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Mitsubishi CP3800DW - What we Think!
Our unbiased views on the Mitsubishi CP3800DW Printer. We tell you what we think, not what the manufacturer wants you to know.

What we Think: All Printers, Hi-Ti 730 Series, Mitsubishi CP3800DW, Mitsubishi CP9550DW/DW-S, Mitsubishi CP9600DW/DW-S, Mitsubishi CP9800DW, Mitsubishi CP3020DE/DAE, Citizen CW-01, Kodak 1400, Kodak 6850, Kodak 9810

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Mitsubishi CP9800DW Photo PrinterAt System Insight we are impartial when it comes to advice on which product to buy. We would never consider selling anything that we didn't consider to be a good product. Our aim is to help you acquire the product that is right for you.

By giving you a complete overview of this printer, it will help you make the decision as to which printer or printers are suited to your specific requirements. Please feel free to contact us for more information or photo samples to help you decide.

Don't forget to checkout our conclusion at the bottom of this page!

Overview of the CP3800DW
The Mitsubishi CP3800DW is a roll fed 10x8 / 12x8 printer that also allows you to print 8x6, 8x8, 8x3, 8x4 as well. You can also print 2 x 8x6 prints from one 8x12 print and each print is automatically trimmed.

Print Size & Media Options
Print Size is determined by the media used in the Printer and one of the main advantages of this printer is that you don't need to change the media very often. With 8x10 media you can print 130 images per roll and 12x8 is 110 images per roll. Media kits contain ribbon and paper roll and changing of sizes from 10x8 to 12x8 is accomplished in just a few minutes. You can also print two 8x6 images on 12x8 media.Ribbon & Paper Consumables

Print Speed
Print Speed is determined by the media size used and the quality of images printed, but it is safe to say that the unit is fast! The CP-3800DW can produce a 10x8 prints in just over 30 seconds and a 12x8 in just over 40 seconds. This printer is fast!

Print Quality
Print Quality is excellent and very similiar to the Citizen CW-01, this is no suprise when you learn that the printer is actually made for Mitsubishi by Citizen and the first printers even had a Citizen driver!

Like most dye sublimation photo printers the CP3800 will operate between 120v-240v supply and can also be run from an inverter if being used away from mains power in a car or caravan etc. Contact us for more details.

Simple - None required! Just keep changing the ribbon and paper roll when they are exhausted.

Both Windows & Mac Compatible.

What we like about the CP3800
Superb Quality and very small footprint and weight especially when compared with the Fuji ASK4000 and the Kodak 9810. It looks & feels very well made indeed. It produces superb quality images fast. The ability to produce images of different sizes 8x4, 8x3, 8x8 etc is also quite nice. Having used several now for six months or so we haven't had one failure nor print jam so it looks to be reliable which is no surprise given where it's come from.

What we don't like about the CP3800
Not a lot really! - Integration with the IT5000 is still lacking the finesse that the Windows driver has and installation with a Click Lite or IT5000 is not seemless and needs a walkthrough to get it to work properly. Mitsubishi promise this will be solved in later updates of the Click software however. We have compositions available to get around some of these issues which are available free of charge to our pro customers.

At a Glance - Our Conclusion based on our Experience



Good Reliability - Based on Citizen / Mitsubishi Product


Well Built - Originally designed for Kiosk Use


No Known Design Faults or Problems


Weight: Only 21kg. Others Manufacturers are 25kgs or over!


Lightweight Flightcase available for easy transportation


Apple Mac Compatible OSX 10.4 and above,


No Media Counter in the driver


IT5000 and Click Lite Support isn't as good as it should be.


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