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Epson LQ 2180

alaTest has collected and analyzed 572 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the build quality and print quality. The design and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the paper handling and reliability. Some have doubts about the size and noise.

usability, performance, design, print quality, build quality

noise, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Epson LQ 2180 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Epson LQ 2180


alaTest has collected and analysed 2 user reviews of Epson LQ 2180 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Printers on

usability, design, performance, noise

value for money

50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Epson Maintenance Tank Stylus Pro, C12C890191Epson Color Proofer 9600 - 44" large-format printer - colour - ink-jet - B0 plus, Roll (111.8 cm) - 2880 dpi x 1440 dpi - up to 17.8 sq.m/hour - capa

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 304 user reviews of Epson LQ 2180 from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on

usability, performance, design, paper handling, print quality

reliability, noise, size

52% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Epson Stylus Color 3000 Inkjet PrinterEpson C12C890191 Stylus Pro Ink Maintenance TankEpson Stylus Pro 4880 Printer (SP4880K3)

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Epson Stylus NX415 All-in-One Printer


If you're in the market for a new all-in-one personal printer, the NX415 makes a good choice. With the pricing currently being offered by Epson, it's an excellent value, and you should be able to save on ink and paper with this unit. Wifi or Ethernet...

Print, scan and copy with one unit34ppm black/color draft printing speed4.3ppm black/color laser quality printing speed4-color ink system2.5 color LCD and built-in memory card slots

The Epson Stylus NX415 all-in-one printer is the latest in Epson's...


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Epson Stylus Pro 4800 Photo Printer Review


Bright Hub reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 4800, taking note of the exceptional technology, software and ink that produces magnificent prints for the professional photographer. We also look at some user issues.

Despite the general user appreciation for the quality of the printer and the excellence of the prints on all types of paper, there were a couple of complaints which came from almost everyone. The first is that Epson created a wonderful professional...

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Hands on With the Epson Stylus Pro 4800


Not much more than a year ago we were raving in these pages about the Epson Stylus Pro 4000, convinced that it might be the best fine-art inkjet printer ever made. Here was an eight-ink model that could print a 16x20 or 16x24 image (using 17-inch...

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Epsonâ-'s Stylus Pro 4800; Monochrome Digital Printing Has Arrived


Cool to neutral: This photo from a digital camera was printed in Advanced Black and White mode on the Epson Stylus Pro 4800 using the "Cool" setting.

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Epson Stylus Pro 4800


Large Format Printers (LFP)s are fair old beasts. Simon Williams puts Epson's Pro 4800 entry-level offering through its paces.

Because of the capacity of the ink cartridges – a full set of high-capacity cartridges gives you over a litre and a half of ink in total – they’re fitted separately from the print head and connected by flexible tubes. Ink is pumped to the heads and...

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Epson 4800 Extended Test Pt2 – 152


In our last issue TPM's managing editor Tim Steele described his experience with the Epson 4800 inkjet printer using Photo Black ink and Epson's glossy, semi-gloss and semi-matt papers.

Best Buy!

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Stylus Pro 4800 & Stylus Photo R2400


Epson's new UltraChrome K3 inks have purer colours, but cannot be used on existing printers, so the company is releasing new K3 versions of all its top models over the next few months. First to arrive are the A2 format Stylus Pro 4800, and a desktop...

Stylus Pro 4800: Heavy duty professional inkjet with excellent colour and new dedicated grey inks for monochrome. High-quality reel and sheet feeders, edge-to-edge printing. Choice of resolutions ; Stylus Photo R2400: Affordable desktop A3+ colour...

Stylus Pro 4800: cons Heavy and too big for most desktops, especially with paper tray extended. Switching blacks for matt and gloss takes ten minutes and wastes ink ; Stylus Photo R2400: cons Very slow at all photo quality settings. Small ink...

Image quality is superb in colour or B&W. Although the maximum resolution of the 4800 is 2,800-x-1,440dpi, the quality is still excellent at 720-x-720dpi, which is much faster and uses less ink. An A2 image prints in about eight minutes at 720dpi,...

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No Lasting Power


Don't bother with the cheap. Get a better printer that will last longer than 6 months.

While it worked, this printer printed decent pictures

It has completely stopped working, ok, except for the scanner, but I mean, really?? An forget customer service, unless you don't want someone who speaks english. It will not print anything cleaerly, even when I have gone through all the nozzle check and

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cheap, pretty poor quality


This printer / scanner is cheap but not of very good quality. Its incredibly loud and jerky. Paper loading is terrible. And if any of the ink cartridges go out, the whole printer is unusual - ie if you run out of a single color ink, the printer can't...

cheap - thats it

jerky, doesn't work well, totally non-intuitive

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Great Printer for the price... $50


Bought this printer on sale for $50. I know inks are expensive, and I know the ink containers don't contain a lot of ink. I knew this going in. But, I wanted the ability to print the legendary, high quality Epson photo's. I am not disappointed. When I...

Great color photo's. Fast when only printing black (a big plus is you can select to print only in black). You can replace individual colors when they're low. Scanner is way above average. Copier is convenient for making copies and copies are very good. Go

Ink is expensive from Epson (so I buy from 2 aftermarket sources). But if you want the excellent Epson professional looking color prints, go Epson! For everyday use, aftermarket ink is really ok

Product Specifications

Designed in collaboration with some of the world's best-known photographers and printmakers, the EPSON Stylus Pro 9600 printer incorporates technologies that have never before been available to large format printing professionals. Representing advancements in ink, print head and print engine design, this next-generation, professional level 44-inch (SP9600) printer will produce some of the world's most exciting photographic prints. EPSON UltraChrome Ink - a true milestone in pigmented ink technology - can produce color prints with a color gamut approaching today's standard dye ink technologies. And for the first time, produce professional level black and white prints capable of pleasing the most demanding black and white photographers. To take full advantage of this remarkable ink technology, Epson has developed a brand new Micro Piezo DX3 print head that can produce an astonishing resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi. Designed specifically for 7-color printing, Epson's most advanced print head delivers a level of photographic quality that must be seen to be believed. A brand new print engine design capable of handling virtually any media type also incorporates innovative ideas that include true BorderFree printing, intelligent high-capacity ink systems, easy loading ink and media, and fast print speeds. Epson has once again set the standard for professional level photographic printing. Never before have creative professionals had such a powerful tool allowing them to produce their vision without compromise. Whether for your own enjoyment or for resale, photographic prints produced by this breakthrough technology will forever change your perception of digital printmaking. Although EPSON UltraChrome Ink technology will become a new standard in professional ink systems, the EPSON Stylus Pro 9600 is also available with EPSON Photographic Dye inks for those who have already built printing workflows using this award-winning ink technology. Available as a 6-color inking model (CcMmYKK), EPSON Photographic Dye Ink along with EPSON ColorLife Media will produce the highest level of photographic quality along with a lightfastness rating up to 26 years in color under glass.


Cartridge Features:Epson QuickDry
Color:Black/Light magenta/Pigmented light magenta
Consumable Type:Ink tank/Print cartridge/Print cartridge (photo)/Waste ink tray


Automatic Duplexing: None
Max Copying Speed B/W:33ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:33ppm

Dimensions & Weight


Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Standard Media Capacity:100sheets

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Consumable Subcategory:Cartridges/Maintenance supplies and parts
Printer Consumable Class:Consumables and kits


Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:France/Italy/N/a/North America/Portugal/United States
Model:2180/3000/J8000/NX415/Pro 10000/Pro 4800/Pro 4800 Color Base/Pro 4800 ColorBurst Edition/Pro 4800 Portrait Edition/Pro 4800 Professional Edition/Pro 4880/Pro 4880 Portrait Edition/Pro 9000/Pro 9600/T499/T5436/T5446
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson/Epson LQ/Epson Stylus/Epson Stylus Color/Epson TM/Epson UltraChrome


Category of Accessory:Printer accessories/Printing consumables
Color:Black / Blue / White/White
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista/Compatible with Windows 7/Works with Windows Vista
Product Type:Paper cutter/Printer cutter blade/Printer dual roll feed spindle/Printer manual cutter blade/Printer spindle
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista/Works with Windows Vista


Type: None


Type:None/Print server

Office Machine

Functions:Copier / Printer / Scanner
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Printer / copier / scanner

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:USB / USB host
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop/Stationary
Interface:Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / IEEE1394 FireWire / USB/Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / USB/IEEE1394 FireWire / Parallel / USB/IEEE1394 FireWire / USB/Parallel/Parallel / Serial/Parallel / Serial / USB/Parallel / USB
Language Simulation:EPSON ESC/P / EPSON ESC/P 2/EPSON ESC/P 2/EPSON ESC/P 2 / EPSON GL/2 / HP GL / IBM XL24E /EPSON ESC/P 2 / IBM 2390 / IBM 2391 Plus/EPSON ESC/P 2 / IBM 2391 Plus / IBM PPR/EPSON ESC/P 2 / IBM PPR/EPSON ESC/P 2 / IBM XL24E /EPSON ESC/P 2 / PostScript 3
Large Format Printer Size:17"/44"
Large Format Printer Size (metric):1118 mm/432 mm
Max H-Resolution B/W:1440dpi/2880dpi/360dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:1440dpi/2880dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A2 (16.5 in x 23.4 in)/A2 (16.5 in x 23.4 in) / ANSI C (17 in x 22 in) / Roll (17 in)/A2 (16.5 in x 23.4 in) / Roll (17 in)/A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in)/A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in) / Letter Extra (9.57 in x 13.27 in)/A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in) / Roll A2 (16.5 in)/A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)/ANSI C (17 in x 22 in) / Roll (17 in)/B0 (39.37 in x 55.67 in) / Roll (36 in x 150 ft)/Roll (44 in)
Max Printing Speed:137.8sq.ft/hour/14.7lines/sec/191.6sq.ft/hour/230.3sq.ft/hour/480char/sec/64.6sq.ft/hour
Max Printing Speed (ppm):6ppm/7ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:215.3sq.ft/hour
Max V-Resolution B/W:1440dpi/360dpi/720dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1440dpi/720dpi
Media Path Type:Curved/Curved / Straight/Straight
Media Type:Continuous forms / Envelopes / Glossy paper / Greeting cards / Labels / Plain paper/Continuous forms / Envelopes / Greeting cards / Labels / Plain paper/Continuous forms / Envelopes / Greeting cards / Plain paper/Continuous forms / Glossy film / Glossy paper / Glossy photo paper / Photo paper / Plain paper/Continuous forms / Photo paper / Plain paper/Continuous forms / Plain paper/Fine art paper / Glossy paper / Matte paper / Plain paper/Glossy greeting card paper+envelopes / Glossy paper / Photo paper / Plain paper/Glossy paper / High-gloss film / Photo paper / Plain paper / Self-adhesive sheets / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):10,000 - 19,999 pages
Output Type:Color/Monochrome
PostScript Support:Included/Not available/Optional
Roll Photo Paper Holder: Yes
Total Media Capacity:100sheets/130sheets/1rolls/250sheets/2rolls
Type:Large-format printer/Personal printer/POS receipt printer


Max Printing Speed B/W:34ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):34ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:34ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):34ppm
Max Resolution B/W:5760 x 1440 dpi
Max Resolution Color:5760 x 1440 dpi


Installed Size:128MB/18MB/4KB/64KB
Max Supported Size:64KB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty /Technical support

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 7.0 / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 3.51/Apple MacOS 7.0.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98/Apple MacOS 7.5 or later / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or later / UNIX/Apple MacOS 7.5.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or later/Apple MacOS 7.6.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or later/Apple MacOS 8.5.1 or later / Apple MacOS 9.x / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 9 / Apple MacOS X / Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP/Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.4 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS X 10.4.9 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.5 or later / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP / Microsoft Wi