In my opinion, there is now no other choice on the market today than the DE100.
We have been printing photos since the EP2 technology (before RA4).
We took Gretag, some analog Noritsu, FUJILM SFA series ... Then digital Gretag/SMI and FUJIFILM FRONTIER 300, 500 series.
Today our printing market is 90% smaller than it used to be.
We still have a FRONTIER 500 and it can be used to provide services for a low cost customer today. But this wet (RA4) technology is already dead. The technology has not been developed for at least 15 years! From the technical point of view, using lightsensitive paper does not make sense if we do not need project the image from the film onto it directly. Everything only exists because of the relatively low prices of silver paper (THX, LUCKY China) and chemicals (THX, AXEL Italy) and the heretage of FUJIFILM itself of course. Unfortunately, the our old machines are at the end of their existence.
The tremotransfer technology is perfect when you need to take photos for ID, or a few quick amateur prints from a phone. (BTW, how long will printed ID photos in the digital twenty-first century still exist?) Unfortunately, the quality and size of the format is insufficient when it comes to professional photography! Besides, the termotransfer print is today a synonym of contemporary printed photography, available in every drugstore, eg ROSSMANN. If we want to be competitive in the market, we must be different, be simply better!
Technologies such as laser printing with toner, due to the print quality, are currently only successful in niche tasks such as printing calendars and cheap photo albums. Very good price and speed, but below average quality.
Today and for the next tomorrow we only have the Inkjet technology!
For enlargements over A4 the EPSON SURECOLOR SC-P and CANON plotters of the imagePROGRAF PRO series are standard. It used to be only EPSON, but after the recent problems with the durability of new models, now CANON is often a favorite!
For small formats, it was the absurdly expensive NORITSU QSS GREEN or the hopelessly chimeric/defectiv DX100/D700. All based on the greed and insolence of the only right EPSON! I don't know what the new D800 is, but I'm fed up with EPSON's ubiquitous arrogance!
I have trusted RICOH technology since we switched from EPSON printers to RICOH/SAWGRASS gel printers in sublimation product decoration. It was like day and night! No more clogged heads, no more throwing expensive printers into the garbage after only half a year usage! If the FUJIFILM DE100 is at least 50% as durable as other RICOH products, its simply no brainer.
For now, we have had one DE100 for a few months now and everything is fine. Maybe the colors aren't better than the DX100's, but it does the job whenever you need it. And the inks should be cheaper, my dear FUJIFILM!
I greet and bow to all those who can earn a living by printing photos these days!