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Epson P800 vs 3880: Which Color Printer is Better?

There are so many printers on the market it’s hard to know which one is the right option for you. Furthermore, a brand like Epson has a wide range of series and models—where do you begin. For photo enthusiasts, we have two solid options.

In this article, we will be looking at two Epson printers from different series, the Epson P800 vs 3880. We will compare their appearance, media, and technology. You will be able to find all of the specifics in a side-by-side chart as well as some pros and cons before our final verdict.

Epson P800 vs 3880

In some cases, there is no product information. Either way, we will begin with the few things that the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and the Epson SureColor P800 have in common.

Epson P800 vs 3880 – Similarities

Quick Glance

Here is a recap of all the features of the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and the Epson SureColor P800.

Name
Our Pick
Epson SureColor P800 17" Inkjet Color Printer,Black
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Color Inkjet Printer (CA61201-VM)
Image
Epson SureColor P800 17" Inkjet Color Printer,Black
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Color Inkjet Printer (CA61201-VM)
Size
24.5 x 12.8 x 9.5 inches
27.36 x 14.88 x 10.28 inches
Weight
43lbs
43.2lbs
Cartridges
X9
X8
Ink Cartridge Capacity
80ml
80ml
Pigment Technology
UltraChrome HD
UltraChrome K3
Black Ink
3 levels of black
3 levels of black
Media Types
Plain, photo, fine art paper, canvass, roll, CDs and DVDs. Maximum paper size 17” x 129”, maximum thickness- 1.7mm
Plain, photo, fine art paper, canvass, and poster board. Maximum paper size- 17” x 22”, maximum thickness- 1.5mm
Print Permanence Rating
Up to 200 years
N/A
Connectivity
High-speed USB 2.0, Ethernet and Wireless
USB, Ethernet
Screen
3.5-inch LCD color touchscreen
N/A
What’s Included
X 9 set up cartridges, power cord, Start Here Poster and Printer Basics guide, CD print tray
N/A
Warranty
Limited 1 year
Limited 1 year
Prime status
-
-
Our Pick
Name
Epson SureColor P800 17" Inkjet Color Printer,Black
Image
Epson SureColor P800 17" Inkjet Color Printer,Black
Size
24.5 x 12.8 x 9.5 inches
Weight
43lbs
Cartridges
X9
Ink Cartridge Capacity
80ml
Pigment Technology
UltraChrome HD
Black Ink
3 levels of black
Media Types
Plain, photo, fine art paper, canvass, roll, CDs and DVDs. Maximum paper size 17” x 129”, maximum thickness- 1.7mm
Print Permanence Rating
Up to 200 years
Connectivity
High-speed USB 2.0, Ethernet and Wireless
Screen
3.5-inch LCD color touchscreen
What’s Included
X 9 set up cartridges, power cord, Start Here Poster and Printer Basics guide, CD print tray
Warranty
Limited 1 year
Prime status
-
Name
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Color Inkjet Printer (CA61201-VM)
Image
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Color Inkjet Printer (CA61201-VM)
Size
27.36 x 14.88 x 10.28 inches
Weight
43.2lbs
Cartridges
X8
Ink Cartridge Capacity
80ml
Pigment Technology
UltraChrome K3
Black Ink
3 levels of black
Media Types
Plain, photo, fine art paper, canvass, and poster board. Maximum paper size- 17” x 22”, maximum thickness- 1.5mm
Print Permanence Rating
N/A
Connectivity
USB, Ethernet
Screen
N/A
What’s Included
N/A
Warranty
Limited 1 year
Prime status
-

Black Ink Cartridges

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and the Epson SureColor P800 are more advanced than standard printers in terms of their ink cartridges and more so, the black ink cartridges. They both have three levels of black, which enhances the quality of black and white images.

Warranty

The only other similarity is that the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and the Epson SureColor P800 both come with a 1-year limited warranty,

Let’s look at what sets the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and the Epson SureColor P800 apart.

Differences Between Epson SureColor P800 Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Appearance

Apart from a slight difference in size, they differ in color too.

Epson 3880 Comparison

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

This printer measures 27.36 x14.88 x 10.28 inches and weighs 43.2 pounds. This is quite a lot compared with modern printers. It comes in black and silver.

Epson SureColor P800

Though it is smaller, the weight is similar. The overall dimensions are 24.5 x 12.8 x 9.5 inches, and it weighs 43 pounds.

The Winner Is- The Epson SureColor P800

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Ink Cartridges

Despite being different, the quality of the ink is still exceptionally high.

Epson P800 Review

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

The ink used in these cartridges is UltraChrome K3. The printer requires 8 cartridges, and all are high capacity at 80ml.

Epson SureColor P800

Each color is an 80ml high-capacity UltraChrome HD ink cartridge. The difference is that the printer requires 9 cartridges and so the color of the printed images is more detailed.

The Winner Is- The Epson SureColor P800

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Connectivity

It’s normal to look for printers with the most available connection options.

Epson P800 comparison

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

You can connect this printer with a USB cable and via Ethernet.

Epson SureColor P800

As well as a USB port and Ethernet port, you can connect your smart devices wirelessly. With the wireless option, you can make the most of Apple Airprint and Google Cloud Print.

The Winner Is- The Epson SureColor P800

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Media Types

Photographers and artists will marvel at the range of media types the printers accept.

Epson 3880 Review

 

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

You can use plain paper, photo paper, fine art paper, canvass, and poster board. The maximum printing size is 17” x 22” and the maximum thickness- 1.5mm

Epson SureColor P800

The media types are the same as the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 with the bonus of being able to attach a roll of paper, so the maximum printing size is 17” by 129”. The maximum thickness is 1.7mm. This printer also comes with a special try to print on CDs and DVDs.

The Winner Is- The Epson SureColor P800

Display

Most printers have a display that helps you to select features and choose your settings.

Epson SureColor P800 comparison

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

There is no product information about the screen. It looks rather basic in black and white.

Epson SureColor P800

There is a 3.5-inch LCD color touchscreen on the front of the printer.

The Winner Is- The Epson SureColor P800

What’s Included

We like to make sure that you have everything in the box to get you started.

Epson SureColor P800

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Again, there is no product information confirming what should be in the box.

Epson SureColor P800

You will receive 9 set up cartridges, a power cord, a Start Here Poster, a Printer Basics guide, and a CD tray.

The Winner Is- The Epson SureColor P800

Pros and Cons

We will look at a few pros and cons of the two Epson printers before our decision.

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Epson 3880

Pros

  • Beautiful prints in color and black and white
  • A solid build that lasts for years
  • Clogged printer heads are very rare

Cons:

  • The paper trays are flimsy

Epson P800

Epson P800

Pros:

  • Clear and detailed prints with rich colors
  • It’s a good printer for professionals
  • Amazing range of media and print sizes

Cons:

  • There might be a steep learning curve

The Final Verdict

Today’s decision was a bit of a no brainer! Today, looking at a printer that doesn’t have wireless capabilities is like a blast from the past. Obviously, it doesn’t affect the quality of the prints, but it does mean that you are tied to your desk. This is not the only reason we chose the Epson SureColor P800. It is also slightly smaller, takes a paper roll for panoramic prints and the convenience of a touchscreen. All round, the Epson SureColor P800 is a fantastic printer.


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