I plan to upgrade from the Epson 4800 to either the 7700, 7880 or 7900? Does anyone have any insight which way to go?
#1. "RE: Which 7000 series Epson printer?" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Mon 22-Feb-10 11:30 AM
What are the most important things in your printing? For me, B&W is really critical as close to 80% of my prints are b&w. If I were buying a 24" printer now it would be the 7900 for that reason.
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#2. "RE: Which 7000 series Epson printer?" | In response to Reply # 0esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Mon 22-Feb-10 02:23 PM | edited Mon 22-Feb-10 02:27 PM by esantos
The 7700 is a CMYK printer designed more for line art and graphics - basically it is optimized for commercial printing. If you are printing photographs the 7880 or 7900 is a better choice.
One big difference between the 7880 and 7900 is the ability for the 7900 switch between photo black and matte black without the operator having to physically swamp out these two cartridges. Additionally, to flush out the black ink line the 7880 must flush ALL the colors simultaneously while the 7900 needs only to flush the black ink line. This makes the ink savings significant.
The 7900 is Epson's latest technology. You will get better inks, better screening algorithms, and overall better design. Not to say that the 7880 is a slouch. Not by any means. One thing you may consider is that the upfront cash outlay for ink for the 7900 is more due to it using larger capacity ink cartridges. The 7880 uses 110ml and 220ml carts. The 7900 uses 150ml, 350ml, and 700ml. While the smallest cartridge for the 7880 (the 110ml) sells for $69.95 the smallest for the 7900 (150ml) sells for 89.95. The upside is that the per-ml-cost is less with the larger capacity cartridges.
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#4. "RE: Which 7000 series Epson printer?" | In response to Reply # 0
I have been printing with the Epson P7900 for almost a year and offer the following observations:
My prior printer was an Epson P7800. I waited for the 7900 because I was pretty sure it would include the quick change matte/black ink technology. It did, and it works quickly and flawlessly.
I printed some female nude black and white images on Epson Velver Fine Art paper and the blacks are deep, rich and stunning.
The new HDR ink set includes two cyans, two magentas, one yellow, four blacks, one orange and one green. Color fidelity and rendition are the best yet, and I have been using Epson large format printers for years.
Epson made a significant number of improvements in the 7900, too numerous to mention here. I recently finished and submitted a fifteen page review of the P7900 for Nikonians. I don't know when, or where, it will appear.
Hope this helps a bit.
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