Better colour, faster, more productive: Epson’s new Stylus Pro 880 series

Four new Stylus Pro 880 series large format printers and Epson’s new UltraChrome K3(TM) ink with Vivid Magenta for colour critical printing
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Epson today announced four new Stylus Pro 880 series large format printers and Epson’s new UltraChrome K3(TM) ink with Vivid Magenta for colour critical printing applications such as retail point-of-sale displays, contract and imposition proofing, photography, limited edition fine art print making and detailed colour maps.
The Epson Stylus Pro 4880, Stylus Pro 7880, Stylus Pro 9880 and Stylus Pro 11880 provide the most advanced print durability, colour accuracy and colour consistency across a wide range of media in print widths from 17 to 64 inches.

To extend its leadership in the high quality large format print market, Epson has also announced eight colour UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta in this new printer range, the most advanced fourth generation pigment ink available, delivering a colour gamut equivalent to conventional 12 colour ink sets.

As the name suggests eight colour UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta expands UltraChrome’s already large colour gamut for highly accurate colour reproduction of more vivid reds and blues and smoother tonal gradation in proofs, photographs and fine art prints.

A breakthrough new pigment ink chemistry developed by Seiko Epson allowed the creation of a higher density form of magenta pigments. Epson then worked with some of the world’s leading professional photographers and print companies to fine tune the printer driver, ink and print head to produce prints with expanded gamut in blues and reds without losing any of UltraChrome’s brilliance and colour depth in other colours of the spectrum.

The result is an outstanding eight colour pigment ink with Vivid Magenta and Vivid Light Magenta that has colour gamut advantages over conventional 12 colour ink sets on gloss, matte and fine art media.  By using only eight colours Epson maintains a simplified colour management process providing easier colour control.  And with high density pigments UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta reproduces high quality prints with excellent short and long term colour stability, and virtually no metameric effects.

To complement the enhancements introduced by UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta, the 880 series printers use Epson’s new Image Processing Technology, a new image half toning algorithm that produces smoother tones and more detail for even better print quality in both high and low resolution print modes.  Epson’s Image Processing Technology further minimises print quality differences between print modes, resulting in greater colour consistency.  Smoother colour gradations further improve the accuracy of colour reproduction across all media.

The new Image Processing Technology also further improves Epson’s outstanding grey scale stability – the core requirement for accurate colour printing – and reduces the amount of coloured ink needed in colour prints, resulting in greater detail in both highlight and shadow areas and virtually eliminating metamerism.

And as would be expected from the leaders in ink technology, Epson’s UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta retains Epson’s renowned superior print permanence capabilities on a range of genuine Epson media up to 1.5 mm thick.

The Stylus Pro 4880, Stylus Pro 7880, and Stylus Pro 9880 have USB2.0 and Ethernet as standard interfaces. The Stylus Pro 4880, Stylus Pro 7880, and Stylus Pro 9880 can use either 110 or 220ml ink cartridges, while the Stylus Pro 11880 uses high capacity 700ml ink cartridges.

The Stylus Pro 880 series printers will be available in October in Australia with recommended prices ex GST of:   Stylus Pro 4880 – $2995, Stylus Pro 7880 – $5395, Stylus Pro 9880 – $10895, Stylus Pro 11880 – $22995.

Epson Customer Hotline: 1300 131 928

About Epson Australia
Epson offers an extensive array of award winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market.  Epson is the market leader worldwide in sales of data projectors [DTC Consulting Limited figures].  Epson’s products meet consumer and business customer needs for superior quality colour image reproduction (printers), projection (projectors) and capture (scanners) devices with high-level functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency.  Epson Australia, founded in 1983 is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.

About the Epson Group
Epson is a global leader in imaging products including printers, 3LCD projectors and small- and medium-sized LCDs. With an innovative and creative culture, Epson is dedicated to exceeding the vision and expectations of customers worldwide with products known for their superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy efficiency.
Epson is a network of 87,626 employees in 117 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Group had consolidated sales of 1416 billion yen in fiscal 2006.

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