Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition Inkjet Printer

Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition Inkjet Printer
Key Features
  • Includes EFI eXpress RIP 4.5
  • Accepts Media up to 17" / 432mm Wide
  • UltraChrome HDR Ink Technology - 11 Inks
  • Wide Color Gamut-PreciseColor Technology
To reach ultimate heights in professional inkjet printing consider the super-quality of the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition Inkjet Printer. This printer is set apart from the base Stylus Pro 4900 model with the inclusion of the EFI eXpress RIP 4.5 which supports professional commercial printing requirements.
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Epson SP4900DES Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Designer Edition Bundle Featuring an EFI eXpress RIP
  • 3Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink Technology
  • 4High-Precision Ten-Channel Epson MicroPiezo TFP Print Head
  • 5AccuPhoto HDR Screening Technology
  • 6PreciseColor Technology
  • 7Automatic Print Head Alignment
  • 8Three-Level Black Ink Technology
  • 9Automatic Black Ink Switching
  • 10Automatic Nozzle Verification and Cleaning
  • 11Professional Media Handling
  • 12ePlaten Roll Media Loading Technology
  • 13Roll Media Length Tracking and Identification System
  • 14High Performance Rotary Cutting System
  • 15True Border-Free Roll-Based Printing
  • 16High Performance Print Engine Speeds
  • 17Epson Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System
  • 18Easy-to-Use Front Control Panel
  • 19Superior Connectivity
  • 20SpectroProofer 17
  • 21New Quiet and More Power Efficient Design
  • 22World-Class Service and Support

To reach ultimate heights in professional inkjet printing consider the super-quality of the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition Inkjet Printer. This printer is set apart from the base Stylus Pro 4900 model with the inclusion of the EFI eXpress RIP 4.5 which supports professional commercial printing requirements.

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 Designer Edition 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 Designer Edition 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 - talk about custom printing!

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!

Designer Edition Bundle Featuring an EFI eXpress RIP
The Designer Edition bundle adds additional functionality that the base model Stylus Pro 4900 does not include:
  • A true Adobe Postscript and PDF Print Engine - 2.0 compatible
  • Complete Pantone and custom spot color support
  • Full compatibility with the latest Adobe Creative Suites software
  • Perfect printing workflow for contract-quality color proofing and designer comps
  • Certification by the IDEAlliance for GRACol Coated #1 standards for commercial offset lithography, and SWOP Coated #3, and SWOP Coated #5 color reproduction Specification for web offset lithography
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 printers 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.

Epson SP4900DES Specs

Printing Method
Maximum Resolution2880 x 1440 dpi
1440 x 1440 dpi
1440 x 720 dpi
720 x 720 dpi
720 x 360 dpi
Draft: 360 dpi
Printing TechnologyAdvanced MicroPiezo TFP print head with ink repelling coating technology
10-channel, drop-on-demand, ink jet print head
Minimum Ink Droplet Size3.5 pl
Ink TypeEpson UltraChrome HDR ink
Professional-level pigment-based ink
Ink PaletteO, G, C, LC, VM, VLM, Y, LK, LLK, PK or MK
Ink Cartridge Configuration11 individual cartridges
Compatible Ink CartridgesIncluded: 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 LifeInk: 2 years from production date or 6 months after opening
Number of NozzlesColor and monochrome: 10 x 360 nozzles
Line Accuracy±0.2% of specified page length
Print Archival LifeWith 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
Print Speed8 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
Printer Duty CycleNot Specified by Manufacturer
Paper Handling
Paper SizesSingle sheets: 8.0 x 10.0" (216 x 254mm)-17.0 x 24.0" (432 x 610mm)
Maximum Paper Width17" (432mm)
Maximum Printable AreaLeft 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 SizesComplete 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 TypesEpson Photographic, Fine Art, Proofing, Signage, Coated Matte, Coated Gloss papers
Third party papers up to 1.5mm thickness
Paper Capacity20-100 sheets
Media Weight12 lb (46 gsm) bond - up to 1.5 mm posterboard
Core Size2"(51mm) and 3.0" (76mm)
Maximum Media Roll Diameter4.0" (102mm) or 6.0" (152mm)
Maximum Roll Print LengthUp to 132' (40.2 m) - limited by core diameter
Paper-Feed MethodRoll feed
Auto loading cassette: 0.08-0.27mm thick media, 20-100 sheet capacity based on media type and thickness
CutterBuilt-in rotary cutter
Automatic and manual single pass cut on up to 17" (432mm) wide roll media
Interfaces1 x hi-speed USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible)
1 x Ethernet port - 10/100Base-T
Compatible Memory CardsN/A
Direct Print CapableN/A
Network CapableYes, wired Ethernet 10/100Base-T
PostScript SupportEpson 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 SupportedWindows: XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit)
Mac, EFI eXpress: OS X 10.5-10.8
Mac, Printer Only: OS X 10.5 or later
Status DisplayHigh-resolution 2.5" (62mm) color LCD
Image Preview DisplayN/A
Front Panel ControlsYes
Operating TemperatureOperating: 50-95°F (10-35°C)
Storage: -4-104°F (-20-40°C)
Operating HumidityRelative: 20-80% Operating: 40-50% RH
Acoustic NoiseApproximately 45 dB(A) according to ISO 7779
Power Requirements110-120VAC, 50/60 Hz, 1.0A
Power ConsumptionOperating: approx. 52W or less
Standby: <8.5W
Power off: <0.5W
Safety ComplianceSafety 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
Dimensions34.0 x 16.0 x 30.0" (864 x 406 x 762mm)
Weight115 lb (52.2 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight144.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)40 x 36 x 23"

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