Epson is about to launch a new professional standard A3 inkjet printer, which will replace its popular Stylus Photo 2000P model.
May 2002: Epson is about to launch a new professional standard A3 inkjet printer, which will replace its popular Stylus Photo 2000P model.
The new Stylus Photo 2100 uses a new suite of seven-colour UltraChrome inks and can print images at faster speeds and with a larger colour gamut and more realistic density and saturation than the previous model.
UltraChrome inks are pigment-based and retain the advantages of high resistance to water and light of the previous generation products. However they also feature an expanded colour range which is extremely close to the gamut of the six-colour, dye-based Epson inks but has more vibrant and saturated reds, oranges and yellows. The Stylus Photo 2100 is the first printer compatible with UltraChrome inks.
The new printer also offers better black-and-white printing capabilities, thanks to the addition of a new lower density black ink (Light Black) which expands the printer’s range of neutral greys. Another advantage of the new model is its speed. UltraChrome inks have faster printing and drying times, which allow the printer to output an A4-sized image on glossy paper in only four minutes. This is three times faster than the Epson Stylus Photo 2000P.
The new Stylus Photo 2100 can also use a new optional Matte Black cartridge, which is designed specifically for matte paper and yields higher density and contrast than the standard Black cartridge, making it ideal for matte fine art photography. It offers a resolution of up to 2,880-by-1,440 dpi, achieved through use of ultra-small four-picolitre droplets, which produce an equivalent dot size to a two-picolitre dye-based droplet. Epson’s proprietary Micro Piezo inkjet technology is also employed.
Epson rates the stability of prints from the new Stylus Photo 2100 printer at up to 80 years for colour images on Epson Watercolour Paper and up to 100 years for B&W prints on various fine art papers.
The printer will accept paper sizes up to 330 x 1117 mm and comes with a roll paper holder and built-in automatic cutter. Supplied software includes Epson’s Software Film Factory with PRINT Image Matching support that ensures the best possible prints from similarly-equipped digital cameras.