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Epson Announces Four New Wide-format Printers

Press Release—Epson America Inc. has announced four new wide-format printers, the Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880, 9880 and 11880. The Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880, 9880 models are designed to achieve even higher levels of print quality than previous models by way of Epson’s new MicroPiezo AMC print head, an enhanced version of Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink Technology, a radical new Epson AccuPhoto™ HD screening technology, and several other forward-thinking advancements.

The Stylus Pro 11880 is Epson's first 64-inch wide format printer, also designed to produce levels of image quality that exceed previous models but with print speeds that are up to two times faster than any other Stylus Pro model to date. The Epson Stylus Pro 11880 uses a new print head technology called MicroPiezo TFP (Thin Film Piezo). This breakthrough technology represents Epson’s most advanced ink jet print head throughout the company’s history, and is being featured exclusively in the Epson Stylus Pro 11880.

Epson Stylus Pro 11880

New Epson America Professional Imaging Web Site

In conjunction with the announcement of these new products, Epson America is unveiling a new Professional Imaging Web site (www.proimaging.epson.com), designed specifically for creative professionals and anyone else who either owns, or has an interest in purchasing an Epson Stylus Pro product.

“The site will not only feature useful information about Epson products using a visually inspired layout and unique navigation system, but we’re also planning to expand and enhance it much further in the near future,” said Tod Yamamoto, director of eBusiness Epson America. “Ultimately, it will become an extremely valuable online resource that creative professionals can use to broaden their knowledge about the industry and even gain further inspiration.”

Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880 and 9880

The Epson Stylus Pro 4880 replaces the Epson Stylus Pro 4800 for printing images as wide as 17-inches, while the Epson Stylus Pro 7880 and Epson Stylus Pro 9880 replace the Epson Stylus Pro 7800 and 9800 for printing up to 24-inches and 44-inches in width, respectively.

“This latest generation of Epson Stylus Pro printers, represents a level of technology never before seen in this market,” said Mark Radogna, group product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America. “By collaborating with the world’s greatest creative professionals, we’ve been able to advance the state of photographic printing to unprecedented levels.”

Only Eight Colors Needed to Achieve Superior Image Quality

Epson UltraChrome K3 ink technology is the industry standard by which all other professional-level ink technologies are judged. Now enhanced with Epson’s breakthrough new Vivid Magenta pigments, our latest-generation ink technology requires only eight colors—Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black, and Light Light Black—to significantly raise the quality levels for professional color and black-and-white prints.

With an even higher level of ink droplet accuracy, Epson has developed an all-new MicroPiezo AMC print head, along with an all-new ink repelling coating technology to dramatically reduce nozzle clogging. And, when combined with our new Epson AccuPhoto HD screening technology, at an astonishing resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 dpi, Epson has once again set a new benchmark for the entire industry.

Availability, Service & Support

All three printers will begin shipping to authorized Epson dealers in October 2007.  A ColorBurst Edition will also be available in December 2007 for each model which includes a Professional PostScript Language Level 3™ compatible RIP by ColorBurst. The following are estimated street prices:

Epson Stylus Pro 4880, $1,995
Epson Stylus Pro 4880 Portrait Edition, $2,195
Epson Stylus Pro 4880 ColorBurst Edition, $2,495
Epson Stylus Pro 7880, $2,995
Epson Stylus Pro 7880 ColorBurst Edition, $3,995
Epson Stylus Pro 9880, $4,995
Epson Stylus Pro 9880 ColorBurst Edition, $5,995
 

Epson Stylus Pro 11880

“The Epson Stylus Pro 11880 represents our ultimate expression of the Stylus Pro brand,” said Radogna. “This Stylus Pro 11880 was developed by a special team within Seiko Epson’s renowned engineering department and what they’ve accomplished with this new technology will result in establishing yet another new industry benchmark for professional-level photographic printing.”

All-New MicroPiezo TFP Print Head Technology

In addition to achieving the highest level of ink droplet accuracy, Epson’s new MicroPiezo TFP print head features a wide array of engineering firsts and unique end-user benefits, including new ink repelling coating technology that contributes to dramatically reducing nozzle clogs.

  • World’s highest resolution piezo print head ever developed with 360 smart nozzles per inch, each of which produces a variety of droplet sizes as small as 3.5 picoliters achieving print resolution levels as high as 2,880 x 1,440 dpi
  • 9-channel ink system that allows for simultaneous use of all inks without having to manually swap cartridges
  • New Epson AccuPhoto HD screening technology to achieve even higher degrees of print image quality

The Epson Stylus Pro 11880 also uses UltraChrome K3 ink technology, featuring Epson’s new breakthrough Vivid Magenta pigments.

Availability, Service & Support

The Epson Stylus Pro 11880 will begin shipping to authorized Epson dealers in October 2007.  A ColorBurst® Edition will also be available in December 2007 which includes a professional PostScript Language Level 3 compatible RIP by ColorBurst. The following are estimated street prices:

Epson Stylus Pro 11880, $14,995
Epson Stylus Pro 11880 ColorBurst Edition, $15,995
  

Epson Professional Service & Support

Each of these printers is supported by a standard Epson Preferred Limited Warranty. This one-year program includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next-business-day full unit exchange or on-site service 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.