« on: December 06, 2013, 07:46:58 AM »
Well, I happened upon a gently used Epson 3800 for a fair price. It was local, so I could check it out.
Had to buy some ink, but I'm still in it for less than a 3880 refurb and way less than a new 3880.
Doesn't seem to be too many real life major differences between the 3800 and 3880 based on a quick search.
Network setup (wired) was a bit of a pain. No PnP there. Had to read the manual.
Tried out some prints onto Canon paper, and as long as I pick the right settings, print output looks very, very good.
Good find. There's very little real difference between the two.
I highly recommend trying out Epson's Hot Press Bright paper. Epson has a paper sample pack that's worth getting. It has two sheets each of all the press variations, exhibition fiber, etc. I was a glossy paper fan until I tried the press papers. Of course there's a ton of papers from 3rd parties as well.
inkjet printing isn't "economical", but small ink cartridges don't match well with bigger prints...
Exactly. I do consider the 3800/3880 economical once you've dealt with the up front cost above the value of the ink included with the printer.