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Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer

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Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer

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  • 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
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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.
UPC: 010343881259
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 143.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 40.0 x 36.0 x 23.0"
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
     
    3.4

    (based on 71 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (19)

    60%

    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 (6)
    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Photos and graphics (13)
    • Photos (9)
    • Casual printing (3)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Professional documents (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (23), High-end shopper (8), Pro photographer (8), Frequent user (7), Midrange shopper (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (19), Personal (14)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)
      • I Am A:
      • Couple no kids (4), Family young kids (4), Family older kids (3), 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.

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    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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    4.0

    Excellent printer with manageable problems

    By Jim

    from Austin

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

    I have had this printers for about 2.5 years. It is a superb printer but with the clog problems mentioned often. Here is what I am doing to mitigate the problem. Every few weeks I remove the cartridges and shake them. Every 4 days I print the nozzle check and I also print a 10 strip color pattern to make sure each ink is used. I keep a calendar on the printer so I don't miss the maintenance dates (necessary). When I have to clean the head I use the menu on the printer so I can select the fewest inks possible. I only found out about the shaking of the cartridges when the service man was repairing it earlier this year. Based on the clogs I have seen since I am optimistic that I may keep this running.

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    3.0

    Misguided

    By Mozes

    from Wharton, NJ

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Can't Print Small Stock
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Large Rooms

      Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

      We were looking to upgrade our 3880 printers and reviewed the 4900 series. More quiet, fast printing, wider spread of colors. Weren't we fooled. This printer is way bigger than the invisioned from the product description. Takes up our whole printer table. And I can say, if you really didn't read into the specs closely enough you would have never noticed that it doesn't print anything smaller than a 8x10.

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      • Family Young Kids

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      1.0

      Many problems, nozzle clog

      By B Kat

      from Chatsworth CA

      About Me High-end Shopper

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Nice Large Prints

      Cons

      • Head Clogs

      Best Uses

      • Trash Pile

      Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

      I purchased this printer from B&H. I have had nothing but problems. I am giving up on this printer and will drop it off as E-Waste. Epson performed all the repairs while under warranty. Unfortunately the clog heads persist. I would not recommend this printer. Even B&H tried to help resolve my problems with Epson.

      I will only purchase all my photo gear from B&H they are outstanding.

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      • Family Older Kids

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      1.0

      Canon please help!

      By Art Technician

      from Central NY

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Delicate

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

          We have 2 of these and they clog constantly wasting literally days of my time cleaning over the year (not to mention $$$ in ink). Epson replaced one of them and it has again failed to clear the printheads. They print beautifully when they work but I've had it. When will Canon or HP come up with a comparable printer (desktop 13"+ with at least 100ml ink cartridges). Make them and we'll buy two!

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          2.0

          Everyday use ONLY

          By BrandiMay

          from Reno, Nv

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Comfortable
          • Ergonomic

          Cons

          • Delicate
          • Nozzle Clogs

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Large Rooms

          Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

          Awesome output. Awesome how much you can save on ink. However, if you do not use this printer daily, you will hate it. Nozzle clogs are normal after two days of non-use.
          So beware! Unless your an everyday print person, this printer is not for you.
          The 3880 is more for the casual printer. Tho you spend double in ink.

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          • Family Young Kids

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          3.0

          Don't give up

          By Sylvia

          from Michigan

          Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

          I have had this printer for 21/2 years. It produces unbelievable prints. About 2 weeks ago when I went to print I had 1 clogged color eventually leading to all clogged the more I did the nozzle and head cleaning the worse it got. For the last 3 days I make sure the printer remains on and turned off the auto clean. This morning when I did a nozzle check I had all color except LC back.. This afternoon all colors are back. I am buying anew printer but now I can use up all my ink and rolled paper I had purchased. I can't afford this to happen again. The 4900 gave me over 1400 prints before it clogged.

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          1.0

          Too many stars in the rating!

          By Steve the photographer

          from Vancouver, BC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

              This is an unbelievably bad product. There is no question that it can produce incredible prints, but the clogged ink head issue is essentially unresolvable. It is absolutely reliably clogged after a few days of "rest", and the dance to make it work takes at least half an hour, and sometimes much more time than that. Keeping the machine covered and dust free has made no difference. The hours I have spent on this - dozens, perhaps hundreds, and Epson's disdain for its customers, leaves me wondering why B and H would continue selling such a thing.

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              1.0

              Great prints!!! When it works!!!

              By Rich the Frustrated

              from Walla Walla,WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                  This printer produces great images! However I can not be home every day and I am gone for weeks. My current 4900 is useless. I have had it repaired once(not so smart) it did work for awhile but the same problem recurred. I have had the 4900 for three years. I have read most of the reviews and at first I thought I had multiple "twins", CLOGGING. Same story with customer support,clogging,ink consumption, Black ink turn around,should not be considered a throw product for the price,etc. Is this a problem with 7900??

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                  4.0

                  Good prints and clogs are preventable

                  By Panowest

                  from Roseville, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Print Consistency

                  Cons

                  • Bulky
                  • Must Be Used Weekly

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Inkjet Printer:

                  I love the prints and print consistency I get from this printer. But I too had an incurable clog on the printer and paid a local Epson repair office nearly $ to install a new print head. He gave me the following advice, which so far (>1yr later) has proven correct: Run an automatic head cleaning cycle every week. On this printer a head cleaning takes very little ink and doing this prevents the head clogs. Related advice is to keep the printer covered when not in use to keep the dust out; apparently dust will also mess things up. Finally, over they years I have seen that it's most likely that the magenta inks will age and clog before the others, so I replace the magenta cartridges about evey 9 months whether empty or not. The other colors seem to go about twice as long. Bottom line is that this printer does not want to be idle, so if you print in "bursts" as I do you will need to exercise the printer with a cleaning cycle each week.

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                  • No

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                  1.0

                  Garbage Since Mavericks

                  By Jethro

                  from Philadelphia PA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        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

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                                    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

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                                    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

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

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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

                                              Verified Reviewer

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                                                Cons

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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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