Epson is gradually rolling out two new desktop large format printers, the Surecolor SC P700 (up to A3+) and Surecolor SC P900 (up to A2+ poster size) for professional photographers, photo labs and keen home darkroom enthusiasts, with Australian availability around May/June.
The two new models have a strikingly different look to the current printers in the range, with a sleeker, more rectilinear design. ‘Under the bonnet’ they have several enhancements, including a ‘black enhance overcoat technology’ and ‘Carbon Black’ mode. Epson says Black D-Max has been improved from 2.8 to 2.95.
Matte Black (MK) and Photo Black (PK) inks are now constantly available, making the switch between different photo papers faster.
The touchscreen has grown considerably – from 2.7 to 4.3 inches – and been placed, logically, on the top of the printer.
The printers use the UltraChrome Pro 10 inkset.
– Three different paper paths to accommodate a wide media range;
– Black D-Max value of 2.95;
– 4.3-inch LCD optical touchscreen (can be used with gloves) with customisable GUI
– Epson Media Installer for ease of use;
– Expanded blue colour gamut to reproduce ultra-realistic images;
– Black inks (PK/MK) always available;
– Epson Print Layout software (plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Nikon ViewNX) wirh enhanced functionality and flexibility to make colour-managed printing quick and easy;
– Spindle-less integrated roll unit on SC-P700, optional for SC-P900;
– New auto sheet feeding system (ASF) for hassle-free fine art media feed;
– Smallest footprint and lightest in class;
– Enhanced sealing to protect from dust and dirt.
There are no local release details as yet and even technical details and photos from overseas are as yet hard to come by. Now if only Epson (and Canon) could do the right thing by some of their best customers by offering lab-quality printers like these with cost-saving refillable ink tanks…It can’t be that hard.