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Epson Intros Stylus Pro 4000

17-inch wide-format printer offers high-speed, seven-color ink system By Dave Nagel
Epson today introduced its new Stylus Pro 4000 printer. The 4000 is a wide-format model, offering output up to 17 inches wide and gaining significantly in the area of print speed--nearly double that of any previous Stylus Pro. It's expected to be available in January.

The Stylus Pro 4000 uses a new eight-channel print head with Epson's seven-color UltraChrome ink system. The seven-color system uses cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta and yellow, plus a low-density black (light black) and one of two additional black inks--matte black and photo black--which switch automatically for producing optimum prints on various media. When using photo media, it produces a D-max rating as high as 2.1. Using matte, cotton or art surfaces, it produces a D-max rating as high as 1.69. The new model uses Epson's Micro Piezo DX3 ASIC technology and supports resolutions up to 2,880 x 1,440 DPI, with variable droplet sizes as small as 3.5 picoliters. Using a new 1-inch print head with 180 nozzles per channel (eight channels), it operates 1.9 times faster than any previous Stylus Pro printer, according to Epson, churning out a photo-quality print at 8" x 10" in 67 seconds or at highest quality in 428 seconds.


The new printer offers support for cut sheets up to 17" x 22" with a maximum capacity of 50 sheets. It also supports capacities up to 250 for letter-sized paper. And it includes a roll feeder, which supports border-free printing. In addition, the printer supports media up to 17 inches wide and up to 1.5 millimeters thick. The printer includes RGB ICC profiles for a variety of surfaces.

The Stylus Pro 4000 includes a USB 2.0/1.1 port, a FireWire port and one expansion slot for adding a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet card. It includes drivers for Mac and Windows systems and also supports Epson's optional Stylus Professional 2.0 RIP. It will be available in January for $1,795. An optional printer stand/cabinet will also be available for $399. For more information, visit http://www.epson.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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