Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer
|January 26, 2012||Posted by admin under Printers|
For serious photographic print output – leaving aside expensive commercial-grade devices – one need look no further than the new Epson Stylus Pro 4900. As a wide carriage printer, capable of rendering cut-sheet photographs of up to 17 x 24 inches (A2), this 115-lb monster also handles 17-inch paper rolls… perfect for panoramas. With a resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi, and Epson’s Variable Droplet Technology, which allows up to three different sized ink droplets (as small as 3.5 picolitres) to be deposited on every line, you can expect exceptional detail and fidelity in your printed imagery.
Utilizing the UltraChrome HDR K3 ink set, the 4900 boasts a 10-channel print head while accommodating 11 cartridges. This extra cartridge slot enables the photo black to be automatically exchanged with matte should the media inserted dictate, a huge savings in ink for anyone accustomed to swapping in and out and witnessing the levels of all cartridges drop as a result.
National Geographic Photographer Jim Richardson on the Epson Stylus Pro 4900
This ink set includes Photo Black, Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black, Light Light Black, Matte Black, Orange and Green. The new magentas produce stunning blues and violets while additionally helping deliver more accurate skin tones. The three separate black inks allow the user to print black-and-white photographs with amazing fidelity – retaining all available detail in shadows, mid-tones and highlights. Further, these archival inks are rated at 200 years for color prints and even more lor black and whites.
Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer
- Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink Technology
- High-Precision Ten-Channel Epson MicroPiezo TFP Print Head
- AccuPhoto HDR Screening Technology
- PreciseColor Technology
- Automatic Print Head Alignment
- Automatic Nozzle Verification and Cleaning
- Three-Level Black Ink Technology
- Automatic Black Ink Mode Switching
- Professional Media Handling
- ePlaten Roll Media Loading Technology
- Roll Media Length Tracking and Identification System
- High Performance Rotary Cutting System
- True BorderFree Roll-Based Printing
- High Performance Print Engine Speeds
- Epson Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System
- Easy-to-Use Front Control Panel
- SpectroProofer 17
- Quiet and More Power Efficient Design
Additional features include automatic print head alignment and cleaning (user configurable for maximum consumable savings), built-in paper cutter for easy roll handling, 10/100Base-T as well as USB connectivity, and a high-performance print engine which is able to deliver an 8 x 10-inch print at 2880 dpi in 2:26 or a 16 x 20 in 6:48.
With a list price of $2545 though seen at retail for as low as $1599, this printer certainly isn’t for everyone. However, if you are a serious photographer intent on selling prints or producing gallery-quality wall hangers, it’s a small investment – and one I am personally contemplating at present.
Epson Stylus Pro Printers
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