New P-series wide format printers from Epson

Epson has introduced four wide format SureColor P-series printers, the first large format graphics printer launched by the company in seven years. The company’s launch of its new SureColor SC-P6070, SureColor SC-P7070, SureColor SC-P8070 and SureColor SC-P9070, comes at a boom time for wide format.

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SureColor SC-P9070

Epson says the P-series feature a new UltraChrome HD ink set, which offers an enhanced gamut over their previous HDR ink, a higher D-Max for blacker blacks and deeper, richer colour, optional HDD support and a faster 1000Base-T Ethernet interface and 1GB ram. Epson says, “There were four development goals when Epson designed and built the new SureColor P-Series; to provide ultimate colour and precision, superior productivity and output flexibility, superior cost of ownership and superior durability. “The SureColor P-Series features upgraded Precision Core printheads with VSDT for improved print quality and durability, new accounting software for improved job costing, new Epson Print Layout software (which works as a plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom and Nikon ViewNX-i for simplified photo printing) and improved colour management. “Each printer in the SureColor P-Series has been specifically designed for a key market segment with the SureColor SC-P6070 (24 inch wide, 8 colour printing, 9 cartridge), and SureColor SC-P8070 (44 inch wide 8, colour printing, 9 cartridge) aimed at producing wide format photographs and eye catching retail point of sale for copy shops, pro photographers and artists, photo studios and commercial printers. “The SureColor SC-P7070 , a 24 inch wide, 10 colour printing, with 11 cartridges; and the SureColor SC-P9070 is 44 inches wide, with 10 colour printing and 11 cartridges. They are ideal for proofing and packaging in design offices, advertising agencies and printing companies and creating photo fine art for galleries, museums, pro photographers and artists, photo studios and pro labs.” The company says the SC-P6070 and the SC-P8070 offer roll media support with a barcode management system, fast spindle-less loading and a high-speed heavy-duty autocutter along with top load sheet support with heavy 1.5mm board support.

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SureColor SC-P8070

Epson says both printers offer significantly reduced operating costs with reduced power consumption, nine large, cost effective ink cartridges, 2880 x 1440 maximum resolution, full Pantone certification, upgraded colour management, and an optional 320GB hard drive. The SC-P7070 and SC-P9070 also boast all of these features but the company says with an increased 11 ink cartridges for an unparalleled 99 per cent max certified Pantone coverage. Direst successor of Epson’s Stylus Pro SP-7900 and SP-9900 printers, the SC-P7070 and SC-P9070 can print 10 colours at any time and also feature auto Photo Black/Matte Black (PK/MK) exchange. Epson says the SC-P7070 and SC-P9070 use an extended version of UltraChrome HD ink, the new UltraChrome HDX ink. Both printers can be configured with either Light Black which enables 98 per cent Pantone coverage and gives the highest colour gamut in the industry or new Violet which increases the gamut to a new level with 99 per cent Pantone coverage. The SC-P6070 and SC-P8070 are direct successors to Epson’s Stylus Pro SP-7890 and SP-9890 printers. With their nine colour ink sets (PK, MK, C, VM, Y, LC, VLM, LK, LLK) these printers print eight colours at any time and also have auto PK/MK exchange. Both units use Epson UltraChrome HD ink and the same ink technology as the recently released and highly acclaimed SureColor SC-P800. Epson says the P-Series’ optional 320GB HDD enables multiple jobs to be sent to the printer while it is printing and processing other work. The company says the HDD operates like a low cost print server improving work group productivity while also helping to reduce network traffic. Spooled jobs automatically commence in sequence once the existing print job has completed. A web-based management utility enables the queue to be adjusted to suit priorities and once jobs are resident on the HDD they can be reprinted as many times as required, either remotely or directly from the printer control panel. Epson says the printer comes standard with an extensive suit of software including the new Epson Print Layout software, which works in conjunction with common photo editing software including Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Nikon ViewNX-i to enable fast and flexible output to suit a wide variety of print and display requirements. Graphics and photos can be formatted for printing either as a single image or as a compound image using a range of pre-designed templates and custom settings.

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