The benchmark A2 fine art printer today, and our default recommendation for anyone wanting to make big, beautiful, archival prints in-house.
An affordable, compact innovative A2 printer for creative professionals
- the replacement to the venerable Epson Stylus 3880 which has been our recommended printer for over 5 years.
In short, when
looking for an inkjet printer for high quality work, this should be the
first one you consider. It's very well built, print quality is second
to none for both colour and black and white, and it is inexpensive and
simple to run. Once you get over the initial price, it will be a high
quality printing tool for you for many years, with the on-going cost of
ink some 30%+ cheaper than the smaller models.
Note: Epson PRO Graphics printers do not come with a connecting
USB cable. You can connect this printer via a standard USB printer
cable, by ethernet to your switch/router or via your WiFi network.
Inkset Type, # Inks
Pigment, 9 inks
A2 (17", 432mm)
High Quality Black & White?
Roll Printing Support?
(With Optional Accessory)
Please note: Specifications are provided as a guide only.
We try very hard to keep these up to date and correct, but if a particular specification is really critical to you, then please double check the specification directly with the manufacturer. Some features may of course have caveats not fully described here.
To get more information about a particular specification, use the arrow to get a 'Specxplanation'.
The Carriage Width is the maximum width of paper (on the short side) that can be used in the printer.
Colloquially printers are more commonly referred to as 'A4, 'A3+' or 'A2' printers in Australia but of course not every country in the world uses the A paper system.
Typically, A4 printers have a 9" carriage, A3+ printers are 13" carriage, and A2 printers a 17" carriage.
Does the printer have a dedicated, high quality black and white mode for photographic printing?
Almost all ink printers have a 'black only' type mode, but that is quite different to what we're talking about here.
In this mode, called by Epson 'Advanced Black and White' mode or simply ABW, the printer uses multiple grey inks (AKA light black, light light black inks) to produce smooth black and white tones with little to no colour interference.
This is the maximum dot resolution of the print head. The higher the number, the smaller the dots of ink the printer can place.
Note that this has nothing to do with image resolution of course. The printer uses several ink dots to form the colour of one pixel. However the dots are so fine and closely mixed together you can only really see this screening pattern with a magnifying glass.
What physical connections are possible? Wireless support is listed separately below.
Options include USB, Firewire, Thunderbolt, and Ethernet.
Does the printer support wireless, and if so what speeds and standards.
Most modern routers will offer at least G, which is fast enough to run a printer. N and AC are quicker and good to have but they won't make your printer faster unfortunately!
If you use Apple devices like the iPad or iPhone, you'll want Apple Print support, allowing you to print directly from your device to the printer.
For Android devices, Google Cloud Print is the equivalent system.
Epson Connect offers a further option but generally you'll use one of the two main options above with modern devices.
Does the printer support printing to printable CDs and DVDs?
The sheet sizes supported by the printer out of the box. You can also generally define your own custom sheet sizes in the driver if you want to use unusually sized materials.
(Note, though, that you can't typically print borderless to custom sheet sizes - the standard workaround is to use sheets slightly larger than you need, and then simply guillotine to the printed edge after printing).
Does the printer support roll media, and do you need an accessory device for this?
Even if the printer doesn't support roll media, you can still buy rolls, cut sheets from the roll, and use those. Just leave them to flatten for a few days as paper curl can be a painful issue with printers.
Can the printer print right to the edge when using roll media?
We keep these details up to date to the best of our knowledge.
However if a particular item is of special importance to you please also check the manufacturer's listing for the product.
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