Epson Stylus Pro 4900 17-inch Desktop Printer Launched

Epson has today announced the release of much-anticipated Epson Stylus  Pro 4900 17-inch Desktop Printer that incorporates Epson’s latest technology for photographers, graphic designers and proofing professionals and available in two models – for photography and a Graphic Design Edition.

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Leveraging Epson’s latest engineering technology featured in the award-winning Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 combines the precision of Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP print head with the performance of Epson UltraChrome HDR ink to deliver high quality prints, fast print speeds, and an extremely wide color gamut.

According to company, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 desktop printer incorporates the most advanced technologies Epson has to offer in a robust 17-inch mechanism and whether producing sellable color or black-and-white photography, fine art reproductions, or color accurate commercial and flexographic proofs for client approvals, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 provides creative professionals with a powerful, economical and productive tool in today’s competitive market.

Epson Stylus Pro 4900 features Epson UltraChrome HDR ink technology which produces the widest color gamut ever from an Epson Stylus Pro printer using ten colors, and is certified by Pantone to cover 98 percent of the PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE solid color palette.

Combined with Epson’s AccuPhoto HDR screening technology, this ink dramatically raises the level of print quality. The one-inch wide, 360 nozzle Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head excels in dot shape accuracy, dot placement and producing high quality prints at fast speeds.

In addition, Epson Stylus Pro 4900 also features the latest ink-repelling coating and auto nozzle verification technologies that virtually eliminate clogged nozzles.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 also includes automatic switching between roll and cut-sheet media, allowing users to have both the front paper cassette and roll feeder loaded with different media types and automatically switch between them with a simple driver selection.

In addition, the high-capacity paper cassette holds up to 200 sheets of 8.5”x11” to 17”x24” sized sheets.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 17-inch desktop printer is available in two configurations – the base model for photography and a Graphic Design Edition including an EFI eXpress RIP.

Other Features

Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink: 10-color pigment based ink system provides outstanding short-term color stability for mission-critical proofing applications and longterm display permanence for photography and fine art; uses 11 high capacity 200ml ink cartridges with automatic Matte and Photo Black switching.

MicroPiezo TFP Print Head: One-inch wide, high performance print head with 360 nozzles per channel capable of handling ten separate ink channels; low vibration meniscus control provides highly accurate dot shape and placement and ink repelling coating dramatically reduces nozzle clogging.

AccuPhoto HDR Screening: Advanced screening algorithm produces extremely fine blends and photographic transitions with accurate highlight-to-shadow details and ensures consistent color balance, resulting in prints with superior color and clarity and incredibly sharp text and line art.

PreciseColor Manufacturing: Evaluates and adjusts each printer’s performance at the manufacturing stage, ensuring consistent color output from printer to printer and print to print, eliminating the need for internal calibration devices.

SpectroProofer: Developed jointly with X-Rite, optional  SpectroProofer delivers automation of color management related tasks for proofing applications when driven by industry leading supporting RIP technology; consistency between the Epson 4900 and the 24- and 44-inch Epson 7900 and 9900 make it ideal for remote proofing applications.

Price and Availability

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Standard Edition and Graphic Design Edition will be available in December 2010 for $2,495 or about Rs. 110,952 and $2,995 (MSRP) or about Rs. 133,188 respectively. For additional information on the Epson Stylus Pro 4900, visit www.proimaging.epson.com.

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