Bringing VR out of office and study spaces will serve to help it attract the new audiences it needs to continue growing
Epson Stylus Pro 3800
- Excellent quality prints, outstanding speed on almost any media type
- The need to swap cartridges when you switch between matte and photo black inks wastes at least 2ml of ink in the process due to ink "flushing"
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.
Price$ 2,195.00 (AUD)
At first glance, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Standard Model looks out of place in the photo printer market. There are a few very good photo printers with similar features that cost much less than the Epson's $2195, and some excellent industrial-strength printers with richer sets of features starting at a few-thousand dollars more.
However, if you are a photographer looking to create high-quality, large-format prints for sale or exhibition, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 is a great printer that is worth your consideration, even though it has a flaw that will drive some potential buyers away.
The Stylus Pro 3800 uses nine pigment-based inks designed to provide long-lasting output on a wide variety of paper types. Like most pigment ink printers, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 switches between two black inks: photo black, which is used when you print on glossy and semi-gloss paper, and matte black, which is used for printing on smooth finish and fine art papers. The other seven inks -- light black, light light black, cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, and yellow -- are used with all paper types.
Setup is quick and easy: the cartridges snap into place, and the driver installation is simple. The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 can connect directly to your PC via USB, but it also has a port for connecting to your Ethernet network for group printing. While the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 is a fairly large unit, you can recess the paper trays when the printer is not in use, which significantly reduces its footprint.
When it's time to print, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 is very flexible, offering borderless printing on paper ranging in size from 6x4in photo size, all the way up to 432x559mm. It has three paper paths, including a front-loading, straight-through path for printing on rigid media up to 1.5mm thick, and two top-loading slots for papers of lesser thickness.
Print quality and performance
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 Epson Stylus Pro 3800's black and white prints were exceptional -- and exhibited no colour shifts (or metameric failure) -- when printed on fibre and fine art papers.
When comparing a large selection of glossy- and matte-based photos printed from the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 to similar prints output by HP's Photosmart Pro B9180, and Canon's Pixma Pro9500 printers, viewers almost always chose Epson's prints as the best of the group.
And, when it came to black-and-white prints, viewers on our jury unanimously chose the Epson Stylus Pro 3800's output over any printer in its class.
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. (As a point of comparison, Canon's Pixma Pro9500 took approximately six minutes to output an 8x10in print at its default quality setting.)
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 ASUS FX503 review: An ROG Notebook By Any Other Name
- 2 HP Envy x360 (Ryzen 5) review: Power over portability
- 3 Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- 4 Oppo R11s review: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve
- 5 Blackberry KEYone Black Edition review: What the original KEYone should have been
Latest News Articles
- Epson Launches First Double-Sided A3+ 4-In-1 Inkjet EcoTank Printer
- Epson launches new Expression Premium Photo Range
- Epson Australia Unveils New Expression Home Range of Printers
- Epson launches new high-speed Enterprise inkjet printer
- When life gives you a 3D printer, make a house
PCW Evaluation Team
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
- Picture Perfect: OPPO prepare their boldest smartphone yet
- Gigabyte AERO 15: Full, in-depth review
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: A predictably-exellent flagship uplifted by a standout camera
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTLead ETL DeveloperOther
- TPProject ManagerVIC
- FTProject Manager/Business Analyst (Hybrid role) - Adelaide BasedSA
- CCTest Analyst - SitecoreNSW
- FTXamarin DeveloperOther
- FTNetwork EngineerVIC
- FTSoftware/Application Development EngineerQLD
- FTBusiness Analyst - Cyber Security TransformationOther
- CCInfrastructure System Specialist - BrisbaneNSW
- FTSenior Checkpoint Security EngineerOther
- TPSenior Test AnalystQLD
- FTSenior ETL DeveloperOther
- FTDatabase AdministratorOther
- FTSenior Transition Manager (Permanent)Other
- TPFront End DeveloperWA
- CCCommunications SpecialistNSW
- FTGRC and Security Project ManagerOther
- FTOBIEE DeveloperACT
- FTSenior Project CoordinatorOther
- FTInsights AnalystOther
- CCTalend Integration DeveloperOther
- CCProgram Coordinator - TelcoVIC
- FTSenior Front End Developer (Urgent)Other
- FTIT Help-Desk Coordinator / ManagerOther
- FTCommunications & Change AnalystOther