Epson Stylus Photo R2880 review

The good, the bad and the ugly for a few dollars more

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Our Verdict

Outclassed by the new R3000, the R2880 now looks a bit of a has-been.


  • Excellent quality for black-and-white output, and colour is convincing, too


  • Slightly cool skin tones

First, the good. Epson's R2880 offers eight-ink printing, including two black and two grey inks, designed to produce immaculate black-and-white photo prints. The not-so-good part is that the complete range of cartridges adds up to nine, but there's only space for eight of them in the printer.

This means that you have to physically swap the photo black and matte black cartridges every time you want to switch between printing on glossy or matte media.

The process takes about five minutes to complete, once all the print heads have been refreshed and the black channel has been purged of any remaining photo or matte black ink. It's time-consuming, inconvenient and a waste of ink. Indeed, switching from matte to glossy media just four times can be enough to drain the photo black cartridge, without even doing any printing.

Print Quality

The R2880 redeems itself when it comes to print quality, with vivid colour and fabulous black-and-white output even on glossy paper, which is always a challenge for pigment-based printers. In the Advanced B&W Photo print mode, only black (photo or matte), light black and light light black inks are used, so unwanted colour casts aren't an issue. If you do fancy a warm or cool tint, this is available in the Advanced B&W Photo mode, at which point the R2880 calls on the required colour cartridges.

Our only criticism of print quality is that skin tones were a bit cool and unflattering in our tests, although they warmed up a little when switching to the Photo Enhance (people printing mode). Print speeds are average for a pigment-based printer, as you'll see from our comparison table, and a neat extra is the roll feeder for panoramic printing.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed91 Second
Green CompliantYes
Standard Input Media Capacity120 sheets
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)9
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)9
Product FamilyStylus Photo
Maximum Print Resolution5760 x 1440 dpi
Brand NameEpson
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA3+, A3, A4, A5, A6, B4, B5, B, Letter, Legal, Half-letter, 304.80 mm x 304.80 mm, 279.40 mm x 355.60 mm, 279.40 mm x 431.80 mm, 203.20 mm x 254 mm, 127 mm x 177.80 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 88.90 mm x 127 mm
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Maximum Input Media Capacity120 sheets
Height214 mm
Width616 mm
Depth322 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Paper, Matte Paper, Fine Art Paper, Bright White Paper, Heavy Media
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product ModelR2880
Product NameStylus Photo R2880 Photo Printer
Product LineStylus Photo
Manufacturer Part NumberC11CA16401
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

An A3+ photographic printer designed from the ground up to meet the increasingly sophisticated requirements of professional photographers. Featuring Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta, an eight colour ink system.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Stylus Photo R2880 Photo Printer
  • 1 x Photo Black Print Cartridge
  • 1 x Matte Black Print Cartridge
  • 1 x Light Black Print Cartridge
  • 1 x Light Light Black Print Cartridge
  • 1 x Vivid Magenta Print Cartridge
  • 1 x Vivid Light Magenta Print Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Print Cartridge
  • 1 x Light Cyan Print Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Print Cartridge
  • USB Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)12 kg