New Epson 4800 Review/Blog

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by deryck lant, May 27, 2005.

  1. deryck  lant

    deryck lant Guest

    Some fascinating info.

    The 4800 uses 40 percent of all inks on installation!

    The Matte Black (not supplied) is the same as used in 4000
    and 10-20ml of ink is flushed out on each Photo Black/Matte
    Black ink swop.

    An exact readout in ml of all inks used for each print is
    available. A sample readout is provided in the review. It
    sounds like using the 2400 is going to be very expensive
    for A3+ prints.

    Anybody contemplating a new generation Epson Printer should
    read this.

    An Hp Designjet will provide a fraction of the running cost.
    And still provide archival print life on 6 different papers.

    deryck lant, May 27, 2005
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    rafe bustin Guest

    I can confirm that the DesignJets are very
    frugal with ink. All carts (in the DesignJet)
    are 69 ml, except the C and M carts which are
    28 ml.

    The DesignJets have some issues of their own.
    In particular, Epson (IMO) has much better
    paper handling and will be a better choice
    for heavy matte or fine art papers.

    But if you prefer working on satin or glossy
    stocks, the HPs are excellent.

    The HPs have user-removable heads, which is
    a big plus in terms of maintenance. You just
    don't hear any discussion of nozzle checks,
    clogged heads, or ink smears.

    rafe b.
    rafe bustin, May 27, 2005
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    nobody Guest

    Presumably, the new 24 inch Epson would be the same, (the inkset etc.
    should be the same), is that right?
    nobody, May 27, 2005
  4. I have been a HP convert (from Epson) for several years but I have to
    say that the new K3 inks Epson introduced into the latest wide format
    printers is exceptional stuff. I have never seen a monochrome Inkjet
    print that could rival a chemical print until now.

    Later this year I need to upgrade one of my (now aging) HP Photo
    printers. With the new inks Epson and Canon have and the latest wide
    carriage printers from both of these makers... HP will need to pull a
    rabbit out of the hat real soon to stay on my shopping list.
    [email protected], May 27, 2005
  5. deryck  lant

    Mark² Guest

    What are you talking about???

    You are wrong on two items:

    1) The 4000 does NOT have fluid in the lines when shipped. They simply
    empty and have to be filled, and...because they are quite takes a
    significant amount of ink to initially fill them. The good side is that
    Epson ships the printer with about $500 worth of ink to get you started, and
    there is enough left after initial priming to do a tremendous amount of

    2) You do NOT have to swap out black inks at all!
    -Matte black and photo black ar always available (along with light black) on
    the 4000 (always present with their own separate lines to the print head),
    and do NOT require flushing/swapping of any kind.

    Mark², May 28, 2005
  6. deryck  lant

    Mark² Guest

    The 4000 does not have to be swapped, while 4800 would--since it doesn't
    house both at all times like the 4000, but you were talking about the 4000.
    Mark², May 28, 2005
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