Latest Epson printer news, updates and rumours
Epson printer news, updates and rumours
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Where we have information and technical details for a specific model, it will go on that printer’s specific page as well.
Keith has written detailed reviews of many of the printers from Epson, such as the SC-P600 (above) and SP4900 (left).
Timeline – how long has any printer been around – what’s getting on in years?
Ink switching - Total number of inks shown
- +1 denotes need to physically swap Mk/Pk ink carts.
- -1 indicates Mk/Pk ink switch, only one active at any time
- * indicates no Mk/Pk black ink switching
Links are to reviews of the printer by Keith Cooper.
Latest Epson printer news and rumours
20th I’ve been chatting with Epson UK about the new printers and have some infor of the sort that they would presumably have passed on had the announcement been made before the postponed Photography Show. [Note in brackets are mine]
- New ten channel head design, with no black ink switching. The black ink switching has clearly been a bone of contention for some users, so Epson have developed a true ten channel print head with dedicated matte and photo black channels. This new print head also utilises a minimum 1.5pl droplet size and VSDT (Variable Size Droplet Technology and the smallest of any pro printer), and with Epson Precision Dot Technology (already proven since the launch of the SurecColor SC-S Series), the user can achieve less graininess, smoother gradations and Epson’s “Carbon Black Mode”. The Carbon Black Mode works using the 1.5pl droplet size to effectively “smooth” the surface. Pigments sit on the paper surface, so depending on concentration may be at variable heights. The 1.5pl droplet attempts to level this in the most richest black areas reducing diffused deflection so the light is bouncing off in a consistent direction.
- The ink carts for the SureColor SC-P700 are 26ml, and for the SC-P900 they are 50ml.
- New Ultrachrome HD Pro 10 ink. This newly developed ink set, built on from the already hugely successful Ultrachrome HD now has the additional violet ink. This addition of the violet ink has expanded the gamut into the blue area of the spectrum, but we are still waiting on official figures from SEC as to gamut volume. [we hope to have some of these figures before too long] The LK and LLK are now renamed in line with the SC-PX500 ink set to gray and light gray. The light gray is also used in our Black Enhance Overcoat mode, first seen on the SureColor SC-PX500 means that we do not need a dedicated channel on the head for a chroma optimiser and do not need to cover the whole image, yet can achieve the same end result. The ink set is under testing currently, so there are no figures, but as each ink set has been released it has either matched or exceeded its predecessor. The new ink set also has the largest optical density currently on the market at a D-Max of 2.91.
- Three different paper paths. We have continued with the model of ASF (Auto Sheet Feed), front loading for board and fine art and the roll inlet, but have now changed the ASF so it is suitable for fine art media (single sheet) were previously we only recommended the front fine art path. The ASF has been redesigned to now keep the media in the center of the tray. By doing this the media is now held on the left and right, with the pick-up roller in the center to reduce the risk of media skew when pulled into the printing area. We have a standard spindle-less roll incorporated into the SC-P700, and optional spindle-less roll holder on the SC-P900.
- Improved connectivity. USB 3.0, Ethernet 10 Base/100Base, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, iPrint, AirPrint 1.4 and Google Cloud print all standard.
- New improved Epson Print Layout tool for iPad, iPad Pro and iPhone.
- 4.3 inch touch screen. Users can customise this to their preference or working methods.
- LED lighting in the print area. The user can see through the viewing window to the illuminated printing area to check on progress.
- Epson Media Installer. As previously mentioned, Epson have a proven method of delivering medias via their EMX (Epson Media Extension) format. Each EMX file contain the relevant media LUT, ICC profile and mechanical parameters for the media. i.e. platen gap, feed parameters, bi-di timings/thickness adjustment, etc. This will allow the end user to simply run the application, browse for their media, download their media which is then applied not only to the driver, but to the printer for mechanical parameters also. This is a very good method to prevent confusing when setting the driver for medias that are not originally included in the install, and also stops the need to have region specific drivers for certain regional medias. End users who want to create their own profiles still can using the traditional methods as the driver contains all functions to disable colour management and let this be handled by the application. [As you’d expect, this is an area I’m keen to explore for how it affects high quality print making]
- Improved product design. With not only a new sleek and aesthetically pleasing design perfectly suited at home or office, Epson have managed to reduce the physical footprint of the devices, making the SC-P900 (A2) coming in at a footprint size comparable to the SC-P600 (A3+), and the SC-P700 (A3+) giving a size of some A4 devices. A considerable weight reduction making them more easy to move for those with limited room or mobility. The design also helps offer protection against dust and other foreign elements.
I’ve some more images too… [click to enlarge]
The customisable screen
The new centre fed paper feed.
Here are the full set of P900 ink carts – the full set is half a litre of ink
Here’s the relative size of the printer, producing an A2 print.
Here’s the roll paper unit for the P900
Here are the ink carts for the P700
The P700 printing a 13″x19″ sheet (A3+)
14th The P700 and P900 are the names for the P600/800 replacements.
Epson UK was due to announce these at The Photography Show, but with its postponement, the release was a little lower key… I’ve put the launch press info (and technical specs for the P900 (from Japan) into a news article:
1st This is the roll unit for the P800 replacement
25th In Japan, Epson have announced the SC-PX1VL. [Epson Japan]
This appears to be a more compact SC-P800 replacement – there also appears to be a smaller P600 replacement, the SC-PX1V
It is 70% of the size of the P800 with a new UltraChrome K3X ink.
It includes a new deep blue ink – looks more violet in this image
It’s a 17″ (P800) printer – nine colour and no black ink swapping. There is a new version of Epson Print Layout that looks to be much improved.
The roll paper support looks interesting.
CORRECTION – this is the roll unit for the P600 replacement
[Features page – via Google xlt]
Shipping in Japan at the end of May.
More info, and hopefully a review to come…
5th The Epson printer timeline is updated above, and naturally leads me to wonder what’s next?
A new print head design would allow for the number of inks for the P600/P800 successors to rise to 10 and finally get rid of black ink switching, which despite Epson’s occasional protestations, is a genuine annoyance to quite a lot of users.
Someone on a forum the other day summed it up as ‘discouraging experimentation’ – not a big concern about cost, but an annoyance that just hindered casually trying different types of paper for an image. This struck a chord with me…
Whilst in ‘wish list’ mode I’d add a few other items…
- An advanced B&W printing mode that has more specialised options to allow linearisation.
- Better paper handling – if you are going to include roll paper support on smaller printers then no weedy little plastic clips. Support 3″ cores – I can easily get 6″ / 8″ / 10″ roll paper.
- Optional (inbuilt) timer features to exercise printers when you go away for a bit.
- For gloss/clear coat options, an ability to cover all of the printed area, but only the printed area
3rd New 24″ and 44″ printers are announced by Epson.
The P7500 and P9500 have a 12 colour ink set and no matt/photo black switching. They are referred to as the P7570 and P9570 in US info – I’ll try and get some clarity in the naming…
See my info page for the 7500/9500 printers for press info and other info about the printers
The printers seem heavily influenced by P1000/20000 design – see my P20000 review for more
11th Epson UK have kindly lent us a SureLab SL-D700 photo printer for a test and review. This is the sort of printer that many a photolab will use and I’m keen to see just how good results you can get with careful image preparation and profiling.
The D700 can print photos, cards, invitations, flyers and promotional leaflets on a wide range of media and formats, including glossy, lustre and matte roll paper from 102–210mm wide and from 89–1000mm in length. Because of the SureLab D700’s compact size, this desktop printer can fit perfectly into a photo kiosk and is durable, as most of its parts are permanent.
High-quality production photo printing
Building on Epson’s success in professional photo printing, the D700 offers a print quality and colour consistency that is inline with Epson’s professional graphics printers. The SureLab D700 is ideal for printing high-quality images, greeting cards or mixed print jobs on demand. This 6-colour printer with inkjet technology has a wide colour gamut and prints sharp images. It uses a professional ink that has been formulated for premium glossy photo prints, produced at high production speeds. It offers low cost per print and has a high resolution of 720dpi x 1440dpi.
Reliable and cost-effective
This printer has a long service interval, is low maintenance and has a long-lasting blade, which help reduce downtime and save time and money.
UltraChrome D6-S ink
This printer, with the specially developed Epson UltraChrome D6-S ink, produces outstanding images with vibrant colours, intense blacks, sharp contours and smooth gradations.
It takes 200ml ink carts
It turned up in its own wheeled stage case.
23rd Be careful not to let things get into your printer – the Epson P5000 we’re testing had a head strike. See what damage what we think was a paper clip can cause. I’ve written up some details, as much as anything because I was impressed by the mechanical bits that go into placing tiny drops of ink on paper.
Here’s a detail of the print head – those dots are nozzles. The big hole, dented metal and cracks should not be there.
28th I’ve carried on testing the P5000 and even after several absences of over a week, it’s still working perfectly, with not a single manual cleaning needed.
30th My lengthy Epson SureColor P5000 printer review is published.
11th After a trip to Epson’s UK HQ I’ve written a review of the rather large (64″) SureColor P20000 printer
27th I’ve written up a guide to installation and setup for the Epson P5000
13th Epson UK have kindly sent a P5000 for me to review.
It’s a hefty sized box – we’ll have full set-up details once it’s up and running.
4th Epson have quite a few US mail-in rebate offers running to the end of the month, such as $150 for the P5000 [B&H]
Look out for similar offers on other current printers from the P400 upwards
No sign of a P5000 yet for review – probably not for a month or so yet…
19th A quick look at the P5000 at Epson UK
I’ll add details (until we get one for review to the info page at Epson SC-P5000)
2017 January 5th A UK dealer publishes details of the SC-P5000 17″ printer
Details (updated as found) Epson SC-P5000
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