My Epson 2200 has started to print really washed out color and contast. No changes to hardware of profiles. I've tried all new inks, double checked all setting etc and no luck. I have been planning on a new printer so this may be the time. I don't print every day so would I have any problem with the larger 3800 ink carts. going bad (like out off date)? If yes I may have to buy a 2400. Advise welcome. :(
I will say I'm really very happy with my 3800 coming from a 2200 (had since the month they came out). My 2200 is still printing just fine and I'll use it for some jobs, but I'm so happy with the K3 inks--esp. for monos without using ABW (though some like it very much--I like my own toned prints done WYSIWYG, as Jack Flesher says). The printer is operating nicely--as did my 2200 in fact--and I've done a great number of sample prints on various papers establishing which fine art(s) and luster papers I will use--as I did withi the 2200 and 1280.
Saying that, depending upon if you want a 13" or 17"---others are happy with the HP9180 also---and I understand that Canon will have theri 13" pigment print ready in 2007.
Oh--and--for 2200 printers---no metamerism for all practical purposes and almost no GD, and if you adjust your white/whites--none. Can you tell I'm really happy with the printer *smile*.