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

July 2007

Epson today announced four new Stylus Pro 880 series large format printers and Epson’s new UltraChrome K3™ 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™ 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™ 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™ with Vivid Magenta ink 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™ 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 as would be expected from the leaders in ink technology, Epson’s UltraChrome K3™ 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 with recommended prices of: Stylus Pro 4880 - $2995, Stylus Pro 7880 - $5395, Stylus Pro 9880 - $10895, Stylus Pro 11880 - $22995 Ex GST.

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