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Apr 22, 2010 13:17 |  #1

I've just finished writing up a longish review of the Epson SP3880, after borrowing one from Epson UK for a while.

www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/p​rinter/epson_sp_3880.h​tml (external link)

It's a nice printer to use, although if you have an OK 3800, there's no need to rush out and upgrade.

Since I had the good fortune to get married last month, I had rather more 'test images' to print than usual, even if rather too many guests seemed resistant to getting free A2 sized prints of Karen and me smiling at them :-)

Hope the info is of use to people looking at getting a 3880


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Apr 29, 2010 22:07 |  #2

Thanks. Quite helpful with all the pix.


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Apr 29, 2010 22:40 |  #3

Very helpful review. Thanks Keith.


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Apr 30, 2010 00:18 |  #4

Great review Keith, really appreciate the time you spent on such an indepth report.

Just wondering since you have tested both the Canon 9500 MKII and the Epson 3880, which you prefer for the best BW prints? Of course one is a A3 and one is an A2 printer.

I am in the market for a new printer, the 3880 is within budget and I want a printer that will give me the best BW prints. I am flexible here as I won't be printing a lot of A2 - but the larger ink cartridges (cost per print) is appealing, as well as been able to print A2.

Just wondering whether their is a noticable difference in quality or printing costs between the Canon and Epson?

As I live in a humid climate I'm hoping that clogging will not be an issue as at times the printer will not be used frequently.


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Apr 30, 2010 08:10 |  #5

I have an Epson 3880 for sale. Brand new in box, only opened to check contents. I won it in a photo competition but don't have the space for it, would love to have kept it.

If anyone's interested look here: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=860172


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Apr 30, 2010 13:04 |  #6

sunnygirl wrote in post #10093657 (external link)
Great review Keith, really appreciate the time you spent on such an indepth report.

Just wondering since you have tested both the Canon 9500 MKII and the Epson 3880, which you prefer for the best BW prints? Of course one is a A3 and one is an A2 printer.

I am in the market for a new printer, the 3880 is within budget and I want a printer that will give me the best BW prints. I am flexible here as I won't be printing a lot of A2 - but the larger ink cartridges (cost per print) is appealing, as well as been able to print A2.

Just wondering whether their is a noticable difference in quality or printing costs between the Canon and Epson?

As I live in a humid climate I'm hoping that clogging will not be an issue as at times the printer will not be used frequently.

I have a 9500 MKII and have used a 3880. Both produce superb B&W prints and I would be happy with either. A couple comments. The Canon will print on virtually any substrate since you can flat feed the paper (or metal). The Canon switches easily between matte and photo black cartriges without any wasted ink. The canon ink cartridges are small and have to frequently replaced. The Canon is limited to A3 Plus paper. The Epson has large ink cartridges (80 ML I think) and handles larger paper (17x22inch). It automatically swithces between blacks but wastes ink purging print lines to the print head.

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