Epson R2880 A3+ printer launched

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Epson today announces the launch of its high specification professional A3+ photo printer – the Stylus Photo R2880. Aimed at professional photographers and keen amateurs, the printer utilises Epson’s advanced UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta pigment inks to deliver the highest quality available in professional inkjet printing. The refined look-up table (LUT[1]) algorithms included with the R2880 enable the printer to more accurately match colours and ensure that every image is printed to exhibition display standards.

Mark Robinson, Senior Product Manager at Epson commented: “Building on 40 years of research and extensive experience in imaging and printing, the introduction of the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 with UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta has taken A3+ printing another step forward. The printer is able to achieve 85 percent of Pantone gamut using only eight ink cartridges as opposed to the 10 to 12 used by other systems on the market.”

A unique mode within the print driver enables users to have creative control over black and white tones as well as gradation in much the same way as users can do in their darkrooms by selecting specific papers and chemicals. The improved, customisable user interface (UI) enables users to easily find, change, save and even share print settings. This helps ensure photographers get the desired print first time; making the printer more efficient in terms of inks and media.

The Epson Stylus Photo R2880 comes with all the additional features Epson users have become accustomed to including front facing USB PictBridge connectivity and dual USB2 ports on the rear of the printer. The Stylus Photo R2880 provides additional media support for CD and DVD printing, fine art paper, roll paper and thick rigid media such as board and poly-board. The printer also offers border free printing up to A3+, often used by photographers when printing images for display purposes.

The quality of the Stylus Photo R2880 makes it ideal for photographers wanting to create long-lasting prints to sell, exhibit or incorporate within professional portfolios. The Stylus Photo R2880 is able to deliver quality at high speed thanks to its Epson Micro Piezo™ print head, which is coated with ink repelling Teflon to ensure unparalleled accuracy in dot placement. The UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta enables superb grey balance and precise colour without any colour cast. It also maintains the superior features of the UltraChrome K3 ink such as great colour accuracy of neutral and dark colours, excellent short-term colour stability and smooth tonal gradation from shadow to light. The issue of metamerism is virtually eliminated with this inkset.

Mark Robinson continues: “The Stylus Photo R2880 replaces the iconic Stylus Photo R2400. It represents the pinnacle in photo printing for professionals and enthusiasts that require the superior image quality of Epson’s large format printers but with a smaller footprint to print smaller production runs.”

Epson Stylus Photo R2880 key features summary:

* Superb image quality thanks to Epson’s new LUT Technology and Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta
* New Epson Micro Piezo print head: A new ink repelling coating of the print head improves dot placement which in turn improves print quality
* The improved driver enables users to have creative control over black and white tones as well as gradation – similar to selecting specific papers and chemicals in the conventional dark room * Long lasting prints on a variety of different media
* Flexible media handling with fine art paper support, rigid thick media handling up to 1.3mm, CD/DVD printing, standard auto-sheet feeder and roll feed
* Easy connectivity with front facing USB PictBridge and dual USB2 ports at the rear

PRODUCT RRP (including VAT) £569.99 – available June 2008

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