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April

26th After a lot of testing, I’ve produced a new updated version of our free .
23rd Epson launches SureColor SC-T7200, SC-T5200 and SC-T3200 large-format printers
All info on this new range of printers will go on our new 
19th No reliable signs of any replacement printers as yet, although it was suggested to me that in large format printing we would see a move to more user serviceable parts when some of the ‘Surecolor’ developments pushed through.

I can’t see this as likely for more consumer models – you’re supposed to buy a new printer ;-)

The R3000 is reported [thanks] as very difficult to get in parts of Europe – any other difficulties or hefty discounts around the world?

February

26th Two new printer to appear at next week’s ‘Photography Show’ in the UK

“Epson announces the launch of the SureLab D700, its first compact six-colour photo production printer, offering a wide range of media and format options. Combining vibrant, high-quality colour output with reliability and cost-efficiency, this stand-alone printer is ideally suited to photo production businesses, photo shops, event photographers, minilabs and copyshops. In fact anyone who needs to print high-quality mixed sized photos on demand.
The SureLab D700 printer will be shown for the first time in the UK at The Photography Show (Stand L50, 1-4th March 2014, NEC).
Unlike the other models in the market that are limited in the choice of print size and media, the SureLab D700 uses Epson’s highly flexible inkjet technology to print multiple sizes (from 4inches up to A4 wide and from 3.5- 39 inches long) on a wide range of media including glossy, lustre and paper-based matte media. In addition to providing a high level of size/media flexibility the productive SureLab D700 can deliver up to 360 6x4inch prints and 180 8x6inch prints an hour. Therefore, in addition to professional quality photos, it can effortlessly print cards, invitations, flyers and promotional leaflets. This makes it suitable for copy shops and photographers who want to expand their existing business by offering associated products and services to drive new revenue streams, while further benefitting from its low cost per print.”

SureLab D7 studio

“Epson is expanding its commercial photo production range, with the introduction of the SureLab D7 Studio which will make its UK debut at The Photography Show (Stand L50, 1-4th March 2014, NEC). This scalable and flexible solution can be tailored to suit users’ needs, and used either on the shop floor as a self-service order terminal or as a production microlab behind-the-counter. The microlab features the new SureLab D700 printer and is available from June 2014.
The SureLab D7 Studio can produce premium quality prints, panoramics, folded displays and cards, on a wide range of media, including paper-based matte, glossy and lustre media, and in a range of sizes (from 4inches up to A4 wide and from 3.5- 39 inches long). It also supports a wide range of inputs, such as memory cards, USB, CD/DVD, Bluetooth, Facebook and smartphones/tablets, making it quick and easy to reproduce designs and photos in a creative way, with first class results.”

If this was what was meant when we were told it might be good to hold off getting a 3880, then I hardly think they are similar ;-)
22nd If you’re wondering if a large format printer is for you, then I’ve just finished a new article:  – some issues to consider.
Also, I note this article from Epson (last year) mentioning new printheads for product to appear in business/industrial products by the end of their financial year (March)

With mention if business/industrial, I’d assumed it was related to new ‘Surecolor’ products?

20th A suggestion that if we wanted a 3880 printer, that it might be worth holding back a few weeks to see what’s coming. No details though, and no other info anywhere to back this up.
15th I note two sites selling printer service manuals and spare parts for a wide range of printers [, ]

2013 December

24th There’s been no major printer update since 2011. 2014 is a Photokina year, so what’s Epson going to be doing with that new printhead technology we keep hearing snippets of info about?
There have been all kinds of large Epson printers announced, such as the  – at £17k, great for printing T-shirts… but nothing for the fine art/photo market.
So, when will we get a replacement for the 3880?
It looks rather like the ‘5 new printers for 2013’ comment we had back in August 2012 was more than a bit optimistic … maybe 2014? ;-)

July

23rd Some time ago I heard that the 7900 and 9900 would last a long while, since certain aspects of the technology were just not going to advance in a hurry. It would seem that Epson do have a new print head technology that they are keen to introduce, so we may yet see quite a major new range of printers, that could include an update to the 3880.
Finally we may get to lose the last vestiges of Mk/Pk switching…

May

1st I’ve just finished a 

April

5th Wondering what was up for replacement in the A3+/17″ printer market, I’ve created a rough timeline:

The longevity of the 4880 stands out, with its need to swap cartridges for Mk/Pk.
So, is a 9 ink 4890 on the way, or is the 4900 the only option for 17″ roll feed? If so, then next oldest is the 3880.
So… Epson SP3900 as a replacement for the SP3880 this year? I’d not be surprised to see an all new print head that cuts out black ink switchover, and allows for a gloss coat.
The 3880 has been my ‘reccomended printer’ at this size for some time now – I look forward to seeing what can be improved.

March

19th No signs of anything new in larger printers from Epson during a visit to their stand at the Focus show this month.

2012 September

22nd Just back from holiday, and no matter how carefully I scan the Photokina press announcements, there is no sign of any Epson printers (some , but no Epson…)
Next shows that I know of are in Vegas (Oct 18-20) and  in New York (Oct 24-27)

August

15th We’re told to expect a whole new range of medium to large format printers announced in the run-up to photokina – 5 new printers for 2013.
Updates for the 3880/4900/7900/9900 and a 60″ ?
Seems quite a lot – still waiting for actual details ;-)
12th No details of any photokina related announcements yet.

July

17th We’ve heard that the  may be getting a makeover for photokina (3890 or 3900?) – not many print related changes, since it’s a pretty good printer to start with.
I’d put the following on the ‘to do’ list
New colour LCD, wireless, and an increase in weight (more solid build).
No word on roll paper support though.

April

16th In the UK, 3880 prices have been dropping recently, to around the £1k mark (includes 20% tax). The  show is in May, although it’s more aimed at the bigger print market – perhaps time to see an update for the rather long in the tooth z3200 from HP (our )

February

15th We hear (thanks) that there are some exceedingly good deals on the  in the US, until the end of the month. 09 after rebates at Atlex – 
10th The 3880 is, I’m told, due for an update later this year. What was not clear was whether it would be a 3890 or 3900.

To me a 3900 name would signify a potentially larger jump and perhaps a move to 12 ink – moving the 3xxx series further away from the  with its bigger ink tanks than the 

2011 November

21st UK ‘discounts’
“Existing Epson Stylus customers can save up to £850 on the RRP when purchasing selected Epson Stylus Pro printers.
Loyal customers can save £350 on the 24 inch Stylus Pro 7890 and 7900 Series, £650 on the Stylus Pro 9890 and 9900 Series, and £850 on the 64 inch Stylus Pro 11880.
Check which printers qualify for the loyalty discount and for terms and conditions on . This offer is available for purchases made between 1st October and 31st December 2011.”

October

23rd Full 

September

5th Full 

August

30th Don’t expect any big advances from the x900 printers for quite some time.
We’re told (thanks) that Epson believe that the x900 series are pretty much reaching the limits of some aspects of print technology, and that any significant improvements are some way off.
19th Epson UK announce a  – runs during September/Occtober 2011

June

2nd Epson announce a series of rebates in the US and Canada
The printers eligible for instant rebates, and the rebate amount:

Stylus Pro 7890 Standard Edition, 0
Stylus Pro 9890 Standard Edition, 00
Stylus Pro 7890 Designer Edition, 0
Stylus Pro 9890 Designer Edition, 0
Stylus Pro 7900 Standard Edition, 0
Stylus Pro 9900 Standard Edition, 0
Stylus Pro 7700VM, 0
Stylus Pro 9700VM, 50

The printers eligible for mail-in rebates, and the rebate amount:

Stylus Pro 4900 Standard Edition, 0
Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition, 0
Stylus Pro 11880 Standard Edition, 00

Rebates run for this month ()

May

3rd Epson announce the  in the US. A3+ HDR inks with gloss optimiser and larger cartridges

>April

21st Two ‘Printing Masterclass’ videos from Epson

Professional digital photo printing masterclass – Photokina – Epson

Masterclass tutorial for image productions – Photokina – Epson 

2011 January

Espson SP R3000 A3+ printer17th The  is announced. As ever, we hope to have a full review in due course.

Looks as if Epson was just a bit ahead of our thoughts on the 2880 ;-)

11th Epson to announce new printers/scanners at the BETT show in London this month, however we’ve had no hints of any changes in the lineup of larger printers, with the 2880 perhaps most looking like a replacement announcement later this year.

2010 October

21st I paid a visit to Epson UK yesterday to have a look at the  and see more about the  in the UK

September

29th We’re told by Epson that the 4880 will remain a current product and available alongside the 4900.
Site updates are delayed a bit since I’m 
24th No sign of the new printers yet at Epson sites outside of Europe. New printer info pages updated.
21st Epson announce the  and 

August

6th Epson rebates in the US – running until 31st Oct. 3880, 4880, 7900, 9900, 11880, GS6000

July

30th Epson are to announce 3 professional printers at Photokina.
I’d suspect a 11900,  and ‘CAD/volume printing’ version of the 4900 (4500?)

2010 April

24th We’ve had several comments that the HDR inkset will appear in an 11900 this year – a
22nd Full 
10th We’ve an Epson 3880 on loan from Epson and will have a full review later this month.

2009 September

9th Big UK price rises on the way next month

Model Curent Price New Price Increase Epson Stylus Pro 4880 £1,345 £1,695 £350 Espon Stylus Pro 7880 £1,755 £2,595 £850 Espon Stylus Pro 7900 £2,475 £3,495 £1,020 Espon Stylus Pro 7900-S £3,195 £4,295 £1,100 Espon Stylus Pro 9880 £3,595 £5,195 £1,600 Espon Stylus Pro 9900 £4,135 £5,995 £1,860 Espon Stylus Pro 9900-S £5,035 £6,995 £1,960

July

30th A  that the 3800 will be replaced with the 3880 this summer.

2009 January

12th UK prices to rise? We’ve seen price rises for Canon and Nikon equipment due to currency fluctuations, but it looks as if printers and supplies may be in line for rises.

The Epson V750 Perfection Pro scanner has just shot up last week at one UK dealer by 25% – £488 to £626

2008 December

5th Some initial 7900 and 9900 printers are starting to turn up in the US and UK.

November

20th Epson User guide for 

October

16th New sets of specs/prices/shipping on the 

September

9th Photokina soon and what’s expected? Still no rumours of note :-)

August

18th With the 7900 and 9900 due in the autumn, there are some pretty good deals around for the 7880 and 9880 – however I noticed that the 3800 is included in the discounted printers, but not the 4880.

Is this a sign of an impending update to the 3800? The 3800 was announced in September 2006 and uses the Ultrachrome K3 ink set. Might we see a new version with the Vivid Magenta ink? Having looked at the 4880 recently, I’d have thought a 4900 was more likely – Photokina anyone? ;-)

July

June

27th Swapping black inks on the new 7900/9900 is reported to use the following amounts:

PK-MK less than 1ml
MK-PK under 3ml

5th A bit more info on the 9900/7900 ;-)

4th A bit more info on the  from a PDF distributed at DRUPA

2008 May

31st Stiil only  details from Epson Australia so far – look for availability in the Autumn.

I’ve heard of numerous problems downloading the plugin mentioned below. These two links seem to work at the moment

Mac version
ftp://62.41.72.157/pub/download/3210/epson321060eu.dmg

win version
ftp://62.41.72.157/pub/download/3210/epson321059eu.ZIP

29th  will have X-Rite spectrophotometers in them.
“The SpectroProofer, an in-line, off-carriage calibration and verification system for Epson’s newly launched Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 large format printers” [detils on the  page]

26th Epson are sending out invites to the DRUPA show which starts this Thursday. One from Epson France ‘suggests’ new technologies on the way, but as you’d expect – no detail ;-)

23rd looks like our guess earlier was right – we have initial info on the 

Epson have also launched a new Photoshop Plug in, this is available as a free download and will support a limited number of previous Epson printers (Epson Stylus Photo 1400, R1800, R1900, R2400, R2880 and Stylus Pro 3800). The new Epson Print Plug-In will be available as a free download from Epson Europe. It supports Mac OS 10.4.3 – 10.4.10 (Tiger), Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) and Windows XP SP2 and Vista.

23rd May 2008 – Imaging specialist Epson has today launched an innovative new print plug-in for the Adobe Photoshop family of products that provides users with enhanced functionality and flexibility, making colour-managed printing quicker and easier. Engineered specifically for the popular Adobe Photoshop CS and Elements products, Epson designed the software to meet the needs of the users of its Stylus Pro 3800 and its A3+ printers, including the new Epson Stylus Photo R2880.Mark Robinson, Senior Product Manager at Epson UK commented: “The new Epson plug-in provides an invaluable tool for the keen photographer, allowing them to increase their efficiency when printing a wide variety of projects.

“As an independent resource, the Epson Print Plug-In allows users to switch easily between its interface and Photoshop. This allows them to add images to the multi-image print easily and keep temporary images for reprint even if the plug-in window is closed. For many users, this functionality is highly valuable and could significantly enhance productivity.”

The Epson interface splits the printing workflow into three steps; image selection, layout selection/definition and printer settings and previewing, making the printing process simple and efficient. The window of each step is modular and can be minimised to optimise space on-screen.

The layout function automates the layout process, allowing users to select from three layout types; template, index and free layout, which can be arranged over multiple pages. Over 170 templates, ranging from credit card sizes to A2 are available as standard and users can even create custom templates and save them for regular use. Once the layout is selected, images are simply dragged and dropped into the template and can even be cropped as needed.

Colour management can be automated for both direct colour management using the printer driver, and ICC profile-based colour management. Users can also specify their own ICC profiles for specific print media. The preview function provides a fast and easy way to proof the final print layout before printing begins.

Two more printer designations we keep hearing about are a revised 3800 or 3880, featuring the Vivid Magenta inks and a coated (less clogs) print head, such as seen in the x880 series and a 2880 with VM ink and an all new head (and cartridge) design.

17th Could we see some more advanced features like a built in spectro for the new large format printers for DRUPA? ()

14th Expect an R2400 replacement before long. A comment from someone in Hong Kong wanting a quote says that they were told it’s been flagged EOL (End of Life)

The R2400 is a bit long in the tooth (2005) so given the advances seen in the 3800 and upcoming ‘x900’ series it could be quite a jump (R2900 or 2880 anyone?)

Also, ink prices on the way for the UK? As of 1st June expect some rises – this info from Epson via a supplier

8% on the inks for the following printers:

Stylus Photo R800/R1800/R1900/R2100/R2400
Stylus Colour 3000
Stylus Pro 3800 and maintenance cartridge
Stylus Pro 4000/5000/5500/7000/7500/7600/9000/9500/9600/10000/10000CF/10600

18% on the inks for the following printers:

Stylus Pro 4400/4450/4800/4880
Stylus Pro 7400/7450/7800/7880
Stylus Pro 9400/9450/9800/9880

and 9.6% on the 700ml inks for the Stylus Pro 11880

1st It seems we should expect a bit more from the 7900/9900 that just an update. We’re told that much of the printer design has changed with Epson seemingly wanting to move past Canon and HP in a lot of areas – just what this actually means, we’ll have to wait and see ;-)

As ever if you want to share any info, just drop us a mail (discretion assured ;-)

April 29th More info on the – 10 colour printers at DRUPA? An article about the rumour gets pulled at a printing web site.

March 27th Epson are going to release a 64″ ‘eco-solvent’ printer (the Stylus Pro ) for signage work

20th Expect new Epson printers to be announced at  in Germany (May 29th – June 11th) These are likely to include an all new range of wide format printers, utilising technologies found in the 11880 (black ink switching at last? ;-) … or at least that’s the “we didn’t tell you this” dealer info I’m hearing ;-)

19th Are Epson getting ready to launch an ‘Ecosolvent’ (sign printing) based version of the 11880?

In an interesting post on the  list, there’s the suggestion that it might get launched at the  show in April (Geneva 1st-3rd).

2008 February 18th I’ve seen mention of the ‘9888’ on one forum, since no-one has a good idea on what the next set of printers will be called (49xx, 79xx 99xx are my favourites ;-)

This is a Photokina year (September), so we might yet see 3880 or 11880 black ink switching technology appear.

It’s the Focus show in the UK next week, and since I’ve been invited (as ‘Press’ ;-) I’ll be looking at all the latest from the main mainufacturers

14th Once again I’m seeing lots of people asking about versions of the 4880/7880/9880 that support ink swapping like the 11880. Unfortunately, asking is all I’ve seen so far… :-(

New papers coming out this year may make the need for using matt black less important, but many suggest that Epson sells more ink (and printers) with the current printer lineup ;-)

2007 December 6th It seems have announced a whole raft of new (Beta) Mac OSX 10.5 drivers that make use of its 16 bit print architecture

3800, 4800, 7800, 9800, 4880, 7880, 9880, 11880

There are also 10.5 drivers for some older printers such as the 4000 and even my 9600 If you go to the there is info on availability and timings

November 3rd Is this the end of third party inks and ink supply systems in the USA?

Such concerns are all over print related forums, based on a recent ITC ruling. At the moment it ‘only’ applies to smaller printers, but large format systems can expect to be next (More info at 

Epson have set up a  with their interpretations of what this means…

new epson 360 print head2007 October 21st

I’ve seen several questions on forums about just how long it will be before the 4880/7880/9880 are replaced with new designs allowing black ink swapping like the 11880 and 3880. The lack of black swap certainly came as a surprise, but the smaller x880 series were only announced at the end of July and are only now shipping in any quantities.

The picture is of the 11880 head with its 9 sets of jets. Maybe we’ll get the 4900/7900/9900 next year at Photokina, but I suspect 2010 is more likely, since having a major revision of the pro printer line is not something the large format market wants too often.

The 3800 is being widely discounted at the moment, with various offers such as the current one at the NY Photoplus, with Epson offering discount vouchers for show purchases.

If you’ve not updated your printer drivers for a while, it’s worth checking different Epson sites to see if new ones are available. I generally check Epson UK, US and Australia, since there is some considerable variation in what’s present in different countries’ sites.

For the 10600arc printer: EpsonNet Config Utility v2.0bE, Macintosh OS X (v10.2.x – 10.4.x),epson12357.dmg – 3MB – posted on 10/19/07

Epson are updating their printer drivers for OSX Leopard – no details on whether these will support its 16 bit print system, but larger printer models are due before long

This from Epson (UK)….

In-Box = Drivers are already included in the Operating System and the installation process will start as soon as you will plug your product in.

Inkjet Printers
Stylus colour Series Stylus colour 680, 740, 880, 900, 980 In-Box Stylus Photo Series Stylus Photo 810, 830, 830U, 870, 890, 895, 895EX, 900, 915, 925, 935, 950, 1270, 1290, 2000P, 2100, 1400 In-Box Stylus C Series Stylus C70, C90, C91, C43, C44, C60, C62, C63, C64, C70, C79, C80, C82, C83, C84, C86, C87 In-Box Stylus D Series Stylus D68, D88, D92 In-Box Stylus D78, D120 October PictureMate Series PictureMate, Picturemate 100, Picturemate 500, PictureMate 280 In-Box PictureMate 240, PictureMate PM260, PictureMate PM290 October Stylus Photo R Series Stylus Photo R200, R220, R240, R300, R320, R340, R360, R265, R285, R800 In-Box Stylus Photo R1800, Stylus Photo R1900, Stylus Photo R2400 November

Large Format Printers

Stylus Pro Series Stylus Pro 4000 In-Box Stylus Pro 7600, 9600, 10600 October Stylus Pro 3800, 4400, 4450, 4800, 4880, 7400, 7450, 7800, 7880, 9400, 9450 9800, 9880, 11880 November
Laser Printers
Most current Laser Printers are supported using existing printer drivers. Please check back in November.
Multifuction Devices
Stylus CX Series Stylus CX3200, CX3500, CX3600, CX4100, CX4200, CX4300, CX4700, CX4800, CX5200, CX5400 In-Box Stylus CX6400, CX6600 October Stylus DX Series Stylus DX4200, DX4400, DX4800 In-Box Stylus DX4000, DX5000, DX6000, DX7000F, DX7400, DX8400, DX9400F October Stylus Photo RX Series Stylus Photo RX420, RX500, RX520, RX600, RX620, RX640, RX700 In-Box Stylus Photo RX560, RX585, RX685 October
Scanners
 All current scanners will be supported using existing drivers in OSX Leopard
OSX Leopard changes

Enhanced Precision Printing
Get the best quality from select Canon and Epson printers. Leopard can use enhanced numerical precision to unlock the printing potential of pro-level colour ink jet printers, using up to 16 bits per colour channel.

Printer Drivers via Software Update
Make sure you always have the latest printer drivers. Download directly to your system using the familiar capabilities of Software Update.





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