>Hi Alan, > >Thanks for your comments. > >1) The image improvement will mostly be seen in color prints >since there is the addition of Orange and Green ink in the >4900. Both the 3880 and the 4900 have the same number of black >inks. Depending on the subject of the print you may see a >noticeable improvement in B&W prints due to the newer >print screening algorithms. > >2) Epson offers several papers in 17 x 22 cut sheet size and >one in 11.7" x 16.5". If you wanted to print an >image that is 16x20 you could easily use the 17 x 22 size. If >you wanted a borderless print you would have to manually trim >off the excess. The 4900 has a built in paper cutter that can >cut the paper at the tailing edge at any length you need. It >will not cut at exactly the length you specify - it leaves a >small amount of blank paper leader. You could set up a custom >paper size in the Epson printer driver to 16 x 20. You will >end up with a print image 16 x 20 in size with a half-inch >border on the sides and approximately 2 inches on the top and >bottom. Again trimming is recommended if you want a borderless >print. > >3) It may seem like Epson sometimes makes marketing decisions >in a vacuum. But the reality is the paper sizes they offer are >somewhat based on feedback from users and professionals alike. >Here is another example that I have yet to understand. Epson >offers their most popular photo paper, Premium Luster Photo >Paper (260) in 16 inch rolls but not in 17 rolls. It is as if >they have totally overlooked the 4880 and 4900 owners. All >their other papers offered in this size range are 17 inch.
Okay, thank you, Ernesto. One additional question: What are some of the other manufacturers of quality inkjet paper? I often like using Fuji Pearl metallic, but it doesn't seem that Epson has a metallic paper (but the suggestion in your review to experiment with a range of Epson papers sounds like a good one).