Last week I hit a milestone of sorts – I finally replaced an ink cartridge on my new-ish Epson 3800. I purchased the printer last August when the Epson 2200 that I had been using died from a massive paper jam. Here are a few subjective observations about the Epson 3800:
Print Quality:Obviously the most important characteristic of any printer. As you’d expect, the print quality from the Epson 3800 is outstanding. I’m hard pressed to say that I actually notice much difference in color prints – they look great – the real improvement is in mono / B&W prints. Metamerism – which seemed to be the bane of B&W prints done on earlier printers – is finally at bay, though it not completely gone. As with any of Epson’s high-end printers, though, the 3800 produces fine results.
Comment from: Cymen Vig Visitor
Does the ink purge issue when switching blacks on the 4880 concern you? I’ve read everything from a cost of $75 per switch to work arounds that are supposed to be much less or just sticking to one black. I have no concept of how often or if I’d want to switch blacks. The 4880 currently has quite a rebate on it that brings it close in cost to the 3800 so it is tempting considering rolls can be used (and suction is used to hold down the paper).
Comment from: Alexander Visitor
If you had the time, it would be great if you could give the reading public a little tutorial on using profiles when printing your work. This is something that I haven’t figured out yet, but I do not have a quality printer yet to try it on…maybe soon I will invest in one.
Thanks for your interesting and information filled writing.
Hi Cymen -
I haven’t done much research on the 4880, since I have this new 3800 here :-), but I would certainly look hard at the ink consumption when changing between papers. With the 3800, I’ve switched between matte black and photo black only a couple of times. It does not consume much ink. These days almost all of my printing is on matte finished papers, but there have been times in the past when I did a lot of swapping on the 2200, and wasted a lot of ink.
Comment from: Steve Washburn Visitor
Very nice review! Red River has 17x25 sheets and a lot of other sizes. I have been using their paper and cards for a few years and they are very nice. They also have good profiles for most Epson printers.
Thanks, Steve - that’s a great tip regarding Red River. I used their paper some time ago and thought well of it. I’ll certainly be ordering some samples and seeing how the 17 x 25 inch sheets work out!
Comment from: Martin Visitor
Regarding the little metal plate holding the tray: I had the same annoyance, and was thinking it should be illegal to charge this much money for something so improperly done… It’s in the details, as always, that the true value lies, isn’t it? ;-)
Anyway: Find some super glue, you know, the kind that’ll glue a freight train to your ceiling with one drop (provided your ceiling holds), clean the plate and the plastic carefully with some alcohol or similar dissolvant, and then glue it. Mine’s been holding up for eight months now, so I think it should work for you, too.
Thanks, Martin. You are right about attention to detail - it’s silly to have a problem like this on a printer of this caliber.
I’ll give the superglue a try - I tried a Zots (little gummy tab of adhesive) but it doesn’t stick well to the metal. For now I just leave a pile of books in front of the printer to hold the door shut - grrr!
I like Epson printers a lot. I agree that print quality is indeed good. Thanks for sharing.
This awesome blog has helped me a lot in my research. Thank you for the tips and information.
You have nice shots. As for my experience it was much worse.
Comment from: storkcraft glider Visitor
what a nice shot…very good quality…