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.