Epson Stylus Pro 3800, 17" Wide Format Color Inkjet Printer, 8 Color, with USB & 10/100Base-T Ethernet Port

Epson

About Epson

The world's greatest images are printed on an Epson.

Designed from the beginning to exceed all expectations in the area of photographic image quality, the Epson Stylus®Pro 3800 incorporates an all-new, compact, 17-inch wide printer design, along with a radical new 17-inch wide printer design, along with a radical new photographic screening technology. And,when it is combined with our breakthrough Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink, it will deliver your creative vision without compromise.

Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink technology has produced some of the world's greatest images. Inspired by our past generations of pigmented ink, Epson UltraChrome K3 incorporates a three-level Black, along with new color pigments that raise the bar dramatically for professional color and black-and-white prints. The standardhas been set.

Even more remarkable, our latest high performance, one-inch wide print head now incorporates a new Auto-sharing Black Ink technology, allowing both Photo and Matte Black ink to be installed simultaneously.

Capable of handling virtually any type of cut-sheet media up to 17 inches wide, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 incorporates a high-capacity paper feeder that accommodates sizes ranging from 4 x 6 up to 17 x 22. We've developed four different ways to load media, including a front-loading, straight-through path capable of handling media up to 1.5 mm thick and even a second, top-loading, single-sheet feeder optimized for fine art paper.

Imagine producing archival prints with amazing color fidelity, gloss-level and scratch resistance, while providing consistently stable colors that significantly outperform lesser ink technologies. Imagine producing professionalneutral and toned black-and-white prints with higher density levels and virtually no metamerism or bronzing.

The extreme precision of an Epson Stylus Pro print engine, along with the extraordinary performance of Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink technology, results in your image being masterfully printed, without any signs of how it was produced. Prepare to be inspired all over again.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(7)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (5),Fast print time (3),Reliable (3)
Best Uses:
Photos (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Frequent user (5)

Epson Features

  • The Future of Print Head Technology
  • 8-channel print head with Auto-sharing Black Ink technology
  • Innovative, new print head design allows for all nine inks to be installed simultaneously
  • Without any user intervention, the printer automatically switches between Photo and Matte Black ink while utilizing the same physical ink channel
  • New, ultramodern photographic screening technology
  • Highly precise screening technology uses a radical new algorithm for determiningdot placement, resulting in an extreme level of photographic image quality
  • Produces extremely fine, photographic prints, even in bi-directional and lower resolution print modes
  • Compensates for various ink densities between resolutions - allowing for a single ICC profile to be used per media type
  • Advanced MicroPiezo AMC print head technology
  • One-inch wide, high performance print head offers a maximum resolution of 2880 x1440 dpi
  • Produces variable-sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters to greatly decrease print times, while optimizing photographic quality
  • Proprietary Active Meniscus Control (AMC) technology precisely controls the curvature of every ink droplet within each nozzle before releasing it onto the media
  • Extremely sharp and accurate placement of ink droplets consistently delivers outstanding photographic print quality from sheet to sheet
  • Automatic print head alignment and cleaning technology
  • Built-in sensor reads printed data for highly precise alignment of all color channels
  • Built-in sensor analyzes a printed nozzle check pattern and automatically cleansthe print head if any problems are found - even partially clogged nozzles
  • Epson PreciseColor Technology
  • In order to ensure consistent printing between multiple Epson Stylus Pro printers of the same model, Epson has enhanced the production process to includecolorimetric calibration.
  • This system evaluates and adjusts each printer at the manufacturing stage, assuring you'll get consistent color output from printer to printer.
  • Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink Technology
  • Advanced 8-color pigment-based ink system
  • Unique, high-density pigments for an extremely wide color gamut
  • Professional print permanence ratings for truly sellable quality prints
  • Microcrystal Encapsulation Technology for reduced gloss differential
  • Superior scratch resistance from improved pigment and resin chemistry
  • Stable color immediately after printing no short-term color shifting
  • Black density up to 2.3 with an L* value as low as 4.1
  • Three-level Black ink technology
  • Simultaneously uses Black, Light Black, and Light Light Black ink
  • Significantly improves the gray balance while eliminating color casts
  • Delivers impressive midtones and highlights for a smoother tonal range
  • Virtually eliminates the metamerism and bronzing of basic pigment chemistry
  • Enhances the ICC profiling process for ColorSync and ICM workflows
  • Advanced Black-and-white printing technology
  • Two Auto-sharing Black Ink modes
  • New, high-precision print engine technology
  • Exclusive 17-inch wide printer design
  • All-new print engine technology that takes full advantage of the latest in precision mechanical design, resulting in a significant reduction in overall printer size and weight
  • Incredibly quiet operation, perfectly suited for even home use
  • Large, 2.5-inch, backlit LCD control panel for easy, direct printer control and operational status monitoring
  • Professional media handling
  • Prints on virtually any type of cut-sheet media from 4 x 6 up to 17 x 22
  • Top-loading, high-capacity paper feeder handles up to 120 sheets of plain, letter-sized paper or up to 20 sheets of photographic media
  • Second, top-loading, manual sheet feeder accommodates thick fine art paper up to17 inches wide
  • Front-loading, straight-through, manual sheet feeder handles media up to 16 inches wide, up to 1.5 mm thick posterboard
  • Supports manual printing on both sides of specialty media
  • Prints on select BorderFree®, cut-sheet media from 4 x 6 up to 17 x 22
  • High Performance Print Engine Speed
  • Epson intelligent, high-capacity ink system
  • Superior connectivity
  • Standard ports include one 10/100Base-T Ethernet and one Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible)
  • Standard Professional Epson Photographic Drivers for Macintosh and Windows
  • Optional PANTONE licensed and SWOP® certified PostScript Language Level 3 Compatible RIP by ColorBurst® (included only with Professional Edition bundle)
  • Fully supported by most leading, third-party RIPs and workflows - Epson Stylus Pro series printers are used within the most demanding professional photography and graphic design environments
  • Epson PrintJob information system
  • World Class Service and Support
  • Free one-year of coverage under the Epson PreferredSM Protection Plan with toll-free telephone support available Monday through Friday and usually next-business-day, full unit exchange service
  • Optional one or two-year Epson Preferred Plus Service plans available

Epson Specifications

Printing Method
Advanced MicroPiezo AMC print head technology
8-channel, drop-on-demand, ink jet print head
9-color (C, Lc, M, Lm, Y, Lk, LLk + PK or MK)
Auto head alignment and cleaning technology
Pigment-based Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink technology
Nozzle Configuration
Color and Monochrome heads 180 nozzles x 8
Black Ink Mode Configuration
Auto-sharing Black Ink Technology
Fully automatic switching between Black ink modes
Black ink conversion times:
Matte to Photo Black 2:55 min:sec
Photo to Matte Black 1:55 min:sec
Ink used during conversion;
Matte to Photo Black Approx. 4.5 ml
Photo to Matte Black Approx. 1.5 ml
Actual quantity used in switch may vary with temperature and other factors.
Droplet Technology
Smallest droplet size: 3.5 picoliters
Variable Droplet Technology can produce up to three different droplet sizes per print line
Resolution
2880 x 1440 dpi; 1440 x 720 dpi; 720 x 720 dpi; 720 x 360 dpi; 360 x 360 dpi; 360 x 180 dpi
Print Engine Speed
8" x 10" prints from 2:03 to 7:47 - normal is 4:08
11" x 14" prints from 3:18 to 12:15 - normal is 6:39
16" x 20" prints from 5:32 to 19:40 - normal is 10:59
Acoustic Noise Level
Approximately 47 dB(A) according to ISO 7779
Printer Language / Drivers
Epson ESC/P2 raster photographic drivers standard
Optional PANTONE licensed and SWOP certified PostScript Language Level 3 compatible RIP by ColorBurst (included only with Professional Edition bundle)
Supported by most leading, third-party RIPs and workflows
Operating Systems Supported
Macintosh OS X 10.4.7 or higher (universal binary)
Windows 2000 or XP (64-bit also supported)
Printer Interfaces
Includes as standard one Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible) and one 10/100Base-T Ethernet port
BorderFree Printing
Complete borderless printing on the following cut-sheet sizes 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 11" x 14", 16" x 20", 17" x 22"
Printable Area
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)
Media Handling
Main top-loading feeder: Up to 17" x 22"; up to 120 sheets plain paper; 20 photopaper
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
Thickness, Weight
Weight: 12 lb bond, up to 1.5 mm cardboard
Line Accuracy
+ or - 0.2° of specified page length
Epson Intelligent Ink Cartridge
Pressurized cartridge fill volume: 80 ml (fill vol.) each color x 9 colors total
Ink cartridge shelf life: 2 years from printed production date or 6 months afteropened
On-cartridge I.C. chip automatically tracks several ink usage data points for use in production cost estimations and reporting
Ink Shelf Life
2 years from printed production date or 6 months after opened
On-cartridge I.C. chip automatically tracks several ink usage data points for use in production cost estimations and reporting
Lightfastness Ratings
Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink
Color: Up to 108 years
Black-and-white: Over 200 years*
Temperature
Operating: 50° to 95°F (10° to 35°C)
Storage: -4° to 104°F (-20° to 40 °C)
Humidity
Relative humidity: 20 to 80% Operating: 40 to 50°
Recommended Storage :5 to 85% (no condensation)
Safety Approvals
Safety standards: UL1950, CSA 22.2 950 FDA
EMI: FCC Part 15 subpart B class B, CSA C108.8 class B, AS/NZS 3548 class B
Rated Voltage/Frequency/Current
AC 110 - 120V
50 - 60 Hz
0.6A/110V - 120V
Power Consumption
Operating: Approx. 25W
Standby: Less than 5W
Power Off: Less than .3W
Fully ENERGY STAR compliant
Note
Epson One-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada
Physical Dimensions
27"x 15" x 10" (W x D x H)
Printer weight: 43.2 lb

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 7 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is one great printer.......

This is a really great printer the skin tones are very smooth.This printer also does great B&W photos.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I may be switcing to Canon

I have two of these and have experienced random cloggings wasting about 100 sheets or more! Took the Printer to an Epson Authorized repair center and was told that it would cost me over $ 500 for the head, I bought the Epson over the Canon because I was told that the Epson head would not need replaced! Not true! Just spoke with the Epson tech and he said that they will all need replacing and there is no set cycles?? Not Happy! Even though it made it to 12,200 prints I am surprized that the he...

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I have two of these and have experienced random cloggings wasting about 100 sheets or more! Took the Printer to an Epson Authorized repair center and was told that it would cost me over $ 500 for the head, I bought the Epson over the Canon because I was told that the Epson head would not need replaced! Not true! Just spoke with the Epson tech and he said that they will all need replacing and there is no set cycles?? Not Happy! Even though it made it to 12,200 prints I am surprized that the head is bad![...]

Reviewed by 7 customers

 
5.0

GREAT PRINTER, TRUE WORKHORSE

By

from Dulles, Va  -  Frequent User

Ive always used Epson printers. I upgraded from the 1800 to the 3800 for several reason. I like that i can print 17" wide, and realy like the larger ink tanks. As a photographer, its much easier to see instant results with larger format printing vs waiting to get it back in the mail. The fact that it is one of the smallest sized large format printers is great if your limited to space for equipment.

 
5.0

Great Printer

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from Colorado Springs, Colorado  -  Frequent User

This is the first Epson printer that I have owned. Prints are very professional looking. Epson paper is reasonable in cost and gives professional results. And this printer uses very little ink. I am always amazed how little ink it uses for large prints. Great results.

 
1.0

I may be switcing to Canon

By

from Vancouver,Wa  -  Frequent User

I have two of these and have experienced random cloggings wasting about 100 sheets or more! Took the Printer to an Epson Authorized repair center and was told that it would cost me over $ 500 for the head, I bought the Epson over the Canon because I was told that the Epson head would not need replaced! Not true! Just spoke with the Epson tech and he said that they will all need replacing and there is no set cycles?? Not Happy! Even though it made it to 12,200 prints I am surprized that the head is bad![...]

 
5.0

Just Great

By

from Northern VA  -  Frequent User

If your objective is to make high quality prints then this will do the job. Best suited for the enthusiast - not commercial. Best guess at ink price is about [$](or less) per square foot (2 ml per sq ft incl. head cleaning, etc. at 75 cents per ml at MSRP). [...]

 
4.0

I've been very pleased w/ it's perfomane

By

from NY, NY  -  Frequent User

Very Good

 
5.0

Pro 3800 Great Printer

By

from NY,PA.

This is really a good printer for pro use it has great skin tones,very sharp on the large prints. Also very good blacks for B&W prints..

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is one great printer.......

By

from NY,Pa.

This is a really great printer the skin tones are very smooth.This printer also does great B&W photos.

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