Epson Announces New 17-inch, 24-inch, and 44-inch Professional Inkjet Photo Printers


OCTOBER 04, 2010


Epson announced a trio of new large-format professional inkjet printers today including the 17-inch-wide Epson Stylus Pro 4900, a long-awaited followup to the 4880.

One of the main highlights of the Epson 4900 is that, unlike its predecessor, it does auto black switching between the printer's Photo Black inkjet cartridge and the Matte Black cartridges. With the 4880 you had to manually switch the inks depending on what paper you were using which was time-consuming and wasted ink.

Other features of the 4900 include a new print engine and a 10-color Ultrachrome HDR ink set. The printer also features auto-switching between roll and cutsheet paper.

Two potential downsides to the 4900 ($2,495) are that it will weigh 30 pounds heavier than the 4880 (which tipped the scales at approximately 90 pounds) and the initial list price will be about $500 higher than its predecessor.


Epson also announced the 24-inch Stylus Pro 7890 and 44-inch 9890 printers. More details below.

Epson Stylus Pro 4900
- Ultrachrome HDR Ink Set
- TFP Print Head
- Rolls and Cut Sheets
- Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Standard Edition ($2,495) and Graphic Design Edition ($2,995)
- Available in December 2010

Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890
- Replaces the 7880 and 9880
- Ultrachrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink Set
- TFP Print Head
- The Epson Stylus Pro 7890 ($2,995) and 9890 ($4,995)
- Available in December 2010

www.proimaging.epson.com

Epson Announces Much-Anticipated Epson Stylus Pro 4900

New 17-Inch Desktop Printer Incorporates Epson’s Latest Technology for Photographers, Graphic Designers and Proofing Professionals

CHICAGO (Graph Expo, Booth 617) – Oct. 4, 2010 – Epson America is once again redefining the standard for photographic print quality with the introduction of the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 17-inch printer. Leveraging Epson’s latest engineering technology featured in the award-winning Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 combines the precision of Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP print head with the performance of Epson UltraChrome HDR ink to deliver high quality prints, fast print speeds, and an extremely wide color gamut.

“The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 incorporates the most advanced technologies Epson has to offer in a robust 17-inch mechanism,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “Whether producing sellable color or black-and-white photography, fine art reproductions, or color accurate commercial and flexographic proofs for client approvals, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 provides creative professionals with a powerful and productive tool in today’s competitive market.”

Utilizing ten colors, including Orange and Green, Epson UltraChrome HDR ink technology produces the widest color gamut ever from an Epson Stylus Pro printer and is certified by Pantone to cover 98 percent of the PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE solid color palette1. Combined with Epson’s AccuPhoto HDR screening technology, this ink dramatically raises the level of print quality. The one-inch wide, 360 nozzle Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head excels in dot shape accuracy, dot placement and producing high quality prints at fast speeds. In addition, it features the latest ink-repelling coating and auto nozzle verification technologies that virtually eliminate clogged nozzles.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is designed to offer professionals a powerful combination of performance, flexibility and ease-of-use. It includes automatic switching between roll and cut-sheet media, allowing users to have both the front paper cassette and roll feeder loaded with different media types and automatically switch between them with a simple driver selection. In addition, the high-capacity paper cassette holds up to 200 sheets of 8.5”x11” to 17”x24” sized sheets.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is available in two configurations – the base model for photography and a Graphic Design Edition including an EFI® eXpress RIP.
Additional Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Features

- Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink: 10-color pigment based ink system provides outstanding short-term color stability for mission-critical proofing applications and longterm display permanence for photography and fine art; uses 11 high capacity 200ml ink cartridges with automatic Matte and Photo Black switching
- MicroPiezo TFP Print Head: One-inch wide, high performance print head with 360 nozzles per channel capable of handling ten separate ink channels; low vibration meniscus control provides highly accurate dot shape and placement and ink repelling coating dramatically reduces nozzle clogging
- AccuPhoto HDR Screening: Advanced screening algorithm produces extremely fine blends and photographic transitions with accurate highlight-to-shadow details and ensures consistent color balance, resulting in prints with superior color and clarity and incredibly sharp text and line art
- PreciseColor Manufacturing: Evaluates and adjusts each printer’s performance at the manufacturing stage, ensuring consistent color output from printer to printer and print to print, eliminating the need for internal calibration devices
- SpectroProofer: Developed jointly with X-Rite®, optional SpectroProofer delivers automation of color management related tasks for proofing applications when driven by industry leading supporting RIP technology; consistency between the Epson 4900 and the 24- and 44-inch Epson 7900 and 9900 make it ideal for remote proofing applications

Pricing, Availability and Support
The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Standard Edition and Graphic Design Edition will be available in December 2010 through Epson Authorized Professional Imaging Resellers for $2,495 and $2,995 (MSRP) respectively. The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is supported by a standard Epson PreferredSM Limited Warranty, a one-year program that includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and unit exchange service in the unlikely event of any hardware failure. Optional Epson PreferredSM Plus Service Plans are also available, offering one or two additional years of protection. For additional information on the Epson Stylus Pro 4900, visit www.proimaging.epson.com.


PRESS RELEASE

Epson Sets New Industry Benchmark with Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890 Debut

New 24-Inch and 44-Inch Printers Offer the Ultimate Combination of Performance and Value

CHICAGO (Graph Expo, Booth 617) – Oct. 4, 2010 – Epson America today announced the Epson Stylus Pro 7890 (24-inch) and 9890 (44-inch) for photographers and proofing professionals, offering Epson’s latest technology achievements in the sub-$3,000 and $5,000 price categories. These new printers combine eight-color Epson UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta ink technology with auto-sharing Matte and Photo Black inks, and Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP print head to produce high quality prints at speeds about twice as fast as their renowned predecessors – the Epson Stylus Pro 7880 and 9880.

“With every new generation of printers, we continuously strive to reach new levels of performance,” said Reed Hecht, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “For years, the Epson Stylus Pro 880-series has been the industry benchmark for which all other printers were compared, and with the introduction of the 890-series, we have once again raised the bar, redefining the future of wide-format printing.”

The Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890 offer the same leading technology found in the Epson Stylus Pro 900-series, including ePlaten automatic media loading, spindle-free roll media loading, a roll media tracking system, front control panel with 2.5-inch color LCD, rotary cutter, fabric catch bin, and robust printer stand. The printers also feature Epson’s latest ink-repelling coating and auto nozzle verification technologies to virtually eliminate clogged nozzles, and use nine individual high-capacity ink cartridges up to 700 ml. In addition, these new models are capable of handling virtually any media type, in roll or cut-sheet. Both models are available with an optional SpectroProofer spectrophotometer.

More about the Epson Stylus Pro 890-Series

The Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890 provide advanced features, including:
- Epson MicroPiezo TFP Print Head: High precision eight-channel print head with auto sharing black ink channel produces variable-sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters to greatly decrease print times while optimizing photographic quality; latest ink repelling coating dramatically reduces nozzle clogging
- AccuPhoto HD Screening: Advanced screening algorithm produces extremely fine blends and photographic transitions with accurate highlight-to-shadow details and ensures consistent color balance, resulting in prints with superior color and clarity and incredibly sharp text and line art
- Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink: High density eight-color pigments with unique formulation of Magenta provides extremely vibrant blues and purples for an expanded color gamut; three-level black ink technology significantly improves gray balance while eliminating color casts and provides outstanding highlight-to-shadow grayscale accuracy for smoother tonal range
- PreciseColor Manufacturing: Evaluates and adjusts each printer’s performance at the manufacturing stage, ensuring consistent color output from printer to printer and print to print, eliminating the need for internal calibration devices
- ePlaten Media-Loading: Simplifies the roll and cut-sheet media loading process with automatic media loading, movement, skew adjustment, and tracking, including electronically controlled roll back tension and automatic roll media rewind upon release
- SpectroProofer: Developed in partnership with X-Rite, the optional SpectroProofer is a high-performance, in-line spectrophotometer that, when driven by the latest front-end RIPs, can automate virtually any color management process in commercial or flexographic proofing workflows

Pricing and Availability
The Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890 will be available in December 2010 through Epson Authorized Professional Imaging Resellers for an MSRP of $2,995 and $4,995 respectively. They are supported by a standard Epson PreferredSM Limited Warranty, a one-year program that includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next-business-day on-site service in the unlikely event of any hardware failure. For additional information, visit www.proimaging.epson.com.

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