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Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer

You Pay: $1,895.00

Mail-In Rebate: -$150.00

Offer ends: DEC 31 '14
Price after rebate: $1,745.00
Product Highlights
  • Accepts Media up to 17" / 432mm Wide
  • UltraChrome HDR Ink Technology - 11 Inks
  • Wide Color Gamut-PreciseColor Technology
  • Automatic Black Ink Cartridge Switching
  • High Performance Print Engine Speeds
  • Easy-to-Use Front Control Panels
  • Maximum Resolution - 2880 x 1440 dpi
  • Three-Level Black Ink Technology
  • Wired Ethernet Networking
  • Accepts Sheet & Roll Media

To reach ultimate heights in professional inkjet printing consider the super-quality of the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer. This amazing wide-format printer accepts sheet and roll media up to 17"/432mm wide and incorporates the newest professional printing technologies to produce breath-taking photos and artwork. Epson's UltraChrome HDR - the latest generation of pigment ink technology - uses ten colors, including an all-new orange and green to produce the widest color gamut ever from an Epson Stylus Pro printer.

Improving upon earlier models, the Stylus Pro 4900 incorporates a three-level black ink technology which simultaneously uses black, light black and light light black inks. The results show outstanding gray balance and highlight-to shadow grayscale accuracy plus impressive high density levels and virtually no bronzing. The Stylus Pro 4900 further improves upon previous models with automatic black ink mode switching - load both photo and matte black inks into the printer and the 4900 will automatically switch from one to the other with minimal ink loss.

With an even higher level of ink droplet accuracy than found on previous Epson printer models, the high-precision, ten-channel MicroPiezo TFP Print Head has been enhanced with an exclusive ink repelling coating technology to dramatically reduce nozzle clogging for more printing production with fewer headaches. This, combined with the Epson AccuPhoto HD screening technology, gives you the means to print at an astonishing resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi.

Capable of handling virtually any type of cut-sheet media up to 17"/432mm wide, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 incorporates a high-capacity paper tray that accommodates up to 250 sheets of plain paper in sizes ranging from letter size sheets to roll media up to 17.0" x 132.0'/432mm x 40 m. The printer conveniently provides different ways to load media, including a front-loading, straight-through path capable of handling media up to 1.5 mm thick and a second, top-loading, single-sheet feeder optimized for fine art paper.

When you are printing large-format photos or artwork the biggest nightmare is waiting - slow production means less profit. The 4900 is a natural solution to the problem - it delivers a 2880 dpi 16.0 x 20.0"/406 x 508mm photo in High-Speed/HS print mode in only 6 minutes, 28 seconds

Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink Technology

The 4900 features Unique High Dynamic Range (HDR) pigments for an extremely wide color gamut. This ten-color printing system includes all-new orange and green inks. It is designed to work with Epson AccuPhoto HDR screening technology. Plus, it exhibits outstanding short-term color stability for mission-critical proofing applications.
Certified by PANTONE to cover 98% of the Formula Guide Solid Coated - when printing on Epson Proofing Paper White Semi-Matte with the standard Epson driver at 2880 x 1440 dpi. PANTONE coverage may vary when printed on a 3rd party RIP.
Improved Microcrystal Encapsulation Technology for reduced gloss differential, and the 4900 displays improved black density up to 2.6 with an L* value ~3.0. Dmax and L* values are based on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper - 260 gsm.

High-Precision Ten-Channel Epson MicroPiezo TFP Print Head

The Thin Film Piezo (TFP) print head design is capable of handling ten separate ink channels. The one-inch wide, high performance print head is equipped with 360 nozzles per channel. It is also equipped with auto-sharing black ink channel technology. Additionally, an ink repelling coating dramatically reduces nozzle clogging.
The print head produces variable-sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters to greatly decrease print times while optimizing photographic quality. Variable Droplet Technology can produce up to three different droplet sizes per print line.

AccuPhoto HDR Screening Technology

AccuPhoto HDR Screening Technology is an advanced screening algorithm and ten-color screening algorithm result in prints with superior color and clarity with a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi for incredibly sharp text and line art. The technology produces extremely accurate and fine blends and photographic transitions with extremely accurate highlight-to-shadow details.
When combined with the precise dot placement accuracy of the Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head, overall photographic print quality is dramatically improved with consistent color balance regardless of the viewing light source. There is no visible photographic graininess due to the printing process. Photographic graininess could still be visible if present in the actual file being printed.

PreciseColor Technology

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. Eliminating the need for internal calibration devices, this system evaluates and adjusts each printer's performance at the manufacturing stage, ensuring consistent color output from printer to printer and print to print.

Automatic Print Head Alignment

A built-in sensor performs highly precise alignments of all color channels. This technology aligns both uni-directional and bi-directional print modes.

Three-Level Black Ink Technology

The Stylus Pro 4900 simultaneously uses black, light black and light light black inks. It significantly improves the gray balance while eliminating color casts and achieves outstanding highlight-to-shadow grayscale accuracy for a smoother tonal range.

Automatic Black Ink Switching

Both Photo and Matte Black ink cartridges are installed simultaneously. Depending upon your media type or driver setting, the printer will automatically switch modes. The highly-efficient print head design ensures fast switching with minimal ink usage. It automatically ensures optimum black ink density, regardless of media type used.

Automatic Nozzle Verification and Cleaning

Embedded sensors quickly verify nozzle status without using media and automatically clean the print head if required. It is user configurable to meet your specific nozzle verification requirements.
Extremely reduced color inconstancy ensures uniform color under any lighting condition. This technology virtually eliminates any bronzing of basic pigment chemistry. It also enhances the ICC profiling process for ColorSync and ICM workflows.

Professional Media Handling

The printer is compatible with virtually any media type, in roll or cut sheet, from 8.5 x 11.0"/letter up to 17"/432mm wide. The built-in high capacity paper tray handling up to 250 sheets of plain paper, or up to 100 sheets of premium paper up to 17.0 x 24.0"/432 x 610mm. Plus, it features automatic switching between front high capacity paper tray and roll media feeder.
The Stylus Pro 4900 features four built-in media paths including roll feed, front paper tray, front-top manual feeder, and a straight-through, front manual feeder. It is capable of handling cut-sheets up to 1.5mm thick and it has a printer and driver based media identification and synchronization system for virtually error-free media use.

ePlaten Roll Media Loading Technology

The technology provides accurate media loading, movement, skew adjustment, and tracking. The printer has a user-adjustable, dual-tension, roll media spindle which accepts either 2- or 3-inch media cores. It also has Electronically controlled roll media back tension and automated roll media rewinding upon release.

Roll Media Length Tracking and Identification System

The 4900 allows auto bar code tagging of remaining roll media information for faster reloading. This system is very useful for tracking partially used media rolls.

High Performance Rotary Cutting System

The durable rotary cutter is designed to be virtually maintenance free. With high performance cutting speeds - cuts 17"/432mm wide rolls in seconds. It's capable of cutting virtually any roll media type, including most canvas and fine art papers.

True Border-Free Roll-Based Printing

The Stylus Pro 4900 allows printing off both left and right edges of roll based media, while automatically cutting top and bottom edges to create a full-bleed print. Fully trim your photographic prints faster and safer than by hand.

High Performance Print Engine Speeds

Utilizing Epson's latest print head technology, the Stylus Pro 4900 is quite possibly the fastest professional desktop printer in the industry. It will deliver a 2880 dpi 16 x 20"/406 x 508mm photo in High-Speed/HS print mode in 6 minutes, 28 seconds.

Epson Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System

A newly designed ink cartridge technology ensures reliable ink delivery at all print speeds, while dramatically reducing the physical size of the ink cartridges. Eleven individual ink cartridges are available in 200 ml fill capacities, and on-the-fly ink cartridge replacement is possible for increased productivity.

Easy-to-Use Front Control Panel

A high-resolution 2.5"/63.5mm color LCD provides improved viewing of printer status. The simple button layout is for all navigation and basic printer functions, and the all-new 'Ink' button allows quick access to key actions such as cleaning or nozzle verification. A built-in printer warning lamp is for easy identification across a large space.

Superior Connectivity

Standard ports include one high speed USB 2.0 and one 10/100 Base-T Ethernet. Standard professional Epson drivers for Macintosh and Windows are included and the 4900 is fully supported by most leading third-party software RIPs and workflows.

SpectroProofer 17

SpectroProofer 17 is an optional 17"/432mm wide spectrophotometer developed jointly with X-Rite. It is simply installed - it fits cleanly into the front of the Epson Stylus Pro 4900. When driven by the latest front-end RIP software, the Epson SpectroProofer can automate virtually any color management process in your workflow.

New Quiet and More Power Efficient Design

Significantly reduced noise while printing making it ideal for home office or studio use. It's virtually silent when powered on and idling - less than 6.1 dB (A).
Fully ENERGY STAR compliant - it uses only about 8.5 watts while in sleep mode. It has a user controlled sleep and power management system for maximum efficiency.

World-Class Service and Support

Support includes one year of limited warranty coverage under the Epson Preferred Protection Plan with toll-free telephone support available Monday through Friday and usually next-business day exchange service. Optional one- or two-year Epson Preferred Plus service plans are available.
Printing Method
Maximum Resolution 2880 x 1440 dpi
1440 x 1440 dpi
1440 x 720 dpi
720 x 720 dpi
720 x 360 dpi
Draft: 360 dpi
Printing Technology Advanced MicroPiezo TFP print head with ink repelling coating technology
10-channel, drop-on-demand, ink jet print head
Minimum Ink Droplet Size 3.5 pl
Ink Type Epson UltraChrome HDR ink
Professional-level pigment-based ink
Ink Palette O, G, C, LC, VM, VLM, Y, LK, LLK, PK or MK
Ink Cartridge Configuration 11 individual cartridges
Compatible Ink Cartridges Included: 80 ml Starter ink cartridges
200 ml replacement cartridges:
Photo Black (T653100), Cyan (T653200), Vivid Magenta (T653300), Yellow (T653400), Light Cyan (T653500), Vivid Light Magenta(T653600), Light Black (T653700), Light Light Black (T653800), Matte Black (T653900), Orange (T653A00), Green (T653B00)
Shelf Life Ink: 2 years from production date or 6 months after opening
Number of Nozzles Color and monochrome: 10 x 360 nozzles
Line Accuracy ±0.2% of specified page length
Print Archival Life With Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink:
Color: Up to 200 years B&W: Over 200 years
Actual print stability will vary according to media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity and atmospheric conditions
Performance
Print Speed 8 x 10" (216 x 254mm): from 0:59-4:15 - Normal is 1:28 11"x 14" (279 x 356mm): from 1:42-7:00 - Normal is 2:31 16"x 20" (406 x 507mm): from 2:46-11:40 - Normal is 4:11 1
Please Note:

Based upon print engine speed only. Total throughput times depend upon front-end RIP, file size, printer resolution, ink coverage, networking, etc. Normal Mode based on SuperFine - 1440 dpi HS.

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Printer Duty Cycle Not Specified by Manufacturer
Paper Handling
Paper Sizes Single sheets: 8.0 x 10.0" (216 x 254mm)-17.0 x 24.0" (432 x 610mm)
Maximum Paper Width 17" (432mm)
Maximum Printable Area Left and right margins 0-3mm each (0.24" total) Maximum printable width 17.23" (438mm) - full bleed 17" width Maximum printable length limited by application, OS, and driver/RIP used
Borderless Photo Sizes Complete borderless printing on the following roll media sizes:
8.0" (216mm), 10.0" (254mm), 11.0" (279mm), 13.0" (330mm), 14.0" (356mm), 16" (406mm), 16.5" (419mm), 17" (432mm)
Top and bottom edges can be automatically cut to any length when printing on roll media
Paper Types Epson Photographic, Fine Art, Proofing, Signage, Coated Matte, Coated Gloss papers
Third party papers up to 1.5mm thickness
Paper Capacity 20-100 sheets
Media Weight 12 lb (46 gsm) bond - up to 1.5 mm posterboard
Core Size 2"(51mm) and 3.0" (76mm)
Maximum Media Roll Diameter 4.0" (102mm) or 6.0" (152mm)
Maximum Roll Print Length Up to 132' (40.2 m) - limited by core diameter
Paper-Feed Method Roll feed
Auto loading cassette: 0.08-0.27mm thick media, 20-100 sheet capacity based on media type and thickness
Cutter Built-in rotary cutter
Automatic and manual single pass cut on up to 17" (432mm) wide roll media
Connectivity
Interfaces 1 x hi-speed USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible)
1 x Ethernet port - 10/100Base-T
Compatible Memory Cards N/A
Direct Print Capable N/A
Network Capable Yes, wired Ethernet 10/100Base-T
PostScript Support Epson ESC/P 2 raster photographic drivers standard
Optional PANTONE licensed and SWOP certified Adobe PostScript RIP by EFI (EFI eXpress included only with Designer Edition bundle)
Supported by most leading third-party RIPs
Operating Systems Supported Windows: XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit)
Mac: Leopard 10.5 or higher (16-bit)
Physical
Status Display High-resolution 2.5" (62mm) color LCD
Image Preview Display N/A
Front Panel Controls Yes
Operating Temperature Operating: 50-95°F (10-35°C)
Storage: -4-104°F (-20-40°C)
Operating Humidity Relative: 20-80% Operating: 40-50% RH
Acoustic Noise Approximately 45 dB(A) according to ISO 7779
Power Requirements 110-120VAC, 50/60 Hz, 1.0A
Power Consumption Operating: approx. 52W or less
Standby: <8.5W
Power off: <0.5W
Safety Compliance Safety standards:
UL 60950-1, CSA C22.2 No.60950-1, Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC - EN60950-1 EMC:
FCC Part 15 subpart B class B, CAN/CSA-CEI/IEC CISPR 22 Class B, AS/NZS CISPR Class B, EMC Directive 2004/108/EC - EN 55022 Class B, EN 55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3
Dimensions (WxHxD) 34.0 x 16.0 x 30.0" (864 x 406 x 762mm)
Weight 115 lb (52.2 kg)
Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer
  • Power Cord
  • Cord Hook
  • 11 x 80 ml Ink Cartridges - Starter Set
  • Ink Maintenance Tank (installed)
  • Cutter Blade (installed)
  • Paper Tray
  • Roll Paper Spindle
  • Spindle Adapters
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • User Guide
  • 1-Year Epson Preferred Protection Plan Limited Warranty
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    EpsonStylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer
     
    3.6

    (based on 62 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (15)

    64%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (21)
    • Excellent print quality (21)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Fast operation (12)
    • Reliable (9)

    Cons

    • Large footprint (15)
    • Pricey replacement ink (12)
    • Unreliable (9)
    • Heavy (5)
    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Photos and graphics (13)
    • Photos (9)
    • Casual printing (3)
    • Professional documents (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (23), Frequent user (7), High-end shopper (7), Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (19), Personal (14)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)
      • I Am A:
      • Couple no kids (4), Single male (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent professional grade tool

    I use this printer almost exclusively for canvas prints on Breathing Color's media, primarily in B&W. I have experimented with the printer's B&W mode and compared it to the full...Read complete review

    I use this printer almost exclusively for canvas prints on Breathing Color's media, primarily in B&W. I have experimented with the printer's B&W mode and compared it to the full color mode on the same image - there is a slight color cast in some areas, but I was able to correct it by regenerating the .icc profile with a Color Munki.

    Regardless, the printer's range of blacks is incredible. There are four black cartridges in the printer, but only three are used for any one print - the matte black and photo black switch depending on the media (and therein lies another story).

    Besides B&W, the color gamut is impressive - color prints have real presence and 'pop.' Note that I use a Color Munki to calibrate my workflow - an essential step, IMHO.

    The roll and cassette media handling features are excellent, but I find the rear load slot a bit finicky and have not succeeded in getting the front manual feed to work at all. These have always been weak areas in Epson wide format printers, IMHO.

    It is very nice to load proof paper in the cassette and production media in the roll (and, BTW, I recommend a second roll - it makes media changes much simpler). I don't have to do anything but change the paper type to go from proof to a production print - but here's the rub - if I'm using a glossy/semi gloss proofing media and a canvas production media this requires a switch from matte black to photo black - and subsequent loss of a few ml of black (matte or photo) ink. The printer has ten ink cartridges but the print head has only nine nozzles, with one shared by photo black and matte black, so the ink system must be purged.

    The purge cycle aside, this printer is extremely economical on ink. I have owned this printer since March of 2011 and my ink costs are about half that of my previous R2400 and 2880 units. However, a full set of cartridges runs close to $1,000 and they have a six month service life, so this is not a printer for the casual user (unless you want to do a little electronic cheating [and probably void your warranty, BTW]).

    I have had some problems with the cyan nozzle clogging and, after a heavy cleaning cycle to fix it, have found ink staining on the edge of media left in the printer during cleaning. BTW, use the control panel to clean nozzles - you can clean them in pairs and save a lot of ink.

    Some reviewers commented on the size - yes it's big and heavy and you need a commercial-grade service cart to support it.

    I like this printer a lot - and respect it, as well - it's a professional tool and must be approached with care and knowledge. If you want to print a few snaps for the kids, get something else. If you are serious about your work, this is a good way to go.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    update of my review from 2 1/2 years ago

    I purchased the Epson 4900 from B&H in January of 2011. I gave it a 5 star review at that time relating to the stellar putput the printer delivered. After 2...Read complete review

    I purchased the Epson 4900 from B&H in January of 2011. I gave it a 5 star review at that time relating to the stellar putput the printer delivered. After 2 1/2 years of a lot of use, I still feel the same about the excellent quality of output. There is however a problem relating to clogged ink paths on this model which I have experienced to a greater degree with the passage of time. I have used the printer over periods of up to 4 months of regular use with constant output and no clogging. This unit needs to be operated on a regular basis, preferably daily or every few days, to avoid clogging of the ink paths. From my experience you cannot leave this product unattended when you go away on trips or vacations for any period of time without having problems. Until recently I have been able to get the clogs remidied with cleanings. I have just returned after being away for a couple of months. This time the problem has not been rectified with cleaning methods and waiting times. This time it looks like the unit is not coming back without a major repair investment. It would probably be more cost effective to purchase a new printer than to repair this one.
    I suppose I can sum up this printer as a product that, when it works, exceeded my original expectations. It is a very high maintenance printer relating to its needs to function as it should. If you can give it the constant attention it requires, it works as expected. Unfortunately if you travel or have to leave the printer idle for any length of time, eventually it will not hold up. Given the length of time I have the printer and the costs associated, I did expect much more longevity out of it. I do not feel the Epson extended warranties are cost effective for this product, however I now understand why they charge so much for them. There are just too many variables which lead to failure of this product for me to recommend it anymore unless you can give it the daily attention it needs.

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    1.0

    Garbage Since Mavericks

    By Jethro

    from Philadelphia PA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

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      Cons

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          Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

          This printer has been a glorified (very large) paper weight since upgrading to Mavericks on Mac... And then Yosemite. No more support from EFI, and the Epson 9.17 driver, supposedly written for Mac OSX 10.10, is utter garbage. My printer hasn't spit out anything other than blank paper since the OS updates. I feel completely left in the dust by both Epson and EFI on this one. Shame on them.

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          5.0

          love these printers

          By Jim JIm

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

              Love these printers great buy for the money. Stand up to student uses and abuse. They deliver professional quailty images.

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              3.0

              Frustrating

              By jrphoto

              from NYC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                I've owned the 4900 for 3 years. I have had countless clogged ink heads. I've spent so much money on ink and maintenance box replacements. When it works it is great, but the fact that it always needs a heavy unclogging cleaning is frustrating and expensive- not to mention the pin wheeling on prints occasionally. This is my second 4900- and it just died on me after I filled it with $500.00 worth of new ink. I called Epson to get the printer repaired. They charge 100.00 travel fee, 175.00 per labor hour, and 250.00 for the part (and whatever else they find- which may increase labor hours and parts). It's a racket and I will not be part of it anymore.

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                1.0

                Go 'Office Space' on this beast

                By CG

                from New York, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                    Having had Epson printers that have been true work horses (3800 and 9800)this printer is sadly not in the same league. It is the trouble child in the family. Too big, ugly as hell and constant printer head issues. Sadly Epson has not made a 11 ink version of the 3880 size printer. I wish they would, as we are going 'Office Space' on this dinosaur and getting a 7900 to replace. I HATE this printer with a passion. Glad to be taking a baseball bat to it next week.

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                    4.0

                    Great printer

                    By Ari

                    from Massachusetts

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Underwater
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                      We've had one of these for a year not and are now upgrading the other machine in that lab. At a year in it is still running great and far fewer issues than our prior 4880's.

                      The switch between matte and photo black drains a lot of ink, if they could find a way to resolve that, 5 stars.

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                      5.0

                      Heavy Hitter

                      By PolarMan

                      from Rockport, ME

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                      • Bulky
                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • High Quality Prints

                      Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                      Well built and easy to use - at least for me. This is a replacement for an Epson 3880 and what a great upgrade - especially with the roll paper feeder, additional and upgraded ink set - and automatic paper cutter! It takes quite a bit of space and weighs in at about 112 pounds delivered but B&H sends it with a ABF white glove delivery meaning ABF will bring it into the studio and take care of all the cardboard, the wooden pallet and another waste. I also purchased the Image Print RIP, a great software for priming that includes fine tuning of the prints and automatic importation of ICC profiles. They are a great combination!

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                      1.0

                      Good, but now terrible.

                      By Miguel Endara

                      from Miami

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                          I'm giving this one star because when I first purchased this printer, it gave me such beautiful prints. I printed somewhere close to 300 sheets and the quality was flawless. BUT, after leaving it idle for about 3 months, it stopped printing altogether. I bought more ink, bought a new maintenance box, performed several of the powerful cleaning processes via the LCD screen, but nothing worked. After doing a few quick searches, I realized I wasn't the only one. I've since learned that if this printer is left idle even for just a couple of days or weeks, meaning you don't print anything with that printer, the ink heads clog up and you can't use it anymore. NOWHERE DOES IT SAY THAT IN THE MANUAL OR IN THE DESCRIPTION OF THE PRODUCT. I called Epson and learned that fixing it would cost anywhere from $1,900 - $2,200 to replace the head. That's as much as the printer! Why would anyone pay for a replacement? It's a complete waste of money and now I'm pretty much stuck. I have no idea what to do. It's been more than a year since I purchased the printer so my warranty doesn't come into effect anymore. Terrible. Just terrible.

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                          1.0

                          Not recommended !!

                          By hasp49

                          from VA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

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                                Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                Continuous clogging. Just drank a freshly installed [$] ink cartridge & I can't stop it from printing. Spends more time cleaning the heads than printing. Ethernet port is worthless, computer finds & talks to printer but cannot print via network. Truly disgusted with the performance! Sorry but the only way to get this review published is to give it 1 star - but I would not give it any!

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                                5.0

                                It's bigger than what it looks like.

                                By Umi

                                from Haverhill, MA

                                Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                They shipped my printer quickly. After looking through it when I got it, everything is how it should be. This printer is huge and you will need two people to move it. You will also need a sturdy table to place it on since it weighs a little over 100 pounds.

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                                1.0

                                Bad Choice

                                By Birdman

                                from La Crosse, Wisconsin

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                      Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                      I live in Wisconsin and have had this printer for 3 years. Every year all winter I have a terrible time keeping this printer from clogging, and use a great deal of expensive ink cleaning the heads. Unfortunately I did not buy the extended service contract, which I feel should be mandatory. Epson should certainly devise a better system to clean these heads. I used to have a 4800 prior to this models which was much better in this respect.

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                                      1.0

                                      Nozzels Clog Until it's Inopperable

                                      By JohnH

                                      from Richmond, VA

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                            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 [$]+ 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.

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                                            1.0

                                            Do NOT buy this printer

                                            By very unhappy

                                            from Albany, NY

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                              • Flimsy Construction
                                              • Short Life Expectancy

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                                I purchased this printer 1 year 8 months ago. It has seen light use. Last week after, after approximately 2 months idle time, the printer failed to print. The screen indicated a code 4000 and told me to check the manual. The manual said to call a toll free phone number to find out what the codes meant. The toll free number told me the printer was out of warrantee and to call another phone number. I finally got a person and they told me the printer couldn't find any nozzles and the print head would probably need to be replaced. The cost for that would be at least $1500. When I asked why the head would go bad, they had no answer except maybe the 2 month idle time was the problem. When I asked why the manual didn't say anything about not allowing the printer to sit idle for any amount of time, they told me it does on page 180. The manual ends at page 176.

                                                This printer costs to much to last only 1 year 8 months. The repair cost is very close to the cost of a new printer. This is a lot of materials to be throwing into a landfill every 1 year 8 months.

                                                This reminds me of the old Epson and the MX-80 - a cheap piece of garbage that you expected to throw away after a year or two except I wouldn't call this printer inexpensive.

                                                Shame on Epson and shame on anybody who recommends this printer. I would have given this printer zero stars if that were an option. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend, but I probably would recommend it to the people at Epson.

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                                                1.0

                                                Subject to clogging

                                                By betty

                                                from Cape Cod

                                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                Pros

                                                • Great Picture Quality

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Family Photos
                                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                                  • Sports/Action
                                                  • Travel
                                                  • Weddings/Events
                                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                                  Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                                  I have had problems with this printer ever since I purchased it nearly two years ago. While the print quality is fantastic, clogging is a major issue with this printer. If I go several weeks without printing, I have to do several powerful cleaning cycles which use a large quantity of ink (more money for Epson). I recently returned from a vacation and thus didn't use the printer for almost 3 weeks and now even powerful cleaning cycles will not clear the nozzles. A call to Epson was not helpful since the printer was out of warranty and they referred me to a service provider who informed me that I would likely need to replace the print head…with labor, etc..that would cost over $1,000 and they suggested I call Epson to see if they had a trade in program or if they could do something to help me. I then called Epson…you can guess what their answer is. Nada. I'm fed up with Epson.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Phenomenal

                                                  By Fahrrad

                                                  from Brooklyn

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                                  My first printer. Truly phenomenal rendition of colors, including color transitions, especially very dark tones are beautiful with a lot of detail still recognizable. This printer is amazing. Not cheap, but money well spent. Seeing a large print of a good photograph taken with a great camera printed with the right paper will blow you away.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great Printer,great prints

                                                  By Dave

                                                  from Lake Murray, SC

                                                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Quality Archival Printing

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Needs Constant Cleaning

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                                    I take HDR and panoramic photographs.
                                                    This printer's output is exceptional. The colors and detail are vivid. Roll paper cutting is a breeze.Epson's pigment inkset is complimented with quality papers. I achieve great results with the Hot Press and Cold Press matte papers for photos and fine art reproductions(think giclee). Black and white prints are exceptional with true blacks.
                                                    With care and continual mantenance, print head clogs can be held at bay.
                                                    This printer is for those that strive for high end archival printing and reproductions.

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                                                    • Family Young Kids

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                                                    3.0

                                                    update of my review from 2 1/2 years ago

                                                    By wafer

                                                    from NJ/FL

                                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Excellent Print Quality

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Likely To Break Down
                                                    • Very High Maintenance

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Frequent Use

                                                    Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                                    I purchased the Epson 4900 from B&H in January of 2011. I gave it a 5 star review at that time relating to the stellar putput the printer delivered. After 2 1/2 years of a lot of use, I still feel the same about the excellent quality of output. There is however a problem relating to clogged ink paths on this model which I have experienced to a greater degree with the passage of time. I have used the printer over periods of up to 4 months of regular use with constant output and no clogging. This unit needs to be operated on a regular basis, preferably daily or every few days, to avoid clogging of the ink paths. From my experience you cannot leave this product unattended when you go away on trips or vacations for any period of time without having problems. Until recently I have been able to get the clogs remidied with cleanings. I have just returned after being away for a couple of months. This time the problem has not been rectified with cleaning methods and waiting times. This time it looks like the unit is not coming back without a major repair investment. It would probably be more cost effective to purchase a new printer than to repair this one.
                                                    I suppose I can sum up this printer as a product that, when it works, exceeded my original expectations. It is a very high maintenance printer relating to its needs to function as it should. If you can give it the constant attention it requires, it works as expected. Unfortunately if you travel or have to leave the printer idle for any length of time, eventually it will not hold up. Given the length of time I have the printer and the costs associated, I did expect much more longevity out of it. I do not feel the Epson extended warranties are cost effective for this product, however I now understand why they charge so much for them. There are just too many variables which lead to failure of this product for me to recommend it anymore unless you can give it the daily attention it needs.

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Business

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Epic printer for the price

                                                    By Syrious

                                                    from Dallas, TX

                                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Color Gamut
                                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                                    • Excellent Print Quality
                                                    • Fast Operation

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Large Footprint
                                                    • Pricey Replacement Ink

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Photos and Graphics
                                                    • Story Boards And Cads

                                                    Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                                    Using this in conjuction with CGS Oris RIP tuner to match CADs and fabric swatches.

                                                    This printer is amazingly affordable, plus the addition of the two colors and the HDR ink are miles above the Epson 4880 model. In comparison the ink costs are a little higher and the overall footprint of the printer is larger than the 4880, but I think the saturation levels with the addition of the new inks will allow for much better vibrance and clarity on my print outs.

                                                    I must say, that I searched high and low for this product INSTOCK, and B&H was the ONLY vendor able to make this happen for me, what a life saver!

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Business

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                                                    5.0

                                                    another great product from epson

                                                    By randya

                                                    from anaheim, ca

                                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Photos and Graphics

                                                      Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                                      one word - wow!

                                                      • Primary use:
                                                      • Business

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Beautiful prints right out of the box

                                                      By KC

                                                      from Liberty KY

                                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                                      • Excellent Print Quality

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Photos and Graphics

                                                        Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                                        Right out of the shipping box, followed the assembly and connected using USB. I printed a beautiful 8x10. Very nice ++. So...let's do something hard. I used 7 year old roll paper, 13 inches to print a 13 by 20 and it too was perfect +++. I am letting the printer manage it colors and its doing fine. The software install is straight forward (Windows 7).
                                                        The Stylus Pro 4900 is enormous in size. I knew it was bigger than others, but this is really big. Shipping weight was 143lbs. It needs its own table.

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                                                        • Personal

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                                                        1.0

                                                        inkjet clogging major issue

                                                        By joker

                                                        from Los Angeles, CA

                                                        About Me Quality Oriented

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                                        • Easy To Use
                                                        • Excellent Print Quality
                                                        • Fast Operation

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Pricey Replacement Ink
                                                        • Unreliable

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Photos and Graphics
                                                        • Professional Documents

                                                        Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                                                        I purchased this printer during the rebate promotion back last year. Prior to this printer I used a epson r2400 and had great experience, which is why I had such confidence getting this printer to perform at a higher level. So far, when the printer works, the print is a work of art. But unfortunately, this inkjet cloggs so bad that my barely one year old print head had to be replaced (for about 1300 including labor). I've tried a number of methods on my own and purchased expensive empty cartridges to try to fill them with cleaning liquid to clean the head, but none worked. My disappointment with this printer is beyond words. I sincerely hope none of you will have to go through this.

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Personal

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