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Seiko Epson Corporation Logo. Click to visit the Epson Japan  website! PRESS RELEASE: New Epson 17-Inch Printer Achieves 98% PANTONE Coverage

Offering Professional Photographers a Super-Wide Colour Gamut With Automated Colour Accuracy

LONDON--(Marketwire - September 21, 2010) - Epson® launches the Stylus Pro 4900 -- a compact, 17-inch production printer setting new standards in colour precision for the photography market. Delivering the best print quality for commercial photographs and fine art reproduction, the professional photo printer boasts outstanding colour consistency and accurate colour matching, and can reproduce 98 percent of all PANTONE®1 colours. Its high level of automation and robust mechanism make the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 a highly productive workhorse for the small office or studio environment.

Creating exceptional photographs and fine art images is easy with the Epson Stylus Pro 4900, thanks to one of the widest colour gamuts on the market. Colours on the print are identical to that of the original image, even when reproduced on a wide range of media. The optional inline SpectroProofer ensures repeatable colour accuracy when using different media, and automatically measures colour charts when creating ICC profiles.

Every print has a professional finish with precise and consistent colour reproduction. This comes from the large format printer's first-class colour matching capabilities, coupled with Epson's 11-colour UltraChrome HDR inks and Advanced-TFP print head for superior dot quality. These inks and technologies are identical to those used in Epson's larger format production printers up to 44 inches.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 represents a big boost in productivity, with a production speed of 46m2/hour and minimal maintenance requirements. Its high capacity front-loading cassette makes inserting paper easy, and automated paper changing means no time is wasted switching between cut sheet and roll paper. The professional photo printer also switches automatically between photo and matte black inks, with both installed to avoid stopping the print run. All inks come in high capacity cartridges for less frequent changes and better value.

Marco Van Niekerk, product manager for large format printers at Epson Europe, says: "Offering photographers outstanding flexibility, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 creates better-than-lab-quality prints on a wide range of media up to 1.5mm thick, including thick photo or presentation matte board, canvas and fine art paper. Users can select a paper path that best fits their needs from a choice of cassette, top and front manual board feed or roll."

Qualified by ENERGY STAR, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900's energy efficiency enables users to save money, be more environmentally considerate and keep power consumption down.

Key Features Summary

  • 11-colour UltraChrome HDR ink set

  • 98% PANTONE coverage

  • Reliable Advanced-TFP print head

  • Print speed of 46m² per hour

  • High capacity front-loading cassette

  • 200ml high capacity cartridges

  • Optional inline SpectroProofer

  • Automatic switching between cut sheet and roll paper

  • Automatic switching between photo and matte black inks, which are pre-installed

  • ENERGY STAR qualified

  • Choice of paper paths -- cassette, top and front manual board feed or roll

  • Print on media up to 1.5mm thick

1 *PANTONE® is the property of Pantone LLC. 98% coverage of PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE solid coated palette based on Epson Proofing Paper White Semimatte printed with Epson printer driver at 2880x1440dpi. PANTONE coverage may vary when printed with a third-party RIP.

About Epson
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader that is dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a product line-up ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for business and the home, to electronic and crystal devices.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises over 70,000 employees in 106 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. http://global.epson.com

About Epson Europe
Epson Europe B.V., based in Amsterdam, is the Group's regional headquarters for Europe,
Middle-East, Russia, and Africa. With a workforce of 2,400 employees, Epson Europe's sales for fiscal year 2009 were 1,875 million Euros. http://www.epson-europe.com/

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(First posted on Friday, September 24, 2010 at 00:07 EDT)

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