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Epson announces new A2 printer

September 28, 2010: Epson has released details of a new A2 (17-inch) printer, the Stylus Pro 4900, which uses UltraChrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) inks.

Replacing the Stylus Pro 4880, the new model provides print speeds up to three times faster than its predecessor and includes automatic switching between matte and photo black inks. With ten UltraChrome HDR ink colours including orange and green, and three levels of black, the Stylus Pro 4900 delivers the widest colour gamut of any Epson Stylus Pro printer, as well as reproducing 98 percent of the Pantone colours, making it ideal for graphics arts and photography professionals where colour accuracy is critical.

Features of the Stylus Pro 4900 include a new Thin Film Piezo (TFP) print head with 360 nozzles per colour channel plus Epson’s Variable Sized Droplet Technology, which supports faster printing speeds while delivering smoother tonal graduation and deep, rich colours. The TFP print head has an ink-repelling coating, which reduces the potential for clogging on long print runs so there is less printer down-time and fewer print head cleans. Large-capacity (200 ml per colour) ink cartridges enable long print runs with fewer cartridge replacements, while a roll paper mount adds to economical and efficient operation.

The Stylus Pro 4900 can be configured with an optional SpectroProofer, enabling professional colour proofing workflows with automatic colour calibration and verification. The SpectroProofer operates with a black or white backing of the measurement patch, ensuring conformity with the ISO-12647-7 standard for proofing. To compensate for optical brighteners in media, the SpectroProofer is available in two models – with or without a UV cut filter.

The new printer will be available through authorised professional graphic dealers from November 2010. Pricing is still to be determined.

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