Epson 4800 is garbage!!! Beware 3800 potential owners!

Started Oct 18, 2006 | Discussions thread
stratuss Regular Member • Posts: 191
Interesting, Alex...

I've gone thru almost 3 x 100foot 17" wide rolls of Matte Enhanced
in about 2 weeks. Never had a problem with the printer other than
getting to know how to fit prints and make use of the settings.

I sometimes leave the printer on (by accident) or power down when
done for the day. Either way, never had to do a cleaning or nozzle
check manually. I'll post here again in 6 months about any '4800'
problems, but so far I am making money with the thing. Those 220ml
inks are amazing.

The change from Matte to Photo black is obviously a hassle and wastes
too much ink. My "maintenance tank" is already at 55% after doing
only one swap from PK to MK ( and a few hundred feet of prints).

Another thing I noticed is that quite ofter the printer DOES NOT go
thru a cleaning/charging cycle when booting up... so I don't get why
all the complaints about wasted ink?

I'm happy, so far.


adydula wrote:


I am biased towards the 4800, why because Ihaev one and its treated
me really well. I have said repeatedly that clogging is not
reallyan issue for me. I did all my research and found this
acceptable when I made my 4800 acquisition.

The onlythink I do not like is the PK to Matte Blcak ink change
out, it suck then and still sucke now!

That said its been 3 weeks since I printed on my 4800...a little
abnormal and I started to print last night, I did my print a nozzle
check, not the auto one and the magenta channel showed NO output at
all. all other channels were fine.

I then ran the 'AUTO' nozzle check from the icon in the lower right
windows XP task bar, right click on the 4800 icon, select AUTO
instead on Print....(if you select print then if things are ok you
can just click on finish and be done with this)....if not then you
can restart and reprint, but this will not always clear up your

By clicking on AUTO here, the 4800 will nedd at lest one sheet of
plain paper. the 4800 will then start the auto nozzle chceck test
by printing out approz 9 color squares about 3/4" by 11/4" or so

The magenta channel showed a few very faint specs of ink....90% or
more missing..all the rest were fine.

This routine did this three times printing out all the 9 color
squares, and on the fourth one the magenta was abck to 100%.

The 4800 then prints out a large magenta square and a large yellow
squars and a small report on how much ink and how much paper it
used to run the AUTO nozzle check.

I dont have a scanner handy BUT here are the results:

Version: A0045A.800
Maint Tank: 19%
Cur Inkcount: 1128.3 ml Pre-InkCount: 1128.2 ml C-P 0.1ml

It took a very small amount if ink ".1ml" and less approx 9.2 cm of
paper to fis the issue.

Let me say that at the start of the AUTO nozzle check the printer
asked me via the LCD on the printer if i wanted to do a POWER
cleaning with the levers etc. I said NO.

In more than a year and a half (will be 2 years in Nov) I have
NEVER had to do a power cleanig ever.

So all this stuff anout clogs and wasted ink maybe tru for
others..but I do not see these issues as severe, not at all.

I leave my 4800 on all the time.

All the Best

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