Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The current lineup of professional-quality 17- and 24-inch printers delivers gallery-ready images
5) Epson Stylus Pro 7880
Stylus Pro 3880. Epson’s 17-inch professional model is the Stylus Pro 3880. It’s capable of 17x22-inch prints, and it uses the pigment-based Epson UltraChrome K3 inks with Vivid Magenta. The 8-color inkset also features three-level black technology for rich shadow detail and beautiful black-and-white prints. The MicroPiezo AMC print head delivers droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters, and it has a maximum resolution of 1440x2880 dpi. Black-and-white prints made on Epson papers are rated to 200 years and color prints to 108 years.
Stylus Pro 4880. Another 17-inch printer from Epson is the 4880, which made headlines when it first appeared for its ability to print in 16-bit. The 4880 features the pigment-based Epson UltraChrome K3 system with the Vivid Magenta and three-level black technology.
6) Epson Stylus Pro 7900
Stylus Pro 7880. Stepping into the 24-inch arena, the Epson Stylus 7880 features the 880-series print engine with the pigment-based Epson UltraChrome K3 8-color inkset. This inkset incorporates the Vivid Magenta and three-level black technology. Maximum print size is 24 inches wide, and you can print full bleed on cut sheets or roll papers. Epson rates the longevity of prints from the Stylus Pro 7880 to be 200 years in color or black-and-white. The print head lays down ink droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters and its maximum resolution is 1440x2880 dpi. A nice feature that many pros will appreciate is the built-in print cutter, which can automatically trim the paper to your predetermined size.
7) Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6350
Designjet 130. Using a 6-ink pigment-based system, the Designjet 130 can make prints up to 24 inches wide, and with the optional roll paper adapter, you’re almost unlimited in the length of the image. The HP Vivera inks are pigment-based for longevity, as well as excellent color reproduction. The printer also has a built-in calibration function. Using the HP driver, you can print a test image, then the printer will pull it back through and scan it, and calibrate the system accordingly. The calibration function makes the Designjet a good choice for proofing situations or anytime you want to be sure you’re getting all of your colors just right.
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