Among other things, Epson is known for making some of the highest quality printers you can get your hands on. As a global technology leader, the company offers its customers efficient, compact and precision technologies – from inkjet printers and digital printing systems through to industrial robots.
So with the launch of two new wide format Epson printers, you can expect print lovers to sit up and pay attention. On the 21st June, Epson announced the shipping of the new family of SureColor P-Series printers. The first, the SureColor P10000, prints a 44 inch format; the second, the SureColor P20000 prints a 64 inch format.
The two new printers are successors to the widely admired Epson Stylus Pro 11880 and offer unmatched print quality and production rates to connoisseurs of the print world, such as print-on-demand providers, fine art reproduction houses and the upscale retail display graphics community.
The improvements in performance come from a combination of innovation and rigorous design, although most of the credit can apparently go to the all-new enhanced 2.64-inch, high-performance 10-channel PrecisionCore MicroTFP print head. In its press release, Epson also credits a newly developed media feeding system and the reformulation of its UltraChrome PRO nine-colour pigment inks.
This ink set is the first to feature four levels of grey ink technology, including Grey, Light Grey, Dark Grey, and Black pigment inks. Because of this, the SureColor P-Series printers provide really impressive colour and black density, along with superior black and white output. One of the biggest benefits of this will only become obvious over time: the new pigment technology will significantly improve the permanence of the end prints – they’ll keep their intense colour and form for much much longer than previous prints, a factor that’s particularly important for digital artists.
It’s also exciting to hear that these new high quality print standards don’t come at the expense of speed. The new machines can print at an impressive speed that’s up to 2.8 times faster than any previous Epson model. This comes in at a maximum imaging speed of 1311 square feet per hour, while preserving a high resolution output of 2400 x 1200 dpi!
Epson let a few special customers have access to the new SureColor P10000 printers ahead of their official release and – so far – the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Picture it on Canvas, a company that turns people’s precious photographs into works of art, had a go on the SureColor P20000 to print ready-to-hang images for their customers. The president of the Picture it on Canvas – Monica Denosta – had this to say: “Even with the speed and large ink path, the Epson SureColor P20000 produces stunning, high quality images with amazing detail! I’m a believer”. It doesn’t get more conclusive than that!
Larry Kaufman, Epson America’s Product Manager, is keen to see the new releases in action. “Leveraging superior printing technology, the new SureColor P-Series models push the boundaries of previous graphics, fine art and photographic printing capabilities. We’re excited to be shipping this new class of printers to our channel partners and customers and look forward to seeing how the print-on-demand and creative communities put these new tools to use, boosting productivity and uncovering new revenue opportunities.”
So how much will one of these new machines set you back? And how can you go about getting one? Well, they’re not cheap but with these kinds of performances, you wouldn’t expect them to be! In the United States, the Epson SC P10000 and SC P20000 are currently available for a manufacturers’ suggested retail price of $6,995 and $11,995 respectively. You’ll soon see the printers available through most authorised Epson Professional Imaging resellers. If happen to be buying your printers in the North American market, you might be pleased to hear that a 320GB Internal Print Server is included in the deal, and an optional Auto Take-up Reel ($1,999.95 recommended retail price) is available if you want to be able to enable roll-to-roll production.
For up to date information on buying a printer and any questions on warranties and servicing, speak to a local dealer or check online at www.proimaging.epson.com.
It’s always exciting when an industry leader like Epson launches a new machine, and we’re confident that these new printers will earn their place in the company’s impressive heritage. If you are looking for great deals on Epson checkout Clickinks.com.