Epson Stylus Pro 3800

Epson Stylus Pro 3800 is a Photo Printer features Print Resolution up to 2880 x 1440 dpi, Print Speed 8″ x 10″ prints from 2:03 to 7:47 – normal is 4:08, Complete borderless printing on the following cut-sheet sizes 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, 11″ x 14″, 16″ x 20″, 17″ x 22″. The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 measures 27″x 15″ x 10″ (W x D x H) and weighs 43.2 lb.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Expert Reviews

Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Reviews

Photoreview reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“Overall printing performance was outstanding. We found no evidence of banding in any of the prints we made and no significant metamerism (colour changing under different types of lighting). Blacks in both colour and monochrome prints were impressively deep, which is what you would expect from a printer that claims a DMax of 2.3D. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PCWorld reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“For years, Epson’s hallmark has been its print quality, and the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 is no exception. Colours are rich and vibrant, even on glossy paper, which often presents a problem for pigment inks.. The Stylus Pro 3800 doesn’t just offer superior print quality; it’s also very fast. Using the standard quality setting, a 6x4in photo took 56 seconds to print; an 8x10in image printed in one minute and 48 seconds; a 12x18in picture printed in four minutes and 16 seconds; and a 16x20in photo took only five minutes and 44 seconds to come out of the printer.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Expertreviews reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“We weren’t expecting the Pro 3800 to beat any speed records, but we were pleasantly surprised. With high-speed printing on, it took just over four minutes to print a full A3 image, dropping to two minutes and 26 seconds for our full-colour A4 test photo. Postcard prints were produced just as quick, at about 60 seconds per sheet. The results were quite extraordinary; both colour and mono prints were superb. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

inkjetart reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“The average pigment particle size of the UltraChrome K3 ink is 1/10 of a micrometer – making it 1/100 the width of a human hair. The K3 ink set use unique high-density pigments for an extremely wide color gamut. The high-gloss MicroCrystal Encapsulation technology give your prints reduced gloss differential (also commonly mis-labled “bronzing”) and superior scratch resistance. Your color is stable immediately after printing, no short-term color shifting – meaning it should look the same tomorrow (and the next day…). On the Epson Premium Glossy Luster (2880×1440 mode), the K3 can produce a black density of 2.3 with an L* value of 4.1.”
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PhotographyBlog reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“The print quality of the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 is very similar to that of previous Epson UltraChrome K3 printers like the 4800 and the R2400. The included profiles are very good in my experience, and I was able to improve output with custom profiles only slightly and then most noticeable in red accuracy and shadow detail. On the topic of color accuracy, I found that the Epson printed slightly warm with just a touch of red in skin tones.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photo-i reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“I achieved remarkable results from the very first print, colour and B/W prints are all faultless, I would be more than happy to exhibit or sell any print produced by this printer. EPSON has got the profiles spot on, which means you don’t need to source third party profiles in order to produce great prints”
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Macworld reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“If you are a professional photographer or serious amateur looking to reproduce your work at large sizes and with extremely high quality, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Standard Model is a great printer. You get speed, quality, and efficiency at a good price, even when you factor in the swapping of the matte and photo black inks. While some people will view the printer’s primary flaw as a fatal one, it’s hard to argue with the end result: large, beautiful prints on almost any media type. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Shutterbug reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“The printer hummed along quietly for a surprisingly short period of time in the 1440 dpi setting and out popped some of the best looking b&w prints of these shots I’ve ever printed. A Super A3 (13 x 19”) print in warm black and white mode took about 3 minutes from when the paper first was grabbed by the printer. Connection was via USB 2, which makes for a fast data exchange. “
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CNET reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“Like the other printers that use Epson’s K3 inks, the 3800 produces prints with accurate colors and minimal metamerism, and none of the bronzing that marred the performance of the Stylus Photo R2200. We also saw impressively deep blacks–Epson rates the maximum density (DMax) at as high as 2.3D. Of course, the depth of black, and more importantly, the brightness and neutrality of whites and lighter colors will vary based on the paper you choose, but we saw an impressive amount of color fidelity across various paper types. Plus, the ICC color profiles that Epson ships with the printer proved excellent.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Northlight-images reviews the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and writes;
“I was very impressed with the quality of output from the 3800… Black and white print quality was particularly good, once I’d tweaked the output with a linearising profile. The printer driver has had a lot of work put into getting good B/W. It consistently beat anything my 9600 could manage in sheer depth of blackness on similar papers..”
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Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Brochure & User Guide

- Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Brochure
- Epson Stylus Pro 3800 User Guide

Features & Specifications

Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Features

The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Printer Standard Model photo printer sets a new bar for professional printing with its sophisticated Ultrachrome K3 Ink technology, an eight-color pigment-based ink and tri-level black ink system that creates advanced photo pigment combinations and maximum photo resolutions of 2880 by 1440 dpi.

The printer’s streamlined design is compatible with most types of cut-sheet media, from standard 4 by 6 inch prints up to 17 by 22 inch sheets, and it easily accommodates fine art paper and 1.5-millimeter-thick posterboard. The Stylus Pro 3800 prints border-free images, and its three-level black ink system with auto sharing photo and matte black ink technology creates professional black-and-white prints from grayscale or color files.

This versatile 27 by 15 by 10-inch printer also features a 2.5-inch backlit LCD panel you can use to preview, select, and print with ease. A high-capacity front-loading paper feeder handles up to 120 sheets of plain, standard-size printer paper, or up to 20 sheets of photographic media, while a second front-loading manual feeder can accommodate paper up to 17 inches wide. In addition, the Stylus Pro 3800 printer comes backed by a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

What’s in the Box
Stylus Pro 3800 printer, power cord, documentation, CD-ROM containing printer drivers and software (Windows and Macintosh).
The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 ships with the following Epson UltraChrome K3 ink: Photo Black (T580100), Matte Black (T580800), Light Black (T580700), Light Light Black (T580900), Cyan (T580200), Light Cyan (T580500), Magenta (T580300), Light Magenta (T580600), Yellow (T580400).

Features & Benefits
The Future of Print Head Technology

8-channel print head with Auto-sharing Black Ink technology
* Innovative, new print head design allows for all nine inks to be installed simultaneously
* Without any user intervention, the printer automatically switches between Photo and Matte Black ink while utilizing the same physical ink channel

New, ultramodern photographic screening technology
* Highly precise screening technology uses a radical new algorithm for determining dot placement, resulting in an extreme level of photographic image quality
* Produces extremely fine, photographic prints, even in bi-directional and lower resolution print modes
* Compensates for various ink densities between resolutions – allowing for a single ICC profile to be used per media type

Advanced MicroPiezo® AMC™ print head technology
* One-inch wide, high performance print head offers a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi
* Produces variable-sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters to greatly decrease print times, while optimizing photographic quality
* Proprietary Active Meniscus Control (AMC) technology precisely controls the curvature of every ink droplet within each nozzle before releasing it onto the media
* Extremely sharp and accurate placement of ink droplets consistently delivers outstanding photographic print quality from sheet to sheet

Automatic print head alignment and cleaning technology
* Built-in sensor reads printed data for highly precise alignment of all color channels
* Built-in sensor analyzes a printed nozzle check pattern and automatically cleans the print head if any problems are found – even partially clogged nozzles

Epson PreciseColor™ Technology
In order to ensure consistent printing between multiple Epson Stylus Pro printers of the same model, Epson has enhanced the production process to include colorimetric calibration. This system evaluates and adjusts each printer at the manufacturing stage, assuring you’ll get consistent color output from printer to printer.

Epson UltraChrome K3™ Ink Technology

Advanced 8-color pigment-based ink system
* Unique, high-density pigments for an extremely wide color gamut
* Professional print permanence ratings for truly sellable quality prints
* Microcrystal Encapsulation™ Technology for reduced gloss differential
* Superior scratch resistance from improved pigment and resin chemistry
* Stable color immediately after printing – no short-term color shifting
* Black density up to 2.3 with an L* value as low as 4.1*

Three-level Black ink technology
* Simultaneously uses Black, Light Black, and Light Light Black ink
* Significantly improves the gray balance while eliminating color casts
* Delivers impressive midtones and highlights for a smoother tonal range
* Virtually eliminates the metamerism and bronzing of basic pigment chemistry
* Enhances the ICC profiling process for ColorSync™ and ICM™ workflows

Advanced Black-and-white printing technology
* Unique driver technology taking full advantage of our three-level Black system to produce professional black-and-white prints from color or grayscale image files
* Includes proprietary Epson screening technology developed specifically for black-and-white printing
* Produces a truly consistent image with no color crossover or color cast
* Represents the standard for producing sellable quality neutral and toned black-and-white prints

Two Auto-sharing Black Ink modes
The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 automatically utilizes two different Black Ink modes – Photo Black or Matte Black. This innovative solution optimizes the Black ink density for various media types. Whether printing on traditional photographic medias or unique, fine art paper, this technology dramatically improves the final print quality.

New, high-precision print engine technology

Exclusive 17-inch wide printer design
* All-new print engine technology that takes full advantage of the latest in precision mechanical design, resulting in a significant reduction in overall printer size and weight
* Incredibly quiet operation, perfectly suited for even home use
* Large, 2.5-inch, backlit LCD control panel for easy, direct printer control and operational status monitoring

Professional media handling
* Prints on virtually any type of cut-sheet media from 4 x 6 up to 17 x 22
* Top-loading, high-capacity paper feeder handles up to 120 sheets of plain, letter-sized paper or up to 20 sheets of photographic media
* Second, top-loading, manual sheet feeder accommodates thick fine art paper up to 17 inches wide
* Front-loading, straight-through, manual sheet feeder handles media up to 16 inches wide, up to 1.5 mm thick posterboard
* Supports manual printing on both sides of specialty media
* Prints on select BorderFree®, cut-sheet media from 4 x 6 up to 17 x 22

High Performance Print Engine Speed
The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 utilizes our latest print head technology – making it one of the fastest printers ever made by Epson. The following table represents the highest quality print modes for three popular print sizes.

Print mode
* SuperFine – 1440 dpi HS produces an 8″ x 10″ in 2:03, 11″ x 14″ in 3:18, 16″ x 20″ in 5:32
* SuperFine – 1440 dpi produces an 8″ x 10″ in 4:08, 11″ x 14″ in 6:39, 16″ x 20″ in 10:59
* SuperPhoto – 2880 dpi HS produces an 8″ x 10″ in 3:50, 11″ x 14″ in 6:04, 16″ x 20″ in 9:46
* SuperPhoto – 2880 dpi produces an 8″ x 10″ in 7:47, 11″ x 14″ in 12:15, 16″ x 20″ in 18:40

Epson intelligent, high-capacity ink system
* All-new, pressurized ink cartridge technology ensures reliable ink delivery at all print speeds, while dramatically reducing the physical size of the ink cartridges
* Nine, individual, 80 ml ink cartridges enable truly professional printing
* On-the-fly ink cartridge replacement facilitates increased productivity

Superior connectivity
* Standard ports include one 10/100Base-T Ethernet and one Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible)
* Standard Professional Epson Photographic Drivers for Macintosh® and Windows®
* Optional PANTONE® licensed and SWOP® certified PostScript® Language Level 3™ Compatible RIP by ColorBurst® (included only with Professional Edition bundle)
* Fully supported by most leading, third-party RIPs and workflows – Epson Stylus Pro series printers are used within the most demanding professional photography and graphic design environments

Epson PrintJob™ information system
* Built-in printer memory automatically tracks key print job statistics, such as ink and media usage, remaining media, data file and user names, print times and more
* Makes it easy to download reports from printer memory or print them

World Class Service and Support
* Free one-year of coverage under the Epson PreferredSM Protection Plan with toll-free telephone support available Monday through Friday and usually next-business-day, full unit exchange service
* Optional one or two-year Epson Preferred Plus Service plans available

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