updated 09:55 am EDT, Tue May 10, 2005
Epson Stylus Photo R2400
Epson today debuted the and Epson UltraChrome K3 inks. This new printer, coupled with its innovative ink technology, offers "the most" advanced ink jet technology available, according to the company. The Epson UltraChrome K3 pigment ink set delivers both a wider color gamut and superior black and white output "with print permanence ratings that are perfect for gallery exhibits." The printer offers three levels of black and advanced driver controls for easily creating professional-quality prints on a wide variety of media. Replacing the Stylus Photo 2200, the Stylus Photo R2400 leverages the new UltraChrome K3 ink set, a unique eight-color system for exhibit-level photo quality. The Stylus Photo R2400 will be available this month for $850.
The Stylus Photo R2400 features drop-on-demand Advanced Micro Piezo pigment ink jet technology, which delivers droplet sizes as small as 3.5 picoliters and resolutions up to 5760 x 1440 dpi as well as BorderFree printing at sizes up to 13" x 19". It also features photo print speeds of 107 seconds for an 11"x14" photo. The printer features three paper paths, including sheet, rear (Roll and Single-Sheet Fine Art) and straight-through for 1.3mm thick media. The R2400 features both USB 2.0 and FireWire ports.
Inspired by Epson's past generations of pigmented inks, Epson UltraChrome K3 uses higher density pigments to widen the color gamut. In addition to cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta, UltraChrome K3 features a special three-level black ink system that simultaneously uses black, light black and light-light black to create professional neutral and toned black and white prints from a single ink set.
Epson UltraChrome K3 inks also boast output without color crossover or color casts. The inks produce higher degrees of color fidelity and stable colors superior to that of other ink technologies on the market, according to Epson. "By using high-gloss Microcrystal Encapsulation technology, Epson delivers improved pigment and resin chemistry to provide better scratch resistance and glossier prints."
The Stylus Photo R2400 gives the user the choice of two interchangeable cartridges -- Photo Black or Matte Black, optimizing the black ink density for various media types. Both Photo and Matte Black cartridges are included with the Epson Stylus Photo R2400.
Epson also offers new driver settings for quick toning presets, separate controls for shadow and highlight tonality control, maximum optical density control, reduced gloss differential, and custom tone control. The new driver and screening technology offers users a unique method for converting color digital images into professional quality black and white prints.