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Epson Stylus Pro 4800 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 7.88 (out of 10)
For those that already have Epson 4000 printers I would say - don't be in too big a hurry to upgrade to the 4800. For those that are looking for a printer in this class, if you can't find a 4000 still available, by all means buy a 4800. Notwithstanding my complaints, it's a wonderful printer. A real workhorse that produces stunning prints. But, you may also want to seriously consider buying the Imageprint RIP when it appears for the 4800, likely in July. This will save you the grief of having to use the Epson driver (especially if you are on the Mac platform), and if you print B&W. And if you switch between fine art and glossy papers the upgrade to the 4800 Imageprint RIP that will follow, likely in September, will mean an end to the ink swapping woes.

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Camera Hobby 9.50  06-19-06 Read Full Review
Review: "It always seems that by the time I’m ready to talk about a particular piece of equipment, it’s already yesterday’s news. So it is with the Epson 4800, which while still current in the Epson lineup, is starting to look a little old now that there’s a new Canon printer on the block showing off its wares.

...the 4800 represents significant cost savings for those into producing a large number of prints of all sizes. On an economic basis, the 4800 is clearly the better buy because the ink savings will eventually pay for the higher initial cost of purchase and thereafter actually put money back in your pocket compared to the R2400 operating costs. However, not everyone can accommodate the much larger printer and that may still be the deciding factor."

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Trusted Reviews 4.33  02-20-06 Read Full Review
"Large format printing (LFP) covers everything from advertising banners at exhibitions, through signage and corporate branding at conferences to high quality prints of photos or paintings. It's a specialist market, but one which can prove lucrative, if played intelligently. What you need to start with is a suitable machine to do the job and Epson's Stylus Pro 4800, while entry-level in the LFP market, is a substantial printer with flexible media options.

Possibly a little pricey, when compared with similar HP DesignJets, The Stylus Pro 4800 does produce very high quality, eight-colour prints, in both colour and monochrome, with its three 'black' inks. Running costs are fair for a commercial device, so overall, the Stylus Pro 4800 should certainly be on your short list."

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