Epson Stylus Photo 1400 vs R2880

Started Sep 6, 2008 | Discussions thread
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Epson Stylus Photo 1400 vs R2880

I need an A3 photo printer. I use the Pro 9880 at work, so am familiar with the new K3 inkset with VM. I've been looking at the R2880, but am hoping that the Pro 3880 will be introduced in the near future (Photokina?) (cheaper running costs).

In the meantime I've been looking some at the Stylus Photo 1400. What really surprises me is the longevity of its dye-based prints. According to Wilhelm Research, the display permanence rating for photos printed on Premium Glossy Photo Paper, displayed and framed under glass, is 98 years:

While the rating under the same conditions for the Pro 9880, using pigment inks (the new VM K3-inkset) is LOWER, namely 85 years (still respectable):

I know the K3-inkset of the R2880 (or the likely Pro 3880) beats the SP1400 in black and white printing, but for color prints, the SP1400 seems a very strong contender. It used to be that dye-inks had greater color gamut than pigment inks. Is this still true, comparing the new K3-inkset to the Claria inkset of the SP1400?

If so, for color prints on glossy paper, isn't the SP1400 better than its much more expensive sibling, the R2880? Better color gamut + better gloss + better display life?

By the way, I have good experience with the predecessor of the SP1290 - a printer I much preferred over the R800, which I found very disappointing and sold.

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