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The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is a new high specification professional A2+ photo printer. Now using Epson’s advanced, fourth generation UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta pigment inks, the Epson 3880 incorporates a special driver mode that allows users to create bespoke black tones and clear whites. All-new AccuPhoto HD2 image technology provides smoother color transitions and better highlight and shadow detail. Replacing the 3800 model, the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 will be available from October 2009 for £995. In the US the Epson 3880 will be offered in Standard and Graphic Arts Editiond (includes ColorBurst RIP) for $1,295 and $1,495 respectively.
Epson UK Press Release
The Epson® Stylus Pro 3880 brings quality and convenience to large format printing
01 September, 2009 – Epson today announces the launch of its high specification professional A2+ photo printer, the Epson Stylus Pro 3880. Offering flexibility of use across a broad range of media the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 can be used by professional photographers and aspirational amateurs alike. Using Epson’s advanced, fourth generation UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta pigment inks to deliver long lasting, high quality large format prints in both black and white and full colour, the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 offers fast, flexible printing suitable for a number of applications. With a uniquely small footprint the Stylus Pro 3880 is ideal for those with limited studio space and is fully equipped with all of the additional features that Epson users have become accustomed to, such as high speed connectivity with USB 2.0 and Ethernet.
Individual ink cartridges increase the economy of colour printing whilst Epson’s patented Micro Piezo™ print head ensures accurate ink placement. The combination of Epson’s pigment inks with the Epson Micro Piezo print head ensure colour prints show excellent colour stability, light fastness and colour gradation. Artists or those producing limited edition prints can be assured that each print will be the same as the first, even if printed months apart.
The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 incorporates a special driver mode that allows professional users to create bespoke black tones and clear whites, offering a great level of precision and artistic control. This combined with the three levels of black and the enlarged greyscale supplied by Epson’s UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink technology, puts the Stylus Pro 3880 at the top of its class in producing sharp, precise and durable black and white prints. The ability to switch between photo and matte black as well as the neutral gradations users can achieve in colour and black and white make the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 ideal for photographers.
The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 offers excellent colour stability after just 30 minutes with no visible colour shift, thus making it an ideal printer for use in proofing. Customers can sign-off proofs quickly and have the certainty that what they see is what they will get in the final print run. This consistency of output means that the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is also ideal for remote proofing.
The Stylus Pro 3880 is compatible with a wide range of Epson media including glossy paper, matte paper, fine art paper, plain paper, proofing paper and poster-board of up to 1.5mm in thickness. It is designed to support flexible paper handling for cut-sheet printing and users can benefit from border and borderfree printing in a range of photo sizes from 4”x6” up to 17”x22”, helping to extend the usability this printer offers. The printer can be fed with different papers via three paper paths; auto sheet feeder, rear manual feeder for fine art paper and front manual insertion feeder for rigid media.
Martin Johns, Senior Product Manager, Epson UK, commented: “The launch of the Stylus Pro 3880 makes Epson’s fourth generation UltraChrome K3 VM inkset available to a broader range of users and consolidates the Stylus Pro range. The combination of Epson’s latest hardware innovations, industry-leading ink technology and an exceptionally small footprint makes this printer a perfect match for photography, fine art, proofing and POS printing. The printer’s accuracy makes it ideal for the creation of long-lasting prints to sell, exhibit or include within portfolios.”
The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is the successor of the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and will be available from October 2009.
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 key features summary
· Eight colour Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta expand the printable gamut and include three black inks for superb grey balance
· Print on a variety of different media and media surfaces from 4x6” up to 17x22”
· Ideally suited for fast and flexible printing in the photography, fine art, proofing, POS prints and graphics markets
· Uniquely compact A2+ printer makes it ideal for small studios
· ENERGY STAR® qualified
· RRP excluding VAT, £995 - available 01 October, 2009
About Epson UltraChrome™ K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta
Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta further expands the already wide colour gamut of UltraChrome K3 and is a breakthrough in pigment chemistry. The full ink set includes eight ink cartridges: interchangeable photo and matte black, light black, light light black, cyan, light cyan, yellow, vivid magenta and vivid light magenta and is ideal for fine art, photography and proofing. A number of benefits are offered including improved colour quality, black and white reproduction, colour balance, stability, consistency, lightfastness and flexibility. Superior quality is produced on a wide range of media, including gloss, matte, fine art and canvas finishes in cut-sheet and roll format. Using Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta will mean that prints will last without fading for up to 75 years in colour and up to 200 years in black and white under display conditions.
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 Print permanence ratings are based on accelerated testing of prints on specialty media, displayed indoors under glass or UV filter or stored in archival sleeves in album storage. Actual print stability will vary according to media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or UV filter or properly store them. Visit http://www.wilhelm-research.com for the latest information