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The P800 is a worthy replacement for my old Epson 3880 which unfortunately died when the matte == photo ink valve failed. It's exactly the same size as the old 3880 and works even better. Feeding of thicker papers is fairly foolproof (which could not be said of the 3880). The new ink used with the new Legacy papers provides a quality of image on matte paper that could not be approached on the 3880. In fact, I'm switching to matte papers as my standard for quality output. Something I was never attracted to before.
I'm about to purchase one, have loved the predecessor 3880. Agree this is a usurious price: Adorama and B&H have same printer for $1195 list with current $300 rebate PLUS another $50 if you own qualifying Epson printer. Would bring the price down to around $845 for a new P800. Came to Amazon on Prime Day expecting even better price, but found price to be 3 to 4 times what it should be.
after reading some of the less than good reviews I decided to go ahead and buy this printer to replace my ageing R2880. As always great service from amazon with delivery bang on time, leaving me most of the day to set up and use the printer. Set up was a very straight forward affair. Shake the ink cartridges, insert and leave the printer do its thing, setting up the wifi connection was again very simple with the printer setup and ready to go in about 5 minutes. I then set about printing some images that I had already printed previously on my R2880 and have to say I am very pleased with the resulting improvements in print quality (not that the R2880 is a bad printer this one Is a better printer ). I have printed quite a lot of images over the last 24 hours and the starter inks supplied are showing very little signs of use. Size wise this is a tank compared to the Epson it is replacing but it is also the best printer I have ever used and i am very happy to give this printer the 5 star review it deserves.
Had the printer for nearly 2 months now. Superb results so far, have used plain paper, glossy and lustre photo paper and various fine art papers, all with excellent results. Loading paper in the front Manual Tray was a bit hit and miss originally until I got the hang of it. Used it to replace my 7/8 year old Epson 3800 Pro printer, same price as I paid then, but even better results. Colour control screen is much better than the old mono screen and it can do much more.
Had the previous model 3880 pro for 7 years and did over 6000 prints on it and then had an issue with the print head needing cleaning and so decided it was time to get a new one. I did look at the Canon 1000 printer but since I don’t print everyday I decided this was not going to be effective.
There are things they have improved over the 3880 but there are something they haven’t. Paper selection is not available on the Mac driver like the old 3880 (you could load the paper and then do the rest from a screen). Now you need to do a combo of selection on the machine and then on the Mac and that I find annoying. I also don’t like loading from the front, I preferred loading how it was previous. I don’t use a roller and so A2 pages are slow to keep loading this way albeit I haven’t had any skewed paper errors which I did occasionally get before (so it’s not all bad).
The new HD vs K3 ink I’ve yet to see much difference but then I don’t print many gloss pictures and assume this is where it would show. Prices look the same as K3 so cost to run won’t change.
Size and weight wise it is about the same albeit I think the 3880 had better styling and was more iconic than this which is just plain black but I don’t suppose most people really care about how it looks just the performance.
Speed of printing seems a little faster and it has the same noises as the 3880 (which I have come to learn over the years) albeit if you actually look inside and at the flip up tray etc I don’t think they have changed a lot from the 3880.
All in all I think this should last me another 7 years like its predecessor and I think it’s a good upgrade if you have an old 3880.
I have to say it takes a lot to get this printer working correctly and when you do there always seems to be a connection issue or print problems. When it works it works well and prints are excellent quality. I have used Hahnemuhle fine art paper as it is fantastic quality and I want to sell fine art prints. This resulted in 'pizza cutter' marks from the rollers on the prints. I contacted epson and they went through all the setting with me and everything was spot on but i still got the marks along print and wasted lots of paper and ink trying to fix this. Epson said if I'm not using epson paper they cant help me anymore and basically tough luck pal. Hahnemuhle don't make printers so what printers are you supposed to use them with if one of the top of the range epson models can't deal with it? If anyone has any suggestions on how to use thicker fine art paper without these problems please let me know. Thank you.