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The Stylus Pro 9880 and Stylus Pro 7880 replacements for the Epson Stylus Pro 9800 and 7800
Collected 7880/9880 information
Epson 7880 and 9880
Many more details in our full 7880 review
This page has some information about printers, collected before they were announced and actual product details.
November 2007 The new inks in the 9880/7880 are not quite the same as in the 11880. More info on the 11880 page, along with why the newest inks won't go in your older printer.
August Some additional info about the new printers, in that Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' (due in October) will feature a 16 bit printing subsystem. The new x880 series printers will have drivers that can take advantage of this feature. The normal print driver (say with Photoshop or Lightroom) can send a 16 bit data stream to the printer.
The new vivid Magenta inks offer a larger gamut than the existing K3 inks
- note that you cannot use the new inks in older printers.
The new inks now reach process colours such as Rhodamine Red and Reflex Blue that were previously out of gamut for ink jet prints. They also reach such colours as Pepsi Blue and Barbie Pink.
The Epson 4880, Epson 7880 and Epson 9880 large format printers with Epson’s UltraChrome K3 ink with the new 'Vivid Magenta' and improved image processing.
Sizes -- 17” (A2+) Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 24” (A1+) Stylus Pro 7880 and 44” (B0+) Stylus Pro 9880.
They have an Ethernet interface as standard, improved printhead and Super Halftone Technology, a new screening algorithm.
Prices excluding VAT - Epson 9880 £4495, Epson 9880 £2395, Epson 9880 £1495 (available Sept 2007)Info from Epson Australia
Epson’s new Stylus Pro 880 Series large format printers for the pre-press and proofing, graphic arts, photography and fine art markets, introduce Epson’s patented UltraChrome K3™ pigment ink with Vivid Magenta, the most advanced fourth generation pigment ink available, delivering prints with an even wider colour gamut and smoother tones.As the name suggests 8 colour UltraChrome K3™ with Vivid Magenta expands UltraChrome’s already large colour gamut to cover specialist market needs for even finer detail, more vivid reds and blues, and smoother tonal gradation in photographic and fine art prints.
14th The original SCP release is found and it fits in with an announcement on Tuesday (17th), and delivery in September
13th Will the new 9880 have the -option- of a ($1500) built in spectrophotometer, like the HP Z3100.
11th In what could be a serious oversight, SCP announced details of support for all of Epson's new printers due to be announced in September?
"Rather before the delivery of the new Epson Stylus Pro Inkjet models 4450 / 7450 / 9450 as well as 4880 / 7880 / 9880 and 11880 in September, SCP already works on developing the corresponding printer drivers for its large format print, copy and scan solutions. Designed as color remote proofing systems and for fine art galleries and artists Epson’s inkjet series X880 comes with nine color pigmented inks (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, LightCyan, LightMagenta, LightBlack, UltralightBlack, Ph..."
So it looks as if you will finally get combined Photo/Matte black capability in a big Epson printer (see our 3800 review for a look at this feature)
Original 7800, 9800 announcement
From Epson UK
May 10, 2005 – Epson announced the launch of a new range of Stylus Pro large format printers to support the most advanced ink technology for colour and black & white photography and digital colour proofing. Comprising of three printers – the Epson Stylus Pro 4800, 7800, and 9800 – the range offers the ultimate in image quality, productivity, and media flexibility.
The new range features a number of options to meet the varied demands of professionals in the imaging business. These include the ability to print any size ranging from maximum formats of A2 to A0+ on a wide range of media including high quality photo, art and proofing media.
Featuring Epson’s core technologies, the range delivers outstanding results for print jobs where quality cannot be compromised. These include Epson’s ground breaking Micro Piezo™ print head technology, which precisely controls the amount of ink delivered, resulting in finely detailed images. The range also incorporates Epson’s Variable-sized Droplet Technology, which automatically adjusts the size of the droplet according to the image content.
The range features Epson’s latest 8-colour ink technology – Epson UltraChrome™ K3 – which surpasses silver halide printing, thereby delivering the ultimate in colour and black & white photographic printing. The ink technology also delivers high quality, highly consistent digital colour proofing.
Unlike other ink, the Epson UltraChrome K3 range has three black inks, as well as a full set of colour inks, offering the ultimate in black & white and colour printing. The three black inks offer more neutral gradations in colour and black & white prints, resulting in life-like replication of skin tones required for professional photographers. The third black ink – light light black – gives excellent greyscale performance and smoother tonal reproduction for the ultimate in high quality black & white and colour printing.
The new ink set boasts many features to make it the ink of choice for those unwilling to compromise on quality. Featuring 8 ink cartridges, the UltraChrome K3 ink produces a wide colour gamut for accurate reproduction of saturated colours and accurate simulation of industry proofing standards. Furthermore, it delivers prints that look good in any lighting condition and have a professional finish even when printed on glossy media.
The UltraChrome K3 ink is lightfast for up to 75 years for colour prints and over 100 years* for black & white prints, making it the ideal choice for artists producing work for use in exhibitions or those who need to reassure their customers the artwork will look good for longer.
Epson Stylus Pro 4800/7800/9800 key features summary:
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