Comparing the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 and 4880

This text will examine the Epson Stylus Professional 4900, introduced within the Fall of 2010, and its predecessor, the Stylus Professional 4880. Whereas the 2 printers share most of the similar options and are able to printing on media as much as 17″ in width, some important adjustments have been made when the Stylus Professional 4900 was launched that ought to profit many customers. Amongst these adjustments are the print head, ink set and the velocity at which prints may be produced.

Print Heads, Ink, and Auto-Switching Black Ink

The Epson 4900 has a single ten-channel piezo print head that permits auto-sharing of the black ink channel. The Epson 4880 had a single 8-channel piezo print head that pressured customers to have both a Photograph Black or a Matte Black ink put in. To alter black inks, one must drain the black ink line, utilizing greater than $30 of ink to make that change. Whereas the 4900 does have each the Matte Black and Photograph Black inks put in, customers lose not more than $2.00 in ink through the automated change.

The ink used within the Stylus Professional 4900 is the UltraChrome HDR Ink Set. This set consists of the identical eight colours included within the 4880 ink set, but additionally provides an orange and inexperienced ink, along with having each the matte black and picture black ink on board. The full variety of inks loaded on this printer is 11, with 10 getting used at anyone time. The general result’s an expanded coloration gamut over the 4880.

The opposite distinction is the capability of the ink cartridges. Cartrdiges for the Stylus PRo 4900 are provided in a single dimension – 200 ml. The inks for the 4880 are provided in two sizes 110 ml and 220 ml.


The Epson 4900 and 4880 can print to the identical forms of media. Photograph paper, positive artwork paper, canvas and specialty media can be utilized. Each printers are able to printing on media that’s as much as 17″ in width. Borderless printing is supported by each printers for the commonest roll widths – 8″, 10″, 16″ and 17″ amongst others.


The velocity at which the Epson Stylus Professional 4900 can print can be a major enchancment over the 4880. The 4900 can produce an Eight x 10 in regular mode (SuperFine – 1440 dpi HS) in about one minute and 30 seconds. A 16 x 20 may be produced in a little bit greater than 4 minutes. In the identical print mode, the 4880 produces an Eight x 10 in two minutes and a 16 x 20 in a little bit greater than six minutes. Based mostly on this, the Stylus Professional 4900 can print at speeds a minimum of 25% quicker than the 4880.


The Epson Stylus Professional 4900 is a welcome improve over the 4880. With a wider coloration gamut, capability to auto-switch black inks and improved print speeds, the Stylus Professional 4900 will meet the wants of the skilled photographer and positive artwork printer that’s looking for to supply top quality prints which can be as much as 17″ in width.

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