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Epson Stylus Pro 3880
|Maximum paper width||17"|
|Maximum cut-sheet size||17" x 22"|
|Minimum cut-sheet size||4" x 6"|
|Left and right margins||0 or 3 mm each (0.24" total)|
|Top and bottom margins||0 or 3 mm or 15 mm each|
|Maximum printable width||17.16" (full bleed, 17" width)|
|Main top-loading feeder||Up to 17" x 22"|
|Up to 120 sheets plain; 50 photo|
|Second top-loading feeder||Up to 17" x 22"|
|Single sheet manual feeder,
optimized for fine art paper
|Front manual feeder||Up to 16" x 20"|
|Straight-through, single sheet
manual feeder up to 1.5 mm
|Weight||12 lb bond, up to 1.5 mm cardboard|
Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink Technology with Vivid Magenta
High-density pigments for an extremely wide colour gamut
New formulation of Magenta pigments for extreme blues and purples
Professional print permanence ratings for truly sellable quality prints
High-gloss Microcrystal Encapsulation technology for reduced gloss differential
Superior scratch resistance from improved pigment and resin chemistry
Colour is stable immediately after printing - no short-term colour shifting
Produces a black density up to 2.55 with an L* value of 2.9*
*Data based on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper (260)
Auto-sharing Black Ink Technology
|Black ink conversion times:|
|Matte to Photo Black||2:55 min:sec|
|Photo to Matte Black||1:55 min:sec|
|Ink used during conversion:B|
|Matte to Photo Black||Approx. 4.5 ml|
|Photo to Matte Black||Approx. 1.5 ml|
BInk used in conversion varies considerably based on temperature and other factors.
Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink (80 ml)
|Vivd Light Magenta||T580B00|
|Light Light Black||T580900|
|Cartridge fill volume||80 ml each color x 9 colors total|
|Ink cartridge shelf life||2 years from printed production
date or 6 months after opened
CCartridge yields vary considerably based on images printed, print settings, paper type, frequency of use and temperature. For print quality, a variable amount of ink remains in the cartridge after the "replace cartridge" indicator comes on. The printer ships with full cartridges and part of the ink from the first cartridges is used for priming the printer
More info from Epson US
MicroPiezo AMC Print Head Technology
AccuPhoto HD2 Screening Technology
Auto-Sharing Photo and Matte Black Ink
Professional Media Handling
Advanced Black-and-White Printing Technology
Automatic Print Head Alignment and Nozzle Check Technology
High Performance Engine Speeds
HS = High-Speed Print Mode (Bi-directional Print Mode) | Print speeds are shown in min:sec.
Based upon print engine speed only. Total throughput times depend upon front-end RIP, file size, printer resolution, ink coverage, networking, etc.
Epson PreciseColour Manufacturing
World-Class Service and Support
ColourBurst RIP Software for Professional Graphic Design
|Designed without Compromise
Reproducing that image, exactly as you saw it, has always been the challenge. Until now. With the introduction of the Epson Stylus Pro 3880, the bar has once again been raised and the realm of what's possible expanded. Engineered for the most discriminating professionals, it comes with a variety of technological breakthroughs that will make it the benchmark by which all other 17-inch printers are measured. In fact, there's so much innovation in this feature-rich printer, you might expect a much larger footprint, but the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is remarkably compact, equal in size to many 13-inch printers.
Your creative visions can be realized with the Epson Stylus Pro 3880
With the Epson Stylus Pro 3880, uncompromising quality is within reach. Engineered for the discriminating professional, this compact, 17" wide printer includes Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology, world-renowned for professional printing applications. This, combined with an advanced MicroPiezo AMC print head, enables the Pro 3880 to produce gallery-quality colour and black-and-white output up to 17" x 22". The printer's industry-acclaimed ink set delivers a phenomenal colour gamut with breathtaking blues and violets. All-new AccuPhoto HD2 technology provides smoother colour transitions and better highlight and shadow detail for prints with a true photographic look. Exceptional print quality and professional media support - the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 makes it all possible. Now, you can achieve stunning wide-format prints to professionally showcase your work and bring your creative visions to life.
Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology is a professional, 8-colour ink set with advanced magenta pigments that provide more dramatic blues and violets for an impressive colour gamut. Its three-level black technology delivers richer blacks, outstanding tonal range and an unprecedented gray balance, all of which ensure outstanding black-and-white prints. Built on Epson's heritage of professional ink technology, this pigment ink set offers instant colour stability. Colours stay consistent, whether viewed right out of the printer or decades later. With Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta, you get print quality and longevity that satisfies the most demanding professional.
The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 optimizes your working space. This compact, professional-level printer generates exhibition quality prints, worthy of gallery display, up to 17" x 22" - an innovation made possible by Epson's expertise in microminiaturization and professional printing technology.
AccuPhoto HD2 technology was created from a collaboration between Epson and the Rochester Institute of Technology's Munsell Colour Science Laboratory and combines a complex mathematical architecture and advanced screening technology to provide outstanding image quality. AccuPhoto HD2 is specifically engineered to ensure precision placement of each individual ink droplet, resulting in smooth, grain-free images. Choosing from an extraordinary number of possible ink combinations for each colour, this technology optimizes ink usage to maximize the colour gamut and provide smooth colour transitions and gradations. Reduction of the metameric index makes it possible to achieve consistent colour under different lighting conditions. And, it ensures truly photographic prints, even in high-speed or lower resolution print modes.
Our advanced MicroPiezo print head with AMC (Advanced Meniscus Control) is at the core of Epson's advanced ink jet technology, enabling the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 to deliver incredible detail. This permanent, high-performance print head creates variable-sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters and places them with remarkable accuracy and precision. This professional print head also incorporates an ink-repelling coating which decreases maintenance and increases reliability. Working together with Epson PreciseColour technology, the print head delivers consistent print quality every time from every Epson Stylus Pro 3880.
Part of an advanced workflow, the Advanced Black-and-White Photo Mode is your key to intuitive and consistent control, for stunning neutral or toned black-and-white prints. Choose from one of four present menus - neutral, warm, cool or sepia. Or, fine tune your image further with custom slider bars and the colour tone wheel that gives you precise control. Customized settings can be saved and recalled to achieve consistent prints every time.
The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 was designed without compromise so your visions could be printed without compromise. With its compact size, it represents the next step in professional desktop printing, and is a must have for the serious professional.
* MSRP. Dealer Prices may vary. All prices are in U.S. Dollars.
We've had a comment (thanks) suggesting that Epson is going to announce the 3800 replacement in time for the big IFA Berlin show (4th-9th September)
The loyalty discount scheme at Epson UK runs until the end of September, so we'd thought the announcement might be in time for an October trade show, but I don't know of any particularly important ones then.
There have been recent comments about a 3880 with the same vivid magnta ink set of the 7880/9880
However it seems Epson US just decided to get ahead and mailed this out
It seem that an internal company bulletin at one Epson division mentions the update for the 3800, calling it a '3880', although this name was not certain.
Remember that the various Epson divisions round the world often get told very little about future products, so rumours do abound :-)
No Photokina this year, so one possible event could be Print 09 in Chicago (11th-16th Sept.)
We're told that the Epson 3900 is due for announcement this summer.
The 3800 was announced in September 2006, so three years between announcements is quite reasonable ;-)
Most likely using a version of the improved Ultrachrome HDR ink technology
There is an Epson 78 page PDF presentation about the 7900/9900 which uses these inks.
Includes detailed info such as this chart showing ink drying colour stability.
There is also our full review of the 3800
SP3800 Download links
For those of you looking at a 3800, or even one of the new Canon or HP printers, there is this comparison of ink costs (based on manufacturers suggested prices)
The 3800 does not support roll media - this would be a problem for me, since one of the advantages of using a decent page layout function in a RIP is to be able to print varying sizes of print and tile them (I do this all the time with 44 inch roll media on my 9600)
Some specifications for the current Epson Stylus Pro 3800
Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink Technology
Professional Cut-Sheet Media Handling from 4” x 6” up to 17” x 22” (new)
Main Top-Loading High-Capacity Paper Feeder (new)
Second Top-Loading Manual Feeder – Optimized for Fine Art (new)
Front-Loading Straight-through Manual Feeder up to 1.5mm Thick
BorderFree Cut-Sheet Printing from 4” x 6” up to 16” x 20” (new)
Advanced MicroPiezo AMC Print Head Technology
Ultra-Modern Image Processing Technology (new)
Maximum Resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 dpi
Nine Individual 80ml High-Capacity Ink Cartridges (new)
Auto-Sharing Photo and Matte Black Ink Technology (new)
Pressurized Ink Cartridge Technology (new)
High-Performance Print Engine Speeds
Epson PreciseColour Technology
Automatic Head Alignment and Cleaning Technologies
Standard USB 2.0 and 10/100 BaseT Ethernet (new)
Epson PrintJob Information System
One-Year Epson Preferred Protection Plan
|Printer Feature||Epson Stylus Pro 3800||Epson Stylus Pro 4800||Canon iPF5000|
|Maximum Printer Width||17-Inch||17-Inch||17-Inch|
|Maximum Number of Inks||9-Colour||9-Colour||12-Colour|
|Maximum Number of Inks Used for Printing||8-Colour||8-Colour||11-Colour|
|Auto-Switching Matte & Photo Black?||Yes - Auto Sharing||No||Yes - Auto Switching|
|Maximum Ink Cartridge Fill Volume||80 ml||220 ml||130 ml|
|Pigmented Ink Technology||UltraChrome K3||UltraChrome K3||Lucia|
|Printing Method||AMC Piezo x 1||AMC Piezo x 1||FINE Thermal x 2|
|Print Head Replacement||Not Required||Not Required||User Replaceable|
|Maximum Resolution / Minimum Droplet Size||2,880 x 1,440 / 3.5 pl||2,880 x 1,440 / 3.5 pl||2,400 x 1,200 / 4 pl|
|Print Speed - True Lab Quality 16" x 20" Print||5:32 (1,440 x 720 HS)||6:07 (1,440 x 720 HS)||6:00 (2,400 x 1,200)|
|Professional Media Support up to 1.5 mm||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cut Sheet / Roll Support||Yes / No||Yes / Yes||Yes / Optional|
|Borderless Printing Technology||Cut Sheet||Roll Only||Roll Only|
|Paper Handling - Automatic Feed||Top Input Tray||Roll & Cassette - Manual||Roll & Cassette - Auto|
|Paper Handling - Manual Feed||Top, Front, & Rear||Top, Front, & Rear||Top, Front, & Rear|
|Connectivity - Standard||USB 2.0 & 10/100 BaseT||USB 2.0 & FireWire||USB 2.0 & 10/100 BaseT|
|Connectivity - Optional||Not Required||100 BaseT Ethernet||FireWire|
|Estimated Purchase Price||$1,295||$1,995||$1,945|
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