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Epson Stylus Pro 3880 review

It offers A2 photo prints, but is bigger really better?

Our Verdict

Lacks a little of the R3000's finesse, but a good option if you can afford it.

For

  • Extra-large A2 printing in great quality and at sizes up to 17x37.4 inches

Against

  • Printer and cartridges are pricey

Upsizing your prints from A4 to A3 makes them twice as big – go up to A2 and they're twice as big again, four times the size of an A4 picture. A2 printers are usually correspondingly large, too, and expensive, but the Epson Stylus Pro 3880's relatively modest dimensions and price make it an attractive proposition.

The A2 print size of 17x22 inches looks impressively larger than the 13x19 inches of an A3+ image, but the aspect ratio is a bit on the square side for photo prints. Considering that the 3880 can create prints of up to 17x37.4 inches, it seems strange that Epson doesn't sell A2+ or 'Super A2' sized media in any of its photographic or fine-art media ranges.

One thing that definitely is super-sized, though, is the 3880's ink cartridges. These are a generous 80ml, which means you can keep printing for much longer without needing to change cartridges. Plus both photo black and matte black are installed simultaneously, like with the R3000.

Sadly though, you still waste about 1.5ml of matte black ink or 4.5ml of photo black ink when switching between matte and glossy media. The bigger cartridges provide a saving of about £1.50 per A3+ colour print, compared with the R2880. The flipside is that a complete set of cartridges for the 3880 will set you back a whopping £450.

Big Picture

Compared with the R2880 and R3000, resolution drops from 5,760x1,440dpi to 2,880x1,440dpi, but image quality is still excellent.

With a lower resolution, print speeds are noticeably faster in maximum quality mode, with an A3+ print taking 8m 53s to produce, compared with 11m 9s on the Epson R2880. A2 prints take 7m 9s and 12m 38s in high quality and maximum quality settings respectively.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Large Format Printer
Green CompliantYes
EthernetYes
USBYes
Product FamilyStylus Pro
Maximum Print Resolution2880 x 1440 dpi
Brand NameEpson
Form FactorDesktop Supported
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA2, C, A3+, A3, B, B4, Legal, Letter, A4, B5, A6, Legal - 215.90 mm to 355.60 mm Width, Letter - 215.90 mm to 279.40 mm Width, 304.80 mm to 304.80 mm Width, 279.40 mm to 355.60 mm Width, 200 mm to 250 mm Width, 279.40 mm to 431.80 mm Width, 130 mm to 180 mm Width, 100 mm to 150 mm Width, 90 mm to 130 mm Width
Maximum Print Width431.80 mm (17")
Maximum Color Print Speed123 Second
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Number of Colors9
Height257 mm
Width684 mm
Depth376 mm
Media TypePhoto Paper, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Paper, Matte Paper, Heavyweight Paper, Fine Art Paper, Proofing Paper, Inkjet Paper
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product Model3880
Product NameStylus Pro 3880 Large Format Printer
Product LineStylus Pro
Input Voltage220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberC11CA61001BX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Marketing Information

Big on quality, small in size to fit your office, your studio and your budget. The professional A2+ large format printer that's compact enough to fit easily on your desktop. Print superb, long lasting photos in colour and black and white on a range of media using UltraChrome K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Stylus Pro 3880 Large Format Printer
  • 9 x Individual Ink Cartridges
  • Software CD
  • Basic Operation Guide
  • Network Set Up Guide
  • Start Here Guide
  • Warranty Document
  • Power Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)18.50 kg