David, I was wondering if the Epson 3800 is worth the price difference from the 2400. I have looked at it because of the 17 inch print ability but wonder if I print mostly 11x14 or 12x18 prints if the 2400 would be a better investment. I saw my first print from the 2400 on Velvet paper and was impressed. 800 vs 1300 is something to think about. Thanks Monte.
I cannot really comment on the Epson 3800 as I have not used or tested that model. I have an Epson R2400, but since I got the Canon 17" imagePROGRAF iPF5000 I do all my larger than letter-size personal printing on it, and have not been using the R2400.
Making mid-size prints with a 17 inch printer is no problem, in fact most of my printing is done on 13x19 inch paper, but it is nice to be able to print in 17x22 inch paper when I want to. And my primary reason for having the Canon iPF5000 is I am getting better print quality with it.
One thing in making this decision that you should take into consideration if you have not calculated it, is the value of the ink that is a part of the purchase price of each printer. Ink cartridges for the R2400 are pretty small and hold just enough ink to make a rather limited number of prints.
The 3800 uses 80ml ink cartridges that cost $60.00, and there are 9, so assuming you get a full ink load of 9 cartridges supplied as part of the purchase price of the the printer that is $540.00, so you are only spending $760.00 for the printer itself.
Compare that to the R2400, which is $850.00 and a set of 9 ink cartridges is 135.00, so that makes the cost of the printer by itself without ink $715.00
So there is only $45.00 difference between the cost of the printers - that's not much more for a 17" versus a 13" printer.
thanks David, I understand what you are saying. It is becoming a harder choice with so many good printers before us. Thanks Monte.