Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Inkjet Printer Designer Edition, 17x22", 2880x1440dpi, USB/Ethernet

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About Epson 3880

With the Epson Stylus Pro 3880, uncompromising quality is within reach. Engineered for the discriminating professional, this compact, 17"-wide printer includes Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology, world-renowned for professional printing applications. This, combined with an advanced MicroPiezo AMC print head, enables the Pro 3880 to produce gallery-quality color and black-and-white output up to 17" x 22".

The printer's industry-acclaimed ink set delivers a phenomenal color gamut with breathtaking blues and violets. Now, you can achieve stunning wide-format prints to professionally showcase your work and bring your creative visions to life.

The Epson 3880 is commonly used for Photos and more.The Epson 3880 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Frequent user among others.The Epson 3880 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Epson 3880: Compact, Easy to set up, Easy to use, Fast print time and Reliable

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (37),Easy to set up (32),Reliable (27),Fast print time (25),Compact (18),Low ink consumption (17),Durable construction (15),Easy to setup (4)
Large footprint (6),Hard setup (3)
Best Uses:
Photos (43),Graphics & charts (7),Black & white documents (5),Professional documents (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Frequent user (39),Heavy duty user (4),Infrequent user (4)

Epson 3880 Features

  • Industry-leading pigment ink technology - Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink for intense blues and violets
  • Professional control - Advanced Black-and-White Photo Mode to easily create neutral or toned black-and-white prints from color or monochrome images
  • Precision print head technology - Advanced MicroPiezo AMC, one-inch wide print head with ink-repelling coating for accurate dot placement
  • Optimal black density - auto-switching Matte and Photo Black ink for a high Dmax and superior contrast on glossy, matte and fine art papers
  • Advanced image-quality architecture - smoother color transitions and outstanding highlight and shadow detail with AccuPhoto HD2 screening algorithms
  • Broad media support - create prints on media types including semimatte paper, fiber paper, fine art media or art boards up to 1.5 mm thick
  • Consistent output from printer to printer - Epson PreciseColor ensures no colorimetric calibration is required to normalize the print head
  • Specialized support - dedicated support for Epson Stylus Pro 3880 users from an expert team at Epson

Epson 3880 Specifications

Printing Technology
Advanced Micro Piezo with 8-channel, drop-on-demand, ink jet print head
Nozzle Configuration
180 nozzles x 8
Minimum Ink Droplet Size
3.5 picoliters
Variable Droplet Technology can produce up to 3 different droplet sizes per print line
Maximum Print Resolution
2880 x 1440 dpi
Maximum Printable Area
Maximum paper width: 17"
Maximum cut-sheet size: 17" x 22"
Minimum cut-sheet size: 4" x 6"
Left and right margins: 0 or 3 mm each (0.24" total)
Top and bottom margins: 0 or 3 mm or 15 mm each
Photo Print Speed
8" x 10" - average is 4:08
11" x 14" - average is 6:39
16" x 20" - average is 10:59
Maximum Paper Size
Main top-loading feeder: Up to 17" x 22"
Second top-loading feeder: Up to 17" x 22"
Front manual feeder: Up to 16" x 20" straight-through
Maximum Paper Thickness
Up to 1.5 mm cardboard
Paper Weight
12 lb bond
Borderless Sizes
4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 11" x 14", 13" x 19", 17" x 22"
Paper Capacity
Main top-loading feeder: Up to 120 sheets of plain paper; 50 sheets of photo paper
Second top-loading feeder: Single sheet manual feeder, optimized for fine art paper
Front manual feeder: Single sheet manual feeder up to 1.5 mm
Ink Type
Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta pigment ink
Ink Palette
Photo or Matte Black, Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black, Light Black
Ink Cartridge Configuration
Black Ink Mode Configuration:
Auto-sharing Black Ink Technology
Fully automatic switching between Black ink modes
Black ink conversion times:
Matte to Photo Black 2:55 min:sec
Photo to Matte Black 1:55 min:sec
Ink used during conversion:
Matte to Photo Black Approx. 4.5 ml
Photo to Matte Black Approx. 1.5 ml
Fade Resistance / Print Longevity
Color: Up to 200 years
Black-and-white: Over 200 years
One (1) Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports
One (1) 100Base-T Ethernet port
Operating Systems
Windows XP (64-bit also supported), Windows Vista (64-bit also supported), Windows 7 (64-bit also supported)
Mac OS X 10.4.11 - 10.5.x, 10.6.x
Printer Language
EPSON ESC/P2 raster photographic drivers standard
Supported by most leading, third-party RIPs and workflows
50deg. to 95deg. F (10deg. to 35deg. C)
-4deg. to 104deg. F (-20deg. to 40deg. C)
20% to 80%
5% to 85% (no condensation)
Sound Level
47 dB
Rated Voltage
AC 110 - 120V
Rated Frequency
50 - 60 Hz
Rated Current
0.6A / 110V - 120V
Power Consumption
Normal mode: Approx. 25W
Sleep mode: Less than 5W
Power Off mode: Less than .3W
ENERGY STAR compliant (Tier 2)
Safety Standards
UL1950, CSA 22.2 950 FDA, EMI: FCC Part 15 subpart B class B, CSA C108.8 class B, AS/NZS 3548 class B
Dimensions (W x H x D)
27"x 15" x 10" /68.58cm x 38.1cm x 25.4cm
43.2 lb/19.59kg

Epson 3880 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


excellent photo and post production

verified proofs color charts right after plug in with spectrometer and all were certifiable. Used this printer in past continuously for years for large amounts of post production work for magazines and advertising. must have for photographers and post producers

Reviewed by 123 customers


Well made machine


from Texas  -  Infrequent User

So far it has been a great addition.


Great Printer


from Corvallis, Oregon

The Epson 3880 is a superb printer. This is my second one; the first one printed beautifully for over 4.5 years. I have printed on all kinds of paper and canvass. There are two downsides. A printer of this caliber should be able to handle rolls. Also sometimes when I am printing fine art papers, I have to use the front feed; I get constant errors with the rear feed.


Excellent printer by EPSON


from Miami, FL

I am glad I bought the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Inkjet Printer. I've experienced many of the benefits and features this powerful tool has to offer and I recommended to all my colleagues at the CubanAmerican Phototheque Foundation. I made all prints for the first 2014 Miami Photo Salon with this printer and artists were in heaven, one told me at the opening reception " This is the first time that I can see my image in its full colors, what a wonderful copy!" Another told me "This copy is better that the one I can produce!" So we went over the printer she had from another brand and I recommended her the 3880.


Epson 3880


from Western Ma.

I have been an epson user for years. They have never let me down and the prints from them let me keep my work in house. I love how it prints on canvas and basically only want to print on canvas now. Setup is easy,printer driver is good, tank access is easy and the several options for loading media is good. I have no complaints from people on the ultra chrome inks it uses. Images on Matte paper are stunning. I have yet to find fault with it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Professional Quality Printer


from Georgia, USA

I have used this printer for about 3 years now, mostly for my fine art prints and prints for clients. All the enthusiastic reviews about print quality and ease of use are true, so I won't repeat them. I'll just limit my review to a few things that I've learned after using the printer for several years. First, this should be taken for granted if you're in the market for this kind of printer, but it's so important that I'll discuss it anyway. This printer uses pigment ink, not dye ink. Any pigment ink printer, any model from any manufacturer, must be used regularly to prevent nozzle clogging. That's just a fact with pigment ink printers. You can't let this printer sit unused for three months and expect it to be fine. So if I don't intend to use the 3880 for a while, I run a nozzle check at least every two weeks, and if I see even one missing segment for any of the 8 colors, I do a head cleaning. This is not necessary if you use the printer frequently. Only if you use it infrequently. But you can't just let the printer sit unused. Second, this printer was designed to use cut sheet paper in sizes up to 17 inches wide. There's no limit on the length. Normally the fine art paper is sold in 17X22 inch sizes, which is fine for most people. But you can print any length you want if you know what you're doing. Sometimes I need those last two inches for a 16X24 inch print. I buy roll paper and cut my own sheets. That's all great except for two things. You have to turn off the "check paper size" in the printer menu, and you have to make sure the sheet is flat (not curled) before you try to print on it. This printer was not designed for roll paper, and it won't print correctly on paper that's not FLAT. So I'll use sheets that I cut myself from a roll, usually 17X28 inches, to make 16X24 inch prints. But you need to make sure your custom sheets are flat, and you need to turn off the paper check size on the printer. Lastly, there's the issue of the printer switching back and forth between photo black and matte black ink. That process consumes a ridiculously large amount of ink, and at $60 per cartridge, you don't want to do that very often. My solution is to use fine art paper that will tolerate the photo black ink whenever possible. If I absolutely have to use the matte black, I try to wait until I have enough prints to justify the large amount of ink consumed in switching. If I had any criticism of the printer, it would be about the expense of switching black inks. It's something you want to avoid doing, it at all possible. Other than that, the Epson 3880 is a fantastic printer for any kind of cut sheet printing 17" wide or smaller. I love mine and intend to use it for as long as I can.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A fine printer


from Pennsylvania

In a few short months of use, the 3880 has performed exceptionally well -- both with semi-glass and luster papers as well as presentation matt and hot press bright archival papers. Print quality is first rate, especially like the look of the .12/inch white border. So far have used only Epson papers.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Large Format Printer Without The Large $$$


from Tamps, Fl

I needed a large format printer to support my photography hobby and the ones I had looked at were way out of my budget. I saw the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and saw that it could print 17in. by 22in. boderless prints. This makes it easy to make wall murals, put many different size photos on one sheet of 17x22in paper and many other possibilities. I can't wait to try some of the "Fine Art" paper and canvas in the printer. The current range of paper sizes and types of paper that I used in my "other" printer I can use in this so I don't have to buy all new paper to use. I use my other printer (an Artisan 837) for the everyday stuff. This is reserved strictly for my photography work.


Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Inkjet Printer


from Derwood, MD

Very good printer. Easy to set up and so far has been producing excellent prints. Controls are easy to use and instructions are clear.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Don't Buy


from Undisclosed

Colors produced on printer are dull and do not match those of the original art work. Technical support concerned with upsell of unrelated services instead of fixing printer quality issues.


Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Inkjet Printer


from East Windsor, CT

Purchasing this printer has been a wonderful addition to my photograph and recreating the photos. It is very easy to use and works great with many of the paper I had already.


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