Epson Stylus® Pro 4900 - Graphic Solutions Group

Epson Stylus® Pro 4900 - Graphic Solutions Group
Epson Stylus Pro 4900
Introducing the All-New Epson Stylus Pro 4900.
It was only a matter of time before our engineers found a way to
push ink jet technology to the next level. By incorporating the most
innovative technologies Epson has to offer, this could possibly be
the most advanced photographic printing technology ever produced.
Our Next Generation.
© 2010 Frans Lanting
Even more remarkable, by combining this ink set with our
AccuPhoto™ HDR screening technology, Epson engineers have
once again raised the level of print quality, achieving the highest
level of color accuracy, while setting a new benchmark standard
for photographic reproduction.
Epson UltraChrome® HDR Ink continues to set the standard for all
other pigment-based ink technologies. Now utilizing ten colors —
including an all-new Orange and Green — Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink
produces the widest color gamut ever from an Epson Stylus Pro printer.
Representing our next generation, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900
incorporates our latest technological achievements in professional
photographic imaging.
Handling virtually any media type, in both roll or cut sheets up to
17 inches wide, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 continues to set the
standard for professional media use. And for the first time, you can
have both the front paper tray and roll feeder loaded with different
media types and automatically switch between them as you print.
Our advanced MicroPiezo TFP print head is capable of producing
higher quality prints, at speeds up to twice as fast as our previous
generation. And, with our latest ink-repelling coating and auto nozzle
verification technologies, clogged nozzles are virtually eliminated.
Welcome to our next generation.
Whether producing sellable color or black-and-white photography,
fine art reproductions, or color accurate commercial and flexographic
proofs for client approvals, never before have creative professionals
had such a powerful tool, allowing them to produce their vision
without compromise.
In partnership with X-Rite®, Epson has developed a high performance,
in-line spectrophotometer for commercial proofing applications. When
driven by the latest front-end RIPs, Epson’s SpectroProofer ® can
automate virtually any color management process in your workflow,
making the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 the perfect solution for the most
demanding local and even remote proofing applications.
© 2010 Jeff Schewe
Epson’s AccuPhoto HDR screening redefines photographic accuracy, color and clarity
Quite possibly the most advanced photographic printing technology ever produced.
The combination of these technologies represents a significant improvement in
photographic ink jet printing
Extreme color gamut, especially within the midtone-to-highlight color ranges
A new standard has been set with Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink technology
Our Next Generation of Photographic Printing
© 2010 Howard Schatz
Some of the world’s greatest black-and-white prints are being produced with
this technology
Produces a truly consistent image with no color crossovers or color casts
Advanced 12-bit Epson screening technology developed specifically for
black-and-white printing
Unique driver technology takes full advantage of our three-level black system to
produce professional black-and-white prints from color or grayscale image files
Advanced Black-and-White Printing Technology
© 2010 Lois Greenfield
ry Benson
© 2010 Har
Now you can have both the front paper tray and roll media feeder loaded at the same time, while auto-switching as you see fit. It’s the ideal feature
when you require automated printing across two different paper types, bleed styles and/or sizes.
Automatic Roll and Cut-Sheet Feeding
© 2010 Ben Will
Epson’s AccuPhoto HDR screening redefines photographic accuracy, color and clarity
Quite possibly the most advanced photographic printing technology ever produced.
The combination of these technologies represents a significant improvement in
photographic ink jet printing
Extreme color gamut, especially within the midtone-to-highlight color ranges
A new standard has been set with Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink technology
Our Next Generation of Photographic Printing
© 2010 Howard Schatz
Automatic Black Ink Mode Switching
Regardless of your media type, the
Epson Stylus Pro 4900 can quickly and efficiently
optimize the black ink density for your print.
Capable of proofing almost any other printing method — even
package and label printing
Compatible with most leading third-party RIPs and workflows
Capable of managing higher proofing volumes for
increased productivity
Legendary Epson durability for virtually maintenance-free
proofing 24/7
MicroPiezo® TFP® Print Head
Exotic Thin Film Piezo print head technology.
Extreme printing performance and dot
placement accuracy for unparalleled print quality.
Superior color consistency, proof after proof and day after day
Certified by PANTONE® to accurately match 98% of the PANTONE
FORMULA GUIDE solid coated 2
Extreme color gamut makes it possible to hit spot and client-specific
colors correctly
Quite possibly the highest quality contract-color proofing system
available today
Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink
Industry-proven pigment-based ink technology.
Utilizing ten colors — including Orange and Green — to
produce the widest color gamut in the industry.
Rethink Commercial and Flexographic Proofing
Supports color measurements printed on either roll or cut-sheet media
When driven by the latest front-end RIP software, the SpectroProofer
can automate virtually any color management process in your workflow
Built-in print dryer to accelerate the dry-down and reading process
Both black and white interchangeable backing plates included
UV-cut and non-UV-cut versions available at the time of purchase
Incorporates a high performance X-Rite ILS20 spectrophotometer for extreme
measurement repeatability, max. 0.2 dE cmc
Simple installation — fits cleanly into the front of the Epson Stylus Pro 4900
Optional 17-inch wide spectrophotometer developed jointly with X-Rite
Epson SpectroProofer 17
Supported by leading RIP companies.
Epson Stylus Pro 4900
Shown with Epson’s optional SpectroProofer 17 installed.
Produces variable-sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters to greatly
decrease print times while optimizing photographic quality
Ink-repelling coating for dramatically reduced nozzle clogging
Low vibration meniscus control for highly accurate dot shape
and placement
Auto-sharing Black ink channel technology
No visible photographic graininess due to the printing process
When combined with the precise dot placement accuracy of
the MicroPiezo TFP print head, overall photographic print quality
is dramatically improved
Automatically aligns both single- and bi-directional print modes
System is user configurable to meet your specific nozzle
verification requirements
Improved black density up to 2.6 with an L* value ~3.03
Improved Microcrystal Encapsulation™ technology for reduced
gloss differential
Enhances the ICC profiling process for ColorSync® and WCS workflows
Virtually eliminates any bronzing of basic pigment chemistry
Extremely reduced color inconstancy ensuring uniform color under
almost any lighting condition
Outstanding highlight-to-shadow grayscale accuracy for a smoother
tonal range
Significantly improves the gray balance while eliminating color casts
Automatically ensures optimum black ink density, regardless of media
type used
Highly-efficient print head design ensures fast switching with minimal
ink usage
Switching can occur automatically or provide a warning
before proceeding
Depending upon your media type or driver setting, the printer will
automatically switch to the correct black ink type
Printer and driver based media identification and synchronization
system for virtually error-free media use
Four built-in media paths including roll feed, front paper tray,
top manual feeder, and a straight-through, front manual feeder
that handles cut sheets up to 1.5 mm thick
Automatic switching between front high-capacity paper tray and
automatic roll media feeder
Built-in high-capacity paper tray handling up to 250 sheets of plain
paper, or up to 100 sheets of premium paper as large as 17" x 24"
Automatic roll media rewind upon media release
Electronically controlled roll media back tension
User-adjustable, dual-tension, roll media spindle accepts either
2- or 3-inch media cores
Very useful for tracking partially used media rolls
Auto barcode tagging of remaining roll media information for
faster reloading
Capable of cutting virtually any roll media type, including most
canvas and fine art papers
Off-carriage cutting system eliminates media dust within
critical components
High performance cutting speeds
11" x 14"
16" x 20"
HS = High-speed Print Mode (Bi-directional Print Mode) | Print speeds are shown in min:sec.
SuperPhoto – 2880 dpi HS
Fine – 720 dpi HS
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8" x 10"
SuperFine – 1440 dpi HS
Print Mode
The Signature Worthy family of papers covers both photographic and fine art applications
Utilizing our latest print head technology, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900
is the fastest professional desktop printer Epson has ever produced.
Check out these numbers:B
High Performance Print Engine Speeds
High Performance Rotary Cutting System
Durable rotary cutter, designed to be virtually maintenance free
Roll Media Length Tracking and Identification System
Real-time automatic remaining roll media length counter
ePlaten™ Media Loading Technology
Accurate media loading, movement, skew adjustment and tracking
Signature Worthy papers represent the finest in color fidelity, smooth tonal transitions,
exceptional black density and longevity
Only the highest quality Epson papers receive the Signature Worthy® designation
Automatic Black Ink Mode Switching
Both Photo and Matte Black ink cartridges are installed simultaneously
Three-Level Black Ink Technology
Simultaneously uses Black, Light Black, and Light Light Black inks
Outstanding short-term color stability for mission-critical
proofing applications
Professional print permanence
Designed to work with AccuPhoto HDR screening technology
Certified by PANTONE to cover 98% of the PANTONE FORMULA
GUIDE solid coated 2
Ten-color printing system including all-new Orange and Green inks
Professional Media Handling
Compatible with virtually any media type, in roll or cut sheet,
from letter up to 17 inches wide
Next-Generation Print Engine Technology
Used by the most demanding creative professionals; considered by many to set the
benchmark standard in high-end digital imaging
Epson Signature Worthy Papers
Automatic Nozzle Verification and Cleaning
Embedded sensors quickly verify nozzle status without using media
and automatically clean the print head if required
Automatic Print Head Alignment
Built-in sensor performs highly precise alignments of all color channels
Ensures consistent color balance regardless of the viewing
light source
Extremely accurate highlight-to-shadow details
Produces extremely fine blends and photographic transitions
Maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi for incredibly sharp
text and line art
AccuPhoto HDR Screening
Advanced ten-color screening algorithm resulting in prints with
superior color and clarity
One-inch-wide, high performance print head with 360 nozzles
per channel
Next Generation Ten-Color Pigment-Based Ink System
Unique High Dynamic Range (HDR) pigments for an extremely
wide color gamut
High-Precision Ten-Channel MicroPiezo TFP Print Head
Thin Film Piezo (TFP) print head design capable of handling ten
separate ink channels
Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink Technology
Unique Print Head Technology
Fully trims your photographic prints, faster and safer than by hand
On-the-fly ink cartridge replacement for increased productivity
Eleven individual ink cartridges available in 200 ml fill capacities
Built-in printer warning lamp for easy identification across a large space
All-new ‘Ink’ button to quickly access key actions such as manual or
automatic print head cleaning or nozzle verification
Simple button layout for all navigation and basic printer functions
Fully supported by most leading third-party software RIPs and workflows
Professional Epson Photographic Drivers for Macintosh® and Windows®
User controlled sleep and power management system for
maximum efficiency
ENERGY STAR® compliant — uses only about 8.5 watts while in
Sleep Mode
Virtually silent when powered ‘On’ and idle — less than 6.1 dB(A)
1 Photographic graininess could still be visible if present in the actual file being printed.
2 When printing on Epson Proofing Paper White Semimatte at 2880 x 1440 dpi.
3 Dmax and L* values are based on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper (260).
Optional one- or two-year Epson Preferred Plus service plans available
World-Class Service and Support
Includes one year of limited coverage under the Epson PreferredSM
Protection Plan with toll-free telephone support available Monday
through Friday and usually next-business-day whole unit exchange
New Quiet and More Power-Efficient Design
Significantly reduced noise while printing, making it ideal for home office
or studio use
Superior Connectivity
Standard connectivity includes one USB 2.0 and one 10/100 BaseT
Ethernet port
Easy-to-Use Front Control Panel
2.5-inch high-resolution color LCD for improved viewing of printer status
Epson Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System
Newly-designed ink cartridge technology ensures reliable ink delivery
at all print speeds, while dramatically reducing the physical size of the
ink cartridges
True Roll-Based BorderFree® Printing
Capable of printing off both left and right edges of roll-based media,
while automatically cutting the top and bottom edges to create a
full-bleed print
Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Specifications
Printing Technology
Advanced MicroPiezo TFP print head
with ink repelling coating technology
10-channel, drop-on-demand, ink jet print head
11-cartridge (O, G, C, Lc, VM, VLm, Y, Lk, LLk + PK or MK)
Auto head alignment and cleaning technology
Auto sharing black ink channel
Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink technology
Professional-level pigment-based ink technology
Nozzle Configuration
Color and Monochrome
360 nozzles x 10
Droplet Technology
Smallest droplet size
3.5 picoliters
Variable Droplet Technology produces up to three different
droplet sizes per print line
Epson Intelligent Ink CartridgesA
Starter cartridge fill volume
80 ml x 11 total colors
(used for initial fill at setup)
Replacement cartridge
200 ml each
fill volume
color x 11 colors total
Ink cartridge shelf life
2 years from printed
production date or
6 months after open
2880 x 1440 dpi; 1440 x 1440 dpi; 1440 x 720 dpi;
720 x 720 dpi; 720 x 360 dpi; Draft 360 dpi; Draft 180 dpi
Printer Language/Drivers
Epson ESC/P ®2 raster photographic drivers standard
Optional PANTONE licensed and Adobe PostScript RIP by EFI®
(EFI eXpress included only with Designer Edition bundle)
Supported by most leading third-party RIPs
Optional 17" SpectroProofer
Carriage mechanism
17" wide
X-Rite ILS20EP
Measurement accuracy
Below 0.2 dECMC
Minimum patch size
7 mm (W) x 12 mm (H)
Measurement time
15 patches per second
UV handling
UV and UV-cut version available
(at time of order)
Backing color
Both white and black backing
plates included
Built-in print dryer
Workflow integration
Most leading third-party proofing
RIPs and workflows
Printable Area
Maximum paper width
Maximum image width
Left and right margins
Maximum printable length
17" wide media
17.23" (for borderless retain-size)
0 to 3 mm each (0.24" total)
Limited by application, OS, and
driver/RIP used
8" cut sheet media
8" roll media
Minimum paper width
Media Handling
Loading capability
Roll and sheet media
loaded simultaneously
12 lb bond (0.08 mm) minimum,
up to 1.5 mm posterboard
Single roll, 8" up to 17" width
Roll media adapters accept either
2" or 3" media cores
6" (when using a 3" core)
8" x 10" up to 17" x 24" media
all paper paths
0.08 to 0.27 mm thick media
20 to 250 sheets based on media
type and size
Up to 50 sheets
Single sheet, 0.08 to 0.79 mm
Single sheet, 0.8 to 1.5 mm
For fine art and thick media
Media weight
Roll media
Media core compatibility
Max. roll media diameter
Auto-loading cassette
Print Engine Speeds
8" x 10" prints from 0:59 to 2:26
11" x 14" prints from 1:42 to 4:04
16" x 20" prints from 2:46 to 6:48
Normal is 1:28
Normal is 2:31
Normal is 4:11
Acoustic Noise Level
Approximately 45 dB(A) according to ISO 7779
Operating Systems Supported
Leopard 10.5 or higher (16-bit file support)
XP/Vista/7 (both x32 and x64 supported)
Printer Interfaces
Includes as standard one Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible)
and one Ethernet port (10/100Base-T)
Printer weight
Boxed printer weight
115 lb
34" (W) x 30" (D) x 16" (H)
140 lb
40" (W) x 36" (D) x 26" (H)
Electrical Characteristics
AC 100 – 240 V
50 – 60 Hz
Power consumption
52 W
< 8.5 W
Off (standby)
< 0.5 W
Sleep and Power Off timing user configurable
Output tray capacity
Rear manual feed
Straight-through path
BorderFree Roll Printing
Left and right borderless “bleed” printing
available for the following roll media widths:
8", 10", 11", 13", 14", 16", 16.5", 17"
Top and bottom edges can be automatically cut to any length when
printing on roll media. Spacer required for 8", 11", and 16.5" widths
Media Cutting
Built-in media cutter
Rotary cutting, automatic and manual
single pass cut on 17" wide media
Print PermanenceC
Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink
Color: Up to 200 years
B&W: Over 200 years
PreciseColor™ Manufacturing
In order to ensure consistent printing between multiple
Epson Stylus Pro printers of the same model, Epson has refined
the manufacturing process to include colorimetric calibration.
This process evaluates and adjusts each printer’s performance
at the manufacturing stage, ensuring consistent color output from
printer to printer and print to print.
Epson America, Inc.: 3840 Kilroy Airport Way, Long Beach, CA 90806
Epson Canada, Ltd.: 185 Renfrew Drive, Markham, Ontario L3R 6G3
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Printer Configurations
Part Numbers
Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer
Designer Edition
(Also includes EFI eXpress RIP for Epson)
SpectroProofer Powered by X-Rite
SpectroProofer 17"
SpectroProofer 17" with UV-cut filter
Replacement Items/Accessories
Replacement Ink Maintenance Tank
Replacement BorderFree Maintenance Tank
Additional 2/3" Roll Media Spindle
Replacement Printer Cutter Blade
Extended Service Programs
Additional One-year
Epson Preferred Plus Service
Additional Two-year
Epson Preferred Plus Service
Additional One-year
Epson Preferred Plus Service
SpectroProofer only
Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink
Photo Black ink cartridge
Cyan ink cartridge
Vivid Magenta ink cartridge
Yellow ink cartridge
Light Cyan ink cartridge
Vivid Light Magenta ink cartridge
Light Black ink cartridge
Matte Black ink cartridge
Light Light Black ink cartridge
Orange ink cartridge
Green ink cartridge
(200 ml)
A Cartridge yields vary considerably for reasons including images printed, print settings,
temperature and humidity. Yields may be lower when printing infrequently or
predominantly with one ink color. A variable amount of ink remains in the cartridge
after the “replace cartridge” signal. Part of the ink from the first cartridges is used for
priming the printer. Ink is used for both printing and print head maintenance. All inks
are used for both black and color printing. For more information about cartridges, see
B Based upon print engine high-speed (bi-directional) print mode only. Total throughput
times depend upon front-end RIP, file size, printer resolution, ink coverage, networking,
etc. Normal Mode based on SuperFine — 1440 dpi.
C Print permanence based on accelerated testing of prints on specialty media, displayed
indoors, under UV coated glass. 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 lamination or properly store them.
For more details, visit our website at:
For more information on Epson’s environmental programs, go to
Specifications and terms are subject to change without notice. Epson, Better Products for a Better Future, Epson Stylus, Epson ESC/P,
Epson UltraChrome, MicroPiezo, SpectroProofer and TFP are registered trademarks, Epson Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark
and Microcrystal Encapsulation is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. BorderFree and Signature Worthy are registered trademarks,
AccuPhoto, ePlaten and PreciseColor are trademarks and Epson Preferred is a service mark of Epson America, Inc. Microsoft, Windows,
Windows Vista and the Windows logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. All other product and brand names are
trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.
Copyright 2010, Epson America, Inc. CPD-33266 XXK 1/11 XX
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