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Epson Announces Professional Edition Stylus Pro Printers

Includes printer, ColorBurst RIP and Ethernet connectivity

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Epson has released its Professional Edition series of printers, based upon the company's Stylus Pro 9800, Stylus Pro 7800, and Stylus Pro 4800, all announced earlier this year (see our June issue, p. 30). The Professional editions of each model include the printer, a ColorBurst RIP, and internal 10/100 BaseT Ethernet connectivity.

The ColorBurst RIP, designed for Epson by ColorBurst, is a PostScript Level 3 RIP that can be installed as either a dedicated RIP server for client sharing or run locally on a workstation. The RIP offers: ICC compliance, CMYK curve adjustment for color control, built-in linearization for accurate color across multiple printers, Pantone-licensed color and SWOP-certified color on all Epson proofing media, and more.

The internal 10/100 BaseT Ethernet is compatible with Mac OS X (Panther and Tiger) as well as Windows XP. It's also compatible with Apple Rendezvous and Bonjour technology.

As with the standard Stylus Pro printers, each of the Professional Edition models uses Epson's pigment-based aqueous UltraChrome K3 inks, designed for high-res photographic printing. The inks offer CMYcm plus Light Black, Light Light Black, and a Matte Black that can be switched out with normal Photo Black (K). Epson reports that the inkset offers a wide color gamut, high scratch-resistance, stable color immediately after printing, and a resultant black density of up to 2.3.

The Stylus Pro 9800 Professional Edition can handle media up to 44-in. wide and offers a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi. At 720 x 720 dpi, it can produce a 44 x 60-in. print in 29 minutes in High Speed mode, Epson reports; at 2880 x 1440 dpi, it can produce that same sized print in 81:42, also in High Speed mode. Estimated US price: $5995 ($4995 standard).

The Stylus Pro 7800 Professional Edition handles media up to 24-in. wide. Offering 2880 x 1440 maximum resolution, the 7800 can produce a 24 x 30-in. print in 9:54, at 720 x 720 dpi (in High Speed mode). At 2880 x 1440 dpi, it can produce that same sized print in 26:54, also in High Speed mode. Estimated US price: $3995 ($2295 standard).

The Stylus Pro 4800 Professional Edition can handle media up to 17-in. wide and offers a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi. At 720 x 720 dpi, it can produce a 16 x 20-in. print in 4:07, at High Speed print mode; at 2880 x 1440 dpi, it can produce that same sized print in 18:57, also in High Speed mode. Price: $2495 ($1995 standard).

In addition, Epson has joined forces with ColorSciences to produce a prepress proofing solution that incorporates the Epson Stylus Pro 4800, 7800, or 9800 and the Epson UltraChrome K3 pigmented inks and proofing media with ColorScience's CrossMatch Enterprise solution. The CrossMatch solution continuously monitors remote-proofing systems, identifies variances, and makes adjustments to the printer.

EPSON www.epson.com

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