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Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Color Inkjet Printer (CA61201-VM)

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Product Description

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

From the Manufacturer

EPSON Stylus Pro 3880

Designed without compromise.

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. All-new AccuPhoto HD2 technology provides smoother color transitions and better highlight and shadow detail for prints with a true photographic look. Exceptional print quality and professional media support — the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 makes it all possible. Now, you can achieve stunning wide-format prints to professionally showcase your work and bring your creative visions to life.

What the press is saying:

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"For anyone who's serious about photo or graphic output, it delivers a balance of output quality, speed, paper handling, and features that outshines its competition. That easily makes it the printer of choice in its price class and Editors' Choice in its category." ~ Tony Hoffman, PCMag.com, (March 21, 2011)

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"This judges' favorite combines the 17-inch Epson Stylus Pro 3880 printer with six letter-sized packs of select Epson Signature Worthy papers." Professional Photographer, (March 2012)

Photoshop Cafe

"I would have to say that these are the best quality prints I have ever seen from a desktop inkjet printer. I highly recommend the 3880 to both Photographers and Graphic Designers that are looking for a cost effective, high quality large format printer. The quality and value are unmatched. Combine that with the Epson papers and you will be producing fine art gallery quality prints that are not only marketable, but also something that you will be very proud of." Colin Smith - PhotoshopCAFE.com (4.11.2010)


"I thought I'd skip all the blather and tell you straight away that the Epson 3880 just may be the best 17-inch printer out there right now...I've been blown away by its performance... Along with being the best in its class, new features on the 3880 including its AccuPhoto HD2 Image Technology which noticeably improved print quality, make this model among the finest printers Epson has ever produced. And that's saying something." Dan Havlik - PDN (Photo District News) (12.22.2009)

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"The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is the best 17-inch pigment printer out there right now if you don't mind printing strictly on cut sheet paper. (Roll feed power users might want to look at the 4880. But along with being the best in class, new features on the 3880 including its AccuPhoto HD2 Image Technology which noticeably improved print quality, make this model among the finest printers Epson has ever produced. And that's saying something" Staff, PDNGearGuide.com (10.9.2009)


"The Epson 3880 is a tool that provides the photographer with the same quality output when compared to printers costing thousands of dollars more. No longer do we need to hear the excuse, if I only had the space, if I only had the money for this or that." Stephen Katzman, AfterCapture (Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010)

OP Editors

Outdoor Photographer Editors’ Pick Award

Digital Photo Editor

Digital Photo Editors’ Choice (March 2009)

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Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology

This professional, 8-color ink set with advanced magenta pigments provides more dramatic blues and violets for an impressive color gamut. Its three-level black technology delivers richer blacks, outstanding tonal range and an unprecedented gray balance, all of which ensure outstanding black-and-white prints. Built on Epson’s heritage of professional ink technology, this pigment ink set offers instant color stability. Colors stay consistent, whether viewed right out of the printer or decades later. With Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta, you get print quality and longevity that satisfies the most demanding professional.

Sleek, compact printer; superior, wide-format prints

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 optimizes your working space. This compact, professional-level printer generates exhibition quality prints, worthy of gallery display, up to 17" x 22" — an innovation made possible by Epson’s expertise in microminiaturization and professional printing technology.

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AccuPhoto HD2 technology

Created from a collaboration between Epson and the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Munsell Color Science Laboratory, AccuPhoto HD2 combines a complex mathematical architecture and advanced screening technology to provide outstanding image quality. AccuPhoto HD2 is specifically engineered to ensure precision placement of each individual ink droplet, resulting in smooth, grain-free images. Choosing from an extraordinary number of possible ink combinations for each color, this technology optimizes ink usage to maximize the color gamut and provide smooth color transitions and gradations. Reduction of the metameric index makes it possible to achieve consistent color under different lighting conditions. And, it ensures truly photographic prints, even in high-speed or lower resolution print modes.

Advanced MicroPiezo print head with AMC

Our advanced MicroPiezo print head with AMC (Advanced Meniscus Control) is at the core of Epson’s advanced ink jet technology, enabling the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 to deliver incredible detail. This permanent, high-performance print head creates variable-sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters and places them with remarkable accuracy and precision. This professional print head also incorporates an ink-repelling coating which decreases maintenance and increases reliability. Working together with Epson PreciseColor technology, the print head delivers consistent print quality every time from every Epson Stylus Pro 3880.

Advanced Black-and-White Photo Mode

Part of an advanced workflow, this exclusive technology is your key to intuitive and consistent control, for stunning neutral or toned black-and-white prints. Choose from one of four present menus — neutral, warm, cool or sepia. Or, fine tune your image further with custom slider bars and the color tone wheel that gives you precise control. Customized settings can be saved and recalled to achieve consistent prints every time.

Epson Pro series printers, ink and media — the ultimate in clarity and color

Epson Pro series printers, ink and media work together seamlessly to produce prints of unsurpassed quality and impact. Epson offers a wide array of media types and finishes to customize every creative inspiration.



  • 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
  • Dimensions (W x D x H) — 27" x 15" x 10" and Weight 4.2 lb

Epson Stylus Pro printers

With a legacy of developing innovative imaging technology, it’s no wonder Epson is the overwhelming brand of choice among professional photographers. Epson Stylus Pro series products offer quality without compromise.


  • Stylus Pro 3880
  • Photo Black UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge
  • Cyan UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge
  • Vivid Magenta UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge
  • Yellow UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge
  • Light Cyan UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge
  • Vivid Light Magenta UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge
  • Light Black UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge
  • Matte Black UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge
  • Light Light Black UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge
  • Single sheet guide
  • Printer documentation


  • Stylus Pro 3880 TUMI® cover (C3800TUMI)
  • Photo Black UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge (T580100)
  • Cyan UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge (T580200)
  • Yellow UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge (T580400)
  • Light Cyan UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge (T580500)
  • Light Black UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge (T580700)
  • Light Light Black UltraChrome K3 ink cartridge (T580900)


Eco Features

  • ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Designed to be recycled

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 27 x 10 inches ; 43.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 43.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002PLQ7LI
  • Item model number: CA61201-VM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 15, 2009
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

This printer was purchased to replace an Epson Stylus Pro 4000 that I have been using for about the past 3 years. When the 4000 came out, it was supposed to be technological breakthrough and had multiple rave reviews. Ultimately, I've been disappointed with it, both from a "quality of final print" and "ease of printing" standpoint. The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is two generations beyond the 4000, and corrects the major flaws of its predecessor.

I consider myself an advanced amateur photographer, having printed all of my own photographs (B&W and color) in the darkroom for more than 25 years. I'm really comparing the results of the Stylus Pro printers to the best results that I could achieve using traditional methods. Digital photography is going to replace 99% of traditional photo processing, so the standard seems fair.

From a print quality standpoint, the SP 4000 suffered from significant bronzing (metallic sheen when viewed at an angle), metamerism (color shifts dependent on lighting) and gloss differential (difference in sheen depending on thickness of ink sprayed in an area). The majority of these flaws have been addressed by the latest generation of ink (Ultrachrome K3 with Vivid Magenta) and the newest printhead. On B&W prints, where bronzing was the biggest issue, bronzing is now completely absent on prints using Epson Exhibition Fiber paper and Ultra Premium Luster. I also don't appreciate any significant color shifts (metamerism) when viewing prints under different lighting conditions or different angles. Gloss differential has been significantly improved, but not completely eliminated. With the SP 4000, the ink would turn glossy surfaces semigloss, leaving a very distracting pattern.
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The 3880 is Epson's entry-level professional printer. It was announced in September 2009 and as of the end of 2009 it's still in short supply, but it's worth waiting for. As a pro-level device, each one is supposedly aligned at the factory and the ink tanks hold 80 ml each vs. the 11 ml cartridges for the top end of the consumer line (Epson 2880). It prints 4" wider than the 2880. It weighs about 45 pounds and it can be moved into place by one person.

I'm an amateur who likes to be in control of the print, so I don't use photo printing services. I upgraded to a 3880 from an Epson 2200 (bought in 2003) for three reasons. (1) I wanted to print black & white and while the 2200 was a groundbreaking color printer, its B&W output is not very good. (2) The 3880 print head is coated with an ink repellent substance that is supposed to reduce clogging, which is a constant problem with the 2200. (3) The 3880 prints up to 17" wide so it can produce 16 x 20 or even 16 x 24 prints. Despite its ability to print 4" wider, it's only a couple of inches wider than the 2200. Although the 3880 is double the price of the latest 13" wide Epson (the 2880), you get a full set of 80 ml ink tanks, so you get enough ink to make up for the price difference as part of the 3880 package. You just have to use it up before it turns to sludge, but it has a 2 year shelf life.

The 3880 is easy to set up once you get past the 46 pieces of blue tape holding the various parts in place. There's a well-designed quick installation poster and a very good printed manual. The printer driver installed flawlessly from the CD onto a Windows 7 computer.
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I think I should have done better research before purchasing. This is a good printer, but probably not right for my needs.

I've been using it for about 6 weeks now alongside an older Epson R1800. I use it for graphic design, mostly Illustrator/vector art in a small business setting printing approximately 40-60 sheets per week.

The pros:

1. The color is beautiful (much more vibrant than the R1800)
2. The printer is relatively small for what it does
3. Print speed is reasonably fast, even at the highest quality settings
4. Ink seems to last a long time

The cons:

1. Rear paper feed almost never accepts a sheet on the first try, and sometimes doesn't take it after many, many tries (paper skew errors, paper jams)

2. Only 1 sheet at a time can be placed in the manual feed because the intake mechanism turns constantly and will pull all sheets into the printer. This slows down printing quite a bit because you have to stand there and wait for 1 print to finish before inserting another sheet.

3. The default paper feed tray is automatically set and reverts while making changes to print settings. This causes problems when paper is not in the tray the printer has defaulted to.

4. The switch time between photo and matte black ink is REALLY long, and once it begins the process can't be stopped or interrupted. This switch happens automatically when the paper tray changes (see #3)

5. There are no paper settings for certain sized Epson papers (ie, 13x19 is not available). These settings can be created, but why not just include them?

I hope this is helpful.
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