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Epson 17" Stylus Pro 3880 printer widens color gamut

updated 03:00 am EDT, Tue September 1, 2009

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Epson has unveiled its latest 17-inch printer, the Stylus Pro 3880. The device builds upon the features of the Stylus Pro 3800, adding new technology such as UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink. The eight-color ink set is claimed to provide more intense blues and violets for a wider color gamut.

Placement of ink droplets is also said to be improved, with the new AccuPhoto HD2 technology. The system also offers optimized ink usage to expand the color gamut and enhance color transitions or graduations. MicroPiezo print heads support maximum resolutions of up to 2880x1440 dpi, with droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters.

The printer interface provides several preset options for black and white modes, while slide bars and a tone wheel can be used for advanced adjustments. Despite the compact housing, the device can be used to create border-free prints as large as 22-inches by 17-inches. The high-capacity feeder is geared for photographic-weight papers, while a straight-through path loads art board up to 1.5mm thick.

The basic Epson Stylus Pro 3880 will be available in October for $1300. The Graphic Arts Edition costs an extra $200 but adds a PANTONE-licensed ColorBurst Raster image processor for improved color accuracy, with integrated ICC profiles for RGB, CMYK and grayscale images.



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  1. climacs

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    did they fix

    that stupid bullshit where there's two different black ink cartridges, only one loads at a time, and if you want to use the other ink cartridge you have to waste $60 of ink? And another $60 for the round trip???

    I bought a Canon iPF 5000 and never looked back.

  1. Chris Hutcheson

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    Long ago

    The article is incorrect, according to the specs on Epson's page for the product. The unit takes 9 cartridges including matte and photo black. Switchover is painless and minimal ink is used in the transition from one to the other. This was the same with the 3800.

  1. macnscott

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    Re: climacs ink falacy

    It is highly documented that very little ink is wasted with changing back and forth on an Epson Pro 3800 between photo black and matte black. Going from photo to matte uses ~1.5ml and going from matte to photo uses ~4.5ml. The OEM ink carts can be found on reputable sites for less than $50 (80ml per cart) making the cost of switching from photo black to matte black less than $1 and switching from matte back to photo black less than $3.

  1. macnscott

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    Re: climacs ink falacy

    Here is just one link:http://www.inkjetart.com/cart/wide-formatpro-epson-stylus-3800-c-7487498989011421.html

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