I'm very happy with the results of this printer, amazing ink capacity.
17 April 2013
Summary: I bought mine on Ebay used, it works amazingly well. I had a Canon 9000 Pro MarkII (well I still have it) and the speed of the Epson (especially in Black and White-Grayscale) is much faster. With the Epson 3800 my black and white photos look amazing and are produced in 1/10 the time of the Canon Pro9000. Awesome printer. I have the ink refill system as well from inkrepublic, that works great.
Summary: I wanted a printer that would give me professional quality photo prints. Don't ship this printer. I had over $300.00 in damage. If you ship it double up the box, really pack and secure it first then use a second box with peanuts in it or ship it on a light weight pallet. I bought this printer used on "ebay" if you buy one used take my advice on the shipping. the stand up couple that sold me the printer paid for all the damage.
Summary: I am using 4 Epson printers in my business and the last addition was the 3800. There is really no difference between the 3800 and the 3880 other than the new vivid magenta ink on the 3880 which cannot be used on the 3800. The printer is well build and sturdy for professional use with the exception the mickey mouse latch on the front tray. I replace mine with magnet and some super glue. The printer is made for border less printing on only the standard size papers.
Summary: This printer is not as fast as the big $10,000 plotters, but the quality is just as good. For the serious hobby guy like me, I don't have any regrets. The only complaint is that the front door does not stay shut very well. Also, a dust cover should have been provided. I understand there is a new model.
Summary: I've had this since March 2008. I like the large capacity ink cartridges which last a long time. I print mainly on Red River Paper using the RR profiles and have no complaints about print quality at all. I've printed hundreds of prints from 4x6 to 17x25 and have only had to clean the print heads (using the printer utility) a couple times. I've replaced the maintenance cartridge once. I print almost exclusively on glossy paper, though.
Summary: First, this printer is big and heavy. It needs a lot of space to work. When pulling the printer out of the box, be sure to follow the directions and lift the printer from the sides rather than the front and back. Lifting it front and back seems like it could do some damage. Out of the box, the little piece of metal that holds the output tray closed came off and the output cover wouldn't stay closed.
Summary: Very good professional printer, easy to use, adaptable for all my photographic printing needs. This is my first professional printer, so it took some getting used to as far as setting the settings for different paper size and so on, but overall it's relatively easy to figure out your preferences. It produces an exceptional quality photo! The only thing that hurts is the cost of the ink, $60 per cartridge and nine cartridges!
Summary: I have had an Stylus Pro 2400 for the past 2 years before this up-grade to a Stylus pro 3800. The fact that I can produce image sizes of 16x20 (largest with this printer is 17x22) I have found no manufacturer that offers 16x20 papers as yet. I am extremely happy with the results of my 17x22 enlargements and with the menu options in the printer window. It is however, necessary to read the manual...especially on the feed options and how to get the papers to feed.
Summary: Ive had this printer for over a year now, and its flawless. Wanted black and white prints that actually looked like black and white, with no color cast unless I put it there. It does that and more. 17x22's are beautiful. Its not a cheap printer, but ink savings are substantial considering the cost per ml is much lower than my previous 2200's Have already made my money back on this printer months ago from sales of framed photos, and photography is just a side thing for me...
Summary: I now own both the R1800 and the R3800 printers. I bought the R1800 a few years ago, shortly after it came out. This fall I attended a photo trade show in NYC. There were prints on display that were stunning and I got excited about upgrading my printer. There were two or three things I wanted. I wanted larger ink cartridges, so I wouldn't have to order replacements after printing just a few large prints and I wanted a reduction in the cost of the ink.