If you are contemplating purchasing a Epson Surecolor P5070 17-inch printer, you might want to hold off a few months as a successor has been announced in other markets – the Epson P5360. Epson Australia says it will ‘start shipping’ from December.
Epson says the new printer has an improved printhead and a new ink set ‘with an extended colour gamut in dark blue hues’.
Other than that it’s hard to work out from the press release what is new and what features it shares with the well-regarded-if-hefty P5070. The ‘improved advanced’ MicroPiezo AMC printhead has Epson Precision Dot Screening Technology ‘to consistently produce prints with smooth tonal renditions and capability to reproduce the details captured with today’s high-resolution cameras’ – which is good to know.
The new 10-colour UltraChrome PRO10 inkset (200 mL cartridges), includes violet ink. The printer delivers an extended range of blue hues and ‘a wider colour gamut’ (than the machine it replaces, presumably). It has dedicated channels for Photo and Matte Black, so there’s no ink switching. The printer’s built-in Carbon Black Mode increases D-max, ‘allowing for rich blacks and exceptional contrast on glossy paper.’
There’s a built-in roll feeder, auto cutter and a high-capacity cassette that accommodates up to 100 sheets up to A2 size.
Additional features include:
- A 4.3-inch colour LCD touchscreen and interface;
- Ethernet, USB and Wi-Fi connectivity;
- Advanced software support – includes Epson Cloud Solution PORT for fleet management and Epson Print Layout software for simple print production.
Local price is $3495 RRP – same as the model it supercedes. Cartridges are a gob-smacking $169 each, so you will pay half the cost of the printer every time you purchase a new set!
Epson seems to have recently whacked up its prices, as the excellent review of the Epson Surecolor P5070 by Margaret Brown in Photo Review Australia quotes $2995 for the printer and $139 each for cartridges, while the Epson Australia website quotes the above prices.