We have two p800 at our college now, one more than a year old and one brand new. They’re both working fine. When the new one arrived, I noticed the effect of more recent firmware: a nozzle check now shows ink color name abbreviations under the test patterns, and the patterns themselves are much stronger than the earlier printer produces. This is a nice change, although I’m still waiting for Epson to restore the useful ink consumption numbers that appeared on our nozzle checks from 38xx printers. Do you know how to access a report of total ink consumed with these printers?
I would be tempted to upgrade the firmware on the earlier p800, except that I’ve read here that doing so may raise problems, if we should ever start using IJM inks with your external board. Can you comment?
Also, does resetting any single cartridge 30 times disable the board? Or does it stop working only after every one of the nine carts has been re-set 30 times?
I was under the impression that a recent court case involving HP printers vs. end users wanting to use non-OEM inks (HP lost), meant that Epson also would be forced to allow the use of inks other than their own. Perhaps they’ll eventually comply, by releasing…what?..a whole new printer, of course! My hope for a revised firmware for P800’s are dim. Have you heard anything that might offer hope?
Happy to hear comments from any users of these scP800 printers. How does roll printing work out with them?