Epson P800 released in 2015

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1greyscale Regular Member • Posts: 120
Epson P800 released in 2015

Is it time for a new model?.

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Alexey Contributing Member • Posts: 887
Re: Epson P800 released in 2015

If it is time, what improvements do we want to see in a new model?

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Re: Epson P800 released in 2015
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1greyscale wrote:

Is it time for a new model?.

Those that don't know, will make all kinds of statements.

Those that do know, will make no statements.

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hjr13 Senior Member • Posts: 2,565
Re: Epson P800 released in 2015

The 3880 was out for 9 years or so before the 800 was released, so it probably is to early for a replacement.

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NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 3,342
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Epson P800 released in 2015

Is it time for a new model?

All you'll get here is semi-informed speculation, because anyone who knows is subject to a non-disclosure agreement. That said, based on history, one might estimate that Epson may replace the P800 around December 2020. I say that because the P800 replaced the 3880 after a little less than six years (3880 introduced 8-31-09, P800 introduced 4-20-15). Also, Epson's most recently-introduced prosumer printer, the XP-15000, replaced the Artisan 1430 (1500W in some countries) after a little less than six years (Artisan 1430 introduced 1-9-12, XP-15000 introduced 12-4-17).

IMOPO, anyone wanting such a printer would be silly to wait well over a year on the hope that Epson might introduce something substantially better. Also, printers get discounted as they age, so the P800 you can buy today for $895 net of rebate (in the U.S.) might well be replaced with a new model that costs $1195 or so.

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But of course all of that timing estimation assumes that new printer introductions are driven by some sort of fixed time-cycle. At this point, I have to think that the availability of significant improvements to put into the new model is probably a, and maybe the main, factor in determining when a new model comes out. As one set of examples, the P800 brought UltraChrome HD inks, replacing the 3880's UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta inks, and the 3880 in turn replaced the 3800's UltraChrome K3 with the previous magenta inks. Does Epson have a pigment inkset newer than the P800's UltraChrome HD inks? Not that I'm aware of. Therefore I have no reason to expect a new printer to replace the P800. Might Epson have a new inkset ready to be introduced? Maybe, but I doubt anyone here knows.

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Re: Epson P800 released in 2015

I've had my P800 for about 3 years and it's a nice printer producing nice prints.  Changes beyond following Canon's design of separate ink paths for matte and photo black ink is the paper 'grabber' design.

When printing a 17 inch page, the paper tends to skew just a bit when it's pulled into the print path.  There's little work arounds to keep this from happening, but there shouldn't have to be.  Well...if you use a roll, it doesn't skew.

Canon printers don't have this problem probably because the paper is lined up in the center of the carriage, not on the right margin.

In three years, I've probably done 6 or 7 head cleanings, so Epson seems to have taken care of the clogging reputation.

Would I replace my P800 with another P800 if it bit the dust?  I don't know.  I'd like to move up to a 24" printer and at that point, I'd probably go with Canon.  I chose the P800 for the roll option.

With all that, I doubt that Epson has a replacement for the 800 anytime soon.

David

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