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SP9800 and SP7800 printer information

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The Stylus Pro 9800 and Stylus Pro 7800 replacements for the Epson Stylus Pro 9600 and 7600

Also the SP 9400 and SP 7400 as well…



One of our older articles, but retained for information

This page has some 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.

new wide printers

This page contains printer announcements and rumours for 2005-2008

Updated 9800/7800 info

SP 7800 Epson A1 wide format printer

Epson have announced a cashback programme in the US for buying ‘pro’ printers (until the end of July 07)

Buy any Stylus Pro printer (4800, 7800, or 9800) with a minimal amount of Epson paper and get cash back.

Epson 4800 + $200 paper = $300 rebate

Epson 7800 + $300 paper = $400 rebate (or $780 if you are a loyalty customer)

Epson 9800 + $400 paper = $500 rebate (or $980 if you are a loyalty customer)

A loyalty customer is one who currently owns a Pro series printer and from the claim coupon even the current 48/78/98 qualify as loyalty, not just prior models.

4 new printers with superimposed ‘sample’ prints (you didn’t think those pictures in the adverts were actual prints did you? :-)

SP9800 SP7800 SP4800 SP4400

Epson Stylus pro 7400Epson Stylus pro 9400

The stylus Pro 7400 and 9400

More 4400 and 4800 info and pics are on the Stylus Pro 4800 page (includes info in Inks and driver settings)

There is a downloadable reference manual for the R2400 at:
http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/supDetail.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&infoType=Doc&oid=54861&prodoid=53540920

US prices and (alleged) availability

Epson Stylus Pro 4000

Estimated Price: $1,795.00

• 17″ Wide Desktop Printer
• 2880 x 1440 dpi
• 7-color Epson UltraChrome™ Ink with 8-channel print head technology

Epson Stylus Pro 4800

Estimated Price: $1,995.00

• 17″ Wide Desktop Printer
• 8-color Epson UltraChrome K3™ Ink
• Shipping in Early June 2005

Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Professional Edition

Estimated Price: $2,195.00

• 7-color Epson UltraChrome™ Ink with 8-channel print head technology
• Epson internal 10/100 BaseT Ethernet
• Custom-designed PostScript Language Level 3 Compatible

Epson Stylus Pro 7800

Estimated Price: $2,995.00

• 24″ Wide Format Printer
• 8-color Epson UltraChrome K3™ Ink
• Dealers Are Now Accepting Orders for Delivery in Fall 2005

Epson Stylus Pro 9800

Estimated Price: $4,995.00

• 44″ Wide Format Printer
• 8-color Epson UltraChrome K3™ Ink
• Dealers Are Now Accepting Orders for Delivery in Fall 2005

Misc Q&As on the new printers

Cartridges – the 7800 and 9800 cartridges are different to the 4800 in that they are pressurised.

Cartridges – The R2400 uses 9 inks, so no black changeover issues Wrong uses 8 — see R2400 info below

Changing Blacks – The cartridge change system caps the lines for the cartridges not being changed, so only the Black (Pk or Mk) ink in the line is flushed (we’ll no doubt hear from people just how well this works and their estimates of ink lost. It certainly sounds a great improvement on what is a real nuisance with my 9600

Cartridges – The large 220ml cartridges now fit inside the printer (the 110’s are the same physical size) so no more cartridges sticking out like on my 9600.

Availability -Don’t expect a 7800 or 9800 until the end of September/October at the very earliest (others at the end of May)

Linearisation – The 4800, 7800 and 9800 are linearised after production with the info kept in the printer firmware.

Drivers – The new drivers supposedly feature new dithering and screening algorithms to greatly improve shading

4400, 7400, 9400

from Epson

A new range of printers brings POS, CAD and GIS markets high productivity, good quality output, flexible media support and ease of use at a low cost of ownership.

May 10, 2005 – Launched today, Epson unveiled the latest additions to the Stylus Pro range of large format inkjet printers for design professionals. Comprising of the Epson Stylus Pro 4400, the Epson Stylus Pro 7400 and the Epson Stylus Pro 9400, the new range combines Epson UltraChrome™ ink technology with the latest print technologies to redefine the standard for high speed, high quality large format digital colour printing.

The new line of printers combines a unique set of features to make it one of the most cost-effective, fast and flexible range of printers for design professionals in the Point of Sale (POS), Computer Aided Design (CAD), Geographic Information System (GIS) and corporate markets. Professionals can print most types of applications including precision line drawings and vibrant colour presentations. Furthermore, the range supports a variety of media, including 1.5mm thick card on sizes ranging from A2 to A0+.

For large print jobs when time is of essence, the speed with which professionals can deliver finished jobs is critical. By employing a combination of unique Epson technologies, these printers allow large print jobs to be printed and delivered quickly. For instance, Epson’s Micro PiezoTM technology precisely controls the amount of ink delivered, resulting in finely detailed images and less wastage. Print speeds are further enhanced by Epson’s Variable-sized Droplet Technology, which automatically adjusts the size of the ink droplet depending on the image content. This in turn allows the range to deliver fast printing speeds up to 26m2/Hr to enable professionals to work to tight deadlines, and still provides a high resolution output of up to 2880 x 1440 dpi.

These new printers offer design and corporate professionals a high-end solution at a low cost of ownership. Featuring an intuitive control panel and a user-friendly interface, the range can be used by less experienced employees, allowing design professionals to concentrate on their core competencies. The range is robust enough to handle a large number of print jobs without supervision, whilst the large capacity ink cartridges allow users to deliver large print jobs without interruption.

The range uses Epson UltraChromeTM four colour ink technology to deliver good colour on a variety of media. UltraChrome ink reproduces a large range of colour, resulting in vivid and life-like images.

Epson Stylus Pro 4400/7400/9400 features summary:

  • Fast printing speeds up to 26m2/Hr (on plain paper in draft mode)
  • High resolution printing up to 2880 x 1440 dpi
  • Highly suitable for anything from precision line drawings to high quality visualisations
  • Flexible media handling from A2 to A0+ with sheet and roll feed capability
  • Intuitive control panel for easy operation
  • Large capacity ink cartridges for uninterrupted productivity
  • 4 colour UltraChrome inkset featuring independent cartridges, resulting in lower running costs
  • Micro Piezo print head technology for greater quality and productivity
  • PC and Mac compatible with USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connectivity and optional Type B Ethernet interface

Ultrachrome K3 Ink

the new K3 ink colors

There is an excellent comparative review of the gamuts of K3 and other ink sets at http://dpnow.com/1867.html

(From Epson UK)

May 10, 2005 – Marking a new era in digital imaging, Epson – the preferred choice of professional photographers, self-publishing artists and companies in the proofing market – today announced the availability of UltraChromeTM K3, a new standard in ink technology for the photographic, fine art and proofing markets.

Unlike other inks, the Epson UltraChrome K3 8-colour ink set 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 by commercial and 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 boasts many features to make it ideal for professionals who cannot afford to compromise on quality. Featuring 8 ink cartridges, the UltraChrome K3 ink set 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 technology addresses many of the issues faced by professionals in the photographic, fine art and proofing industries. For instance, UltraChrome K3 technology removes the “rainbow effect” occasionally seen in black & white inkjet prints. The ink technology also gives a great glossy finish with an even higher Dmax to give dense black shadows

Similarly the ink takes proofing to another level. The UltraChrome K3 ink set technology delivers more consistent results, resulting in accurate proofing, even when working remotely or from two different printers. UltraChrome K3 produces colours that stabilise within half an hour, allowing proofing professionals to make accurate colour matches quickly.

With a unique, advanced black & white mode in the printer driver, photographers and artists can have absolute control over the tone and hue of black & white prints, whilst interchangeable photo or matte black inks enable printing on high quality photo and art media.

UltraChrome K3 ink offers outstanding durability, so prints are more likely to look good for longer on a wide range of paper types. The ink is highly light, gas and water resistant, resulting in a lifespan of up to 75 years in colour and over 100 years in black & white.*

To coincide with the launch of the new UltraChrome K3 ink, Epson announced a new range of printers – the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 and the Stylus Pro 4800, 7800, and 9800. These new printers allow users to print any size with maximum formats ranging from A3+ to A0+, in addition to the ability to print on a wide range of materials including high quality photo and art media.

The printers feature Epson’s core technologies to deliver outstanding results for high definition images. These include Epson’s ground breaking Micro Piezo™ print head technology, which delivers ink in microscopic nozzles that measure a fraction of the diameter of a human hair, thereby allowing greater precision for finely detailed images. Meanwhile, Epson’s Variable-sized Droplet Technology ensures that even the finest detail and colour tones are reproduced accurately.

Marc Tinkler, Marketing Manager, Pro Graphics, Epson Europe, said, “Until now, professional photographers, artists, as well as professionals in the proofing market have demanded greater control and consistency. Despite many satisfied photographers and artists, some have been hesitant to adopt the digital format for high-end colour and black & white photography. Epson’s UltraChrome K3 ink technology promises to revolutionise the photographic industry by offering them the ultimate black & white, and colour printing solution, as well as greater control and consistency for proofing.”

Key features — Epson UltraChrome K3 inks:

  • 3 black inks deliver the most advanced black & white digital photographic results to date
  • Wide colour gamut resulting in accurate reproduction of saturated colours and industry proofing standard
  • Prints look good in any lighting condition
  • Colours stabilise shortly after printing
  • Unique, advanced black and white mode allows users to take control over hue and tone of black & white images
  • Outstanding durability, with a lifespan of up to 75 years in colour and over 100 years in black & white*

Epson Stylus Photo R2400 and Stylus Pro 4800/7800/9800 range features summary:

  • Flexible media handling from A3+ through to A0+ with roll and sheet feed capability
  • Incorporates Epson Micro Piezo technology and Epson’s Variable-sized Droplet Technology for high definition results

*Please refer to www.epson.com for test conditions

The new inkset includes 3 blacks (hence K3). There is a new Light Light Black in addition to the Black and Light Black.

As soon as possible I’ll be looking at the black and white capabilites of the new inks

Epson says…

High-gloss Microcrystal Encapsulation™ Technology for reduced gloss differential

Depending upon media – produces a black density up to 2.44 with an L* value of 3.17

Tougher inks – better handling resistance for prints.

Sounds good…

Black and white from K3 inks

Can we now get good B&W and Color from the same inks _and_ from the Epson drivers.?

Note that the Matte black for the 4800 is the same as the 4400 (ie ordinary Ultrachromes)

There was some question as to whether the printer driver supports sRGB or Adobe98 from its driver.

If you use the ‘automatic’ setting in the driver then you have the following options:

  • EPSON Vivid. Select this setting to produce vivid blue and green tones in printouts.
    Note: Bec-use this setting reproduces blue and green tones that cannot be displayed by your monitor, your printouts may differ from the screen images when this function is selected.
  • Charts and Graphs. Intensifies the colors and lightens the midtones and highlights of an image. Use this setting for presentation graphics, such as charts and graphs.
  • EPSON Standard (sRGB)
    For EPSON Stylus Pro 4800 only: Increases the contrast in images. Use this setting for color photographs.
  • Adobe RGB
    For EPSON Stylus Pro 4800 only: Matches image color to Adobe RGB.

Of course, for photo printing (unless there has been a -complete- revolution in Epson printer drivers), you would not normally go near any of the colour adjustment options in the driver :-)

The B/W settings

B/W printing driver settings

Range of adjustments available for B/W printing

B&W driver options

Here are Epson’s claims:

  • Simultaneously uses Black, Light Black, and Light Light Black inks
  • Significantly improves the printer’s gray balance while eliminating colour casts
  • Dramatically reduces the metamerism and bronzing of basic pigment chemistry
  • Enhances the ICC profiling process for ColorSync™ and ICM™ workflows

New range of Epson wide format printers

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:

  • Flexible media handling from A3+ through to A0+ with roll and sheet feed capability
  • Incorporates Epson Micro Piezo technology and Epson Variable-sized Droplet Technology for high definition results
  • UltraChrome K3 8-colour ink set, delivering exceptional results including:
  • 3 black inks deliver the most advanced black & white digital photographic results to date
  • Wide colour gamut resulting in accurate reproduction of hard to replicate saturated colours and industry proofing standard
  • Prints look good in any lighting condition
  • Colours stabilise shortly after printing
  • Advanced black and white mode allows users to take control over hue and tone of black & white images
  • Outstanding durability, with a lifespan of up to 75 years in colour and over 100 years in black & white*
    *Please refer to www.epson.com for test conditions

US announcement

NEW EPSON STYLUS PRO 4800, 7800 AND 9800 INK JET PRINTERS WITH NEW EPSON ULTRACHROME K3 TM INKS MARK DEFINING MOMENT IN HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND PROFESSIONAL GRAPHICS

New Professional Wide-Format Printers Use Color and Unique Three-Level Black Ink System to Create Highest-Quality Archival Black and White Images

LONG BEACH, Calif. – May 10, 2005 – Epson is once again advancing its printing technology into new territory for professional photographers and graphic artists with the launch of the Epson Stylus Pro 4800, Epson Stylus Pro 7800, Epson Stylus Pro 9800, and new Epson UltraChrome K3 ink technology. The combination of these new printers and archival inks not only gives today’s most demanding professionals the widest gamut of archival color ink jet printing to date, but an almost infinite degree of black and white image control that rivals all other forms of photographic printing.

All three printers introduce several new and advanced features and technologies, most notably Epson UltraChrome K3 inks – a new archival technology that uses eight individual colors to create even better exhibit-quality output on a wide selection of media. The Epson Stylus Pro 4800 replaces the award-winning Epson Stylus Pro 4000 for printing images as wide as 17 inches, while the Epson Stylus Pro 7800 and Epson Stylus Pro 9800 replace the Epson Stylus Pro 7600 and 9600 for printing up to 24 inches and 44 inches in width, respectively.

“By combining the high-precision of a new Epson Stylus Pro print engine with the extraordinary performance of Epson UltraChrome K3 ink technology, today’s most discerning creative professionals have the tools to express their true creative visions,” said Mark Radogna, group product manager, professional graphics, Epson. “Whether an artist’s goal is to create the best exhibit-quality color prints possible or world-class black and white photography, their only limitations will be talent and imagination.”

New Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink Technology

Inspired by Epson’s past generations of pigmented inks, Epson UltraChrome K3 uses higher density pigments designed to increase image quality for both professional color and black and white prints. In addition to cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta, Epson UltraChrome K3 features a unique three-level black ink system that simultaneously uses black, light black and light-light black inks. This technology is designed to create professional neutral and toned black and white prints without color crossover or color casts. It also reduces the effects of metamerism or bronzing often associated with basic pigment chemistry. Furthermore, Epson’s proprietary driver and screening technology offer users a unique method for converting color digital images into professional quality black and white prints. Epson UltraChrome K3 also produces higher degrees of color fidelity and uses a new high-gloss Microcrystal EncapsulationTM resin chemistry to create prints with greater scratch resistance and reduced gloss differential. These prints are rated to resist fading up to 108 years for color prints and more than 200 years for black and white prints on specific Epson papers.* The Epson Stylus Pro 4800, 7800 and 9800 offer users two unique ink modes – Photo Black and Matte Black – that are designed to optimize the level of black ink density on different types of media. The Photo Black ink mode can be selected to help maximize the deepness and richness of black tones on glossy/luster media such as Epson’s Premium Luster. The Matte Black mode uses a different black density to maximize the deepness and richness of black tones on fine art surfaces such as Epson’s Velvet Fine Art, Enhanced Matte and UltraSmooth Fine Art.

New 8-Channel Print Head Technology

Epson’s new high-performance, one-inch wide print head features 180 nozzles per channel and can achieve resolution levels up to 2880 x 1440 dpi with variable-sized ink droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters. The Epson Stylus Pro 4800 is also one of the fastest ink jet printers ever made by Epson, capable of printing a 16”x 20” photo lab-quality print (using 1,440 x 720 dpi – HS mode) as fast as 6 minutes, 41 seconds. The Epson Stylus Pro 7800 and 9800 offer print speeds approximately two times faster than their predecessors, the Epson Stylus Pro 7600 and 9600. Photo lab-quality 24” x 30” prints can be printed as quickly as 14 minutes, 18 seconds, and same-quality 44” x 60” prints can be printed in approximately 42 minutes, 30 seconds (all using 1,440 x 720 dpi – HS mode). Epson has enhanced its manufacturing process to include colorimetric calibration. A technology called Epson PreciseColorTM evaluates each printer’s output during the manufacturing process and automatically fine tunes each printer’s settings to ensure consistent color output from one printer to the next. Setup time 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.

Professional Media Handling

The Epson Stylus Pro 4800 can handle virtually any type of media, either in rolls up to 17 inches wide or cut sheets between 8” x 10” and 17” x 22”. There are four ways to load media, which include an adjustable roll feed for 2-inch and 3-inch cores, a high-capacity cut-sheet tray for up to 50 sheets of photographic media, top manual feed, and straight-through front manual feed capable of handling up to 1.5-millimeter-thick poster board. The Epson Stylus Pro 4800 also supports printing on both sides of the media without damaging the previously printed side and has a built-in media cutter that automatically trims top and bottom edges of roll media safely and accurately to produce full-bleed images on all four sides. The Epson Stylus Pro 7800 and 9800 offer nearly all of the same advanced media handling capabilities as the Epson Stylus Pro 4800, but in sizes up to 24 and 44 inches wide (respectively). Both cut-sheet and roll media are loaded via the printers’ straight-through media path. An optional automatic take-up reel system is also available exclusively on the Epson Stylus Pro 9800 for unattended production of large print runs.

Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System and Print Job Information

Each of these new printers’ ink cartridge channels/slots can handle either 110 ml or 220 ml cartridges (or a combination of both sizes) that can even be replaced in the middle of a print job. Each cartridge uses Epson’s Intelligent High-Capacity Ink technology, a feature that stores a variety of information on a memory chip and communicates the data to the printer whenever the power is turned on. Also, the printers use built-in memory to track key print job statistics such as ink levels, ink usage, remaining media, print times, data file names, user names, print dates and more.

Superior Connectivity and RIP Support

The Epson Stylus Pro 4800, 7800 and 9800 use Epson’s professional-level photographic drivers for Macintosh and Windows, allowing for complete density control even when the driver’s color management feature is turned off. Printer interfaces include one USB 2.0 port, one IEEE 1394 FireWire TM port and one expansion slot for an optional 10/100 BaseT Ethernet card. All three printers are fully supported by most leading third-party RIPs.

Pricing and Availability

The Epson Stylus Pro 4800 is now shipping through Epson dealers for $1,995 (estimated street price). The Epson Stylus Pro 4800 “Pro Edition,” which includes a PANTONE -licensed, SWOP -certified PostScript, Language Level 3TM-compatible RIP by ColorBurst , and a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet card, is expected to begin shipping in July to authorized professional graphics resellers with an estimated street price of $2,495. The Epson Stylus Pro 7800 and 9800 will begin shipping in Fall 2005 and are respectively priced at $2,995 and $4,995 (estimated street prices), which includes a complimentary stand for each.

Service & Support

The Epson Stylus Pro 4800, 7800 and 9800 are supported by the standard Epson Preferred SM Limited Warranty. This one-year program includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next-business-day full unit exchange service (for the Epson Stylus Pro 4800) or on-site service (for the Epson Stylus Pro 7800 and Epson Stylus Pro 9800) in the unlikely event of any hardware failure. Optional Epson Preferred Plus Service Plans are also available, offering one or two additional years of protection. 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 transactions 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.

The epson stylus pro 9800

The 9800 – 44 inch wide format printer

the epson stylus pro 7800

The 7800 – 24 inch wide format printer

The Stylus R2400 A3+

The Stylus R2400 replacement for the 2100/2200 A3+ printer

December 2006 – we have a review of a continous ink supply system connected to an R2400, that we have been trying at Northlight

Info below from Epson…

The R2400

R2400 with 8 ink cartridges

The 8 ink cartridges of the R2400

Epson unveiled its latest inkjet printer, the Epson Stylus Photo R2400. Boasting Epson’s revolutionary UltraChrome K3 8-colour ink technology – the same ink technology employed in Epson Stylus Pro large format printers for professional users – the Stylus Photo R2400 allows high end amateur and professional photographers to confidently produce professional quality for both black & white and colour photographs up to A3+.

The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 features many benefits to make it the ideal entry product for professional photo printing. It supports paper sizes ranging from 100 x 148mm to A3+, and produces professional-quality black & white and colour results on a wide range of media, including premium photo and art paper. Semi-professionals can enhance and simplify the workflow from image selection through to final printout, even for camera RAW files, through a comprehensive suite of software from Epson’s Creativity Suite, including Epson RAW Print, Epson Easy Photo Print, Epson File Manager and Epson Darkroom Print.

The Stylus Photo R2400 employs Epson’s unique Micro Piezo™ print head technology to deliver superior results. By delivering ink through microscopic nozzles measuring a fraction of the diameter of a human hair, the printer can accurately replicate finely detailed images. The printer also incorporates Epson’s Variable-sized Droplet Technology, which automatically adjusts the size of the droplet according to the image content.

With results surpassing silver halide printing, Epson’s UltraChrome K3 ink delivers the ultimate in black & white and colour printing. The three black inks offer more neutral graduations in colour and black & white prints, resulting in life-like replication of skin tones required by 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 photographs.

The new ink boasts many features to make it ideal for those unwilling to compromise on quality. Featuring 8 individual cartridges, the UltraChrome K3 inkset produces an extremely wide colour gamut. This allows accurate reproduction of saturated colours, whilst light inks allow smooth gradations for the printing of watercolour, pastels and crayons. Furthermore, images will look good in any lighting conditions, thereby giving photographers and artists’ greater control over their artwork when exhibiting in a gallery.

The Epson UltraChrome K3 ink set is lightfast for up to 75 years in colour and over 100 years in black & white*, making it the ideal choice for artists producing work for use in galleries, or those who need the confidence to reassure their customers that the artwork they purchase will look good for longer.

Epson Stylus Photo R2400 key features summary:

  • Photographic prints up to A3+ size
  • Will print on a wide range of materials including premium quality photo paper and art media
  • Micro Piezo printer head technology for greater accuracy for finely detailed images
  • Epson Creativity Suite including Epson RAW Print, Epson File Manager, Epson Darkroom Print to enhance and simplify the workflow from image selection through to final print out, even for camera RAW files

UltraChrome K3 ink, delivering exceptional results including:

  • 3 black inks deliver the most advanced black & white digital photographic results to date
  • Wide colour gamut resulting in accurate reproduction of saturated colours and industry proofing standards
  • Prints look good in any lighting conditions
  • Colours stabilise shortly after printing
  • Advanced black & white mode allows users to take control over hue and tone of black & white images
  • Outstanding durability, with a lifespan of up to 75 years in colour and over 100 years in black & white*
    *Please refer to www.epson.com for test conditions

US Announcement

EPSON INTRODUCES ANOTHER BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCT FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE NEW EPSON STYLUS PHOTO R2400 AND EPSON ULTRACHROME K3TM INKS

New Eight-Color Epson UltraChrome K3 Pigment Inks Provide Stunning Archival Color and Black and White Prints up to 13” Wide

LONG BEACH, Calif. – May 10, 2005 – Epson America Inc. has once again changed the world of photography with the introduction of the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 and Epson UltraChrome K3 inks. This new printer, coupled with its innovative ink technology, offers professional and fine art photographers the most advanced ink jet technology available to date. The Epson UltraChrome K3 pigment ink set ensures both a wider color gamut and superior black and white output with print permanence ratings that are perfect for gallery exhibits. With three levels of black and advanced driver controls, the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 enables users to create professional-quality prints on a wide variety of media. Replacing the award-winning Epson Stylus Photo 2200, the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 will be the printer of choice for professional and fine art photographers, as well as serious amateurs. “Epson has a legacy of providing photographers and digital artists with the tools that enable them to express their vision. The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 and the new Epson UltraChrome K3 inks produce stunning color prints in addition to black and white prints that look and feel like traditional silver halide prints,” said Patrick Chen, product manager, photo imaging, Epson America. “Quite simply, this printer with its Epson UltraChrome K3 inks will redefine photographic printing in the industry with the next level of uncompromising quality, ease of use and and print permanance.”

New Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink Technology

The Epson UltraChrome K3 ink set is a unique eight-color system designed specifically for professional and fine art photographers and digital artists who seek exhibit-level photo quality. Inspired by Epson’s past generations of pigmented inks, Epson UltraChrome K3 uses higher density pigments to widen the color gamut. In addition to cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta, UltraChrome K3 features a special three-level black ink system that simultaneously uses black, light black and light-light black to create professional neutral and toned black and white prints from a single ink set. Epson UltraChrome K3 inks also boast output without color crossover or color casts. In addition to professional-quality black and white output, Epson UltraChrome K3 produces higher degrees of color fidelity and stable colors superior to that of other ink technologies on the market. By using high-gloss Microcrystal EncapsulationTM technology, Epson delivers improved pigment and resin chemistry to provide better scratch resistance and glossier prints. The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 produces unparalleled black and white prints and gives the user the choice of two interchangeable cartridges—Photo Black or Matte Black. This feature optimizes the black ink density for various media types, which produces richer blacks and higher contrast output. Professional results can be achieved with the Photo Black Mode on a variety of glossy media, and in Matte Black Mode on matte and fine art media such as Epson’s Velvet Fine Art, Enhanced Matte and UltraSmooth Fine Art. Both Photo and Matte Black cartridges are included with the Epson Stylus Photo R2400.

New Advanced Printer Driver Control

The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 driver is enhanced to provide users with unprecedented black and white image control. The driver settings offer quick toning presets, separate controls for shadow and highlight tonality control, maximum optical density control, reduced gloss differential, and custom tone control. Furthermore, Epson’s proprietary driver and screening technology offers users a unique method for converting color digital images into professional quality black and white prints.

About the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 – Key Product Features

The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 offers a multitude of features for digital and fine art photographers:

  • Printing Method: Epson’s exclusive and award-winning drop-on-demand Advanced Micro Piezo pigment ink jet technology delivers droplet sizes as small as 3.5 picoliters and resolutions up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi
  • BorderFree Printing Sizes: Borderless printing without margins in popular 4 x 6”, 5 x 7”, 8”x 10”, letter (8.5” x 11”), 11” x 14”, 12”x 12”, 13” x 19”, and panoramic sizes
  • High-Performance Print Engine Speeds: One of Epson’s fastest photo printers to date, printing an 11”x14” photo in as fast as 1 minute, 47 seconds*
  • Water/Smudge-Resistant Prints: Epson UltraChrome K3 inks resist smudging or fingerprints related to high levels of humidity, moisture and water spillage**
  • Professional Media Handling: Three paths: Sheet, Rear (Roll and Single-Sheet Fine Art) and Straight-through for 1.3mm thick media; standard handling including BorderFree Printing, plus roll paper support (4”, 8.3” and 13”)
  • Epson Paper Options: Enhanced Matte Paper, Velvet Fine Art Paper, Watercolor Radiant White, UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper, Matte Paper Heavyweight, PremierArt Matte Scrapbook Photo Paper for Epson, Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, Premium Luster Photo Paper, Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper, and Premium Bright White Paper
  • Paper Sizes: 4”x 6”, 5” x 7”, 8” x 10”, letter (8.5” x 11”), 11” x 14”, 12” x 12”, 13” x 19”, B (11” x 17”), A3+, Super B (13” x 19”), user definable, plus 4”, 8.3” and 13” wide panoramic roll papers

Included Photo Software and Color Management Solutions

The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 comes with a Print Image Matching Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and four popular black and white filters from nik Color Efex ProTM 2.0. These filters are downloadable from nik multimedia’s website and operate on both PC and Macintosh platforms. In addition, Epson RAW Print is also included for easy printing of RAW format image files. Supported by Windows 2000 and XP, Epson RAW Print works with the following cameras: Epson RD-1, Nikon D70 and Canon EOS Rebel. Color management solutions include premium ICC color profiles, X-Rite Complete Guide to Color Management, and an exclusive offer by X-Rite for MonacoTM EZ Color. The EPSON Stylus Photo R2400 supports Windows 2000 and XP and Mac OS X 10.2.4 or later with both Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE 1394) ports.

Print Permanence

Epson is always striving to offer products that produce fade-resistant and long-lasting photos. The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 is a breakthrough product with its print longevity using new Epson UltraChrome K3 inks and a wide selection of Epson archival media. The printer’s output is rated to resist fading up to 108 years for color and over 200 years for black and white.***

Pricing, Support and Availability

The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 will be available this month for an estimated street price of $849 through direct market resellers, specialty photo stores, computer superstores, on-line retailers, 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 SM, 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) 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.


Older stuff

Thanks to our kind benefactor for the pics ;-) It seems there is no 10800…

May 2nd – More details and specs (downloadable reference manual link) on the 4800 and 4400 are on the 4800 page.

May 1st – More details from the Shutterbug article
The June 2005 shutterbug issue (pg. 159) describes the new UltraChrome K3 and drivers, and it says they are “in a new class.” It goes on to say that they will be used in the R2400, 4800, 7800 and 9800 printers. The new inks are supposed to have a fade resistance up to 200 years for B&W and color and under proper UV display the B&W can last up to 300 years. The new printers will have 8 color pigment ink set including photo or matte black; light black; light, light black; cyan, magenta; yellow; light cyan and light magenta. These inks are supposed to take B&W to a new level and signifcantly reduce metamerism and bronzing. It is supposed to have a new “advanced black and white print mode” which will help ensure no color cast or crossover.

The costs of the printers are as follows:

  • 13″ R2400 – $849
  • 17″ Pro 4800 – $1995
  • 24″ Pro 7800 – $2995
  • 44″ Pro 9800 – $4995

So much for having Pk and Mk in the printer at the same time :-(


4000 to be ‘updated’ to a Stylus Pro 4800?

May 1st — yes (well probably, this -is- a rumours page at the moment!) Note that the print is black and white, this is one area that improvements had been promised.

Epson stylus Pro 4800

Epson Stylus Pro 4800

Info found on Epson support site (but no info on 9800 and 7800 yet)

Strangely enough there is also a page on the site (no pics) for the stylus Pro 4400. We had a mail suggesting that there would be a x400 version of each printer (4400, 7400, 9400) which was a different ink set — doesn’t sound too likely…

We have a 4800 info page that we will put specs and pictures into as soon as we get any info.

New Epson wide format printers — Stylus pro 4800, 7800, 9800 ?

29 April – Some info, supposedly from the June edition of Shutterbug:
“Shuterbug reports that the new R2400 will have new K3 inks: photo or matte black, plus light black, light light black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light magenta. More importantly, it will have an “advanced black and white print mode” that uses a unique driver to print photos using just the three blacks, making it impossible to have a color cast. Photoshop users will have to choose this mode over the “No Color Management” option because it will be a printer-managed b&w process. List price for the R2400, which replaces the 2200, will be $849.”

If that’s also true for the wide format printers, then you lose the option of having both matt black (MK) and Photo black (PK) loaded at the same time which would be a pain… and what about red and blue inks as in the R1800?

Late April – suggestions that new stuff will appear later in May. Possibly with the Ultrachrome K3 inks. Could we get the R2400, Pro 4800, Pro 7800, Pro 9800 and Pro 10800, replacing the 2100/2200, 4000, 7600, 9600 and 10600. Any solid info/leaks welcomed ;-) Suppliers with inside info may be tempted to create web pages for their sites so as to be ‘quick off the mark’ when the official announcement comes — all you need to do is try a few different URLs. For an example look at http://www.brs-repro.de/index.php?id=sp9800 — note that if you put various numbers into the last bit of the URL you find that only some invite you to register your interest ;-) If anyone can provide a translation of the page at http://www.vecernji-list.hr/freetime/lifestyle/link/265256/index.do (lang =?) there might be some info. Also mentioned is the June issue of Shutterbug (p59) Anyone got a copy they could comment on?

April 14 – mutterings surface on various lists that it’ll be the 7800, 9800, 10800

Easter 2005 – All quiet :-) — It will be 3 years at the beginning of May since the 9600 and 7600 were announced. Expect leaks/ rumors on the specs of the new printers to appear at least 3 weeks before any announcement. Any takers for May 2nd? :-)

Feb 2005 – Epson Gloss optimiser technology makes it to A3+ the R1800


The new Stylus Pro 9800 and 7800??

April 15 – From the EpsonWideFormat Yahoo group – who either seem to hate rumours or love them :-) If you are currently looking at getting a wide format printer (A0, A1) it _might_ pay to look carefully for signs of a change

” An unofficial leak said news will come sometime in May and the new printers would use the 800 (7800, 9800, 10,800) because it will be using the same red/blue inks. They also said that they might be dropping the 10,000 series because it is not a money maker for Epson. Bummer. If that is true, lets hope the 9800 is a whole lot faster than the 9600. The main advertising pitch could be the 97% match to sRGB with the marketing push going to photo labs.”

Possibly based on 4000 technology (8 printheads) which offers the chance for several different ink set options.

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The new Stylus Pro 9700 and 7700??

The replacements for the Wide format Epson Stylus Pro 9600 and 7600?

Note — I’ve left this old stuff (Jan 2005) in for completeness, and to see how many of my guesses come true :-)

The 9600 and 7600 have been around since June 2002 and I’ve been getting a few mails asking me when they are likely to be replaced. As of January 2005 I’ve not seen any credible rumours of a successor, but for those who ask, I’ve a few thoughts… (as ever if -you know better please feel free to drop me a line) If I needed to do more big prints, then I’d currently buy one … although where I’d put a 2nd 9600 is another problem all together.

We have not seen any big price drops or special offers aimed at shifting current stocks of wide fromat printers, this sometimes heralds an announcement. The lack of rumour suggests that PMA in February is too soon (Feb 05- It was the R1800 at PMA) — I’d be looking at mid 2005 as more reasonable. There is of course the huge “PRINT 05” show in September that might fit the bill and deliver a new wide format printer from Epson. What’s it to be called? It’s only a guess on the numbering but Epson have been pretty consistent in naming 9000 -> 9500 ->9600. Of course there was the 4000 which could be seen as a replacement for the 3000 (or 5000) There is also the Stylus Pro 10600 which might well be replaced at the same time. Of course, if the technology jump was big enough we might get a whole new range such as a Stylus Pro 8000 and PX-8000 :-) The advent of the R1800 even hints at a Stylus Pro 7800 and 9800. You can work out patterns in Epson product numbering for yourself from this list of World/Japanese model numbers (the R1800 is the PX-G5000 in Japan)

  • Epson Stylus PRO 10000 / 10600DYE / PM-10000
  • Epson Stylus PRO 10600UC / PX-10000
  • Epson Stylus PRO 4000 / PX-6000
  • Epson Stylus PRO 7000 / PM–7000
  • Epson Stylus PRO 7500 / MC-7000
  • Epson Stylus PRO 7600 / PX-7000
  • Epson Stylus PRO 9000 / PM-9000
  • Epson Stylus PRO 9500 / MC-9000
  • Epson Stylus PRO 9600 / PX-9000

I’m more than happy with the print quality of my 9600, but one real gripe is the loss of ink that you get when changing from photo black to matte black (method for saving on ink loss). The Stylus Pro 4000 gets round this by having eight ink cartridges, with both blacks loaded at the same time, so I’d expect to see this feature in any replacement.

Given the investment needed to produce the Stylus Pro 4000, it would be reasonable to see the following features make it into any 9700/7700.

  • Maximum resolution 2880 x 1440 dpi
  • 3.5 picoliter droplet size
  • 7-color Epson UltraChrome™ Ink with 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
  • 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
  • USB (1.1/2.0), and IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
  • “Auto Head Alignment & Nozzle Check Technology”. A built-in white beam sensor precisely aligns and checks all color channels automatically.

Since Epson already produce a ‘pro’ level printer with these features, I can hardly think they would put less into any new wide format printers. The DX3 print head technology has been around a while now … are we due for DX4?

Other new technologies

Some other technologies currently seen in printers such as the R800 might make it, although remember that the reliability and engineering quality of the wide format printers is generally higher than ‘consumer’ printers.

Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment 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.”

This would certainly address the bronzing problems that you get with some gloss papers, and also the problem where the inks are more glossy than the paper, so that highlights actually look slightly dull in some light. I suspect that the gloss optimiser would be one area you might want to look at a bulk feed :-)

Another feature of the R800 inkset is the loss of the ‘Light Black’ ink — if it’s kept in the new printers then we move up to 9 cartridges

The R800 print resolution is up to 5760×1440 and the ink drop size is down to 1.5 picolitre. Another feature is the new printhead test pattern. The usual set of diagonal lines is there, as with any other Epson you’ve used, but there is now also a new pattern which the printer can use to see itself whether printhead cleaning is needed, potentially a useful time saving feature on large busy printers.

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The R1800

Feb 2005 (pics from Epson)

Epson announce the R1800 at PMA http://www.pma-show.com/epson/001_stylus_R1800_printer.html

UK info at the end of this section – Availability April, Price £399

It looks very much like the Epson PX-G5000 (Japanese site)

R1800 A3+ photo printer

As suspected the R800 technology makes it into a bigger printer. Does this mean that the Stylus Pro R7800 and R9800 are not far off? The Ink cartridges move with the head, meaning that there are no large cartridges and the subsequent savings in running costs. However I have spoken to one manufacturer of bulk ink systems who are already working on a solution :-)

Epson R1800 printing on a CD

“The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 features a 5760 x 1440 dpi resolution, 1.5 picoliter droplet size, eight ink colors using UltraChrome Hi-Gloss inks, and a print longevity claims to be from 104 to 200 years on a variety of Epson paper types. Print speeds are said to be 42 seconds for a 4″ x 6″ print, and 111 seconds for an 11″ x 14” print, and the R1800 offers borderless printing for 4” x 6”, 5” x 7”, 8” x 10”, 8.5” x 11”, 11” x 14”, 12” x 12”, 13” x 19”, and panoramic prints. It is also capable of printing directly on printable CDs or DVDs.

The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 will cost $549

Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss Ink

Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss Inks are optimized for archival glossy and matte prints. Features an eight color individual ink cartridge system, including blue and red inks to expand the red and blue color gamuts.

System also includes Gloss Optimizer for uniform glossy prints.

Gloss Optimizer

Gloss Optimizer eliminates gloss differential and ensures uniform gloss levels by providing coverage in areas with low ink saturation

Print Longevity

Fade resistance of 104 years for Epson Premium Glossy Paper, 150 years for Epson Matte Paper Heavyweight, and 200 years for Epson Watercolor Radiant Matte Paper

Photo Resolution

Up to 5760 x 1440 dpi and features a 1.5-picoliter ink droplet for the finest detail in photo-quality prints

Printing

Ink system includes both Photo Black and Matte Black ink cartridges. Select the paper type and the printer automatically selects the right ink – swapping inks is not necessary

Print Speeds**
4” x 6” photo in 42 seconds. 11” x 14” photo in 1 minute, 51 seconds.

Paper Handling

Standard handling including BorderFree™ Printing, plus direct CD printing and roll paper support (4”, 8.3” and 13”)

CD/DVD Printing

Convenient CD/DVD printing capabilities for printing directly onto inkjet printable CDs or DVDs through the printer’s straight-through paper path

EPSON BorderFree Printing

Borderless printing without margins in popular 4” x 6”, 5” x 7”, 8” x 10”, letter (8.5” x 11”), 11” x 14”, 12” x 12”, 13” x 19”, and panoramic sizes

Included Photo Software

Nik Multimedia Color Efex Pro 2.0 (3 sample filters)

Epson Print CD Software. Epson RAW Print. Print Image Matching Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop

Color Management Solutions

Premium ICC Color Profiles

GretagMacBeth EyeOne Share. X-Rite Color Glossary and Monaco EZ Color demo.

Water/Smudge-Resistant Prints

Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss inks resist smudging or fingerprints related to high levels of humidity, moisture and water spillage.

Printing Method

Epson’s exclusive and award-winning drop-on-demand Advanced Micro Piezo pigment ink jet technology.

Paper Capacity

100 sheets (plain paper) /20 sheets (photo paper)

Paper Types

EPSON paper options: Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, Premium Luster Photo Paper, Enhanced Matte Paper, Matte Paper Heavy-weight, Water Color Radiant White, Premier Art Matte Scrapbooking Paper, Photo Quality Inkjet Paper, Premium Bright White Paper, plain paper

Paper Sizes

4”x 6”, 5” x 7”, 8” x 10”, letter (8.5” x 11”), 11” x 14”, 12” x 12”, 13” x 19”, B (11” x 17”), A3+, Super B (13” x 19”), user definable, plus 4”, 8.3” and 13” wide panoramic roll papers

Maximum Printable Area

13” x 44”

Printer Dimensions

24.2” (W) x 12.6” (D) x 9.1” (H) 25.8 lbs

Compatibility

Windows 2000/XP, Mac OSX 10.2.4 or later

Interface

USB 2.0 High Speed and IEEE 1394/FireWire ports (USB 1.1 compatible)

Warranty

One-year limited in U.S. and Canada, with Epson Exchange Warranty”

*Lightfastness rating of 104 years with Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper, and 200 years with Epson Watercolor Paper Radiant White, based on accelerated testing of prints displayed indoors, framed under glass. See www.wilhelm-research.com for test details and information on other Epson papers. Actual prints stability will vary according to 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 properly store them.** Color photo speed is in Photo mode on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper. Additional processing time will vary based on system configuration, software application and page complexity.

*** Water resistance on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, and Premium Luster Photo Paper, when using genuine Epson inks.

More from Epson

Epson R1800 perfect sunsets: Eight high-quality, extremely long-lasting pigment inks are used in the Epson Stylus Photo R1800. The additional colours Blue and Red ensure a spectrum superior to laboratory development in some respects. Sunsets, autumnal scenes and idyllic blue oceans are subject to perfect natural presentation. Epson Gloss Optimizer ensures the balanced, brilliant shine of the image surface, and the black inks Matte and Photo Black provide automatic optimal results on gloss and matt media. However, Gloss Optimizer is only applied selectively to ink-free sections of the paper.

Epson R1800 beautiful results – for 100 years! Gloss Optimizer provides the printouts of digital images with the high gloss they require. The gloss lasts for a minimum of 100 years. In brief: The Epson R1800 provides the attributes of a darkroom in broad daylight, at the affordable price of approximately EUR 599,00. The new A3+ flagship is available in shops as of April 2005.

“After launching the Epson Stylus Photo R800, we were asked frequently when we would market a similar printer for A3 formats,” explains Karsten Jahn, Manager of Product Marketing at Epson Deutschland. “The answer is: Now! The high-quality revolution initiated by the Epson Photo R800 is being continued by its A3+ cousin Epson Stylus Photo R1800. The images created by the combination of Epson Micro Piëzo inkjet technology and Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks are superior to results produced in a darkroom in certain respects, and the photographer has a far greater influence.”

Epson UK infoThe Epson Stylus Photo R1800 photo printer, the latest addition to Epson’s photo printer portfolio, is designed to meet the needs of the most demanding photo enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers.

February 2005 – Epson announces the launch of the Stylus Photo R1800 printer. Available from April 2005, it is to feature many of the award-winning capabilities of the successful Epson Stylus Photo R800. The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 now delivers border-free printing up to an A3 format, enabling photo enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers to print images large enough for photographic exhibitions.

The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 delivers unsurpassed print performance in an A3 photo printer. High definition images are achieved through Epson’s UltraChrome(tm) Hi-Gloss pigment ink, which is delivered in 1.5 picolitre (pl) droplets to capture the finest details. It includes Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Blue, Red, Photo Black, Matte Black and Gloss Optimizer Technology. The inclusion of red and blue ink increases the colour gamut and colour space, primarily making it closer (and in some areas wider) than Silver Halide, essential for photographers requiring premium colour reproduction. The Gloss Optimizer provides a smooth gloss finish to prints for exceptional premium glossy and semi-gloss prints.

Epson’s Variable-sized Droplet Technology and MicroPiezo(tm) print head ensure that this printer provides outstanding photographic reproduction at fast speeds to satisfy the most demanding photographers. The UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment ink has also been designed for unsurpassed print permanence in an A3 photo printer, with a lightfastness estimated* at over 80 years for glossy papers and over 100 years on matte medias; a flexibility and durability that truly rivals silver halide.

The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 is compatible with a wide range of Epson media, including Epson Premium Glossy Paper, Epson Photo Paper, Epson Archival Matte Paper, Epson Enhanced Matte Paper and Epson Water Color Radiant White. It also prints onto roll media and ink jet printable CD/DVDs, making the Epson Stylus Photo R1800 one of the most versatile A3 printers on the market.

Richard Baylis, Sales and Marketing Manager, Consumer Products, Epson UK, says, “The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 breaks new ground in photo printing for the most demanding photo enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers, who need the freedom to print a wide range of formats for portfolios, display, and photographic exhibitions without sacrificing quality. The A3 printing capabilities, combined with Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink, delivers prints that can even exceed the quality you would get from a professional photo lab.”

Epson Stylus Photo R1800 features summary:
* Product availability April 2005
* Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink for outstanding photo quality and durability
* Borderless printing at a resolution up to 5760 x 1440 optimised dpi for outstanding photos
* 10 x 8 photos with borders at 1440 x 720 dpi in 66 seconds
* Capture the finest photo detail with 1.5pl inks droplets
* Eight individual cartridges for maximum cost efficiency
* Produce professional looking CDs and DVDs
* Advanced connectivity with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
* Bundled with sophisticated photo software including Epson RAW Print for fast, easy processing and printing of camera RAW files
* Stylus Photo R1800 RRP £399.99 inc Vat (guide price at time of announcement)

*Under fluorescent light (indoor display condition) with glass mount.
For use with EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper & EPSON Archival Matte Paper
The data is calculated by EPSON’s accelerated test and it does not mean EPSON guaranteed periods. The estimated longevity does not indicate the colour changing and the durability of the paper itself. Lightfastness rating may vary depending on papers.

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