Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is a Sleek, compact, superior, wide-format prints printer features UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology provides more dramatic blues and violets for an impressive color gamut, AccuPhoto HD2 technology provides outstanding image quality, Advanced MicroPiezo print head with AMC to deliver incredible detail, High Performance Engine Speeds, Borderless printing on the following cut-sheet sizes: 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, 11″ x 14″, 16″ x 20″, 17″ x 22″ high speed USB 2.0 and one 10/100 BaseT Ethernet. The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 measures 27″x 15″ x 10″ (W x D x H) and weighs 43.2 lb.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Reviews

Photoshopcafe reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and writes;
“The thing that struck me was the quality of the prints, they are smooth and gorgeous, even tones and detailed, especially in the black and white prints. The printer has the smallest footprint of a 22×17 printer. “
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“Generally, paper handling is very good, but the flimsy front paper catcher could be better. The rear sheet feeder will hold media sizes from 6×4 through to A2, multiple sheets can be loaded, but I suspect that most users will use this printer for single sheets. There is a front straight path media tray, this supports media up to 1.5mm thick.”
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Ephotozine reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and writes;
“Skin tones are realistic and portraits are rendered true to life of the originals in the default Relative colorimetric setting. I love the amount of detail that the printer records, even on fine detail prints, the Epson has coped really well. When changing how the colours are handled, I found bold colours such as red, green, blue and yellow punch out of the paper when allowing the printer to handle colours. The prints that I got from the Pro3880 are excellent and worthy of putting in a portfolio or to exhibit with the quality it’s produced.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Pdngearguide reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and writes;
“with being the best in its class, new features on the 3880 including its AccuPhoto HD2 Image Technology which noticeably improved print quality, make this model among the finest printers Epson has ever produced. And that’s saying something.”
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NorthLight-Images reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and writes;
“An excellent, solidly performing printer for people wanting to produce relatively modest volumes of larger prints. Excellent colour and B/W performance coupled with larger ink cartridges mean that I’d suggest people looking at a R2880 seriously consider the step up to the 3880 – particularly if you want to print on a wider range of papers.”
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PhotographyBlog reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and writes;
“The new screening technology, AccuPhoto HD2, is very impressive. The results from the 3880 are among the best I’ve seen, surpassed only by Epson’s 7900 and 9900 large format printers. Epson’s Advanced Black & White mode output (Figure 8) is excellent. The driver gives you the ability to customize the output while generating a neutral print that minimizes the amount of color inks used during printing, virtually eliminating color shift, or metamerism, when viewing under different light sources.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Epson Stylus Pro 3880 User Reviews

A product line that has truly improved and matured, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The quality of the prints are really quite amazing. For the first time in my life, I looked at a couple of prints that I made in the “Advanced B&W” mode and had to admit that they were as good as anything that I could have produced in the darkroom. The Epson Exhibition Fiber paper (F surface) has a look and feel very similar to the Ilford FB (fiber based) Glossy paper that I used to print on. The color prints are also stunning. Although the Ilfochrome prints I used to make had a level of color depth and saturation that was hard to beat, these SP 3880 prints are at least 98% as good with 20% of the effort and 100% better control (via Photoshop). “ – by J. Miyano

Blown away! | Rating: ★★★★★
“After much research I have eagerly awaited the release of Epson’s newest printer. Set up with my PC was a snap – no brainer here. Before my first print, I calibrated my monitor with the Spyder system which I also highly recommend. I’ve printed with both Photoshop and Lightroom. From the very first print… colors have been right on the money. In fact, as good as any professional online service I’ve used. The images are simply astonishing. “ – by Jeffrey Edwards

Excelent output for pros and perfectionist amateurs, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Of course excellent output is what we’re looking for in a relatively high end printer. Before decommissioning my 2200 I ran a standard test image that includes gradations of white and black in increments of 2, from 2 to 254 on the standard 0-256 RGB scale. Then I printed the same file on the newly installed 3880. The test print also had bars with smooth gradations of RGB colors and a number of “real” pictures – strawberries; a black & white image, a face, etc…” – by Michael Sandman

I have little more to add.. | Rating: ★★★★★
“For the serious black and white printer the 3880 creates the most beautiful prints that could be neutral, cool or warm toned and created with ease. And colors are almost bang on to my color calibrated monitor (98%) and with the slightest bit of lightening to the Epson setting they match as closely as two different mediums could ever do.” – by Chris Newman

What a pleasure to use and GREAT prints! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Make certain your monitor is color calibrated and the software you will use to edit and print has the same color space or you will get color casts on the prints. After that it is a total breeze to create truely awesome prints. I took some of them and compared them to portraits done by commercial photo shops. The 3880 prints were hands down better with much better definition and saturation. 100% first rate. “ – by J. Price

Great photo printer for art and gallery exhibits, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am pleasantly surprised by the 3880 in both how easy it was to setup and get great prints and it’s versatility. Basically it is an oversized 2880 printer but using the larger 80mil ink tanks, the extra ink capacity means lower costs per print and longer print runs between changing cartridges. On the quality side it does magnificently with Prints that are second to none. I already have prints 16×20 and 17×22 going up in local art exhibitions, some of the customers already having large printers of their own but preferring the quality of the prints the 3880 produces. “ – by Brendan Bhagan

Wow – And it will pay for itself, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The prints are spectacular. I used Eye-One to calibrate my monitor (on my Mac Pro with 2 24” cinema displays) and the prints are as close to my monitor as I have ever had before. The advanced B&W mode is also spectacular. Finally perfect B&W prints. “ – by Howard W.

They’ve almost got perfect, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“First off, it is a remarkable machine that produces superb prints of artwork. All final digital product is, of course, dependent on the filtering and scanning that the intake and digital manipulation software provide, but the quality of printing for line drawings, ink washes, and similar works really impressed me. I have not done a lot with photograph reproduction, but what I have done was also impressive.” – by Dave Campbell


Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Brochure & User Guide

Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Brochure
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 User Guide

Features & Specifications

Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Features

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 was designed without compromise so your visions could be printed without compromise. With its compact size, it represents the next step in professional desktop printing, and is a must have for the serious professional.

Epson UltraChrome K3™ Ink Technology with Vivid Magenta

* High-density pigments for an extremely wide color gamut
* New formulation of Magenta pigments for extreme blues and purples
* Professional print permanence ratings for truly sellable quality prints
* High-gloss Microcrystal Encapsulation™ technology for reduced gloss differential
* Superior scratch resistance from improved pigment and resin chemistry
* Color is stable immediately after printing – no short-term color shifting
* Produces a black density up to 2.55 with an L* value of 2.9*

*Data based on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper (260)

MicroPiezo® AMC™ Print Head Technology

* One-inch wide, high performance print head offers a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440
* Produces variable sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters to greatly decrease print times, while optimizing photographic quality
* Reduction of the metameric index makes it possible to achieve consistent color under different lighting conditions
* Ensures truly photographic prints, even in high-speed or lower resolution print modes.

AccuPhoto™ HD2 Screening Technology

* Complex mathematical architecture created from a collaboration of Epson and the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Munsell Color Science Laboratory
* Optimizes ink usage to maximize the color gamut and provide smooth color transitions and gradations
* Compensates for various ink densities between resolutions, allowing for a single ICC profile to be used per media type

Auto-Sharing Photo and Matte Black Ink

* Automatically utilizes 2 different black ink modes – Photo Black or Matte Black
* Optimizes Black ink density for various media types
* Dramatically improves final print quality on photographic media and fine art paper

Professional Media Handling

* Prints on virtually any type of cut-sheet media from 4 x 6 up to 17 x 22
* Top-loading, high-capacity paper feeder handles up to 120 sheets of plain, letter-sized paper or up to 20 sheets of photographic media
* Second, top-loading, manual sheet feeder accommodates thick fine art paper up to 17″ wide
* Front-loading, straight-through, manual sheet feeder handles media up to 16 inches wide and up to 1.5 mm-thick posterboard
* Supports manual printing on both sides of specialty media
* Prints on select BorderFree™ cut-sheet media from 4 x 6 up to 17 x 22

Advanced Black-and-White Printing Technology

* Unique driver technology takes full advantage of our three-level black system to produce professional black-and-white prints from color or grayscale image files
* Produces a truly consistent print with no color crossover or color cast
* Some of the world’s greatest black-and-white photography has been printed using this technology

Superior Connectivity

* Standard ports include one high speed USB 2.0 and one 10/100 BaseT Ethernet
* Standard professional Epson drivers for Macintosh and Windows

Exclusive 17-Inch Size Printer Design

* New print engine technology that takes full advantage of the latest in precision mechanical design, resulting in a significant reduction in overall printer size and weight
* Incredibly quiet operation, perfectly suited for even home use
* Large, 2.5-inch, backlit LCD control panel for easy, direct printer control, and operational status monitoring

Automatic Print Head Alignment and Nozzle Check Technology

* Built-in sensor reads printed data for highly precise alignment of all color channels in both bi-directional and uni-directional modes
* Built in sensor analyzes a printed nozzle check pattern and automatically cleans the print head if required

High Performance Engine Speeds

* Utilizing our latest high-performance print head technology, the SP3880 is among the fastest professional desktop printers in the industry

Print Mode 8 x 10 11 x 14 16 x 20
SuperFine – 1440 dpi HS 2:03 3:18 5:32
SuperFine – 1440 dpi 4:08 6:39 10:59
SuperPhoto – 2880 dpi HS 3:50 6:04 9:46
SuperPhoto – 2880 dpi 7:47 12:15 18:40

HS = High-Speed Print Mode (Bi-directional Print Mode) | Print speeds are shown in min:sec.

Based upon print engine speed only. Total throughput times depend upon front-end RIP, file size, printer resolution, ink coverage, networking, etc.
Epson PreciseColor™ Manufacturing

* Unique production technology to ensure printer-to-printer color consistency
* Colorimetric calibration is performed during the manufacturing process
* This process automatically evaluates and adjusts the color performance of each printer produced
* The result is extreme color repeatability for demanding color performance over time
* Completely eliminates the need for internal printer calibration devices or procedures

World-Class Service and Support

* Free one-year coverage under the Epson Preferred Protection plan limited warranty with toll-free telephone support available Monday through Friday and usually next-business day, full unit exchange service
* Optional one- or two-year Epson Preferred Plus service plans available

ColorBurst® RIP Software for Professional Graphic Design
(included in Graphic Arts Edition)

* PostScript Language Level 3 compatible software RIP server – includes both Macintosh OS X (Panther and Tiger) and Windows XP versions
* PANTONE® licensed to include coated and uncoated libraries
* Professional color management technology, including separate input ICC profiles for RGB, CMYK, and grayscale images
* Ink limiting technology with CMYK curve adjustments for complete color control
* In-printer linearization technology to ensure accurate color across multiple printers
* Easy-to-use RIP server interface
* Professional job management to handle any workflow your network can produce
* Print directly from any software application or drag-and-drop into a hot folder

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