Pros: High quality photographic images on sheets from A6 to A2+. Excellent B&W prints. Holds both gloss and matt inks.
Cons: No roll feeder. Flimsier than the Stylus Pro 4800.
Epson’s new Stylus Pro 3800 is a photographic-quality inkjet printer for any sheet size up to A2+. Priced at £995, it fills a gap in Epson’s range between the £599 A3+ Stylus Photo R2400 and the heavier-duty £1,495 A2+ Stylus Pro 4800.
All three use Epson’s UltraChrome K3 long-life pigment inks, including two shades of neutral grey for excellent B&W images.
The Stylus Pro 3800 is aimed at photographers and designers who want to print all formats up to poster size. It has a built-in ethernet port for network printing (a £208 extra with the Stylus Photo 4800), and a USB 2.0 port. However, the Stylus Pro 4800 has a roll feeder as well as a sheet feeder, whereas the 3800 only takes sheets. Card up to 1.5mm thick can be printed through a special feed slot.
The Stylus Pro 3800 is far more compact than its larger stablemates because its top loader and bottom tray fold into the main body to save space when not in use. It’s also less than half the weight of the 4800. Unfortunately, it looks less robust too, as our paper tray catch broke in use, and the gravity feeder is a little dust-prone compared to the Stylus Pro 4800’s cassette.