13" X 19" Capable Printer Selection

Discussion in 'Printing' started by Burkey, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Hey Folks,
    I'm looking for a new printer for home that can handle 13" X 19" paper. I have an HP B8550 at work that cranks out some incredibly strong prints but this printer is getting very difficult to find. I've been reading about the new Epson Artisan 1400 series. It appears to be, at least from what I've read, a possible choice but I'd really enjoy hearing your thoughts on photo printers capable of handling paper up to 13" X 19". Affordability is a concern too. Thanks in advance.
    . . . David
  2. Country Parson

    Country Parson Top Veteran

    Apr 5, 2011
    North Carolina
    I would like to hear what others say about this as well.
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  3. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Me too.
  4. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Regular

    Jul 13, 2010
    You'll be hard pushed to find anything better than the Epson Stylus Pro 3880. Prints up to A2+
    And not very expensive for the performance offered.

    Disclaimer : I'm in no way related to Epson !

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  5. Pelao

    Pelao All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I would recommend the 3880.

    The purchase price is higher - but only on the surface. The ink tanks are much, much larger, and it's ink cost you need to watch carefully. With a 3880 you get a set of large, full tanks.

    Have a read here:
    The Online Photographer: Why I Love My Epson 3880

    If you are patient, Epson have very good rebates from time-to-time.
  6. jhawker

    jhawker Veteran

    Aug 30, 2011
    Springfield, Illinois
    For 13x19 prints the Epson 3880 is an excellent choice.
    Keep Eager.
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    there was a highly recommended one that I saw (I think it was on mu43.com) that many people owned and recommended and I believe the price was closer to $400 than $1,400. I'll have to search for the thread. How many professional 13 x19 prints could I have made for $1,400? I like to have the best I can get (before the law of diminishing returns kicks in). I'm usually happy with 90% of the performance of the best for 25% of the price.

    That last 10% is just too costly.
  8. Pelao

    Pelao All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Print volume is obviously important, and a very individual thing.

    My input is this - if you are printing enough to need / want a printer, then the total cost of ownership (largely governed by ink) should guide much of the decision.
  9. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Another vote for the Epson 3880. A fantastic printer, but the real reason I bought it was because the two blacks inks switch automatically. Before, I had to manually switch them, and I'd have to go back and forth several times in a single printing session. I don't really need the size, but it is the smallest printer that offers that option. The prints I get are gorgeous in both color and B&W.

    The 3880 and my color calibrated monitor were luxuries, but both are wonderful to use and worth every penny.
  10. ajramirez

    ajramirez Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    +1 for the Epson 3880. I have owned and used an Epson 3800 for the last four years and it has been an absolute delight. Reliable and superb image quality. The initial cost seems high, but when you factor the cost of the ink cartridges, it's actually not bad at all. Plus, the cartridges are relatively large, which means the cost per ml of ink is significantly lower than with lower priced printers.

    From what I have read, the 3880 is even better than the 3800.


  11. Country Parson

    Country Parson Top Veteran

    Apr 5, 2011
    North Carolina
    Any more testimonials?
  12. Otto

    Otto Regular

    Jan 3, 2011
    Forney, TX
    At the risk of getting slammed, I have had excellent results from my HP Deskjet 9800. Both the color, and B&W, prints are extremely good. The B&W prints are the best I've gotten from any printer, and there is no color cast or matamerism. I"ve had prints from this printer hanging in various venues around town with sales from those displays. These are only available refurbished now, but I would consider replacing it if it ever failed. Never any clogs even after sitting for weeks/months on end. The HP 7000 may be the replacement for this printer and is available from B&H for $114.95 including shipping. Don't know if the output would match, but at that price for a 13x19 format printer, I would try it.

    My other printer is the Canon Pro 9000 Mark II that I bought new in the box for $150 on craigslist. Many of the folks that got these as part of a Canon deal are selling them as they don't want, or need, them. I haven't printed much from it yet, but what I have looks great. No clogging with this one either. I plan on using OCP inks to refill the cartridges for about $0.30 each when they run out. I know a lot of folks swear by Epson, but I'll never own another one. My experience with them was a lot of wasted ink trying to clear the clogged print head. I don't print very often, but when I do I want my printer to print, not use up ink to try to clear the clogs.

    Just another man's opinion.
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  13. Great input, folks. Thank you all.
    . . . David