Epson recently announced the successor to its 13-inch-wide Stylus Photo R2400 inkjet printer, the Epson Stylus Photo R2880. I’ve been using and teaching students and consulting clients how to use the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 printer for years, and this new printer looks very impressive.
There are a number of differences between the R2400 and R2880, including two USB 2.0 ports that allow two computers to simultaneously connect to the printer (the R2400 has both a USB 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE 1394) port). A welcome improvement is that Epson Stylus Photo R2880 will allow direct printing on CD/DVDs. Also welcome is a new ink-repelling coating on the print head, which according to the company, will prolong the life of the head and decrease maintenance time.
I do wish that Epson had added another ink channel to avoid the need to switch between Photo Black and Matte Black (a manual cartridge switch is necessary for optimum results on both semi-gloss/glossy and matte/watercolor papers).
An excellent hands-on review of the printer can be found here, on photo-i.co.uk, a site that contains many excellent reviews, tutorials and DVD user guides.
The Epson R2880 is now available for an estimated street price of $799.99 through direct market resellers, specialty photo stores, computer superstores, online retailers, and Epson’s retail Web site at www.epsonstore.com.