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Epson Debuts High-End Photo Printer

5/19/2005 09:45:00 AM Eastern

Long Beach, Calif. — Epson has introduced a high-end photo printer and ink set taking aim at the advanced amateur and graphic artists markets.

The Stylus Photo R2400 replaces the company’s Stylus 2200 and will feature the new UltraChrome K3 eight-color pigment ink set.

According to Epson, the new inks ensure a wider color gamut, improved black-and white output and longer print permanence when used in conjunction with Epson photo paper.

The inks include cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta, and a three-level black ink system that simultaneously uses black, light black and light-light black to create neutral and toned black and white prints from a single ink set, Epson said. There is a choice of two interchangeable cartridges — a photo black or matte black.

The K3 inks use a new microcrystal encapsulation technology, which the company claims provides better scratch resistance and a glossier-looking photo print.

The printer’s driver has been augmented with new black-and-white image controls, toning presets, separate controls for shadow and highlight tonality control, maximum optical density control, reduced gloss differential and custom tone control.

The R2400 can achieve droplet sizes as small as 3.5 picoliters and resolutions up to 5760 by 1440 dpi. It offers borderless printing in the various photo sizes from 4 inches by 6 inches, to 13 inches by 19 inches and panoramic sizes. It can produce an 11 inch by 14 inch photos in one minute and 47 seconds.

The R2400 ships this month for an estimated of $849.