Epson Stylus Pro 4900, 17" Designer Edition Inkjet Printer, 2880x1440dpi, USB 2.0 and Ethernet Port Interface

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About Epson 4900

Designed to redefine the standard for photographic print quality, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 incorporates the latest achievements in professional-level ink jet technology. By combining the precision of the MicroPiezo TFP print head with the extraordinary performance of Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink, the newest generation of Epson Stylus Pro printers continue to represent a level of technology unprecedented in Epson's history.

Epson UltraChrome HDR represents the latest generation of pigment ink technology. 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. Even more remarkable, when combined with the new Epson AccuPhoto HDR screening technology, Epson has once again raised the level of print quality, while setting a new benchmark standard for photographic reproduction.

The advanced Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head is capable of producing higher quality prints, at speeds up to twice as fast as the previous generation. And, with the latest ink-repelling coating and auto nozzle verification technologies, clogged nozzles are virtually eliminated.

Handling virtually any media type, in both roll or cut-sheet up to 17-inch 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.

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, the 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.

Whether you're producing sellable color or black-and-white photography, fine art reproduction, or producing color accurate commercial and flexographic proofs for client approvals, never before have Creative Professionals had such powerful tools, allowing them to produce their vision without compromise.

The Epson 4900 is commonly used for Photos and more.The Epson 4900 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Frequent user among others.The Epson 4900 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Epson 4900: Easy to set up, Easy to use, Fast print time and Low ink consumption

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (10),Fast print time (9),Easy to set up (8),Low ink consumption (7),Reliable (7),Durable construction (6)
Cons:
Large footprint (5),Unreliable (3)
Best Uses:
Photos (10)
Reviewer Profile:
Frequent user (10),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Epson 4900 Features

  • Unique High Dynamic Range (HDR) pigments for an extremely wide color gamut
  • Ten-color printing system including all-new Orange and Green inks
  • Certified by PANTONE to cover 98% of the Formula Guide Solid Coated
  • Designed to work with Epson AccuPhoto HDR screening technology
  • Professional print permanence ratings
  • Outstanding short-term color stability for mission-critical proofing applications
  • Improved Microcrystal Encapsulation Technology for reduced gloss differential
  • Improved black density up to 2.6 with an L value approx. 3.0
  • Thin Film Piezo (TFP) print head design capable of handling ten separate ink channels
  • One-inch wide, high performance print head with 360 nozzles per channel
  • Auto-sharing black ink channel technology
  • Low vibration meniscus control for highly accurate dot shape and placement
  • Ink repelling coating for dramatically reduced nozzle clogging
  • Produces variable-sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters to greatly decrease print times while optimizing photographic quality
  • Advanced screening algorithm resulting in prints with superior color and clarity
  • Maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi for incredibly sharp text and line art
  • Extremely accurate blends and photographic transitions
  • Advanced ten-color screening algorithm resulting in prints with superior color and clarity
  • Maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi for incredibly sharp text and line art
  • Produces extremely fine blends and photographic transitions
  • Extremely accurate highlight-to-shadow details
  • No visible photographic graininess due to the printing process
  • Ensures consistent color balance regardless of the viewing light source
  • When combined with the precise dot placement accuracy of the Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head, overall photographic print quality is dramatically improved
  • Built-in sensor performs highly precise alignments of all color channels

Epson 4900 Specifications

Base Printing Technology
Advanced MicroPiezo TFP print head with ink repelling coating technology
10-channel, drop-on-demand, ink jet print head
11-cartrides configured as: O, G, C, LC, VM, VLM, Y, LK, LLK, PK or MK
Auto Head Alignment and Cleaning technology
Epson UltraChrome HDR ink technology
Professional-level pigment-based ink technology
Nozzle Configuration
Color and Monochrome 360 nozzles x10
Droplet Technology
Smallest droplet size 3.5 picoliters
Variable Droplet Technology can produce up to three different droplet sizes per print line
Resolution
2880 x 1440 dpi; 1440 x 1440 dpi, 1440 x 720 dpi; 720 x 720 dpi; 720 x 360 dpi; Draft 360 dpi
Print Engine Speeds
8" x 10" prints from 0:59 sec to 4:15
11"x 14" prints from 1:42 to 7:00
16"x 20" prints from 2:46 to 11:40
Acoustic Noise Level
Approximately 45 dB(A) according to ISO 7779
Printer Language/Drivers
Epson ESC/P2 raster photographic drivers standard
Supported by most leading third-party RIPs
Operating Systems Supported
Macintosh: Leopard 10.5 or higher (16-bit)
Windows: XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit)
Printer Interfaces
Includes as standard one hi-speed USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible) and one Ethernet port (10/100Base-T)
BorderFree Roll-Based Printing
Complete borderless printing on the following roll media sizes: 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
Printable Area
Maximum paper width: 17"
Left and right margins: 0 to 3 mm each (0.24" total)
Maximum printable width: 17.23" (full bleed 17" width)
Maximum printable length: Limited by application, OS, and driver/RIP used
Media Handling 1
Roll media size: Single roll up to 17" width
Roll media length: Up to 132'
Cut-sheet size: 8" x 10" up to 17" x 24" media
Auto-loading Cassette: 0.08 to 0.27mm thick media, 20 to 100 sheet capacity based on media type and thickness
Media core compatibility: Handles both 2" and 3" cored media
Media Handling 2
Max. roll media diameter: 4" (2"core) or 6" (3"core)
Weight: 12 lb bond up to 1.5 mm posterboard
Built-in media cutter: Rotary cutting, Automatic and manual single pass cut on up to 17" wide roll media
Line Accuracy
+ or - 0.2% of specified page length
Display Permanence Ratings
Color: Up to 200 years
Black-and-White: Over 200 years
Temperature
Operating 50° to 95°F (10° to 35°C)
Storage -4° to 104°F (-20° to 40°C)
Relative Humidity
Operating 40 to 50%
Recommended storage 5 to 85% (no condensation)
Voltage
Frequency: 50-60 Hz
Current: 1.0 A /110-120 V
Power Consumption
Operating: Approx. 52 W or less
Standby: Less than 8.5 W
Power Off: Less than 0.5 W
Dimensions (W x H x D)
34" x 16" x 30" / 86.36 x 40.64 x 76.2 cm
Weight
115 lbs / 52.16 kg

Epson 4900 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.2

(based on 24 reviews)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible

Excellent machine. No black ink switching. Low cost per ml ink. Great rebate. But that doesn't matter. Here's what does: INCREDIBLE prints. Period. The HDR inkset is out of this world. So happy :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Like buying a bad car

I have serious buyer's remorse. Using this printer is a kludge. I don't mind the big footprint or the hard-to-learn controls and settings, that comes with the territory, but I do mind the incredbile frequency of clogged nozzles, the frequent need for "power cleaning" and head alignment and glitchy paper handling. It can produce beautiful images but it's like having a car that burns oil and needs constant maintenance. Every print is a big chore. Today, something went wrong with the hardware an...

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I have serious buyer's remorse. Using this printer is a kludge. I don't mind the big footprint or the hard-to-learn controls and settings, that comes with the territory, but I do mind the incredbile frequency of clogged nozzles, the frequent need for "power cleaning" and head alignment and glitchy paper handling. It can produce beautiful images but it's like having a car that burns oil and needs constant maintenance. Every print is a big chore. Today, something went wrong with the hardware and it has to go in for expensive repair, a couple months after warranty expired. Big investment, big disappointment.

Reviewed by 24 customers

 
1.0

Don't waste your money

By

from Atlanta  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Don't waste your money. The print heads clog pretty much where they feel like it. You will waste ink like Epson planned it that way. You can spend days trying to clean the heads. Support will give you a few things to do that don't work very well. You can get them on the phone at least. If it prints, the prints look great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

It isn't worth getting free....

By

from Oklahoma  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The head clogs, although it prints beautiful and awesome prints, the Epson inks are apparently the problem. Don't buy it! It wouldn't be worth it free.

 
1.0

Lemon

By

from Canada  -  Photo Enthusiast

This printer clogs steady and Epsons support is awful once off warranty throw it in the garbage. First one lasted one week and printer head died. They sent another out. Currently trying to unclog 5 of 10 heads that are 100% jammed. Epsons answer is buy another head for $1800. Stay away from the 900 series Epsons.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Stay away from this printer

By

from Albany, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The print heads clog on this printer if it isn't used frequently. If you call Epson with a clogged print head, they will set up a service call for you. The cost of the call and a replacement print head (which they say is probable) is over $1500. I've seen postings suggesting a need to use the printer at least every third day to avoid the clogs. I've had the heads clog in less than a week, so I'd go with the every third day. I've also read a suggestion for installing a humidifier in the room. The best solution I've found is to put a damp paper towel under the print head and move it back and forth when a clog occurs (a lot cheaper than $1500). If you buy this printer, you won't own it. It will own you. I wouldn't recommend this printer to a friend, but I would recommend it to some of my worst enemies. I highly recommend it to all the fine folks at Epson.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great When it Works - Otherwise a Dog

By

from Richmond  -  Pro Photographer

This is a great printer when it works, but when it fails, and it will fail, you'll either be in for a struggle to pack it up and send it back to Epson at your expense even if you shelled out for the $500+ extended warranty or you'll be stuck with a massive paper weight. If you decide to have it repaired on your own, it will cost you almost as much as the printer's original price to get it fixed, and you will still have to either send it back to Epson or haul it to one of their repair centers (that are few and far between)at your cost.

 
4.0

Great Printer so Far

By

from Springfield, MO  -  Casual Photographer

This printer takes just about any media. Great Quality prints. It is very large. Had no idea how big it actually was, so make sure you have lots of room:)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

DEFECTIVE out of the box

By

from Yakima, Wa  -  High-end Shopper

Adorama is a great company but Epson is another story.This printer has a defective print head and permanent, nozzle clogging issues, which Epson knows about, yet,..refuses to acknowledge and address. If they were a reputable company they would, at no charge, repair or replace these printers @ no charge, to there loyal, or in my case, formerly loyal customers.Save your self a lot of grief and avoid this printer

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disposable printer

By

from New York  -  Quality Oriented

Google: Epson 4900 clogs (or extreme clogging) Epson 4900 premature printhead failures Epson 4900 replacing the printhead wiper The last one is a gem. The service manual for this machine says the wiper assembly should be replaced every year. It is a $13 part. But only a service technician can reset the counter on the machine after it is replaced. Expect a $300 service call annually even if your machine does NOT clog! And a new printhead (which you will need when the inevitable unclearable clog comes) costs more than this machine minus the value of the inks. That's BEFORE you pay someone to install it. Once you have finished reading everyone else's experience with this machine you will decide either: That you have enough money to but one of these machines every year or two. (Or three years if you can get an extended warranty). Buy a different printer.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Like buying a bad car

By

from North Carolina  -  Frequent User

I have serious buyer's remorse. Using this printer is a kludge. I don't mind the big footprint or the hard-to-learn controls and settings, that comes with the territory, but I do mind the incredbile frequency of clogged nozzles, the frequent need for "power cleaning" and head alignment and glitchy paper handling. It can produce beautiful images but it's like having a car that burns oil and needs constant maintenance. Every print is a big chore. Today, something went wrong with the hardware and it has to go in for expensive repair, a couple months after warranty expired. Big investment, big disappointment.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Used a Pro 4000 for 10 years

By

from Wyomissing Penna.  -  Frequent User

This printer is the state of the art. I got the desinger series and am glad ,it is well worth it. Epson gives the other guys something to aim for.

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Richard H  Does Adorama sell shiny canvas for this printer? I don't want matte.
JONATHAN S  I would call Adorama.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
RONALD M  The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is at the lower end of the professional printer line but does not sacrifice any quality. It is a relatively quiet printer and offers many options in terms of the paper it can handle. I can print on paper as well as canvas. The resolution is superior and the color quality is superb. It is well worth the money if your looking for a high quality printer. Keep in mind though that it is big, bulky and heavy. So don't plan on moving it around once you set it up.
Ken P  The "what's included" indicates that there are ten 80ml ink cartridges, but the literature indicates this is an eleven color machine. What color is not included, and why not?
FRANCIS R  Hi my 4900 came with 11 but 1black is for matt the other gloss What a great printer you will love it.
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