Epson Stylus Pro 3880 for Serious Printing

When I first saw the 17" x 22" prints that emerged from the original Epson 3800, I was impressed. I wanted to cover my walls with big pictures. Seriously, it made my current 13" x 19" enlargements look like snapshots.

Now Epson has announced that it will ship the new Stylus Pro 3880 in October. Estimated price will be between $1,300 and $1,500, depending on configuration. Aside from its impressive output, the footprint for the 3880 isn't much bigger than many 13" printers. That means you could probably swap out your existing unit and put the 3880 in its place.

Other highlights include: exceptional B&W output, no swapping ink cartridges for matt and glossy surfaces, handles cut paper sizes from 4 x 6 up to 17 x 22, includes USB 2.0 and 10/100 BaseT Ethernet connectivity, and it automatically maintains print heads and nozzles.

If you're looking to move up from a 13" printer, the Epson Pro 3880 has to be a serious contender.

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I'm trying to figure out whether any printer is worth it, beyond casual use.

From a very good pro service, I can get: 16x20 for under $10; 8x12 for under $2.50; and 4x6 for under $.20. I get save much more with volume or by choosing a local "big box" store. Those external services use paper and inks that will supposedly last the test of time.

I haven't done a detailed price analysis, but I don't think I can get anywhere near the kind of value I can get by using a service.

Some of that decision John has to deal with how much of a control freak you are. It's the same as in the film days. Some people (like Ansel Adams) printed their own prints and some people sent it to a lab. It's really the same when it comes to printers. The more you use the printer the cheaper it becomes.

I'd like to ask John what very good pro service he is using?



This is an epic article, I will be sure to add this site to my morning routine :)

I have been using my printer for 4 days and I have found that the more you use it the more features it seems to have lol.

I guess I'm gonna have to do some more research, but this was a really good strting point.