Ep­son SureColor P600

Ep­son’s flag­ship A3+ photo printer gets a new inkset

NPhoto - - Test Team -

£570, $799

www.ep­son.com

The SureColor P600 re­places the Sty­lus Photo R3000 as Ep­son’s top-end A3+ photo printer. It has the same max­i­mum print­ing res­o­lu­tion (5760x1440dpi) and min­i­mum dro­plet size (2pl), and it’s also sim­i­larly hefty.

The P600 uses the com­pany’s full nine-colour Ul­traChrome HD inkset, with the swap be­tween the Photo Black and Matte Black inks be­ing made au­to­mat­i­cally once you have se­lected the pa­per type from the print op­tions. If your pa­per isn’t listed in the print dialog, you can switch be­tween car­tridges man­u­ally via the printer’s touch-con­trol panel. (The swap takes be­tween three and five min­utes to run through, and you do waste ink.)

Wi-Fi Di­rect wire­less print­ing is pos­si­ble from smartphones, tablets and com­put­ers, and Ep­son Connect and Google Cloud Print are sup­ported. Set-up is straight­for­ward.

In our tests, the P600 pro­duced su­perb qual­ity images, with A3 prints on Ep­son Pre­mium Glossy Photo pa­per tak­ing around 15 min­utes, in colour or black and white. This de­creased to around 14 min­utes 30 sec­onds when print­ing on Ep­son Archival Matte Pa­per. Tonal gra­da­tions are very smooth, and de­tail and colour are re­pro­duced very well. If you need prints in a hurry then there is a quick print op­tion which halves print times, and showed only the slight­est drop in clar­ity. If you want to print large-scale panoramic images, a roll pa­per at­tach­ment is in­cluded with the printer.

If you’re con­sid­er­ing up­grad­ing from the R3000, we’d ad­vise against it, but if you’re re­plac­ing an older printer, then the P600 will give you mar­ket-lead­ing print qual­ity at home.

The SureColour P600 uses Ep­son’s full nine-colour inkset, which in­cludes Photo Black and Matte Black

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