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Complete comprehensive list of all Epson Stylus Pro printers of last twelve years to assist printshops, photographers, reprographic shops, giclee ateliers to decide whether to buy used, or instead buy a current model new. Print E-mail

Buy a used Epson printer? Or a newer model Epson printer?

All over eBay and other seller sites you can find old Epson printer models for sale. Often the prices are so low that you will be tempted.

During the course of 2012 we will be providing more assistance for the photo labs, giclee ateliers, in-house printer needs, and others who are tempted by the low prices of used Epson printers. The first step is to make a list of all Epson printers that we can track down.

Since FLAAR was active in evaluating wide-format water-based printers starting in the last 1990’s, we have a bit of experience in old Epson printers. Indeed I can still remember the year Epson first launched their pigmented ink (I vaguely remember it was DRUPA, possibly DRUPA 2000). The ink was so new it was not even ready and the ink formula was being changed as it was being launched (since reality out in the real world is often different than in the R&D labs and factory demo room).

FLAAR list of all known Epson Stylus Pro printers of wide-format size

We include a few which are not wide-format; wide-format is defined as anything 24” and wider, though 17” printers are often the entry-level for some wider-format printer series, especially for Epson and Canon iPF imagePROGRAF, and sometimes in the past by HP Designjet.

There are several Epson print models which we have not seen or heard of in USA or most of Europe, but since we inspect printers around the world we often land in a country which has a model that is promoted in that country but not in others.

  • Epson Stylus Pro 2200
  • Epson Stylus Pro R3000 is a 13" model to replace the Epson R2880
  • Epson Stylus Color 3000
  • Epson Stylus Pro 3800
Epson Stylus Pro 3800, water-based ink, list and review of fine art giclee printers
Epson Stylus Pro 3800
  • Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Portrait Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Professional
  • Epson Stylus Pro 3880

  • Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Portrait Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Graphic Arts Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Signature Worthy Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4000, DX3 printhead
Epson Stylus Pro 4000, water-based ink, list and review of fine art giclee printers
Epson Stylus Pro 4000
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4400, attempt at a CAD printer (not listed for USA)
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4450
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4800
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4800 Portrait Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4800 Professional Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4880
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4880 ColorBurst Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4880 Portrait Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4900
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition

  • Epson Stylus Pro 5000
  • Epson Stylus Pro 5500, DX3 printhead.
Epson 5500, water-based ink, list and review of fine art giclee printers
Epson Stylus Pro 5500

  • Epson Stylus Pro 7000
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7400, attempt at a CAD printer
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7450

  • Epson Stylus Pro 7500
Epson 7500, water-based ink, list and review of fine art giclee printers
Epson Stylus Pro 7500
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7600
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7600 UltraChrome Ink
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7700

  • Epson Stylus Pro 7800
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7800 Professional Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7880
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7890, current
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7890, Designer Edition

  • Epson Stylus Pro 7900
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7900, Computer to Plate System
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7900, Proofing Edition

  • Epson Stylus Pro 9000
  • Epson Stylus Pro 9400, attempt at a CAD printer
  • Epson Stylus Pro 9450

  • Epson Stylus Pro 9500
  • Epson Stylus Pro 9600, Photographic Dye Ink
  • Epson Stylus Pro 9600, UltraChrome Ink
Epson 9600, water-based ink, list and review of fine art giclee printers
Epson Stylus Pro 9600
  • Epson Stylus Pro 9700

  • Epson Stylus Pro 9800
  • Epson Stylus Pro 9800, Professional Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 9880
  • Epson Stylus Pro 9880, ColorBurst Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 9890, current

  • Epson Stylus Pro 9900
  • Epson Stylus Pro 9900 Proofing Edition
  • Epson Stylus Pro 10000
Epson 10000 water-based ink, list and review of fine art giclee printers
Epson Stylus Pro 10000
  • Epson Stylus Pro 10000CF
  • Epson Stylus Pro 10600 archival ink
  • Epson Stylus Pro 10600 photographic dye ink
  • Epson Stylus Pro 10600 Ultrachrome ink
  • Epson Stylus Pro 11880

  • Epson GS6000, eco-solvent

  • Epson WT7900, experimental proofing printer

  • Epson SureColor SC-S30600, low bid eco-solvent Made in China.

The most bizarre Epson printer models are in China (not surprising since the Epson factory switched from Mutoh Japan to Chinese factories already several years ago). These Made in China Epson printers look and feel acceptably sturdy until the “SureColor” model appeared (midwhich has flimsy plastic lids and looks like the material and possibly the entire “SureColor” project is low-bid.

If you need to know the Epson printers for China (some of which are actually quite remarkable) we have these in our Beijing Sign Show report, the TRENDs version. Cost is $1200 since there is information in this report not widely available elsewhere, though realize that this report is primarily on UV-cured printers. In this report we show inside one printer which seems to be a prototype for a previously unknown resin-type ink potential. You can order from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We can also answer questions, in-person or via Skype once you have received the report.

Some Epson product models are not available world wide

We have data on some Epson printer models which are not “available”. We have also seen prototypes of the next Epson printer to be launched (pure accident, we happened to visit the printshop which had the prototype; we visited this print shop for a totally different reason and were surprised to see the prototype).

We have also recently seen additional possible prototypes. We are also familiar with the next printer which Epson has under wraps. As a courtesy we do not publish these Epson model numbers for the general public. But since this information was not provided by Epson itself (if they put us under NDA and showed us the new models then we could not even “know” about them because we are under NDA). But because we find these printers in the course of normal research on other topics, and happen to land where the printers are being tested, it is not our fault that we know about them.

A history of early wide-format inkjet printers is lacking

I can still remember the days when all Epson printers only offered dye ink.

I can also remember the consternation in Epson booths when their pigmented ink came out a tad prematurely.

There are almost no good books on the history of wide-format inkjet printing. So in effect, the several hundred FLAAR Reports over the past 14 years serve as a basic textbook. In some cases a FLAAR Report is an entire chapter. In other cases a particular FLAAR Report represents those pages within what would be a larger chapter when you include other of our reports.

Since we have had over a million readers (per year) for several years now, we are beginning to catch up on basic lists and inventories. Starting in 2000 (when the Durst UV-cured printers were launched) and picking up in 2004 (when at DRUPA the first 3.2 or 5 m UV-cured roll-to-roll printers were bravely launched by NUR), we at FLAAR have focused on UV-cured.

Our dedicated to UV-cured was partially because eco-solvent became a commodity. And water-based had been a commodity now for years (at Graphics of the Americas 2012, not one single solitary T-series or Z-series water-based printer of HP was present at the entire printer trade show!

Epson DX5, DX6, DX7 printheads

For two years now FLAAR has begun to help distributors, end-users, and manufacturers keep track of all the brands around Asia who are using Epson DX5, DX6, and DX7 printheads. Probably 80% or more use Epson DX5 printheads; perhaps 50 to 10% use Epson DX7 printheads. It is rare to see a Chinese printer offering DX6 printheads.

For the last several years Epson has tried to pretend it does not use the "DX" nomenclature. Epson is caught in the middle: it tries to claim that Epson-made printers use unique printheads that are not available anywhere else. Since "DX" printheads are everywhere all over the world now, Epson can't dare use that nomenclature. Yet all you have to do is go back in time and you quickly find that Epson itself did use the DX nomenclature. Epson itself, in their own official brochures, handed out at trade shows, clearly stated that their models 4000 and 5500 each used the DX3 printhead.

  • Epson Stylus Pro 4000, DX3 printhead
  • Epson Stylus Pro 5500, DX3 printhead.

I would have to go back in time, and check every single brochure, to see which other Epson printers use which other DX printhead. Thus it appears that Epson tried to squirm out of using DX nomenclature only when everyone else (dozens of manufacturers all around China) began to remind the world that Epson printheads were being used openly and practically everywhere.

If you would like assistance to figure out which Epson model is best for you

Since our offices are in several foreign countries, although our main readership and most of our research is rather obviously in, and dedicated to, North America, if you are in the USA it is easiest for you to obtain information on Epson printers by filling out the Inquiry Form. This is primarily for individuals in USA or from countries which tend to buy their printers in USA (such as the Caribbean islands and some countries in Latin America.

Indicate whether you wish a new or used Epson printer, whether you wish to print photographs, indoor signage, POP, backlit, fine art giclee or CAD (or GIS). Please indicate on what materials you wish to print: canvas, art papers, PVC vinyl, wallpaper. This will help us understand your needs so we know best how to provide resources and answers.

If you are unsure whether to select an Epson, and HP, or a Canon printer?

We at FLAAR Reports have used Epson Stylus Pro (several models), HP Designjet (many models over many years) and several Canon iPF imagePROGRAF printers. Plus we see the new models at trade shows around the world about every two months.

Epson Stylus Pro printers are favored for several applications. It’s like using a Macintosh: some people simply use Apple computers no matter what (sorry, I have used Apple computers for over a decade, but I am not a fanatic; they crash just like some PCs). We have had many Epson printers in-house, and I know many photographers and fine art studios and giclee ateliers who have initially used Epson printers. There are also other markets, such as for proofing.

Canon iPF imagePROGRAF printers have their benefits (and downsides). I know people who love their Canon iPF imagePROGRAF printers and others would not even consider one of this brand. We at FLAAR have personal experience with three different models, we know the Canon philosophy (both Canon USA and Canon Japan (Dr Hellmuth lived in Japan for six months circa 1996)), and we have visited photo labs, fine art photography studios and giclee ateliers who use Canon printers.

HP Designjet has its supporters, and detractors. Like any product, it depends on your needs (your applications). We have over 12 years experience using HP Designjet printers and have been to HP Designjet world headquarters several times as well as several visits to R&D labs and test center of HP equipment.

For CAD we have family experience for three generations, since Hellmuth family members have been architects for generations.

Since Dr Hellmuth does fine art photography, landscape and panoramic photography, flower and insect photography, you can also expect helpful guidance. So fill out the Inquiry Form so we know how best to assist you.

Most recently updated March 14, 2012. Updated March 6, 2012. First posted March 5, 2012.

 
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