Thanks, for the link. The 7880 seems like a minor upgrade. Vivid Magenta?
The deal is $780 off, with a new order for:
1) $300 in Epson paper
2) 7800 printer
The paper and printer is $3000.
I was at Photoshop World last weekend, and the deal then included free ink. Apparently, that ink deal is now off - as I just received the dealers email regarding the details. No free ink.
Maybe this deal is no longer that good.
I was wondering about the print quality with the 7800 - relative to the 4000. Anyone have experience with both of these Epsons?
I think the 48/78/98 printers deliver better print quality, but the downside over a 4000 is the PK/MK ink switching.
The 9800 I have seems to be less prone to head clogging than my 4000 was, but it's been a while so I can't really say. Even leaving it off for 30 days or more I've found often no cleaning necessary, and when I do, ususally one time through the cycle is enough.
As far as the 4880/7880/9880, there are several other changes that may be significant, but we won't know until they are in the field for a while. One of them has to do with changes to the head that is supposed to significantly reduce clogging/cleaning. But again, if you switch mk/pk a lot, you'll have an issue.
Guess it depends on your budget. If you don't need to switch mk/pk often, and especially if you use PK a lot, I think you'll find the 7800 a nice upgrade for you.
Personally I've found the 3800 to be terrific printer. I rarely use roll paper when printing 17" or smaller, and the output of this printer is stellar. Ink costs for a switch from matte to photo black are quite low (a dollar or two), so while not perfect far better than the 48/78/9800 printers.