Long Beach, CA—The 13-inch Epson SureColor P700 and 17-inch SureColor P900 desktop photo printers incorporate professional printing technology. The photo printers replace the SureColor P600 and SureColor P800.
In addition, they draw from more than 20 years of experience to incorporate Epson’s large-format printing technology into a compact design. As a result, they enable the creation of exhibition quality prints from the convenience of the desktop.
“Fifteen years ago, Epson stunned the industry with the Stylus Pro 3800; it provided unprecedented creative control for photographers, allowing them to print up to 17-inches wide without a darkroom,” said Reed Hecht, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America.
“With the introduction of the SureColor P700 and SureColor P900, a new generation of photographers will experience another breakthrough in printing technology; truly redefining not only the photographic print but also the printing workflow.”
Epson SureColor P700 and SureColor P900
The SureColor P700 and SureColor P900 are the smallest professional 13- and 17-inch printers in their class. Indeed, they boast a 30% size reduction from Epson’s previous generation printers. They are a solution for not only photography but also graphic design, fine art and illustration.
Furthermore, the new SureColor printers tout a 10-channel MicroPiezo AMC printhead to increase productivity. It has dedicated channels for both photo and matte black ink types; so no ink switching is necessary. The printers also use new UltraChrome PRO10 pigment ink with violet. And both printers are said to deliver an extremely wide color gamut. What’s more, they employ an advanced black-and-white mode to create professional black-and-white photographs.
Moreover, Epson’s new printers and inks are currently undergoing 10-factor testing with a range of papers and canvas, with both color prints and B&W prints made using Epson’s advanced black-and-white mode. Wilhelm Imaging Research, a leading independent print permanence testing laboratory, is conducting the tests.
“Preliminary data for the Epson 10-color UltraChrome PRO10 pigment inks in the new SureColor P700 and SureColor P900 create stunning museum quality prints, with WIR Display Permanence ratings that we believe will equal the ratings achieved by the current UltraChrome PRO12 inks of up to 200 years for color prints and up to 400 years for B&W prints framed with UV-absorbing acrylic; those displayed under LED illumination will achieve significantly higher ratings,” said Henry Wilhelm, director of research, Wilhelm Imaging Research Prints.
For the first time, users can print directly from iOS devices to the SureColor P700 and SureColor P900 in a color-managed workflow. Using an updated mobile version of Epson Print Layout software, support and color management tools are provided for iPhone and iPad printing.
The new printers also feature a print driver mode—carbon black—which increases Dmax by up to 11%. It also results in reduced bronzing and gloss differential on glossy papers.
In addition, the SureColor P700 accommodates both roll and cut-sheet media; the SureColor P900 uses cut-sheet media. What’s more, an optional fully enclosed roll media adapter supports both 2-inch and 3-inch rolls as well as roll printing up to 10 feet long.
Additional printer features include a 4.3-inch customizable touch screen; upgraded wireless connectivity, including 5 GHz; as well as an interior LED light to watch the progress of a print.
The SureColor P700 ($799 MSRP) and SureColor P900 ($1,295 MSRP) are now available at Epson authorized resellers starting in May. They come with a standard Epson Preferred Limited Warranty; the one-year program includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next business-day on-site service.