The 3880 is about $1295 (plus shipping) and the 4880 is $1995 (plus shipping) minus a $500 rebate = $1495.
Is the 4880 that much better printer than the 3880 or should I save my $$ for a 7880? I'm just starting to show and exhibit and currently using a 3800 that is 2-3 years old and starting to make funky noises at times. Prints well, just that kind of plastic-occasionally-catching-on something sound... So i'm thinking it's time to reinvest.
I am leaning toward the 4880 on the assumption that it is that much better printer than the 3880. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks ahead. Wm
I don't use epson, but for me the real reason for going with my ipf5100(canon's version of the 4880), was the ROLL FEEDER.
normally I print 11x17, but its nice to save some cash on paper, being in a roll, so you can either cut the length to a custom size, or print a custom size that cut sizes won't cover.
for epson(vs canon), you also have the ability to have 110ml or 220ml cartridges, so, depending on your throughput, helps differ some costs on ink to you.
I believe that the 4880 also has an ethernet port, so larger files can transfer faster, or you can hook up mutliple computers to the printer through a network, I don't believe that the 3880 has that capability, just USB.
for the $200 difference (as well as a noticeable size difference TBH), the 4880 is BIG compared to the 3880.
if I were you, I would carefully assess your needs, both present and future, and choose carefully. But If I were in your shoes, spend the extra 200 and get the 4880. And a STRONG DESK. I got a solid core door from Home Depot an put it on some two-drawer filing cabinets. total cost(not including printer): $75