Epson Introduces an All-Star Graphics Desktop Printer for Professional Designers and Advanced Digital Image Artists
ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2001--
It's the most advanced EPSON ink jet printer to date with a
winning combination of features engineered to meet the needs of the
most demanding professional graphics users.
Epson America Inc. today announced a new 13-inch wide format,
high-end ink jet printer -- the EPSON Stylus® Pro 5500 -- designed
to create exhibit-quality prints and eliminate the costly need for
interim analog proofing.
Featuring up to 2880 x 720 dpi resolution, variable-sized
three-picoliter droplets and photographic quality output, this new
printer provides photographers and digital fine artists the perfect
desktop printing solution for creating high resolution images up to 13
inches in width at extremely high speeds and intensely detailed
Furthermore, the EPSON Stylus Pro 5500 uses Epson's advanced
pigmented inks on a large array of professional photography and
proofing media that can resist fading for generations.
``The EPSON Stylus Pro 5500 represents an outstanding investment
for graphic artists, professional photographers and other creative
professionals who are looking for a cost-effective way to produce
photo-lab quality prints that can be sold in addition to giving
designers a tool that's perfect for tasks such as comping and
pre-press proofing,'' said Mark Radogna, senior product manager,
professional graphics, Epson. ``The EPSON Stylus Pro 5500 represents
the most technologically advanced printer to ever display the EPSON
One of the Stylus Pro 5500's most advanced features is its
high-speed output. In about three and a half minutes, the printer can
blast out a high-quality letter size (8.5 x 11-inch) photograph that
is superior in image quality to its predecessor the Stylus Pro 5000.
The printer can match the quality of a chemistry-based letter size
photo in about five and a half minutes and even surpass that level of
image quality in approximately 11 minutes (using the highest
Epson's award-winning Micro Piezo® DX3(TM) print head technology
enables the Stylus Pro 5500 to place extremely precise and now
variable-sized droplets of ink on a wide array of media for
ultra-sharp resolution and high print-to-print consistency.
The printer's innovative six-color, high-capacity, six-cartridge
inking system (cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light magenta and
black) now uses six heads with 96 nozzles to create intensely detailed
photographic output on a wide array of media, while maximizing the
efficiency of ink use. The quick-drying ink system also makes it
possible to manually handle prints immediately after exiting the
printer without the risk of smudging.
EPSON Stylus Pro Archival Ink and Media
As the level of print quality continues to rise for professional
graphic artists, so does the need to preserve images against time and
the elements. Epson continues to address this issue by equipping the
Stylus Pro 5500 with EPSON Archival(TM) Ink technology -- a
breakthrough in chemical engineering that enables prints to last for
generations without fading or damage caused by light or moisture.
This pigment-based ink system is designed to deliver a color gamut
that rivals dye inks and gives users the ability to create
heirloom-quality prints on a wider range of media than standard
Epson is also launching a new line of cut sheet archival media for
the Stylus Pro 5500 that includes premium luster paper, glossy photo
paper, matte, semi-glossy paper, canvas, water color papers,
DuPont/EPSON proofing media and many more.
Cut sheets as wide as 13 inches in width and up to 19 inches in
length are easily inserted into the printer's 250-sheet feeder, which
can also handle media as thick as 200-pound bond. An optional
250-sheet tray is available to increase the printer's total paper
capacity up to 500 sheets.
The EPSON Stylus Pro 5500 uses the latest driver technology,
offering compatibility with Macintosh OS 8.5.1 through 9.1, in
addition to Microsoft's Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.X and 2000 operating
systems. A wide selection of printer interfaces includes a USB,
parallel and EPSON Type-B expansion slot standard with optional cards
available for 10/100 BaseT and FireWire.
EFI Fiery Spark Professional RIP
An optional Fiery Spark Professional RIP (Raster Image Processor)
from Electronics for Imaging Inc. (EFI) is also available for the
EPSON Stylus Pro 5500. The RIP is designed to help maximize several of
the printer's advanced features combined with applications that are
engineered around the needs of graphic artists, advertising agencies,
fine arts studios and other professionals who create color composites
and proofs for press runs.
Fiery Spark Professional also adds the benefits of advanced
throughput options, job control, workflow flexibility, easy-to-create
high quality graphics and presentations. Additional RIPs for the EPSON
Stylus Pro 5500 will also be available from several other third-party
Pricing and Availability
The EPSON Stylus Pro 5500 basic printing system is now available
for $3,495 (estimated U.S. street price) and can be ordered through
authorized Epson dealers nationwide. The optional Fiery Spark
Professional RIP is available for an additional $2,995 (estimated U.S.
Service & Support
The EPSON Stylus Pro 5500 printer is supported by the standard
EPSON Preferred Protection warranty program. This one-year program
includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Saturday.
The EPSON Preferred Plus Protection Plans are service programs that
offer one or two additional years of protection. For more information
on Epson warranties, service programs and products, call
1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800/463-7766) or visit the company Web site at
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and
image output products for the consumer, business and graphic arts
markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added
point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. Founded in 1975,
Epson America Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson
Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality
technology products that meet customer demands for increased
functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency.
Epson America Inc.'s headquarters is in Long Beach, Calif.
Note to Editors: EPSON, EPSON Stylus and Micro Piezo are
registered trademarks of Seiko Epson Corp. EPSON Archival and DX3 are
trademarks, and EPSON Preferred Protection Plan is a service mark of
Epson America Inc. Third party brand or product names are trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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