Epson has announced the Stylus Pro 4000, a 17-inch photographic printer with a seven-colour, UltraChrome ink system and eight-channel printhead. Due in January, it can handle printing at 2,880-x-1,440dpi resolution and will print up to 1.9 times faster than any previous Stylus Pro printer, according to Epson.
The Stylus Pro 4000, which has an estimated street price of US$1,795 (around £1,200), is targeted to professional photographers and graphic designers. The UltraChrome pigmented ink system automatically switches between Matte Black and Photo Black inks for optimum print quality on different media surfaces. The pigment-based formula uses seven individual colours (cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light magenta, light black and switches between one of two other black inks) to create a gamut of colours that Epson says eliminates colour casts and enhances midtones.
The printer can also be used to print a range of black and white photography using its lower density Light Black ink. UltraChrome Inks are water resistant and offer lightfastness ratings for colour images up to 100 years.
A built-in media tray handles up to 250 sheets of letter-size paper or up to 50 cut sheets of photographic media up to 17-x-22 inches. Cut sheet media can be fed automatically using the printer's cut sheet loading feature. Roll media users can utilize BorderFree printing, which lets you print over both left and right edges of the media while automatically cutting top and bottom edges for full-bleed prints on all four sides of the paper. A built-in cutter is included to trim prints; user-adjustable roll media spindles can accept either two- or three-inch media cores.
The Stylus Pro 4000 also sports a front control panel with backlit displays and ink level indicators. Optional is Epson Stylus Professional 2.0 RIP software that supports Adobe PostScript 3 is available for graphic designers.
The printer uses an Epson professional level photographic driver for Mac OS X and Mac OS 8.6-9.x, and Windows systems that allows for density control even when the driver colour management feature is turned off. The Stylus Pro 4000 offers FireWire and USB (1.1 and 2.0) connectivity. UK pricing and availability is yet to be announced.