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The Stylus Pro 9880 and Stylus Pro 7880

Info about replacements for the Epson Stylus Pro 9800 and 7800

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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 2007 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.

Epson vivid magenta ink gamut

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.

2007 July 18th An announcement quietly slips out of Epson UK

9880The 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.Key Specs:

  • Delivers a colour gamut equivalent to conventional 12 colour ink sets
  • Epson UltraChrome K3™ Ink with Vivid Magenta
  • Micro Piezo Print head Technology
  • Epson Advanced Image Processing Technology
  • USB 2 and Ethernet Standard
  • 2880 x 1440dpi maximum print resolution
  • Thick media support up to 1.5mm
  • Pressurised Ink Cartridge Technology
  • True Borderfree Printing
  • Variable Size Ink Droplet Technology
  • 110ml and 220ml ink cartridge capacity
  • 1 Year On-site Warranty

Epson UK Press Release

Epson breakthrough in pigment ink technology features in new large format printer range

The Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880 and 9880 feature Epson’s breakthrough pigment ink technology, UltraChrome K3™ ink with Vivid Magenta and improved image processing. They provide an enhanced colour gamut and superior tonal gradation, ideal for the professional in the proofing, photography, fine art and graphics markets.

17 July 2007 – Epson launches three new large format, eight-colour professional production printers. They are the 17” (A2+) Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 24” (A1+) Stylus Pro 7880 and 44” (B0+) Stylus Pro 9880. Each features Epson UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta technology, the latest development in pigment chemistry, which offers a wide colour gamut and unrivalled image quality from an 8-colour inkset.

Epson’s new large format range provides the highest quality output that is required for the fine art, photography and proofing markets. A new Ethernet interface is included as standard and delivers fast, efficient connectivity and data transfer speeds. The improved printhead further enhances image quality and when combined with Epson’s Super Halftone Technology, a new screening algorithm, it delivers sharp detail and accurate colour reproduction.

The Epson large format printer range offers superior media flexibility and is compatible with a wide range of Epson paper up to 1.5mm in thickness. Glossy paper, matte paper, matte board, fine art paper and plain paper are all supported. The Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880 and Stylus Pro 9880 include a roll holder and cut sheet support, as standard. The Epson Stylus Pro 4880 also features a paper cassette feed mechanism for high-volume production on cut sheet paper from A4 (Letter) to 17” (A2+) wide. Also new is an enhanced cutting sequence delivering a faster and more productive printing workflow.

The UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta further expands the already wide colour gamut of UltraChrome K3 and is a breakthrough in pigment chemistry. The full inkset includes nine ink cartridges: photo black, matte black, light black, light light black, cyan, light cyan, yellow, vivid magenta and vivid light magenta. The two magenta inks use new high-density pigments that create more vibrant colour, especially blues and magenta, for example those found in seascapes or landscapes.

The UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta, enables superb grey balance and precise colour without any colour cast. It also maintains the superior features of the UltraChrome K3 ink such as great colour accuracy of neutral and dark colours, excellent short-term colour stability and smooth tonal gradation from shadow to light. The issue of metamerism is virtually eliminated with this new inkset. The permanent Epson Micro Piezo™ printhead also offers unrivalled consistency in each print. Every print will be the same as the first, even if the artwork is printed months apart, making it ideal for studios producing limited edition print runs.

Also included is the Epson Super Halftone technology, a new image processing engine for dot mapping. It enhances the image detail that may be lost in low resolution images. A new mapping algorithm reduces the graininess at both low and high resolution. The end result delivers smooth images with more accurate colour representation.

Epson is also launching This new online portal allows Epson Stylus Pro owners to retrieve up-to-the-minute technical information and monitor the performance of each printer. The secure website allows users to view print job activity, hardware information and historical data, and tracks key performance indicators such as cost of ownership and cost per print. can also be accessed remotely by service contractors to quickly identify the cause and scope of any queries, which saves time in unnecessary call-out fees.

Epson Stylus Pro series key features summary:

Consistent output with Epson Micro Piezo printhead technology
High-density Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology
Image processing with Epson Super Halftone Screening Technology
Maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi
Individual high-capacity ink cartridges – 110ml or 220ml
Professional media handling at a width of 44”, 24” or 17” in roll and cut sheet mode
BorderFree™ roll printing from 8” up to 44” wide
Print on media up to 1.5 mm thick poster board
Built-in automatic media cutting system
High-performance print engine speeds
Standard USB 2.0 and 10/100 Ethernet interface
User-friendly back lit LCD control panel
MyEpson Printer™ network compatible
Pressurised ink cartridge technology for Stylus Pro 7880 and Stylus Pro 9880
Cassette feed mechanism for Stylus Pro 4880
Optional take-up unit for Stylus Pro 9880
Stylus Pro 9880 (B0+) RRP excluding VAT £4495 – available September 2007
Stylus Pro 7880 (A1+) RRP excluding VAT £2395 – available September 2007
Stylus Pro 4880 (A2+) RRP excluding VAT £1495 – available September 2007

July 2007

14th The original SCP release is found and it fits in with an announcement on Tuesday (17th), and delivery in September

More info on the main wide format rumours page (sp1180 page)

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?

The original info at isn’t there but there was this snippet at LFP

“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)

Note if anyone has any further info or actually saw the full press release then please let us know ;-)

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:

  • 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 for test conditions

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