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Epson Stylus Photo 1280

SP1280s
Review Date: Nov 16, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: chrome inks, three feeds, roll paper & canvas, thck feed for special papers
Cons:
No paper cutter, two black inks with only one slot, hard to load roll paper. small ink cartridges

Epsom 2880 printer
I received my new printer about a week ago and right off the bat I could see there would be some minor troubles. What I found was the roll paper was a problem loading and it had no cutter. After a pano was finished, I had to cut the paper with a knife and back the roll out of its feed unless I was going to do another pano. I had a lot of trouble getting the user defined size where I wanted as the manual the way I read it is the way I tried doing it. It did not work as could be seen in the print preview. After many hours I found by just trying things (call to Epson did not help on this matter) I was able to figure how to make a 13 X 40 size that would show correctly on the print preview and printing from P/S I had to turn the photo to the portrait mode. Working with roll canvas, I need to remove the roll and recut the edge on my matt cutter so it was straight for the next time otherwise feeding trouble was encountered. No trouble at all with sheet feeding.
Next trouble I found was the two blacks. One for gloss, and the other for matt. Fine if they provided a slot for both blacks but they do not so this required a change of ink cartridges if going from one type of paper to the other. Second, call to Epson, yes this is right I was told and to place a piece of scotch tape over the jet hole. Wondering just how long the ink would remain OK in this condition is something I am still wondering, as I got no answer. I will try another call in hopes of getting someone more knowledgeable on this matter. Big trouble with this is if I have gloss ink in and want to print a matt paper and I say the heck with it lets see how I comes out the printer will not allow me to select the gloss ink if I show a matt paper, be it sheet or roll. I tried switching to a different paper type and it would work but the photo did suffer some quality so both inks are needed.
The printer is best set up so you can move it around for access to the back for loading roll paper and heavy sheet special paper. There are three loading feeds, which are nice and the print quality is beautiful from the chrome base K3 inks but I wish they could have made a little bigger for sure. Canvas prints are beautiful and well detailed.
All in all I am sure as I get used to it I will be able to work it with les errors and yes I think for the price it delivers fine long lasting prints. I will recommend it if you can stand the troubles I found as I am doing now.
Lou