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Epson 4000 A2 Printer information

17″ Large format aka (in Japan) Epson Maxart PX-6000



A replacement for the 5000 and 3000. Specifications, details, articles, and reviews about the Epson 4000 A2 8 color printer. More pix and detailed info below.

One of our oldest article pages – retained for information.

epson 4000

The Epson 4000

Still a great printer if you can get one – See also the newer 3800 and 4800

This page has information about printers, collected before they were announced and actual product details.We have left all of the original info on the page for completeness.

Updates

  • 2005 May 2nd – More details and specs (downloadable reference manual link) on the 4800 and 4400 are on the 4800 page.
  • 2004 September — UK Free paper promo, but still some reports of difficulties in getting this printer.
  • 2004 4th March — A “delay alert” is posted by Epson for the 4000 — Full details at end of page (this news picked up from the US, so check its veracity with your local suppliers or the ads on the left).

We’ve included most of the comments we’ve been sent here, so you may have to pick through several to get a reasonable picture… Thanks to everyone who has sent us info!

From Epson 20th Oct 2003

Epson 4000 Overview

  • Product Available in January 2004
  • 17″ Wide Desktop Printer
  • Maximum resolution 2880 x 1440 dpi
  • 3.5 picoliter droplet size
  • 7-color Epson UltraChrome™ Ink with 8-channel print head technology

Download full PDF specs from Epson

Advanced 17″ Wide Desktop Printer for Professionals.

Epson is the standard by which all other photographic ink jet printers are measured. So when we decided to build a next-generation desktop printer, it had to be a breakthrough.

The result is the all-new Epson Stylus Pro 4000 desktop printer. Designed to meet the needs of the most demanding professionals, the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 incorporates a unique 17″ wide printer design with all of our latest ink, print head, and printer engine technologies, ensuring your creative vision will be produced without compromise.

Utilizing Epson UltraChrome™ Ink technology, you’ll produce archival prints with amazing color fidelity, while providing consistently stable colors that significantly outperform standard dye ink technologies. In order to maximize the use of this remarkable ink technology, we’ve developed a unique 8-channel print head capable of handling eight separate ink cartridges simultaneously. This allows the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 to handle both Photo Black and Matte Black inks at the same time in order to maximize the black density on virtually any media type.

Even more remarkable, the new high-performance 1″ wide print head produces an astonishing resolution of 2880 x1440 dpi to deliver a level of image quality and speed that even exceeds our previous best.

Handling virtually any media type in roll or cut-sheet up to 17″ wide, the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 even incorporates a high-capacity paper tray capable of handling cut-sheet media up to 17″x 22″. Choose from four different ways to load media, including a front-loading straight-through path for media up to 1.5mm posterboard, giving you the ultimate in media flexibility.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4000 represents the highest level of Epson printer technology to date. From photographic quality and high-performance print speeds to breakthrough ink technology and media handling, the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 combines innovative technology with extraordinary performance and value, allowing you to work faster while giving you the ultimate creative edge.

Features & Benefits

All New 8-Channel Print Head Technology

  • Print head design capable of handling eight separate ink channels
  • 1″ wide, high-performance print head
  • 180 nozzles per channel x 8
  • Two user-exchangeable ink modes – Photographic or Dual CMYK
  • The Photographic Ink Mode is ideal for any photographic or graphic design project where image quality is important. It uses Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta, Yellow, Photo Black, Light Black and Matte Black.
  • The Dual CMYK Ink Mode takes advantage of our Matte Black ink technology to produce outstanding photographic prints on plain paper. It uses two of each primary color to deliver speeds up to 98% faster than the Photographic Ink Mode and is the perfect solution for engineering/scientific applications like CAD or GIS mapping.

Maximum Resolution of 2880 x1440 dpi

  • Incredibly sharp text and line art rivaling a final printing press
  • Extremely fine blends and photographic transitions

Variable Droplet Micro Piezo DX3™ Technology

  • Produces variable-sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliter
  • Greatly decreases print times while optimizing photographic quality
  • Proprietary DX3 ASIC technology controls the printing process resulting in consistent image quality and color output from print to print

Award-winning Ink Technology

  • 7-Color Pigmented Inking System with Built-in Matte Black1 Printer automatically switches between Photo Black and Matte Black ink modes to optimize black ink density on any media type
  • Extremely wide color gamut for the most demanding color requirements
  • No perceivable short-term color shift for stable prints immediately after printing
  • Excellent water and lightfastness

Exclusive Light Black Ink for Superior Photographic Reproduction

  • Significantly improves the printer’s gray balance while eliminating color casts
  • Dramatically improves the midtones and highlights for smoother transitions
  • Enhances the ICC profiling process for ColorSync™ and ICM™ workflows

Professional Level Black & White Photographic Printing

  • Produces a truly consistent image with little color crossover or colorcasts
  • Reduced metamerism on 7-color black & white prints
  • Depending upon media, produces a black D-max up to 2.1
  • Produces sellable quality neutral or toned black and white prints

Unique 17″ Wide Print Engine Technology

Professional Media Handling

  • Prints on virtually any media type in roll or cut sheet up to 17″ wide
  • Built-in high-capacity paper tray handling up to 250 sheets of plain letter-sized paper or up to 50 sheets of photographic media at 17″x 22″
  • Can print on both sides of the media without damaging the previously printed side
  • User-adjustable Roll Media Spindle accepts either 2″ or 3″ media cores
  • Four built-in media paths including roll feed, cut-sheet tray, front-top manual feed, and a straight-through front manual feed handling weights up to 1.5mm thick
  • Built-in automatic media cutter

True BorderFree Printing

  • Capable of printing off both left and right edges of roll based media, while automatically cutting top and bottom edges to produce a full-bleed print on all four sides
  • Fully trims your finished prints more accurately and safely than by hand
  • High Performance Print Engine Speeds2
  • The Epson Stylus Pro 4000 utilizes our latest print head technology – making it one of the fastest ink jet printers ever made by Epson.
  • For graphics and prepress proofing, everyday production quality 13″ x 19″ prints can be produced in 2:23 min:sec and contract quality proofs can be produced in 7:49 min:sec
  • For professional photography, photo lab quality 8″ x 10″ prints can be produced in 3:48 min:sec and 16″ x 20″ prints in 10:25 min:sec
  • For CAD and GIS, draft quality 17″x 22″ prints can be produced in 1:30 min:sec and photo quality 17″x 22″ prints can be produced in 5:58 min:sec

Epson Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System

  • Eight 110ml or 220ml ink cartridges with automatic tracking of key data points such as ink levels, ink type and usage rates, for accurate production cost estimates
  • Greatly increases productivity by replacing ink cartridges on the fly, even during the middle of a print job, with no loss in image quality or production time
  • Utilizes both 110ml and 220ml ink cartridges simultaneously to further optimize ink usage

Superior Connectivity

  • Includes one USB (1.1/2.0), one IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and one Epson Expansion Slot for installing the optional 10/100 BaseT Ethernet card
  • Enhanced Epson Photographic Drivers for Macintosh and Windows allowing for complete ink density control even when driver color management is turned off
  • For graphic designers, an optional Epson Stylus RIP Professional 2.0 software RIP is available – featuring true Adobe PostScript3
  • Fully supported by most leading third-party RIPs and workflows – the Epson Stylus Pro series printers are used within the most demanding printing environments

more at Epson US
or Epson UK

Epson R800 and UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks

Epson Introduces EPSON Stylus Photo R800 Printer with New UltraChrome Hi-Gloss Inks
Most Advanced Letter Format Desktop Printer Features Eight Cartridge System for Archival Photographic Prints on Glossy and Matte Media
(Press Release)
Friday, October 31, 2003

Epson America Inc. today announced the EPSON Stylus Photo R800, a new desktop photo printer featuring new Epson UltraChrome™ Hi-Gloss™ pigment inks for archival prints on matte and glossy media. With an estimated street price of $399, the EPSON Stylus Photo R800 lowers the entry price for photographers and digital artists that want archival prints but do not need a large format printer. The EPSON Stylus Photo R800 is capable of making photo quality prints up to 8.5 inches by 11 inches on cut-sheet paper and up to 8.3 inches by 44 inches on roll paper.

“Photographers want the archival properties of prints made with pigment inks, but are concerned that the colors and gloss will not be as good as prints made with dye inks,” said Parker Plaisted, product manager, photo imaging. “With the EPSON Stylus Photo R800, photographers can be confidant that the Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks will deliver archival high-quality prints on matte and glossy papers that achieve the colors and gloss level seen in prints with dye inks.”

The Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink set is designed specifically for photographers and digital artists. This ink set includes eight individual cartridges and features the new Gloss Optimizer as well as Photo Black and Matte Black ink cartridges. With an eight channel print head, the EPSON Stylus Photo R800 allows the user to keep the Photo Black and Matte Black ink cartridges in the printer at all times and the printer driver determines which black ink to use based on the paper type selected. In addition to the traditional cyan, magenta and yellow inks, the Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink set also includes new red and blue inks to create a Hi-Fi ink set that expands the color gamut. The color gamut for the Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink on glossy paper is up to 22% larger than ink jet printers with standard cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink sets.

About the EPSON Stylus Photo R800

The EPSON Stylus Photo R800 utilizes Epson’s Advanced Micro Piezo ink jet technology to achieve a 1.5-picoliter ink droplet and resolutions up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi. The 1.5-picoliter ink droplet sets a new standard as the smallest droplet size in the ink jet printer industry. The EPSON Stylus Photo R800 is the fastest printer in the Epson photo printer line featuring text speeds up to 17ppm and photo speeds as fast as 45 seconds for a beautiful 5″ x 7″ photo in photo mode on EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper.

This printer model also features direct CD printing capabilities enabling customers to print directly onto printable CDs or DVDs by placing them in a tray that slides through the printer’s front-loading, straight-through paper path. This CD printing capability is an Epson exclusive feature, first introduced with the EPSON Stylus Photo 960 and is also available with the EPSON Stylus Photo 900 and EPSON Stylus Photo R300/300M. Macintosh and PC users can create their own CD or DVD designs, or utilize colorful backgrounds and images from the EPSON Print CD software, which now supports Mac OS 10.2 or higher and comes bundled with the printer.

Only ink-jet printable CD-R and DVD-R media are compatible with the EPSON Stylus Photo R800. Ink-jet printable CD-R media are produced by several major media brands including Imation, Maxell, Memorex, Mitsui, TDK and Verbatim. The ink-jet printable CD-R media can be purchased from a variety of online retailers including www.cdw.com, www.macconnection.com, www.pcconnection.com, www.warehouse.com, and www.zones.com.

By utilizing innovations such as PRINT Image Matching technology and Epson’s patented, true BorderFree™ photo printing technology, the EPSON Stylus Photo R800 is able to produce the best prints possible in a variety of frame-ready and portfolio-ready photo paper sizes. Customers can effortlessly print their photos on Epson’s Borderless 4″ x 6,” 5″ x 7,” and 8″ x 10″ photo papers without having to trim the borders or tear off perforations.

Media Choices with the EPSON Stylus Photo R800

Epson offers a wide variety of papers for use with the EPSON Stylus Photo R800 including EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper, EPSON Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, EPSON Premium Luster Photo Paper, EPSON Enhanced Matte Paper, EPSON Matte Paper-Heavyweight, EPSON Premium Bright White Paper and plain paper.

The EPSON Stylus Photo R800 produces long-lasting photos which can resist fading up to 80 years(a) with Epson’s optimized combination of EPSON UltraChrome Hi-Gloss Inks and Epson’s matte or glossy media.

Pricing, Support and Availability

The EPSON Stylus Photo R800 will be available in February 2004 for an estimated street price of $399 through mail order, computer superstores, specialty camera stores, and Epson’s retail Web site (www.epsonstore.com). The printer is backed by the one-year EPSON Exchange Warranty and is supported by the EPSON Connection, a customer support technical assistance line.

About Epson

Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

Note: Epson and EPSON Stylus are registered trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation. Third party brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder.

(a) Lightfastness ratings based on accelerated testing of prints displayed indoors, under glass. Actual print stability will vary according to image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or laminations or properly store them.

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could this ink set find its way into the 4000?

Epson 7600 or 4000 – which is best for you?

Some comments on the pros and cons of the 4000 vs the 7600 from the photo.net discussion board

PROS on the Epson 4000:

  1. $1200 less than the Epson 7600.
  2. 17″ wide format, although only 4″ wider than the Epson 2200, 17 inches does allow one to now print the popular 16″ x 20″ format and have at least a 1/2″ border all the way around. The standard 17×22 has 51% more image area than the standard 13×19 format.
  3. The 4000 is between 1.7 and 1.9 times faster than the 7600 (because it has 180 nozzles per color vs. the 7600’s 96 nozzles per color).
  4. It has a slightly smaller foot print than the 7600.
  5. Auto switching between Matte Black and Photo Black ink modes is a feature than many will appreciate. To switch black ink modes on the 7600 wastes time and about $100 worth of ink.
  6. If you’re not a photographer or other artist who needs 7 ink colors, the option of having an Engineering Bundle with the Dual CMYK print engine configuration is pretty cool and speedy (up to 1.9 times faster than the photographic model, which is already 1.7 to 1.9 times faster than the 7600).
  7. The Epson 4000 has all of the large ink cartridge (110 ml or 220 ml size) economy of the 7600 — only about 50 cents per square foot for ink costs, compared to about $2.00 to $2.50 for the Epson 2200. (Ink cost based on averaged photographic image densities.)
  8. The Epson 4000 has a paper tray. The 7600 does not have a paper tray or a stack loader. It can only print sheets by loading one at a time. Both printers can print from rolls. The 4000 can also print one sheet at a time, allowing for the use of heavy and thick art papers, just like the 7600. Both allow up to 1.5mm thick (60 mil) media.
  9. Most artists won’t need RIP software for use with their Photoshop images, but if you do (for vector and PostScript files), the Epson Stylus Professional 2.0 Software RIP is only $299 for the 4000. You’ll pay $1995 for the EFI Fiery Spark Professional 2 Software RIP for the 7600. The least expensive 3rd party RIP for the 7600 is $995.
  10. The 4000 comes with FireWire connectability built in. On the 7600 you’ll need to pay $199 for an accessory FireWire card.
  11. Additional 1-Year EPSON Preferred Plus Service (in addition to the 1-year that comes with the printer purchase) is only $279. An additional year for the 7600 is $725.
  12. We think the service costs might be lower for the 4000 because of another advantage it has over the 7600: The 4000 has “Auto Head Alignment & Nozzle Check Technology”. A built-in white beam sensor precisely aligns and checks all color channels automatically. This means fewer service calls from inexperienced users.
  13. Epson is claiming that the 4000 has even more accurate “Professional Level ICC Profiles” that give “extremely accurate color out of the box”.

CONS on the Epson 4000:

  1. It is limited to 17″ wide. Many do not consider a printer to be “wide-format” unless it is at least 24″ wide. The standard 24×30 format has almost twice the image area (92% more) of the 17×22 format.
  2. No “dye” ink option (which is not much of a problem in our opinion, as we think dye is a dying option).
  3. An internal 10/100 Base T Ethernet card for the 4000 is $299. It is $239 for the 7600.

More detailed specs for the stylus pro 4000

Specifications

Printing Method

  • 8 Channel Print Head Technology Using:
    7-color (CcMmYk + PK or Mk) or
    4-color (CCMMYYMkMk)
  • Variable Droplet Micro Piezo DX3™ drop-on demand ink jet technology
    Nozzle Configuration
  • Color and Monochrome heads: 180 nozzles x 8Black Ink Mode Configuration
  • 7-color Print Mode: Photo-K or Matte-K + Light-K
    Photo-K and Matte-K inks automatically switch depending upon media selection within printer driver
  • 4-color Print Mode: Matte-K + Matte-K

Epson Ink Technology

  • Epson UltraChrome™ InkDroplet Technology
  • Smallest droplet size: 3.5 picoliter
  • Variable Droplet Technology can produce various droplet sizes per print line

Resolution

  • 2880 x 1440 dpi; 1440 x 720 dpi; 720 x 720 dpi; 720 x 360 dpi; 360 x 360 dpi; 360 x 180 dpiPrint Engine Speed*
  • 7-color Print Mode:
    Letter prints from 50 secs to 9:30 – 1440 dpi is 3:40
    13″ x 19″ prints from 1:44 to 18:44 – 1440 dpi is 7:49
  • 4-color Print Mode:
    17″x 22″ prints from 1:30 to 5:58 – 720 dpi is 2:09

Printer Language

  • Epson ESC/P2 Raster Photographic Drivers standard
  • External server based Adobe PostScript 3 with optional software RIP. Also supported by most leading third-party RIPs and workflows

Operating Systems Supported

  • Macintosh OS 8.5.1 through OS X
  • Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.x (Service Pack 3 and later), 2000, and XP

Physical Dimensions

  • 33.4″ (W) x 14″ (H) x 30″ (D)
  • Printer weight: 83.7 lb

Printer Interfaces

  • Includes one USB (1.1/2.0 compatible), one IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and one Epson Expansion Slot used for installing the optional internal 10/100 BaseT Ethernet card

Borderless Printing

  • Left and right borderless “bleed” printing for the following media widths: 8″, 8.5″, 10″, 12″, 13″, 14″, 16″, 17″
  • Top and bottom edges can be automatically cut to any length three different ways during printing on roll media

Printable Area

  • Maximum paper width: 17″
  • Left and right margins: 0 or 3mm each (0.24″ total)
  • Top and bottom margins: 0 or 3mm or 14mm each
  • Maximum printable width: 17.16″
  • Maximum printable length: Up to 100′ (limited by roll length and software application)

Media Handling

Media Input

  • Roll media size: Single roll up to 17″ width
  • Roll media length: Up to 132′ (limited by core dia.)
  • Cut sheet input tray size: Up to 17″x 22″
  • Cut sheet media input: Up to 250 sheet tray, top and rear manual feed slots

Media Core Compatibility

  • Media core compatibility: Handles both 2″ and 3″ cored media
  • Max. roll media diameter: 4″ (2″ core) or 6″ (3″ core)

Thickness, Weight

  • Weight: 12 lb bond up to 1.5mm cardboard

Media Cutter

  • Built-in media cutter: Automatic and manual cutting

Ink Cartridge Capacity

  • 110ml or 220ml each color x 8 colors total
  • On cartridge I.C. chip automatically tracks several ink usage data points for use in very accurate production cost estimations and reporting
  • Epson Intelligent Ink Cartridge

Ink Shelf Life

  • Ink cartridge shelf life 2 years from printed production date or 6 months after open

Epson UltraChrome Ink

  • Lightfastness Ratings**
  • Color: Up to 85 years
  • B&W: Over 100 years

Environmental Characteristics

Temperature

  • Operating 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage -4° to 104° F (-20° to 40° C)

Humidity

  • Operating 20 to 80% relative humidity
  • Storage 5 to 85% relative humidity (no condensation)

Safety Approvals

  • Safety standards: UL1950, CSA 22.2 950 FDA
  • EMI FCC Part 15 subpart B class B,
  • CSA C108.8 class B, AS/NZS 3548 class B

Sound Level

  • Approximately 50 dB(A) according to ISO 7779

Reliability

Print Head Life

  • 8.4 billion shots per nozzleTotal Print Volume
  • ~20,000 A2 pages at 360 x 360 dpiCutter Life
  • ~2,000 times (coated media)

Maintenance Parts

  • Pump unit, flushing box, RTC battery, head cleaner, cap assembly

Power Requirements

Rated Voltage

  • AC120V or (220V to 240V)Rated Frequency
  • 50 to 60 Hz

Rated Current

  • 1.0A / 100-120V

Power Consumption

  • Approx. 59W (operating)
  • < 21W (standby)
  • < .7W (power off mode)
  • Energy Star compliant

Warranty

  • Free one-year of coverage under the Epson PreferredSM Protection Plan with toll-free telephone support available Mon.-Fri. and usually next-business-day full unit exchange
  • Optional one or two-year Epson Preferred Plus Service plans available

*Based upon print engine speed only. Total throughput times depend upon front-end RIP, file size, printer resolution, ink coverage, networking, etc.

** Ink lightfastness rating based on accelerated testing of prints on specialty media, displayed indoors, under glass. Actual print stability will vary according to media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or lamination or properly store them.

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The Epson press release (20th Oct)

NEW EPSON STYLUS PRO 4000 OFFERS 17-INCH-WIDE PROFESSIONAL-LEVEL PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTING AND SEVEN-COLOR ULTRACHROME™ INK SYSTEM WITH NEW EIGHT-CHANNEL PRINTHEAD

Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Offers Nearly Twice the Speed of Previous Epson Stylus Pro Printers and New Ink System Automatically Switches Between Matte Black and Photo Black Ink Modes

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 20, 2003 – Epson’s newest and most advanced professional-level photographic printer to date is taking the form of a desktop design. The new Epson Stylus Pro 4000 creates exhibit-quality images up to 17 inches in width at speeds that nearly double that of previous Epson Stylus Pro printers. The printer features a new eight-channel printhead and seven-color Epson UltraChrome pigmented ink system that automatically switches between Matte Black and Photo Black inks for optimum print quality on different media surfaces. It’s also packed with several other advanced features designed specifically around the needs of today’s professional photographers, graphic designers, commercial printers, GIS mapping, CAD users and more.

“We’re confident the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 will be the most popular and best selling Stylus Pro printer yet” said Mark Radogna, senior product manager, professional graphics, Epson. “The combination of this printer’s amazing image quality, dramatically faster performance and unique 17-inch-wide media handling, will make it a must-have product for any digital imaging professional – especially with an estimated street price of only $1,795.”

Epson UltraChrome Ink

The Epson Stylus Pro 4000 takes advantage of the company’s award-winning Epson UltraChrome ink technology, a vital component to producing exhibit-quality prints that are sellable. This pigment-based formula uses seven individual colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light magenta, light black and switches between one of two other unique black inks) to create an extremely wide gamut of colors that eliminates color casts and enhances midtones. The printer can also be used to print a wide range of black and white photography using its lower density Light Black ink.

Epson UltraChrome Inks are water resistant and offer lightfastness ratings for color images up to 100 years, and greater than 100 years for black and white prints, on specific Epson papers under non-UV glass.* When displayed under UV-protected glass, color lightfastness is rated at more than 100 years for all Epson’s leading professional papers. The quick drying nature of Epson UltraChrome inks also makes it possible to handle prints the moment they come off the printer.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4000’s eight individual channels/slots can handle either 110 ml or 220 ml cartridges, or a combination of both sizes. Each cartridge also uses Epson’s Intelligent High-Capacity Ink technology, a feature that stores a variety of information on a memory chip (including ink levels), and communicates the data to the printer whenever the power is turned on.

Automatic Black Ink Mode Switching

In order to produce the highest level of image quality possible on a wide variety of media types, the Stylus Pro 4000 (in its photographic mode) offers two black inks/modes (Photo Black and Matte Black) that are automatically activated by the printer. The printer operates in Photo Black mode whenever the user sets the printer driver for photographic media surfaces such as glossy, luster, or semi-matte. All seven colors are used in Photo Black mode, which includes a combination of Photo Black ink and Light Black ink to produce a D-max rating as high as 2.1. If the user selects a matte, cotton-based or fine art surface in the printer driver, the printer switches to Matte Black mode. This mode also uses all seven colors but uses a combination of Matte Black and Light Black inks to produce a D-max rating as high as 1.69.

Media Handling and Flexibility

Images can be printed on virtually any media type (up to 1.5 millimeters thick) as wide as 17 inches using either rolls or cut sheets. Some of these media include plain paper and specialized Epson papers such as glossy, semi-gloss, luster, matte photographic papers, canvas and fine art papers, commercial-grade proofing media and more. Epson is also offering a complete set of professional-level RGB ICC profiles out of the box for extremely accurate color reproduction on a variety of these surfaces.

A built-in high capacity media tray handles up to 250 sheets of plain letter sized paper or up to 50 cut sheets of photographic media up to 17? x 22?. Cut sheet media can be fed automatically using the printer’s high-speed cut sheet loading feature. Roll media users can take advantage of BorderFree™ printing, a feature that enables users to print over both left and right edges of the media while automatically cutting top and bottom edges for full-bleed prints on all four sides of the paper. A built-in cutter is included to trim prints faster and with greater accuracy and safety than manual techniques. User-adjustable roll media spindles can accept either two- or three-inch media cores.

Sleek Design and Automated Operations

The Epson Stylus Pro 4000 offers a sleek, black and silver metallic design that features an easy-to-use front control panel with backlit displays and ink level indicators. Operation is simplified with six simple buttons located next to the display panel. Setup time and effort is also greatly reduced by a built-in auto head alignment feature. This technology uses a built-in white beam sensor that automatically scans printed alignment patterns created by the printer and then makes automated adjustments if necessary. The same white beam sensor is also used to detect clogged nozzles and automatically activate head cleaning cycles when/if necessary.

High Resolution Printing and Faster Print Speeds

The Epson Stylus Pro 4000 is capable of printing at 2,880 x 1,440 dpi resolution – resulting in finer blends and smoother photographic transitions. It also uses variable droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters to greatly decrease print time while optimizing photographic quality. Furthermore, Epson’s advanced Micro Piezo DX3™ ASIC technology controls the printing process to produce consistent image quality and color output from print to print.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4000 prints up to 1.9 times faster than any previous Stylus Pro printer with the help of a new one-inch-wide print head packed with 180 nozzles per channel. Depending on the print mode, users can create an 8? x 10? photo-quality image as fast as one minute, seven seconds – or create an 8? x 10? at a quality level that surpasses traditional photo labs in approximately seven minutes, eight seconds.

Features for Proofing and Engineering Applications

In addition to creating professional level photographs, the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 is also an ideal solution for pre-press proofing, graphic design, GIS applications, CAD engineers and other advanced digital imaging professionals. A ?Dual CMYK? ink mode is available for different applications and media types that enable users to dedicate all eight channels for running two identical sets of cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks simultaneously. The Dual CMYK mode provides an ideal combination of high image quality and even faster print speeds (approximately 1.9 times faster than the printer’s photographic mode) for applications such as GIS, CAD or plain paper printing.
The Stylus Pro 4000’s ability to create 17? x 22? images is also ideal for graphic designers who typically create two-page mockups for magazines, brochures and other pre-press applications. Since many graphic designers are typically limited to 13? x 19? images on their current printing devices, the Stylus Pro 4000’s larger format creates prints with extra room around the borders for handwriting comments or signing off approvals. The printer can also handle C-size images that are commonly used by GIS and CAD users.

An optional Epson Stylus Professional 2.0 software RIP featuring true Adobe PostScript 3 is available for graphic designers. Several other third-party RIPs and workflows will also be compatible with the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 to meet the printing industry’s most demanding work environments.

Driver & Connectivity

The Epson Stylus Pro 4000 uses an Epson professional level photographic driver for Macintosh and Windows, allowing for complete density control even when the driver color management feature is turned off. A wide selection of printer interfaces includes one USB (1.1 and 2.0), one IEEE 1394 FireWire™ and one Epson expansion slot for installing the optional 10/100 BaseT Ethernet card.

Pricing, Availability and Support

The Epson Stylus Pro 4000 is priced at $1,795 (estimated street price) and will begin shipping in January 2004 through authorized Epson dealers. An optional printer stand/cabinet will also be available for approximately $399.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4000 is supported by the standard Epson PreferredSM Limited Warranty. This one-year program includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and typically next-business-day product replacement in the unlikely event of any hardware failure. Epson Preferred Plus Service Plans are also available, offering one or two additional years of protection that can be purchased at any time before the standard one-year warranty expires. For more information on Epson warranties, service programs and products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit our Web site at www.epson.com.

About Epson

Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

Note: Specifications and terms are subject to change. EPSON, EPSON Stylus and Micro Piezo are registered trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation. UltraChrome, BorderFree and DX3 are trademarks, and EPSON Preferred is a service mark, of Epson America Inc. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these trademarks.

*Lightfastness data from Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. Ink lightfastness ratings based on accelerated testing of prints on specialty media, displayed indoors, under glass. Actual print stability will vary according to media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or lamination or properly store them. For more information visit http://www.wilhelm-research.com/ 

Product codes

The New Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Description Product Code US Price
3 Versions
Available
Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Print Engine
– 7-color print engine configuration
C511001UCM $1795.00
Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Graphic Arts Bundle
– 7-color print engine configuration with 10/100 BaseT
and Epson Stylus RIP Professional 2.0 Software RIP
C511001GAN $2195.00
Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Engineering Bundle
– Dual CMYK print engine configuration with
10/100 BaseT Ethernet
C511001CAD $1995.00
Accessories Epson Stylus RIP Professional 2.0 Software RIP C12C842972
Printer Interface Internal 10/100 BaseT Ethernet Type-B Card C12C824052
Extended Service Plans Additional One-year Epson Preferred Plus Service EPP40EX1
Additional Two-year Epson Preferred Plus Service EPP40EX2
Accessories Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Printer Stand C4000STAND
Paper Roller Spindle (Normal Tension) – 2″ or 3″ C12C811171
Paper Roller Spindle (High Tension) – 2″ or 3″ C12C811191
Replacement Printer Cutter Blade C12C815291
Replacement Ink Maintenance Tank C12C890071
Inks Description Product Code
Epson UltraChrome
Ink Technology
(110ml)
Photo Black ink cartridge T543100
Cyan ink cartridge T543200
Magenta ink cartridge T543300
Yellow ink cartridge T543400
Light Cyan ink cartridge T543500
Light Magenta ink cartridge T543600
Light Black ink cartridge T543700
Matte Black ink cartridge T543800
Epson UltraChrome
Ink Technology
(220ml)
Photo Black ink cartridge T544100
Cyan ink cartridge T544200
Magenta ink cartridge T544300
Yellow ink cartridge T544400
Light Cyan ink cartridge T544500
Light Magenta ink cartridge T544600
Light Black ink cartridge T544700
Matte Black ink cartridge T544800
NEW Epson Professional Media Introduced for this printer Description Product Code
Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper (250) 16″ x 100′ roll S041737
Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper 16″ x 100′ roll S041742
Epson Premium Semimatte Photo Paper (250) 16″ x 100′ roll S041738

Epson Proofing Paper Commercial Semimatte 13″ x 19″ (50 sheets) S041744
17″ x 100′ roll S041724
Epson Professional Glossy Paper 13″x 19″ (20 sheets) S041456
Epson Enhanced Matte Paper 17″ x 100′ roll S041725
Epson SingleWeight Matte Paper 13″ x 19″ (100 sheets) S041747
17″ x 22″ (100 sheets) S041759
17″ x 132′ roll S041746
Epson UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper – 250g/m2 17″ x 7′ roll S041782-S
17″ x 50′ roll SP91205
PremierArt Water Resistant Canvas for Epson 17″ x 10′ roll SP91221-S
17″ x 40′ roll SP91221
Epson Textured Fine Art Paper 17″ x 50′ roll S041745

PX6000 details

Epson PX-6000 A2

17 Oct

Press release for the Epson Maxart PX6000 on the Epson Japan site http://www.epson.co.jp/osirase/2003/031017.htm

info also at http://www.i-love-epson.co.jp/products/printer/inkjet/px6000/px60002.htm

If you go to http://world.altavista.com/ you can put the above URLs in and get a translation (of sorts :-)

“The Japanese web site mentions improved B/W and shadow detail. Also: roll paper 2″ and 3″ cores on same spindle, 110ml x 8 ink carts (same ultrachrome as before), 180 nozzles per color, usb 2.0 and ieee1394 (no cables supplied), optional networking, max 2880×1440, 18 minutes for A2 size photo at highest settings, A4~A2 using rolls, A4~A2+ using sheets, 4 media paths and same media types as 7600. An additional RIP is ~ $700”

Epson A2 front

That’s a fair size print…

Epson 4000 paper sizes

The various paper paths for the Epson 4000 or PX-6000 if you prefer

Stylus pro 4000 ink cartridges

Assorted ink cartridges for the 4000

8 color ink positions

And where they go

All Photos (c) Epson 2003

2003 17 Oct  Epson has made an announcement of the new Stylus Pro 4000 printer official.

Apparently it will be at the PhotoPlus Expo on Oct 30th thru Nov 1, 2003 (New York). They will give away one printer every day. It claims the price to be $1,795.00. Features include prints up to 17 inches wide; 7-color Epson Ultrachrome Inks with 8-channel print head technology that includes both Matte and photo black inks for automatic switching between black modes.

Print on virtually any media type in roll or cut sheet up to 17″ wide. Media can be loaded four different ways including a front-loading straight-through path capable of handling 1.5mm poster board. Booth #1017

17 Oct

Some additional (possible) info received..

*cartridge size up to 220 ml *Dilute Cyan and Magenta (or Cyan and Magenta-I forget which) replaced by red and lead blue, supposedly to enhance color gamut over previous pigment inks.

(Note — this may explain the Red and Blue ink cartridges in the top photo? – some skepticism has been leveled at this particular rumour) – Looks to be a non-starter after seeing the Epson specs. However (1st Nov) we see that Epson have released another new printer with a new ink set

“In addition to the traditional cyan, magenta and yellow inks, the Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink set also includes new red and blue inks to create a Hi-Fi ink set that expands the color gamut. The color gamut for the Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink on glossy paper is up to 22% larger than ink jet printers with standard cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink sets.” Epson R800

  • New drivers that significantly enhance black and white printing ability, without purchase of additional RIP. Toned black and white prints are also said to be directly supported.
  • Improved printing on glossy stock due to reformulation of inks
  • Ink reservoir similar to 7600 and 9600
  • Faster printing speed

 

We were sent the following information based, we believe, on the
article in this months ‘American Photo’ (thanks Paul)

Epson 4000 A2 printer

The short article confirms much of our previous info, and adds…

The printer reportedly has the fastest print engine that Epson has produced (just over 10 mins for a 16×20 @1440dpi) and will be able to switch between photo and matte black automatically, and it has “automatic head alignment, nozzle check, as-needed cleaning, and just about any ICC profile you’ll ever need.”

It also confirms the $1800 US price.


From the Grafisch Weekblad article (not our translation)

  • ?As expected an 8 ink printer size up to A2. What some will see as a replacement for the 3000 but in the article it is called a replacement for the 5000. Could be both of course. Software change between matte black and gloss black. Borderless printing up to 43 cm / 17″, roll and sheet.
  • Maximum speed with 8 color mode 1 minute for A2, in CMYKCMYK mode 0,6 minutes. Up to 1.5 mm thickness of substrates.
  • Monochrome prints variable in neutral, warm, cold, sepia. Maximum cartridge size 220 ml. Ink use is software controlled like in the 7600 etc. Waste container like the 7600.
  • 3 versions of the printer: Stylus PRO 4000-C8 is the 8 color version for photographers, artists, design studios. Stylus PRO 4000-4C is the 2x CMYK version for 3D-CAD, industrial design, GIS and POP display. The Stylus PRO 4000-PS is the PostScript version for proofprinting.
  • 3,5 picolitre minimum droplet size. Some talk about meniscus-control that I interpret as surface tension control to keep bleeding low and the dotshape correct. Maximum resolution of 2880 dpi.
  • Ultrachrome ink. 70 to 75 years fade resistance a la Wilhelm.
  • The article was in the 17 September issue of Grafisch Weekblad (Graphic Weekly).
  • There’s no reference on its website but nevertheless: $1800 seems to be the magic figure.”

The copy of the article we were sent, is a PDF image. If you would like a version that was run through an OCR package, a (zipped) Word document is here BUT please note that since no-one here speaks Dutch, we’ve not checked the accuracy of the OCR process, other than to see it captured the text.

We have received (28/9) a translated overview of the scanned text:


A quick translation of the main points of the Epson Stylus Pro 4000

  •  On September 16, Epson made the press announcement
  •  Will print A2 and A3 (around 12 x 17 inches)
  •  Duncan Ferguson, director of the European Business Unit of the pro Graphic Division of Epson made the announcement
  •  The market segment it has right now is only 19%; they want to increase that to 35% in 2004.
  •  It replaced the PRO 5000 series.
  •  It has an 8-color ink system with automatic switching between black-matte and black ink.
  •  Borderless color and b/w prints are possible.
  •  Maximum width of paper is 43 centimetres (almost 17 inches)
  •  Maximum print speed for an 8-color mode color print at A2 size is 1.0 minute and for a 2 x 4 color mode 0.6 minute.
  •  Prints are possible on substrates for a maximum thickness of 1.5 millimetres
  •  Monochrome prints are easily variable in neutral, warm and sepia tones.
  •  Old-fashioned style duotone and sepia tone are now possible and are given a new life here.
  •  It is easy to change the ink cartridges that have a content of 220 millilitre.
  •  The ink levels are monitored on a the user panel
  •  Also, a system prevents the cartridge to be inserted in the wrong slot.
  •  The same is true for the maintenance tank
  •  There are three versions:
    • Stylus PRO 4000C8 is a 8 color version for photographers, artists, advertisement and design bureaux
    • Stylus PRO 4000C4 is a 2 x 4 (CMYK) color printer for 3D-CAD, industrial design, GIS and POP.
    • Stylus PRO 4000PS is a Postscript version for the graphic arts world
  • Epson micro piëzo technology:
  • A meniscus technology prevents dot gain and bleeding between dots and colors, assuring true dot size prints.
  • The machine is less sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity.
  • Maximum resolution is 1440 x 2880.
  • The ink drop size is supposedly variable up to the largest 3 picoliters.
  • Inks” Ultrachrome assures high stability and longevity.
  • When the prints are covered with glass: more than 70 years for high-grade glossy photo paper and more than 75 years for textured art paper.
  • The Museum for East Asian Art in Berlin made an agreement with Epson recently for co-operation. The first 50 art works are being displayed as Epson prints, because the original are extremely light sensitive and the Museum wanted to make copies that look just like then original, so that people can appreciate the art works. Now these art works can be scientifically and artistically examined by anyone, as the originals would be too delicate for such research.
  • The new printing system assured a much higher gamut of colors; higher than that achieved by offset printers.
  • Also, the prints have a much higher than normal D-Max (range) even in matte prints.
  • Will accommodate rolls and sheets
  • No mention is made on maximum length of print; one would hope it can do panoramics up to 44 inches.

“delay alert notice” from Epson — 4th March

“Shipment Status of the EPSON Stylus Pro 4000

Due to the unprecedented demand for the Stylus Pro 4000, the demand for the product continues to outpace the production capacity despite the enhancements to our manufacturing line. Epson will continue to work on increasing the production capacity. Due to this backorder situation, this product will be on severe allocation for the next several months.

Allocation priorities will be set solely by Epson with specific priority based upon strategic criteria and business critical priorities. The initial allocation process will follow the same format as the Stylus Pro 7600 product with particular focus on resellers who provide a total Epson solution including the printer, ink and media.

We will begin shipping the Stylus Pro 4000 during the second half of March. Individual allocation requests by distributors and resellers will not be entertained and cannot be accommodated. While this is a difficult position to take, it is the most efficient approach to follow. Epson will continue to actively work to increase production capacity. Additionally, Epson will communicate ongoing product allocation to distributors and resellers to allow the clearest communication to end users.”

Epson Paper promotion

Epson are running a promotion giving you three rolls of paper if you order and take delivery of a 4000 in sept/oct. Details here. This is the same offer we had earlier this year when we got our 9600 for -very- big prints

Epson 4000 Pro Bundle

We’ve had a few enquiries from people asking about the bundle available from Epson that include the ColorBurst RIP. At Northlight we use the ImagePrint RIP with our 9600 and get extremely good results. We have not tried the ColorBurst RIP, but note this comment on the Apple Colorsync list…

“The EPSON 4000 Pro bundle includes both an OSX and PC unique new version “LE” of the ColorBurst RIP. When bundled in the “Pro” this LE version is supported only by EPSON. It excludes the profile generator and has locked in ColorMatch to Epson media profiles. No custom profiles etc.

If you want the ColorBurst Pro or other version features in support of the EPSON 4000 printer (like custom linearization and profiles) you still need the unbundled versions of ColorBurst.”

more info at http://www.epson.co.uk/news_events/promotions/details/sp4000promo.htm

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