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Epson SureColor SC-P5000 STD Printer announced

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Epson SureColor SC-P5000 STD 17″ A2 Printer

New printer replaces the SP4900

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Epson have announced the replacement for the Epson SP4900 printer [4900 review]

This page covers product news for the Epson SC-P5000.

Initially we’ve posted details from one supplier in the UK, suggesting a price “from £2154”
Keith has been to Epson UK to look at the printer, where the price is £1795 +Vat for the standard model and £2770 +Vat for the spectroproofer model.

US Epson press info is included.

June 2017: P5000 testing
P5000 Set-up and installation

September 2017
Detailed P5000 review

Epson sc-p5000

2017 September

26th Full P5000 review


27th I’ve written a P5000 Set-up and installation guide

13th Our P5000 turns up from Epson UK – Let me know if you’ve any particular questions or features you’d like to know about?

delivery of Epson P5000

“We don’t deliver many of these to private homes”


19th I’ve had a brief chance to look at the P5000 printer today at Epson UK.

As you can see, the spectroproofer fits on the front much like the SP-4900

p5000 printers

You obviously can’t check print quality at an event like this, but with exactly the same ink set as the P7000 I reviewed last year, I’m expecting similarly impressive results when I get a chance for a detailed review.

Here’s the ‘business end’ of the all new print head. Since it’s not a user installable part, this is the closest I’ll get to one.

Epson say that a lot of work in the design of the printer has gone into reducing dust ingress and accumulation and other factors that increase the reliability of the printer.

P5000 printhead front

The printer now comes with a two year warranty (extendable options for up to five)

The rear of the print head.

P5000 printhead rear

13th US press release for SC-P5000

Epson Introduces SureColor P5000 Professional 17-inch 10-Color Inkjet Printer
Desktop Printer Offers Enhanced Performance and Reliability for Professional Photographic, Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Proofing Applications

Epson is once again setting the benchmark for professional imaging excellence with the introduction of the new 17-Inch Epson SureColor P5000. Incorporating the latest imaging technologies, the SureColor P5000 resets the standard for the desktop photography, fine art, graphic design, and proofing markets. Leveraging the advanced Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead and UltraChome HDX 10-color pigment ink set, the SureColor P5000 delivers outstanding output with an increased color gamut, higher-density blacks and twice the print permanence than the previous generation. A refined printer design includes improved dust and static control for reduced maintenance and increased durability and reliability.

“The SureColor P5000 is a replacement to the last Epson Stylus Pro model still available – the renowned Epson Stylus Pro 4900. The Epson Stylus Pro brand was iconic, and it helped Epson build a pronounced reputation within the photography industry. We have since announced the SureColor product line, which is bringing Epson’s photographic technology to the next level,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “The SureColor P5000 brings all of the SureColor printing technology into a 17-inch desktop model, providing photographers and graphic designers with the best imaging technology has to offer.”

The SureColor P5000 leverages 200 mL UltraChrome HDX 10-color ink cartridges2 utilizing newly developed core pigments, including new Orange and Green inks, as well as Black inks that are 1.5 times denser than the previous generation, delivering a wider contrast ratio and improved resin encapsulation technology for superior gloss uniformity and optically clearer, sharper images. Touting a refined design, the SureColor P5000 supports a 10-channel PrecisionCore TFP printhead that includes a new ink-repellant surface coating, along with improved dust and static control for reduced nozzle clogging and maintenance, and supports printless nozzle checks for time, production and resource efficiency.

The SureColor P5000 can support two different ink configurations. The SureColor P5000 Standard and Designer editions leverage Light Light Black ink for twice the overall print permanence, smooth and neutral tonal transitions and support of the Epson Advanced Black and White print mode, ideal for photography, fine art and graphic design applications. The Commercial Edition includes Violet ink, in place of Light Light Black, for an expanded color gamut, to deliver an industry-best 99 percent PANTONE® PLUS FORMULA GUIDE solid-coated color matching3, ideal for commercial and flexographic proofing applications.

The SureColor P5000 offers versatile media handling capabilities with auto-switching between the high-capacity front paper cassette and roll media feeder. It includes a power-driven roll media spindle, ideal for producing panoramas and roll printing up to 100-feet, and an internal high-speed single pass rotary cutter. The high-capacity cassette can hold up to 100 sheets of premium paper for high productivity printing on sheets from 8”x10” up to 17”x22”. In addition, the SureColor P5000 features a front feed straight path for delicate fine art sheet media, including poster board, up to 1.5mm thick. Auto-switching between roll and cassette sheet feeding allow both sources to be loaded at the same time.

Additional Epson SureColor P5000 Features: 

  • Exceptional Print Permanence – Offers next-generation pigment ink technology for up to twice the overall print permanence than previous generation1
  • Remarkable Detail – Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead delivers high print speeds with 360 nozzles per color channel, with variable-size ink droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters
  • Epson Precision Dot Screening Algorithm – Ensures incredibly accurate control of the sizing and mixing of ink droplets for beautiful prints
  • Borderless Printing – Four-sided BorderFree printing is available at common widths, including 8”, 10”, 11”, 13”, 14”, 16”, 16.5”, and 17”
  • Optional SpectroProofer UVS – Developed jointly with X-Rite, the in-line spectrophotometer provides automated color management and verification-related tasks for a range of proofing applications. It supports all current illumination standards for UV and UV-Cut measurement and is UV selectable between M0, M1 and M2.
  • LCD Control Panel – Full-color 2.7-inch LCD panel allows for easy setup, control and maintenance of the printer

SureColor P5000 Standard Edition

UltraChrome HDX with Light Light Black – $1,995

SureColor P5000 Commercial Edition

UltraChrome HDX with all-new Violet – $1,995

SureColor P5000 Designer Edition

Standard Edition with EFI Fiery eXpress 4.6.1 for Epson, software RIP with true Adobe PostScript 3 for accurate CMYK and spot colour printing – $2,495

Epson US product info

2017 January

5th Initial product info.
More details:

Product information Epson SureColor SC-P5000 STD Printer

Designed for proofing, fine art and photography applications, the SC-P5000 can be selected with a violet or LLK inkset, and can achieve near-perfect colour matching of up to 99% of Pantone Solid Coated Colours.

Precision colour proofing

When purchased with a violet HDX inkset for pre-press proofing the SC-P5000 can reproduce packaging, marketing materials and corporate colours with 99% Pantone Solid Coated Colour accuracy1.

Perfect art reproduction

When specified with an HDX inkset with LLK, photographers and fine artists can use the SC-P5000 to reproduce the detail and colours of their artwork perfectly, as well as exact reproduction of 98% of Pantone Solid Coated Colours.

Reliability you can trust

The SC-P5000 offers new features to ensure reliable day-to-day operation and minimise maintenance. These include new covers and seals to limit dust intrusion, an improved automatic nozzle check and a guided cleaning procedure.

Outstanding print quality

The SC-P5000 uses Epson’s latest ink technology to make high-resolution, long-lasting prints. 3.5pl droplet size and 2880x1440dpi resolution ensure crisp, detailed results, while Ultrachrome HDX inks offer much improved lightfastness.

Simple setup and operation

Setup and media handling is quick and easy thanks to an internal colour calibration sensor, simple media switching and a clear media handling guide on the display. The SC-P5000 fits seamlessly into any proofing workflow and can be supplied with a SpectroProofer, which can handle automated colour proof checking.

p5000 spectroproofer


Printing Method: Epson Micro Piezo™ TFP print head

Ink Technology: UltraChrome® HDX

Paper Formats: A2, A2+, A3+, A3, A4, Letter, 17 ” (43.2 cm), User defined

Print Margins Sheet Media: Mode 1: 3 mm (top), 3 mm (right), 14 mm (bottom), 3 mm (left)

Paper Tray Capacity: 250 Sheets Standard, 250 Sheets Maximum, 100 Photo Sheets

Compatible Paper Thickness: 0.08 mm – 1.5 mm

Duplex: No

Number of paper trays: 1

Energy Use: 52 Watt, 5 Watt (economy), 0.5 Watt (standby)

Supply Voltage: AC 100 V – 240 V, 50 Hz – 60 Hz

Product dimensions: 863‎ x 766 x 406 mm (Width x Depth x Height)

Product weight: 52 kg

Sound Power: Operation: 6.2 B (A)

Noise Level: Operation: 47 dB (A)

What’s in the box

Driver and utilities (CD), Individual Ink Cartridges, Main unit, Power cable, Setup guide, Software (CD), User Manual (CD-ROM), Warranty document

Memory: Printer: 256 MB, Network: 1 GB

Emulations: ESC/P2

Compatible Operating Systems: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 (32/64 bit), Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 (32/64bit), Windows Server 2008 (32/64bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 (64bit), Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows server 2003 R2

Warranty: 24 months On site service

Media Handling: Auto Sheet Feeder, Auto cutter, Borderless print, Fine Art Paper Path, Manual duplex, Roll Paper, Thick Media Support

Printing Resolution: 2,880 x 1,440 DPI

LCD screen: Type: Color, Diagonal: 6.8 cm

Epson sc-p5000

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  • Innocent Grandhomme Okorji | Feb 10, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I cannot agree more.

  • Belinda | Feb 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Notwithstanding whether or not the P5000 is any more reliable, (or should we say less unreliable), Epson Support is a disgrace. A corporate monolith that is deaf to its customers, utterly uncaring and driven entirely by profit.
    Yes, large format printing is costly, but when the cost of a service visit exceeds the cost of the product, something other than honesty is at play.

  • Belinda | Feb 7, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I have just sold my 4900 having managed to unclog it, (yet again), with the help of Piezoflush (excellent stuff from an excellent company).
    Lovely print quality when it worked which wasn’t very often. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
    The print head on all Epson machines is utter crap from a reliability point of view irrespective of how much or how often it’s used. A total, prima donna joke for professional/fine art printing.
    Combine that with the famous “We Don’t Care” Epson customer support and the “We Will Stitch You Up” parts and repair service, (it’s actually more cost effective to buy a new printer than carry out any repair), I can think of no good reason to subject myself to all that pain again.
    I have had 3 Epson printers, each and every one broke down and each and every time Epson ‘customer care’ managed to reduce me to a state of impotent rage.
    No more Epsons for me.
    This new printer looks like a rebadge and respray of the old one. It will undoubtedly produce prints of stunning quality. However, one hit wonder prints are not enough. As for promises of increased reliability, don’t hold your breath and remember, if, or likely when, it goes wrong you will be on your own and into major, major expense.
    I am upsizing to the new Canon Pro 2000 – same or better print quality, much better UI, easier to use overall, better ancillary software, a print head with self calibration, self diagnosis, self cleaning, auto ink agitation, nozzle redundancy and user replaceability and of course, proper professional customer service and support.

  • kacoooper | Jan 23, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Making big prints comes with significant costs – and that’s not for everyone. This and printer reliability have improved over the years.

    However, comparing an inkjet printer with an enlarger is a somewhat ‘fixed’ comparison IMHO ;-) – I’ve no real expectation of any of my printers working in 40 years!

    Having been down to Epson to have a look at the P5000, it seems they have put a lot of effort into addressing reliability concerns.

    I’m hoping to get a P5000 to have a look at for a review here, but obviously reliability info will need some longer term testing…

  • Kevin Allen | Jan 23, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Sorry to hear that, I decided years ago having a printer just wasn’t worth it, I had a Epson 17inch (can’t remember the model) It didn’t last long either. Ink cost was sky high and every time I would go to print I would need to run a few cleaning cycles, then of coarse it was low on ink. I do still have a printer, a floor standing Durst 5×7 enlarger I use for B&W, it was made in the 1970’s and is still as good as new despite years of pro use. What chance an Epson lasting 40 years, even if one does you will not be able to buy the ink or find a computer that can talk to it.It’s all an absolute con, I have a little A4 Canon as far as I know it still works, but guess what my latest OS doesn’t recognise it, so it’s worthless scrap. Good luck Murray.

  • Murray Olafson | Jan 12, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I have owned 4 epson 4900 and they are literally junk. They last about 1 year if your lucky then breakdown. If Cannon had anything comparable I would be going with Cannon, Having said that I have been waiting 2 years for this printer to come out. The look of it is the exact same as horrid 4900 with a black paint job. I am praying the new 5000 is going to be way different as far as reliability and clogging, but could they not have changed the look a bit so I am not reminded of all the money I soaked into the crappy 4900″s. Please god make them a better printer then the 4900.

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