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Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Inkjet Printer (Silver)

by Epson

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  • Up to 2,880 x 720 dpi resolution
  • 6-color photo ink system with 4-picoliter sized droplets
  • True borderless photo printing in 6 popular sizes
  • USB and parallel interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
  • Includes roll paper accessory
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Product Details

Product Manual [452kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 15 x 11.5 inches ; 22.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 24 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000086A2I
  • Item model number: C11C393121
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

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Epson's Stylus Photo 1280S is a large format, photo-quality printer perfect for a wide variety of professional and home uses. With a high 2,880 x 720 dpi resolution, six-color ink palette, and Epson's Micro Piezo inkjet technology, the 1280S produces exceptionally crisp and detailed prints. This printer also offers BorderFree printing--the image goes right to the edge of the paper.

Supported photo sizes include 4-by-6, 5-by-7, 8-by-10, letter, 11-by-14, and 13-by-19 inches. A wide variety of paper types are also supported, including photo papers, roll papers (with included roll paper holder), inkjet transparencies, self-adhesive sheets, greeting cards, banner paper, labels, and envelopes. Media sizes range from 3-by-5 cards up to large-format 13-by-44-inch posters. Epson claims that when stored under normal conditions, images are water and light resistant for up to 25 years.

Compatible with both Mac and PC platforms, the 1280S's software bundle comes with both Epson's Film Factory and Adobe's Photoshop Elements 2.0 to help users get the best possible prints. Epson also provides a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Epson Stylus Photo 1280 inkjet printer, one black ink cartridge (T007201), one color ink cartridge (T009201), roll paper holder accessory, printer documentation, Epson Software Film Factory, PRINT Image Matching Plug-In for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0; cable not included

Product Description

Maybe Epson should use this printer to make banners promoting its own release. At up to 13 by 44 inches in dimension with full bleed, they'd be nearly large enough to trail behind small chartered planes! Software drivers for - Windows USB--Win98/2000/Me; Windows Parallel--Win95/98/NT 4.0/2000/Me; Macintosh USB--OS 8.5.1+ Input buffer - 256KB Paper sizes - Letter, legal, A4, A6, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 11 x 14, user definable (4 to 44) Size - 6.9H x 24W x 12.2D; 18.48 pounds Roll paper holder included Color - Silver Actual print speed will vary according to use

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Customer Reviews

I will never buy an Epson printer again.
William Blanchard
The 1280 is destined to be a great workhorse printer as the high resolution print quality is superb and the durability is excellent.
D. Childress
I've had my Epson 1280 for over two years now and consider it money well spent.
R. D Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. on July 21, 2003
I have an Epson 1280 and it consistently produces prints that are as good or better than any laser fiery printer I've ever used.
As an advertising copywriter, I depend on this printer to make new copies of my work and it comes through every time.
Now, this is not the perfect printer, because it does drink ink something fierce, but the print outs are worth it, just ask any professional.
In fact, it was a photographer who first turned me on to this machine. At the time I was looking at a Lexmark or HP.
As any graphic designer will tell you HP's are word processing printers and with only rare exceptions any good at graphics and Lexmark is just to be avoided. You get what you pay for, and with Lexmark that isn't much.
Epson wrote the book on graphics and photo reproduction printing and with the 1280 they have added another proud chapter.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jen on October 21, 2005
I bought this printer 2.5 years ago and wish that I bought the 2200 at that time. As a graphic design student, I print a lot with this printer and find myself using $60-100 a week of ink that I buy at a discounted price. My classmates that have the 2200 report that they typically spend about $20 to $30 a week on ink (as they come with separate cartridges for each color), their print quality is better, and the 2200 seems to break down less. My printer is now broken and not under warranty and the repairs cost me $167.00. Most of the people that I know that have the 1280 have had to repair or replace it within the last 2 years. If you expect to be printing a lot, my advice is to spend the extra cash on the 2200 and you will make it back with the savings on the ink. Another piece of advice is to buy it at costco. If I bought it there 2 years ago, I could get a brand new one today, no questions asked.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Sweeney on April 23, 2004
I've read all the prior reviews with interest. I bought my 1280 over a year ago based on reviews on several well known and trusted Digital Photography sites. I have been very pleased with the output of this printer. Yes, the printer takes more work to get a really GOOD print then the HPs. But then I have the HP printers also and they do not measure to pure quality of print. Yes, the ink cartridges are small and do not last long if you print alot of 8x10, 13x19 like I do. But, for 250 bucks you can buy a CIS (continual inking system) that pays for itself in 3 months. Yes, the Epson ink will jam the heads IF you do not use the printer at least once every few days. Again, the printer is for PHOTOGRAPHS, not text, not the occasional print job and certainly not the occasional picture. This printer is for the professional or serious amateur photographer. I have seen alot of prints from other printers and even with the flaws, this printer is the best. I wish a few things. Epson would update the drivers more often. The supplied software is marginally usable and they ding you 30 bucks for the real package. At 400 dollars for a printer, Epson could have given us the software given the price tag of the ink cartridges. I have run Epson, Illford and Inkjetart paper through this printer will very good success.
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105 of 122 people found the following review helpful By R. Rosener VINE VOICE on March 24, 2004
I teach digital photography and computer graphics for a living. The community college I work for has had a 1280 for 2 years now. Students beat the heck out of this machine and it keeps chugging along with few complaints. We really put this machine through its paces by running water color paper and all sorts of media through it.
And yes, we use MACs for graphics, which is the way it should be! Epson has a great driver for OS X Jaguar. Download it from their website. Don't blame Epson if you're crummy Windoze XP goes belly up. It's NOT the printer....
That said, it's not a perfect printer. It really does suck ink like Kool-Ade. I'll be looking into the Lysonic inkset for this problem. Epson should have put individuals ink tanks on this thing the way Canon did on the i960.
It really is designed for high volume. The more we print, the better it seems to work. So do not buy this printer if you only occasionally print 4x6 snapshots. If left to sit, the nozzles clog and you need to ship it back to Epson fro repair. It should have a user replaceable head like the Canon i960.
As for software, you should have Adobe Photoshop 6.0 or later. If you think you'll get a decent print from Jasc, Corel, or some other silly program, you'll be frustrated.
Some of the best Photo Quality inkjet papers are made by Ilford. Give them a try with this printer and you'll be impressed. It can even output negatives onto transparency material that you can contact print in a darkroom. Although I use this printer at the college where I teach, for my money the Canon i960 is a better value. Print quality is just as good, and the individual ink tanks will save you much cash.
So my recommendation for the Epson 1280 is with reservations. Make sure you really need a large format printer at home, and be prepared to shell out the bucks and toss out ink carts that are 75% full. Otherwise, look into Canon's printers.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. D Johnson on June 2, 2006
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I've had my Epson 1280 for over two years now and consider it money well spent. I run exclusively on Linux (currently Gentoo) and the Linux support for this printer (using CUPS) is superb. All modes, resolutions, etc. are supported. I use this printer a lot for engineering work printing B-size (tabloid) drawings and it works great for that.

Like just about every review states, this printer slurps ink like Homer Simpson slurps beer. Because I don't print many color photos this is not a problem for me--if I was doing that I'd get the Niagara system other reviewers cite. I've researched the Niagara system and it looks like a good deal for heavy users.

My main complaint with this printer--and the reason why it only gets four stars--is the ease with which the heads clog up. This printer wants to be used constantly. If you let it sit for a day or two it's almost guaranteed that one or more of the jets will clog up and you'll get streaks in the output. Then you have to either press the front-panel control or, in more extreme cases, run the head-unclogging utility (on Linux I use mtink) to force the printer to 'blow out' the plugged jets. When the printer does this it blasts ink through the heads wasting even more of the pricey ink. Do this enough and the reservoir the printer blasts the ink into (a sponge-sandpaper-like thing) will overflow and cause the head to smear ink all over the paper. That's when you get out the Windex and paper towels and clean up the mess (google the web for details.) Because of this 'trait' I would not recommend this printer for casual users.

Still, for B-sized printing and high-quality photos, and considering how well supported it is under Linux, there's not much else better out there.
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