paper media
5.2. Media handling
5.2.1. before the print
5.2.2. after the print
5.3. Glossy vs. Matte and the exchange of inks
5.4. What kind of test images were used
5.5. Tonal richness and smoothness B&W
5.6. Colour richness and colour transitions
5.7. Comments on selected papers
5.7.1. Premium Glossy Photo Paper
5.7.2. Premium Luster Photo Paper,
5.7.3. Archival Matte Pape
5.7.4. Premium Semi Gloss Photo Paper
5.7.5. Traditional Photo Paper
5.7.6. Water Colour Paper Radiant White
5.7.7. Enhanced Matte Paper
5.7.8. Ultra Smooth Fine Art Paper
5.7.9. Velvet Fine Art Paper
6. My conclusions
6.1. Subjective print quality impressions in relation to expectations
6.1.1. Undeniable Gloss Differential
6.1.2. Undeniable precision in resolving power
6.1.3. Undeniable advantage in Black&White printing
6.1.4. Bronzing (or the lack of, to be precise)
6.1.5. Colour Inconstancy – what a phrase!
6.2. Consumption of paper and ink
6.3. Would I buy one?
7. Famous and infamous last words
(1 Vote )
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Originally written on November 25, 2009

Last updated on April 24, 2016

Thomas Berg Thomas Berg (twberg)

Porz, Germany
Basic, 1 post


User on May 10, 2017

I had one of these and got fed up with continually replacing ink cartridges both as emptying too fast or the printer not recognising the tank as a genuine tank for which it was. A $1000 printer was there junked prematurely. Would I recommend this printer - hell no, nor would I now recommend any Epson. Went out and purchased a Canon Pixma Pro 10 - wanted the wireless facility not in Pro 1

Zita Kemeny (zkemeny) on April 20, 2011

I use also an Epson printer but an older one and works perfect. Epson is for me the best manufacturer for printers.

Robert S Baldassano (robsb) on January 18, 2010

Fellow Ribbon awarded for his expertise in CNX2 and his always amicable and continuous efforts to help members Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Donor Ribbon awarded for his enthusiastic and repeated support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017

Thomas this was a very informative review. Thanks for the outstanding effort.

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on January 18, 2010

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

Excellent review Thomas! Now I really believe that this printer is capable of the work I wanted to push through it :-)

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