Ep­son SureColor P600 £570, $790

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A step for­ward from the Ep­son R3000, this latest model uses newly for­mu­lated inks

The P600 re­places Ep­son’s R3000 as its flag­ship A3+ model. It uses new Ul­traChrome HD pig­ment-based inks, but the nine-colour line-up and 25.9ml car­tridge ca­pac­i­ties are vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal to those of the pre­vi­ous printer. The ink range in­cludes cyan, light cyan, vivid ma­genta, light vivid ma­genta, yel­low, photo black, light black, light light black and matte black.

The photo black and matte black inks share a chan­nel in the print head. Switch­ing be­tween glossy and matte media means a wait of sev­eral min­utes while the chan­nel is purged, wast­ing ink and time.

There’s good Wi-Fi and cloud sup­port. The P600 also fea­tures a 6.8cm touch­screen. Ink costs of £0.85 ($1.24) per millil­itre are slightly higher than for the Canon Pro-10S, but cheaper than for Ep­son’s XP-950. A roll feeder is in­cluded for cre­at­ing large-for­mat panoramic prints.

Per­for­mance

Gen­er­at­ing a high­est-qual­ity A3+ glossy colour print in just un­der 11 min­utes, the P600 is about 45 sec­onds faster than the Canon Pro-10S. Glossy prints aren’t as uni­formly smooth, but they’re still very good. Colour ac­cu­racy is bet­ter than from the Ep­son XP-950, but dark tones in black-and-white prints lack def­i­ni­tion com­pared with those from the Canon Pro-10S.

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