New Nine-Color Epson SureColor P600 for Advanced Photo Printing

epson-surecolor p600Epson America is today launching what it’s calling the industry’s most advanced 13-inch photo printer – the Epson SureColor P600. Designed for creative professionals, fine artists, and advanced amateur and pro photographers, the SureColor P600 uses Epson MicroPiezo AMC inkjet print head and Epson’s next-generation UltraChrome HD pigment inks, driven by enhanced AccuPhoto HD printing technology to produce “exhibition-quality” black-and-white prints.

“The Epson SureColor P600 was designed to not only meet, but exceed the capabilities of today’s exceptional digital image captures by producing prints with the superior level of quality our customers have come to expect,” commented Larry Kaufman, product manager of Professional Imaging for Epson America. “With the advent of next-generation Epson UltraChrome HD inks and unrivaled fine art and roll paper support, the Epson SureColor P600 is poised to represent the new benchmark in desktop photographic printing.”

Media handling consists of a front-in and front-out paper path, enabling borderless photo-printing on up to 13″x19″-size media that includes glossy, matte, and fine art papers. Epson says there’s also improved roll-paper support, enabling users to print panoramas over 10 feet long from Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac PCs. Custom images may also be created and printed directly onto canvas, art boards, and CD/DVDs.

Features include a 3.5-inch tilting color LCD and touch panel, and USB, Wireless n1, Wi-Fi Direct, and wired Ethernet network connectivity. High-capacity individual 26-mililiter ink cartridges are available.

Other specifications include:

  • Uses an eight-color Epson UltraChrome HD ink-cartridge set that Epson says include a black pigment ink that provides superior image density. The three-level black ink set includes Black, Light Black, and Light Light Black ink, all designed for printing richer blacks and better gray balance.
  • Advanced Media Handling: The SureColor P600 features three paper paths, including a high-capacity, cut-sheet feeder; single-sheet, front-in, front-out thick paper path for fine art media up to 1.3 mm thick; and rear-mounted 2-inch core roll feeder. Media handling enables users to print full-bleed, borderless cut-sheet prints up to 13″x19″ on a wide variety of photographic and fine art paper, including Epson’s line of Signature Worthy papers. The printer also offers enhanced roll paper printing up to 129-inches long for both Mac and Windows users, for printing panoramas, as well as for printing on CD/DVDs.
  • AccuPhoto HD Image Technology: Created in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Munsell Color Science Laboratory, Epson says this complex mathematical architecture and advanced screening technology ensures precision placement of each individual ink droplet for smooth, grain-free images. It’s also said to optimize ink usage to maximize the printed color range and provide smooth image transitions and gradations, while reducing the metameric index to achieve consistent color print when viewed under different lighting conditions.
  • MicroPiezo AMC Print Head: The eight-channel Epson print head produces a maximum resolution of 5,670 x 1,440 optimized dpi and variable-size ink droplets as small as two picoliters. For decreased maintenance and increased reliability, the print head also incorporates an ink-repellent coating.
  • Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System: Nine individual 25.9 ml ink cartridges with pressurized ink technology are said to ensure reliable ink delivery at all print speeds.
  • Auto-Switching Black Inks: The Epson SureColor P600 automatically switches between Photo and Matte black inks to produce the deepest blacks and richest color on glossy, matte or fine art media. With Save Ink Mode, the printer uses less ink when switching from Matte Black to Photo Black inks.
  • Advanced Black-and-White Photo Mode: Users may choose from one of four pre-set imaging modes – neutral, warm, cool, or sepia images – for neutral, or toned black-and-white prints. Epson says this feature provides intuitive and consistent control through custom slider bars and a color-tone wheel for advanced tone adjustment. Customized settings can be also saved and recalled in order to achieve consistent prints, and using the optional downloadable Epson Print Layout software, users can automatically preview personal images with the selected settings.

The Epson SureColor P600 will be demonstrated for the first time in North America at PhotoPlus Expo (booth #701), taking place October 30 to November 1 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, and will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2015 through authorized resellers for $799 (MSRP).

For more information and complete specifications, visit Epson here.

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