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Ask Max: What are the differences between the three Epson 3800 Stylus Pro

Asked on 11/14/2007:

There are three editions of the Epson 3800 Stylus printer: "professional", "portrait" and "regular." What are the differences? Are they worth the $200 price difference?


The difference between those three versions of printer has much more to do with software than hardware. The Portrait series of printers from Epson includes ExpressDigital's Darkroom Core Edition, but that software is only compatible with Windows XP Pro. Mac users should not consider the Portrait models from Epson. Now the Professional version will be a good option for Mac-based pro print houses that need RIP (raster image processing) software. The Standard version is compatible with most RIP software, but you have to bring your own or use a program that does not need third party RIP software.The price difference is mostly based on additional software licensing and not hardware acceleration.

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