It, like the Epson Stylus Pro 4800, has only 8 ink channels to the printhead; however, on this less expensive printer, they made room for all nine color cartridges to be installed at one time. Photo black and matte black use the same channel to the print head, and depending on the profile for the media you have chosen to print on, will automatically switch from one ink cartridge to the other. Conversion to matte black from photo black takes 2:55 mini:sec, and uses 4.4 ml of ink. From matte black to photo black, the conversion process takes 1:55 mini:sec, and uses 1.5 ml ink. The ink used in the conversion process, which flushes out the channel to allow a pure supply of the new ink, is shunted into a maintainable cartridge, installed on the far right of the printer near the bottom. Since the Epson 4800 requires that the photo black cartridge be removed, and the matte black ink cartridge be installed in its place, this is a savings of both time, and, especially ink. The Epson Stylus Pro 4800 used about 10% of a 110 ml cartridge every time the inks were switched, as well as varying amounts of ink from other colors. Users estimated that it could use up $75 worth of ink every time the photo black and matte black cartilages had to be swapped, to allow the user to print on glossy media, or matte media. All in all, this is a great improvement over the more costly printer- an improvement which for some will outweigh the extra features on the Epson Stylus Pro 4800 Photo Printer.
The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 photo printer has a one inch wide printhead capable of bidirectional printing in fast mode, with 180 nozzles for each ink channel. Like the Epson 4800, it can deliver up to 3 different sizes of ink droplets in a single printed line, with the smallest droplet size 3.5 picoliters. It also offers auto cleaning/flushing of clogged print nozzles.
It has a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi, and can also print at 1440 x 720 dpi, 720 x 720 dpi, 720 x 360 dpi, 360 x 360 dpi and 360 x 180 dpi. Printing speeds for different size prints and resolutions can be seen in the image below.
The Epson 3800 supports border free printing for these cut sheet sizes: 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 16 x 20 and 17 x 22 inches. The prints can also be printed with a 3mm border on all sides, or a 15 mm border on the top and bottom of the print.
The printer is 27 x 15 x 10 inches in size, making it possible to put on a large desk or counter in your work space. It weighs just over 43 pounds. In appearance, the printer, when not having trays open to feed paper or receive prints, is rather stylish looking: black and silver gray, with a curve rather than s harp edges at the top. When it is opened to the full extent of its paper handling ability, which can be done in stages, depending on the size of your chosen media, it does look a bit gawky.
There is a backlit 2.5 inch LCD display for direct printer control and operational status monitoring.
It comes with a one year warranty, with toll free support available from Epson Monday through Friday, and usually, next business day full unit exchange- important for those who are using the printer in their photography or graphic design business.
The printer ships with a power cord, CD for drivers and software, documentation, and all nine of the ink colors needed to begin printing.