Ep­son Launches New 17-inch SureColor Printer

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Tak­ing on Canon’s im­agePROGRAF PRO1000 is the lat­est ad­di­tion to Ep­son’s new gen­er­a­tion of SureColor photo print­ers, the P5070. It’s also a desk­top model, but can han­dle pa­per widths of up to 17 inches for mak­ing prints up to A2 in size. It uses a ten­colour ‘Ul­tra­chrome HDX’ pig­mented ink set with large, 200-millil­itres-ca­pac­ity car­tridges – to pro­mote more eco­nom­i­cal print­ing – and newly for­mu­lated pig­ments. Ep­son says that the new black inks are 1.5x denser than pre­vi­ously and so de­liver a wider dy­namic range. Im­proved resin en­cap­su­la­tion tech­nol­ogy has been em­ployed to give bet­ter gloss uni­for­mity and “op­ti­cally clearer, sharper im­ages”. Ep­son claims that its new-gen­er­a­tion pig­mented ink tech­nol­ogy de­liv­ers up to twice the print per­ma­nence than be­fore.

The P5070 has a ten-chan­nel ver­sion of Ep­son’s ‘Pre­ci­sionCore TFP’ print head which in­cludes a new ink-re­pel­lant sur­face coat­ing, along with im­proved dust and static con­trol to re­duce the like­li­hood of noz­zle clog­ging. Ad­di­tion­ally, print­less noz­zle checks can be per­formed which saves wast­ing both ink and pa­per. In­ci­den­tally, there’s 360 noz­zles per colour chan­nel – with vari­able-size ink droplets as small as 3.5 pi­col­itres – to de­liver im­prove­ments in both the print­ing speed and the de­tail­ing in a print.

There are two colour con­fig­u­ra­tions; one with a Light Black ink and an­other which uses Vi­o­let ink. The Light Black con­fig­u­ra­tion is de­signed to give smoother and more neu­tral tonal tran­si­tions when print­ing in B&W us­ing the Ep­son Ad­vanced Black And White print mode. When the Vi­o­let ink is used, the colour gamut is ex­panded to give a 99 per­cent Pan­tone cov­er­age which Ep­son claims is cur­rently the best in the in­dus­try.

The P5070 can ac­cept pa­per rolls and has a power-driven roll me­dia spin­dle which en­ables the pro­duc­tion of panora­mas and roll print­ing up to around 30 me­tres in length. There’s an in­ter­nal high-speed, sin­gle-pass ro­tary cut­ter. A high-ca­pac­ity cas­sette for cut pa­pers can hold up to 100 sheets of pre­mium photo pa­per in sizes up to A2+. Fine-art me­dia up to 1.5 mil­lime­tres in thick­ness (in­clud­ing poster­board) can be ac­com­mo­dated via front pa­per feed. Au­to­matic switch­ing be­tween the roll and cas­sette sheet feeds al­lows both to be loaded at the same time. Four-sided bor­der­less print­ing is avail­able at all stan­dard pa­per widths from eight inches to 17 inches.

The Ep­son SureColor P5070 is avail­able now, priced at $2695. Var­i­ous pack­ages are avail­able, in­clud­ing one which in­cludes an op­tional in-line spec­tropho­tome­ter (for au­to­mated colour man­age­ment) and an ex­tended five-year war­ranty.

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