The Epson P800 Versus the Epson 4900

16th September 2015 Printing


Epson Stylus 4900 17 Inch Inkjet Printer
Epson's 17 inch professional photo and proofing printer
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  • Carriage WidthA2 (17", 432mm)
  • Inkset Type (# Inks)Pigment (11)
  • High Quality Black & White?
  • Roll Paper Support?Yes
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This article helps you determine what would be the best printer to suit your needs between the A2 Epson P800 and the 17" Epson 4900. There are a few key things you need to consider first to help make your decision - the size of prints you want to do, volume of work you will be printing, available space in your work area, and of course overall cost.

Pros and Cons

Epson 4900

Pros
  • Roll paper feed, good for canvas, and in general the most reliable way to print very high volumes
  • Speed - it's faster than a P800
  • Lower running costs - approximately 25% or so
  • Vacuum system to keep paper flat when printing, helps fight paper curl
Cons
  • Initial Cost
  • Size - it is really huge and really needs its own stand/table
  • Each ink cartridge is a bigger investment
  • To keep it running well, it really needs quite regular usage - ideally daily
Epson SureColor P800 A2 Inkjet Printer
The benchmark A2 fine art printer today, and our default recommendation for anyone wanting to make big, beautiful, archival prints in-house.
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$1,895 RRP $2,195  (Save $300!)
  • Carriage WidthA2 (17", 432mm)
  • Inkset Type (# Inks)Pigment (9)
  • High Quality Black & White?
  • Roll Paper Support? (w. accessory)
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Epson P800

Pros
  • Initial cost is much lower
  • Better print quality than the 4900
  • Vastly smaller - it can fit on a desk
  • Much better paper feed for sheets
  • Already quite cheap to run
  • Sheets are much easier to use/sell than roll prints immediately as they're inherently flat. Often standard size frames exist too
  • Clogs less than any other pigment inkjet printer from Epson
  • Fantastic reliability record
Cons
  • Need an accessory to achieve roll printing
  • Not as cheap to run as 4900
  • No wonderful with materials that really work best with rolls, like canvas
  • Slightly more head strike issues due to lack of vacuum

My general thoughts on the two are that unless you are doing a lot of printing, the P800 is almost always the better choice for most people.

The P800 is very well built, versatile, very simple to use and significantly better with sheet printing than the 4900.

If you really do want to do roll printing, I think the 7070 is a vastly better choice than the 4900 as roll printing and bigger prints go hand in hand.

Epson SureColor P7070 24 Inch Inkjet Printer
Epson's large format 24 inch inkjet printer designed specifically for premium photo, fine art and design work.
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  • Carriage Width610 mm (24")
  • Inkset Type (# Inks)Pigment (11)
  • High Quality Black & White?
  • Roll Paper Support?Yes