on from the recently announced Epson Stylus
Photo 950 the Stylus Photo 2100 is an impressive sounding A3+ printer which
Epson are aiming at the photo-enthusiast, professional sector of the market. Claiming
it offers the "highest photo quality available on the market today"
it looks to help continue the surge in print quality that Canon started with their
S800, S900 and S9000 series.
With an RRP of 599 it is certainly going
to be one of the more expensive printers available and we're looking forward to
getting a sample for testing.
For detailed information on the various features
offered the full press release is included below.
April 2002 - EPSON created new benchmarks for photo-printing in 2000 with the
launch of the award-winning STYLUS PHOTO 2000P. Now EPSON has once again developed
new standards in photo printing with the launch of the Stylus Photo 2100.
new seven colour, A3+ photo printer is a digital printing solution, designed for
the advanced photo enthusiast and professional photographer. Replacing the STYLUS
PHOTO 2000P it provides the highest photo quality available on the market today.
It comes complete with an automatic paper cutter and will print directly onto
CDs. Flexibility and ease of use is increased with the addition of a new paper-handling
The STYLUS PHOTO 2100 uses seven colours to achieve its leading-edge
photo quality. The revolutionary UltraChrome inkset is reformulated quick-dry
pigment ink that provides improved colour gamut, gloss levels and longevity of
between 45 and 75 years (dependent on media). These are cyan, magenta, yellow,
light cyan, light magenta, light black and either standard or matte black. The
introduction of light black as standard improves gradations to both colour and
black and white images, widening the colour gamut to enhance greyscale and colour
tonal gradations. The user then has an option of standard photo black or matte
black depending on the output they require. Photo black will create high gloss
levels on photographic media; matte black will provide optimum quality on plain,
matte and fine art media.
The customer can easily switch between black inks.
Each cartridge uses EPSON's Intellidge chip to store print data and allow each
colour to be replaced and re-inserted at a later date. The Grey Balancer software
allows users to calibrate the grey ink to suit their display conditions, ensuring
prints can be fine-tuned to meet individual needs.
Hiromi Taba, EPSON's
Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Finished Products for EMEA, says "The
EPSON STYLUS PHOTO 2100 provides the very best quality output for any professional
photographer. Its ink solution will provide users with a distinct advantage, they
will have even more options to fine-tune and personalise their prints for unique
For those printing a number of photographs, the automatic
cutter will be a huge benefit. The new feature will accurately cut photos on roll
media allowing for fast continuous photo printing. And the inclusion of a paper
catch basket ensures all the prints are collected safely.
often need to distribute their images via CD. The EPSON STYLUS PHOTO 2100 will
print directly onto a CD, allowing the photographer to brand their digital images
and personalise the CD for their client or customer. EPSON is the only manufacturer
to offer this feature as standard on a photo printer.
The benefits don't
stop here - improved paper handling means both roll and sheet media can be loaded
at the same time. Users can chose to print from either paper source without having
to adjust the paper path.
Taba also says, "EPSON holds the number one
position in the photo printer market, this position is maintained because we continue
to provide photographers with output to impress. The STYLUS PHOTO 2100 is no exception,
offering photographers an affordable total digital printing solution."
Stylus Photo 2100 Features Summary
A3+ 2880 x 1440 dpi photo printer
Highest Photographic Print Quality Available
Long Lasting Light Fastness
suitable for Professional Resale or Gallery Display
Consumables designed for High Volume Photographic Usage
Media Handling, Connectivity and Options
Highest Print Resolution
Available at 2880dpi x 1440dpi
7 Individual High Capacity Pigment
based inks Ink Cartridges for greater longevity and durability
Light Black Ink as standard to improve colour gradation
Photo Black Ink with optional Matte Black Ink for optimum output on both matte
and gloss media
Light Fastness between 45 and 75 years* (dependent
Continuous Print Solution featuring a Paper Roll Holder
and optional Automatic Paper Cutter and Catcher
Dual Load - Cut sheet
paper can be loaded simultaneously with Roll Paper
path for direct printing onto CD-faces and thick media up to 1.3mm
Border-free prints on cut sheet and roll media at 100mm, 4"x6", A4,
A3 & A3+
Epson Grey Balancer for accurately calibrating and improving
Black and White output
EPSON Stylus Photo 2100 RRP 599
Photo or Matte Black ink cartridge 9.81
Colour ink cartridge
Product availability - June 2002
Longevity may be
higher depending on final results of EPSON's accelerated test process. Indoor
display condition: under fluorescent light with glass mount.