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68 reviews

Apr, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 262 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the durability and print quality are on the whole positive. The size and design are also appreciated. Comments about the performance and price are mixed. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Epson STYLUS PHOTO 1280 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Epson STYLUS PHOTO 1280


alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Epson STYLUS PHOTO 1280 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Reviewers are impressed by the size and usability. The design and price are also appreciated.

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89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Epson SP1280 Inkjet Printer

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Epson STYLUS PHOTO 1280


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Epson STYLUS PHOTO 1280 from The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Printers on Many are less positive about the usability.


0% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Inkjet Printer (Silver)

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Dave Nagel (

Epson Stylus Photo 1280


I bought my first Epson way, way back in the day. I had never purchased an inkjet before, since they were complete garbage at the time, and I had never purchased anything from Epson, since, well.... To give you an idea of where Epson stood at this...

Wide-format inkjet printer

Feb, 2002

Expert review by: David B. Brooks (

The Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Printer


Over the last few years the technology performance advances Epson has brought to ink jet photo printing has moved at an amazing pace.

Jul, 2001

Expert review by: (

Epson 1280 Printer Review


This is a case of theoretical and marketing specs Vs. the real world. To repeat, there is essentially no visible difference to the naked eye in resolution, clarity or dithering visibility between Epson 1270 and 1280 prints. There i

Consumer review by: war eagle (

Great Printer For PHOTOS


Excellent reproduction on epson photo papers For the best ie cheapest results buy a continuous inking system and print away. Used for over a year on prints 12X16 inches Selling prints for 35 bucks each Many sold Everybody happy nuf said Review and...

May, 2003

Consumer review by: Ray (

Epson Stylus Photo 1280 - (Photo Printers)

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: Ray (

Epson Stylus Photo 1280


I bought the 1280 printer based on rave reviews by a fellow photographer who owned the Epson 1270. It worked fine for a short time, but then began to leave blue and red horizontal lines in anything I printed. I tried all the nozzle cleaner, head...

The printer produced nice prints at first at a good speed. I liked the borderless printing too. Ink cartridges are easy to change and are readily available. Although it is a bit wide, the printer is not tall and fit well into my computer hutch.

Print heads clog easily if the printer is not used often. I noticed that you need to keep it in use as it seemed the more you used it, the better it printed. But the constant streaking of prints became worse and I was unable to find a way to find a...

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: nicoixo (

Epson Stylus Photo 1280


Big piece of junk. This is the second and last Epson printer that I will own. When they work, they do produce outstanding results. However, they rarely work. I thought maybe the 800 I had in the beginning was a bad one. But this 1280 has had issues...

Not too big or heavy.. I should be able to throw it out the window pretty far

Ink blobs on borderless printings ; Clogged ink heads ; Feeder backs up and prints double image ; Waste of ; Slow ; Ink, paper and time waste

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Rschedko (

Epson Stylus Photo 1280


This printer produces superb photos. It is very hard to tell the difference between a photo from this printer an a lab print. Sometimes you can't. This printer is a little slow,large, and if it is not used a least once a week the heads clog. This can...

Lab quality

Slow Heads clog if not used. Large, has a large foot print and needs alot of desk space.

May, 2005

Consumer review by: gcookie (

Epson Stylus Photo 1280


This is my second review of this printer. I have use the printer for several years and highly recomend it. I was disappointed in the Epson drivers and have since gone to Print Fix software to build my own drivers.

Epson papers are great. I have gone to a bulk ink system and with print fix, print what I see. Matt is your best choice for a longer shelve life and I've printed hundreds of A3 sheets

Never could get the Epson drivers to work properly.

Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: Dave Perkes (

Epson Stylus Photo 1280


I bought a Epson 1290 (UK version of 1280) in early 2001 to produce exhibition quality prints at A3 or larger. It has lived up to its reputation as the best photo printer then and compares well to the best available today.The quality of the prints...

Fabulous print quality on photo paper • Longevity using quality photo paper and Epson Inks • Ability to use roll paper. • Can get borderless prints using Photoshop. • Cartridges are widely available • By current standards it is not too costly to run •...

Epson software unreliable and buggy and not very user friendly. • I cannot get neutral blacks for monochrome using full colour mode • Quality not great on normal paper • A bit slow (but the quality makes up for it) • Very difficult to set up using...

Jun, 2004

Product Specifications

Whether you're a professional photographer or a talented amateur, you want your best photo prints to last. That's precisely the thinking behind the Epson Stylus Photo 1280, the fast and friendly ink jet printer that brings you true, lightfast and water-resistant Photo Quality printing. With the Epson Stylus Photo 1280, your best shots will beam in brilliant, 6-color Photo Reproduction Quality on fade-resistant media rivaling anything you've seen on standard photo lab prints. You'll be in control as you conveniently print out everything from portfolios and soft proofs to panoramic and exhibition prints.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson Stylus Photo




Type: None


Type: None


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop
Interface:Parallel / USB
Language Simulation:EPSON ESC/P / IBM X24E
Max H-Resolution B/W:2880dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:2880dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):11 in x 14 in / A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in) / Letter Extra (9.57 in x 13.27 in)/A3 plus (13 in x 16.65 in) / Super B (13 in x 19 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):9ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:1.8min/page
Max V-Resolution B/W:720dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:720dpi
Media Path Type:Straight
Media Type:Banners / Coated paper / Envelopes / Glossy paper / Heavy-weight matte paper / Iron-on transfers / Matte paper / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies/Banners / Coated paper / Envelopes / Glossy paper / Iron-on transfers / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies
Output Type:Color
PostScript Support:Not available
Total Media Capacity:100sheets
Type:Photo printer


Installed Size:256KB
Max Supported Size:256KB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 7.5 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 8.5.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 / Microsoft Windows XP