Epson Stylus Photo R280 Ultra Hi-Definition Photo Printer (C11C691201)
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- 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty
- Prints text and images directly onto CDs and DVDs for professional look with personalized touch
- Creates 5760-by-1440 dpi prints that are smudge, scratch, fade, and water resistant
- Texts documents at 38 pages per minute and print standard 4-by-six-inch photos in 11 seconds
- Auto Photo Correction with advanced face detection corrects overexposed shots
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This advanced photo printer also features six-color inkjet printing with superior DX5 technology for a remarkably lifelike color palette, and can also print text and images directly onto inkjet printable CDs and DVDs for a professional look with a personalized touch. In addition, this printer comes backed by a 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
What's in the Box
Stylus Photo R280 ink jet printer, 78 black ink cartridge (T078120), 78 cyan ink cartridge (T078220), 78 magenta ink cartridge (T078320), 78 yellow ink cartridge (T078420), 78 light cyan ink cartridge (T078520), 78 light magenta ink cartridge (T078620), CD/DVD tray and software, power cord, documentation, and CD-ROM (printer drivers and software).
Top Customer Reviews
If I had discovered this earlier, I would have purchased a different printer. As it was, I think Epson made the specifications too vague, by specifying cardstock rather than the weight of usable paper.
Addendum: In the troubleshooting section of the Epson website, it suggested that paper jam could be reduced by feeding sheets one at a time. I tried it, and the printer worked like a charm--smooth paper feeding and fast printing. The only drawback is that I must stand by the printer and feed each sheet of cardstock one at a time.
I should mention that Epson, unlike many vendors, includes high-capacity ink cartridges in the box.
Please consider this a four-star, not a three-star, review.
I like the Epson Photo Stylus series for one reason: Quality of print. Epson isn't for everyone. In particular, Epson uses a dye that sits on the surface of into the paper, and so it prints best on high-priced photo or matte papers, which have the best surfaces. The inks are brilliant and make for very appealing photos. Epson has the best nozzle technology in the business, producing tiny droplets of ink (3 picoliters as I remember.) This gives very high resolution. Inks are expensive, but they're good. Epson uses proprietary color processing firmware, which produces attractive colors, kind of like Technicolor. The Epson increases the saturation of colors in a tasteful way, and has good flesh tones. The print actually looks like dye sublimation technology, which is generally considered a higher quality, and much more expensive, process. If you want to print photos, I believe Epson Photo Stylus printers are the best choice. If you wanted to print "business graphics" such as charts and graphs, I would use a color laser printer (a lot faster) or an inkjet for which the cost of each page was less. I've heard that Kodak inkjets have a lower continuing cost.
One past problem with inkjet printers was that colors faded fast. In direct sunlight, they would be down to 30% - 40% in one day. I was in a focus group for inkjet printers for Lexmark Corporation, and color retention was the group's #1 concern. Epson says color retention with the R280 inks is much improved.Read more ›
Given the price of the ink cartridges, I will probably buy one of the continuous feed ink systems or just buy another R280 (with cartridges)for $65 - either option cheaper than $90+ for a set of cartridges.
1. It prints a lot faster, including on hi quality color mode.
2. It does a good job on CDs.
3. The 200-sheet paper tray is really handy.
4. Paper feed is superior to the C88. No jams so far.
5. It fed easily both 32 Pd paper and a 150 Pd card stock with no problems. But then, the old C88 did that too.
1. The initial paper feed is REALLY noisy. It doesn't just feed the paper, it slams it in, and with a clatter so strong it rocks the desk on which it sits. This is very annoying in a small office.
2. The B&W print quality isn't really much better than the old C88. Even using a magnifying glass, I couldn't see much improvement.
3. The color printing is better than the C88 but not so much as to be worth the price.
In my opinion, the only thing I got for my money different from what I already had was the ability to print CDs for my work. But when I offset that with putting up with the clatter, then I wonder if I would have been better off just using an old CD stomper.
It is a pretty cheap machine in every sense of the word. I would recommend spending a bit more on something better because as cheap as it was, it was not worth the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The printer was dead on arrival. to make things worse, the ink cartidges were broken and ink was everywhere. the box, printer and packaging were covered in ink. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jason
Fast delivery, before estimated date!!!!!! Was Able to play around with it before I really needed it! Thanks ahain,
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The ink comes pre-installed in the printer which is more than likely dried up, because the printer isn't reading it correctly.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I received a brand new r280 in the mail and it never worked. I spent so much money on new ink thinking the problem was the ink cartridges. I was wrong the printer was just broken. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Product would not work. I can not recommend this product.Published 11 months ago by Stephen J. Lemmons
It may be an older model, but it really prduces eye-popping prints. The color rendition closely matches what we see on the screen. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Glynn Brooks