Epson is kicking off this year's DRUPA conference in Germany with a new line of large-format professional printersthe Stylus Pro 7500 and 9500. We had a chance to see some of the results prior to release, and they were impressivelarge-format printing on a variety of media with the kind of quality we've come to expect from high-resolution inkjets.
The printers use a new kind of ink (called Epson Archival Ink) that's actually a solid milled down to the point that it's almost a liquid. The result is no drying time and the ability to print on a variety of medianot just papers designed to hold fine ink droplets. The print head itself offers a droplet size of 8 picolitersremember that's a solidand 1,440 x 720 DPI resolution. The six ink colors ship individually in 110 ML cartridges. The ink has a lightfastness of more than 100 years.
Supported media for the Archival Ink system include premium glossy, premium luster, glossy, presentation matte, backlight film, posterboard semi-gloss, Arches & Crane watercolor, canvas, Dupont Tyvek, vinyl, polycarbonite floor graphics, static cling, Dupont/Epson commercial matte proofing and Dupont/Epson publication proofing media.
The print engine itself also receives some improvements over older pro-series Epson printers, including a speed boost. The 7500 and 9500 can print on media up to 1.5 mm thickness at 71 square feet per hour at 360 x 360 DPI using bi-directional mode down to 13 square feet per hour at 1,440 x 720 DPI in bi-directional mode. The 7500 supports media up to 24" wide on a roll or sheet-fed. The 9500 prints on media up to 44" wide.
The new printers support USB, parallel and Epson Type-B expansion slots, with options for 10/100 Base-T and FireWire ports. The base 7500 unit with Archival Ink sells for $4,495. Another model, the 7000, which uses standard Epson Graphics Ink, sells for $3,995. The 7500 is also available in a Fiery X2 configuration, which sells for $9,495.
The Stylus Pro 9500 base model with Archival Ink sells for $8,995. The Stylus Pro 9000, which uses standard Epson Graphics Ink, sells for $7,995. The Stylus Pro 9500 in the Fiery X2 configuration sells for $13,995. For more information, visit http://prographics.epson.com/products.
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