The Epson Stylus R2880 produces excellent prints. The archival quality is important to me, and the colours are brilliant. Most prints came out virtually the same as my monitor; every so often I have to tweak a file. I made no adjustments to get perfect black and white prints with no colour casts; rich blacks and a nice tonal range. It prints beautiful portraits.
If this will be your home computer, make sure you have a decent-sized place to set it up. It’s very sleek looking and closes up to keep dust out. It’s about 2 ft wide, but is compact for a printer that produces up to 13” x 19” prints.
The set up was easy, and it’s easy to use. Make sure you read all of the directions. It’s sensitive to each kind of paper and where it’s loaded. I’m working on Windows Vista. I just checked for the latest drivers. Also, it doesn’t come with a printer cable, so purchase one separately if you don’t have an extra.
I use the printer for colour proofing book and poster designs and making high-quality prints. To get the promise of quality, only Epson products should be used which means no bargain shopping. I like the Ultra Premium Photo Luster paper. Also the difference in using the quality versus max quality print settings is hardly noticeable if you want to save ink. However, I will always use max quality for my final product.
I’ve only printed on 8 ½ x 11 so far, but I’m looking forward to printing on roll and larger paper. I can’t wait to try out some of the features such as printing images on my DVDs. It will make my home video productions look more professional to send to family. I would definitely recommend this printer to any serious amateur or professional dealing with images.