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alaScore 70

215 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 215 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the build quality and print quality are overall positive. The size and usability also get good reviews, but there are some mixed views about the performance and value for money.

design, usability, size, print quality, build quality

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 70/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 215 reviews)

3 expert reviews

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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

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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.

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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:

Chronic clogging print heads make this printer unusable


If you're reading this review and looking for details regarding functional aspects of this printer, (paper handling, noise, etc.) you won't find them. I simply don't see a point to providing those details when a product is unusable. I've just been...

Beautiful photos when you can get it to work

Unusable due to constantly clogged print heads - I've been forced to trash it and by another brand

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This printer really eats ink fast


The quality of the photo prints are wonderful and its an easy printer to use

If you want to print banners it has a four foot limit. It also eats ink in a big way. I have had my unit two weeks and I've been printing 13 x 19 posters with it. After 12 posters, the printer was completely out of ink and these are big expensive cartridg

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Slow & Difficult to Color Correct!


Best 13x19 Printer Price on the Market! Sharp, vivid colors

Very, very slow printing on Epson's 2880 mode! Took over 25-30 minutes to print an 11x14, 300dpi photoshop image on it's highest resolution. Once it was complete, the portrait was over saturated with red, and I had color correct it, and reprint again, not

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Great printer for good photographers.


Excellent colors - vivid and striking. Photo labs never captured my pictures accurately. Now I can print photos from home and have made numerous sales of my scenic photography

A few frustrating problems - Hope you're listening, Epson, because others have experienced this too - roller smudges on the back of the prints occur sometimes and it would be great it you could tell us how to get 4 X 6 prints with no borders showing. Than

Consumer review by:

Bad investment for me


Its compact in size

I was so dissipointed in this printer. After using the Epson stylus 600 for many years I just assumed this one would be good too. I've gone through too much paper trying to get the colors right and its limited as far as banner size. If I had it to do over

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Print head problems at 1 year


It did print great photo quality prints for about 9 months

Requires Epson paper and ink - Expensive. The print head began needing more and more clean at around 9 month. Soon after I was unable align one of the print nozzels in the print head. I thought it just needed another self cleaning and hadn't gotten aro

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Couln't be more satisfied


I have had this printer for a year now and I never get tired anticipating the image quality of every output. It prints excellent quality even at 720x720 dpi. I just love it. I got it for $288 and I am glad that It was worth every penny

To get the output that you want you'll have to do a little more than just with any ordinary home printer, which isn't bad, but may seem so for lazy and impatient people

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