Epson has finally made a formal announcement in the U.S. regarding the new line of Stylus Pro printers I wrote about last month. The new printers include the Stylus Pro 4880, 7880 and 9880, which are updated versions of pre-existing large-format printers, and the Stylus Pro 11880, which is an entirely new, 64-inch wide inkjet with a 9-channel printhead to reduce ink waste when moving between matte and photo black papers.
All of the new printers use an enhanced, ink-repelling printhead designed to reduce clogs, and a new formulation of magenta and light magenta ink, Vivid Magenta, which reportedly has a wider gamut than previous Epson printers, as well as competing printers from Canon and HP. (You can find out more specifics regarding the new printers on Epson's Professional Imaging Web site.)
All of the printers are on schedule for an October release, although it is anticipated that the 11880 will be in short supply through the fall and into next year. If you’re interested in finding out a bit more regarding the gamut of the Vivid Magenta ink set and the performance of the 11880, photographer (and Epson beta tester) Joe Holmes has posted a gamut comparison (with earlier Epson ink sets, as well as with Canon’s Lucia inks) and short overview of the 64-inch behemoth on his site. It’s well worth the read.