Epson Stylus Pro 3800

Last Update: Review by Shutterbug (added on 18.02.07)

The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 is the most compact A2 printer on the market featuring Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink Technology, with high-speed 10/100 BaseT internal Ethernet along with a custom-designed PostScript Language Level 3 Compatible RIP from ColorBurst, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Professional Edition represents a complete printing solution for the most demanding creative professional. This printer is capable of printing in a variety of sizes, from A6 to A2.

Epson Stylus Pro 3800
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

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PhotographyBlog reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 is a real value – giving you the ability to print up to 17″ wide on a variety of media types. The UltraChrome K3 inks have a good track record and with the new dithering pattern in the 3800, tonal gradations are improved over earlier models. While ink swaps are still needed, Epson has thankfully made the process automatic in the Stylus Pro 3800 with greatly reduced ink loss in the change over. If you don’t need roll paper support, and do an average amount of printing, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 should be at the top of your list.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Shutterbug reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“I’d say that the 4800 is a workhorse for the studio, print shop, or photo group looking for a high capacity, well put together pigment ink printer, while the 3800 is prime for the fine art or enthusiast printer who wants 17” capability in a reasonably sized printer that does a great job right out of the box. Although $1295 isn’t inexpensive, it is certainly a very good price for a 17” pigment printer of this quality. Those who are committed to making very long-lasting and vibrant prints for themselves, or their clients, will find it a good investment. Indeed, it is now my black and white printer of choice.”
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CNET reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“Prints from the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 are among the best we’ve seen from any inkjet printer costing less than $1,500. In fact, in some ways, this printer even outclasses the pricier Stylus Pro 4800. Most notably, we saw very little banding in the smooth, difficult-to-render, out-of-focus areas of images, which often turn to virtual stairsteps on inkjet printers. We still did see some extremely minor banding on some prints, but it wasn’t noticeable when viewed from a normal distance…The bottom line: Epson’s least expensive pro-series printer yet, the Stylus Pro 3800 is sure to dominate among pros, prosumers, and big-spending amateurs alike.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Luminous-Landscape reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“Just as a matter of curiosity I made some comparison test prints against the 12 ink Canon iPF 5000, using custom profiles which I made with an Eye One spectrophotometer on Innova F Gloss paper. The prints were so close in appearance as to be uncanny. The Canon showed maybe a smidge more shadow detail and a bit of extra separation in the red step wedge, but it was essentially impossible to tell the prints apart. Excellent performance on the Epson 3800’s part, because the Canon 5000 has heretofor produced the best image quality that I’ve yet seen from any printer.”
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PhotoReview.AU reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“It takes roughly 7.5 minutes to charge the print head after the cartridges are installed. This one-off process consumes some of the ink, slightly reducing the number of prints you can make from the initial ink set – but not subsequent cartridges. Ink yields vary greatly, depending on the images printed, print settings, paper type, frequency of use and ambient temperature. Furthermore, a variable amount of ink remains in the cartridge after the ‘replace cartridge’ alert appears. Each cartridge carries a chip that automatically tracks the amount of ink used. The printer can report on ink usage, allowing photographers to calculate actual print costs.”
Rating: ★★★★½

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Photokina, 25 September – 1 October 2006 – The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 is the most compact A2 printer on the market, making it ideal for those with limited studio space. It is an advanced inkjet system featuring UltraChrome K3 ink technology for premium quality output, comes with high-capacity ink cartridges for overnight print runs and offers a range of print sizes from A6 to A2. Designed for ease of use, the Epson 3800 is ideally suited for fast and flexible printing in the photography, fine art, proofing and graphics markets. The Epson 3800 includes Epson’s UltraChrome K3 ink technology, an eight-colour pigment ink system that delivers premium quality prints with neutral gradations in colour and black and white. The full ink set includes cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light magenta, light black, light light black photo black or matte black.

Print quality is life-like with excellent greyscale performance and smooth tonal reproduction. UltraChrome K3 inks offers a wide gamut of the colour spectrum, meaning that even colours such as vibrant orange, signal red and ochre can be achieved. The lighter inks also allow smooth gradations for the printing of watercolour, pastels and crayons. The photo black and matte black cartridges provide you with increased ease of use when you need to switch from matte to glossy media by simply choosing the black ink that you need from your printer driver.

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