Epson Stylus Pro 4900
The Bottom Line
It's difficult to find much to complain about with this 17" width printer. It didn't clog or mess up paper feeding once during the time I was testing it. The UltraChrome HDR ink set does cover a wider gamut than you would get with an SP3880 or R3000, but with real world images you're not going to see obvious differences. Roll media handling is simple and efficient. The printer software provided does cover all the basics, but I'd like to have seen more to make the custom media settings an easy to use option. The optional SpectroProofer 17" is far more appropriate to a commercial print/proofing/design environment, than for fine art/photographic print use, where I'd argue that a separate profiling solution would be more flexible and economic. Overall print quality is excellent, and I've produced a whole range of test prints that I'm happy to give to clients as examples of my work.
excerpt from Keith Cooper of Northlight Images
Our Favorite Online User Reviews for the 4900
It is true that you get what you pay for. Long after I forgot about what I paid for this printer I marvel at each print that comes out of it. I like to print on Canvas and it does a great job. I've had it since Jan. and have nothing bad to say about it
What can I say...large prints from the 4900 are just plain incredible. As a landscape photographer, I'm pretty picky with my prints. Colors are spot-on, black-and-whites are crisp, images are very sharp...Initially, I didn't print very often and, as a result, the lack of use caused the print head to clog up severely. This was easily cleaned (took a few cleanings) and was back to printing flawlessly.
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