Epson has raised the bar again with the Epson Stylus Pro 9880 wide-format printer with Colorburst RIP technology. This printer revolutionizes the 8-color ink technology having 8 different Epson Stylus Pro 9880 ink cartridges, each a different color or shade. The Colorburst RIP (Raster Image Processing which is similar to bitmapping) technology has faster processing and improved file handling while providing superior color management through some built-in ink management tools and the use of ICC profiles.
The printers engine speeds will vary with the quality chosen to print with. A 16 x 20 inches printout will take between 4 minutes and 20 seconds to 12 minutes and 57 seconds to complete, a 20 x 30 inches printouts will take between 7 minutes and 55 seconds to 23 minutes and 18 seconds to complete, and a large 40 x 60 inches printout will take between 27 minutes to 79 minutes and 51 seconds to complete. The ultimate goal with this machine is to impress users with the extremely high quality of printing and not the amount of printouts it can produce in a given span of time.
The printer and the Epson Stylus Pro 9880 ink cartridges will combine to create images and posters with resolutions up to 2880 x 1440 dpi. The Advanced MicroPiezo technology with Active Meniscus Control (AMC) print heads will eject precisely placed and uniquely shaped or fitted ink droplets for ultimate control and accuracy over images and projects created with this printer.
The Epson Stylus Pro 9880 printer will handle up to 44 inch wide paper rolls and down to a minimum of 8.27 inch wide media sheets. Media can weigh up to 12 pounds and have a thickness of cardstock which is around 1.5 mm thick. The printer cutter blade can be adjusted to trim projects automatically or manually and will stay sharp for approximately 2,000 cuts before needing to be sharpened or replaced.
Inside the Epson Stylus Pro 9880 ink cartridges are UltraChrome K3 with vivid Magenta ink technologies that give pigments or particles an acrylic resin Microcrystal Encapsulation which helps to reflect light better and evenly distributes the molecules in each color for more consistent and even tones. The UltraChrome formulated inks can also last up to 75 years in archival scenarios (underneath glass). All together this printer weighs about 198 pounds so a delegated space should always be cleared before printing. The machine also measures 67 inches in width, 46 inches in depth, and 30 inches in height, plus each printout needs room to expand beyond those dimensions.