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Epson launches A3+ SC-P600 printer with industrys highest black density

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Epson has announced a new A3+ desktop pigment-ink inkjet printer aimed at the professional and semi-professional photographer that it claims is capable of producing a maximum black density of 2.8. According to Epson this beats all competitors A3+ machines that use 6 or more inks. The SureColor SC-P600 is part of Epsons plan to introduce ten new professional printers to the market under the Sure brand by 2016, and is the first SureColor model to be aimed at the photo market. A source at Epson told DP Review that we should expect the Stylus Pro name to be gradually phased out as new products are launched, but was keen to stress that existing Stylus Pro models are not about to be replaced.

Significantly, the Sure models, including the SC-P600 use Epsons newPrecisionCoreprint head technology, which the company says brings additional control over ink droplet size, placement and shape, and with the potential to work faster than current desktop technology. The SC-P600 is said to produce an 11×14-inch photo print in around 153 seconds.

The 2.8DMax and a claimed wider colour gamut are produced via Epsons new nine-colour UltraChrome HD inkset, which includes the new Vivid Magenta ink and, in this machine, 25.9ml cartridges.

Dual media paths allow a variety of thick art papers and canvas to be used, while a paper roll holder expands the options for panoramic printing.

The machine can be operated wirelessly via Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, as well as via theEpson Connectremote printing service, and a new 2.7-inch colour touch screen allows set-up and printing without a PC.

Pricing and availability is yet to be announced.

A slightly long-winded white paper onPrecisionCore technology is available as a PDF download

A paper roll handler allows panoramic printing on continuous sheets so larger and longer images can be produced

The 2.7-inch touch screen for set-up, control and previewing means the printer can be used without a PC

Epson launches SureColor SC-P600 A3+ photo printer

Global debut at Photokina 2014: Top-of-the-range Epson A3 photo printer with new UltraChrome HD ink delivers excellent quality prints

3rd September 2014 Epson announces the launch of the SureColor SC-P600, a fast, flexible and easy-to-use printer which produces professional high-quality photo prints in sizes up to A3+.

The SureColor SC-P600 is Epsons top-of-the-range A3 photo printer and combines superb quality, high productivity and superior wireless connectivity in a compact and affordable package. The SureColor SC-P600 features Epsons new UltraChrome HD and Vivid Magenta ink to produce excellent quality prints. The new nine-colour UltraChrome HD inkset can reproduce a very wide colour gamut and with a 2.84 DMax the industrys highest black density1 produce deep, rich blacks and ultra-smooth tonal gradations.

Ideal for amateur and semi-professional photographers, the SureColor SC-P600 will also appeal to businesses, such as architects, real-estate agents and advertising/design agencies, that have a regular requirement for high-quality colour presentations.

The new printer provides exceptional Wi-Fi Direct® wireless printing connectivity from smartphones, tablets and PCs. For the first time on a single-function Epson A3+ photo printer, Epson Connect is supported. Google Cloud Print is also supported.

Designed for medium-volume production, the SureColor SC-P600 outputs an 11 x 14 inch print in only 153 seconds. Twin paper paths enable A3+ printing on a wide variety of photo and fine art papers, canvas and thick media, while the machines roll-paper capability is perfect for high-impact panoramic images. The 2.7 inch, colour touch panel interface, unique to the SureColor SC-P600 in the A3+ sector2, makes it simple to set up and manage, even without a PC.

The SureColor SC-P600 printer will be shown for the first time in Europe at Photokina (Stand B11, Hall 2.2, 16th-21st September 2014, Koelnmesse, Cologne).

New nine-colour UltraChrome HD and Vivid Magenta ink technology

Exceptionally wide colour gamut and Epsons highest black density (2.84 DMax on PGPP)

Supports Epson Connect with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print

Wi-Fi Direct for direct wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and PCs

High print speed of 153 seconds for 11×14 inch @ A3+

Large 2.7 inch colour touch panel for simple set-up and management

Generous 25.9 ml ink cartridge size

Compact footprint 616 x 369 x 228mm

New P600 set-up. Does NOT print in Photoshop with Photoshop managing color. MUST be set to Printer managing color or else you get a blank page that it pretends to print. VERY frustrated. Epson says its an Adobe issue but why the heck do my Epson 7880, 7800, and former 2200 all worked just fine? 1.5 hour with tech support and that is their answer but then again he said this printer does not support Epson Connect so once again, back tech support. ARGGHHHh. Just want it to work….

Ive had 2 of these P600 printers and the print head failed on both, after only 6 months of very light use. They are OUT OF STOCK on the replacement print heads which would cost $428 if they had any. Plus install. The original cost was $799. The second printer only lasted 9 months. First printer lasted 6 months. DONT BUY THIS PRINTER. BAD PRINTER. SPREAD THE WORD.

Does anyone know where this sits in the Epson lineup?

Ive really wanted to like Epson, but every printer that Ive bought from them failed due to head clogs. Their remedy is to run through a cleaning cycle that decimates the costly inks. So… Ill be staying with Canon.

I am still waiting for a 3, 4 or 5 color black and white only inkjet printer. I am not holding breath. I hate wasting all that money on cyan, magenta and yellow inks.

Sounds to me like a lot of marketing speak. I wouldnt be surprised if they could have also brought this to existing ones like the R3000. Better blacks through new inks and Wifi Functionality through a software/firmware update.

Really high quality prints are not cheap, but for most people theyre still cheaper than printers, cartridges and high quality paper these days. As long as someone doesnt have to hand over a print to his client at the same day I wouldnt really invest into it.

Epson should concentrate on 3D-printing technology. Of all the 3D-cubes available at the moment not 1 is able to print in the resolutions like the big industrial printers can do. If Epson could manage to create a 3D home-printer with high-res results comparable to Shapeways and i.Materialise then they are onto something new to conquer the market.

As far as the ink printing market, Epson delivers printers that can print in the best possible resolution with the best possible results. This product is finished, and apart from some hardware issues it is as good as it can get.

I contacted Epson UK today and they dont yet know if it will be sold in the UK!!

Thank you for contacting Epsons UK Customer re.

In response to your query, we are not aware that this product will be available in the United Kingdom at the moment.

If you require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact the EPSON Customer re and we will endeavour to resolve any further queries you may have.

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electronic paper (re-usable, durable and infinitely rewritable) & printers that print on various affordable e-paper sizes will get my wallet out and excitement levels up. Far too much e-waste with the backwards pricing of inks, clogged printers and cheapened laser printers with low yield toner too. I think we are all tired of these cheap tricks and the waste of experimenting with expensive inks and single-use photo paper.

which part is confusing? We need re-usable rewritable durable paper that is written on with electrical charges coming from the printer. Not ink.

Imagine putting up a large print in a frame that was printed 8 times before you got it perfect and all you used was that single sheet of electronic paper with no ink coming from

In other words, paper that reproduces all colours that is sensitive to electrical (or optical or magnetic) charges coming from the printer.

Why would you need to print it 8 times before getting it perfect? Sounds like whatever your workflow is now youre doing something wrong if you need to waste that much ink and paper to get it right.

Also, wouldnt something worth printing 8 times to get perfect be something you wanted to keep forever? If so, e-paper would be a lot more expensive than regular paper.

If you really need laser printers, you get more expensive ones with better toner yields, not the competitively priced ones that cost less than toner. Those are a complete rip-off.

Replacing paper with e-paper would not work in so many different ways. If the price ever got reasonable enough for it to make sense replacing traditional paper with it, people would also be throwing it away, making it a lot worse than throwing paper away today…

Those large prints on electronic paper sound fantastic. Let us know in 2025 or so when the technology is ready, for sale and reasonably affordable.

The Epson R200 was the last photo printer I will ever buy. The output even 8 years ago was more than good enough. Eventually is clogged permanently which it will if you dont print regularly.

These printers just make no sense. For home use they are too expensive and clog if not used regularly. If you are a pro there must be a better cheaper way to print (maybe I am wrong).

Look at the number of cartridges in this thing @ 40$ per cartridge. It is cheaper to cover your home or gallery in LCD monitors controlled with a motion sensor than it is to print (Thats what I did but no sensor)

When cartridges are 5$ a pop and they figure out a way that the print head doesnt permanently clog when the printer is not used every few days I will revisit. An even if it doesnt permanently clog, the cleaning cycle with cost you 10$.

Epson lost me when my Stylus Pro broke after some 5 years of very moderate use and only Epson cartridges used. Id expect such a unit to work at least 8-10 years, someone found out that they are meant to work no longer than 5-6 years. Too expensive for the printer and all the inks.

Will not buy an Epson large format again. As others have pointed out, the cost of ink exceeds anything out there. What an absurdity. Luckily noone has to buy it. I wont…

Ok, so you will not buy another Epson large format again. So, what are the options then, not really a lot of alternatives to choose from..

Luck of the draw. Im still using my 2200 that I bought in 2002, 14 years worth of a lot of prints. Its had one overhaul for the ink pads. Might consider replacing it when the next one is due.

What the heck size is A3+?? I guess people in England know, but for the rest of us, could someone not have included that info? I had to do a google search.

A3+ paper measures 329mm 483mm which is about 12.9 19.0 inches

Well, all the world uses the A paper formats (as defined in ISO 216) and everyone knows how big that is, except for some antediluvian countries like the USA and Canada.

In fact it is a A3 printer but it will also accept a paper roll that has the size of a endless A3 paper, as seen on the image above.

In fact, you can print the longest cucumber in the world.

Another new Epson printer that will shortly have paper feed problems.

Just purchased a r3000, and the shop owner said he couldnt possibly think the r3000 would be replaced… Guess he had wrong, fukkkkkk

Yes, and magically, just after the new one was announced, the one you bought stopped printing beautiful prints. Same thing happens every time they announce successors to my cameras too. My old ones suddenly lose resolution, dynamic range and ISO performance, rendering them useless.

So far, this seems an ink upgrade, not really a hardware upgrade.. So why not introduce an new ink set that can be used in the existing models? My R3000 is brandnew and makes the highest quality prints in the highest possible resolution. I print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta, the blacks are BLACK, a deeper black is something probably no-one will ever need, for what? What would be much more interesting is a dedicated B&W printer in the line of the piezzo technology. So far, the new printers seem hardly new, its the blacker ink that is new. And pretty pointless imo.

With the price of fluid ink being higher of that of gold why would you bring out a printer with only (several) black(s) while you earn a lot more by selling multi-color ink printers.

I do have an Epson R3000 myself and the quality is very very good but I have to say I seldom make use of it anymore.

one of the greatest disadvantages of opaque image reproduction (i.e. prints), is the fidelity of color reproduction, even though, everyone viewing the print is going to view it under different non-original uncalibrated/wrong/non-perfect illumination …

well, many years ago, Epson was one of the first to achieve absolute black blacks on OLED displays, … and many others have advanced OLED display colors with greater durability (blue light still remains the shortest lived of organic polymer color displays)

given: light displays being so much more capable of reproducing the entire color gamut than print ink … and replacing expensive pricey (per image) color ink cartridges that STILL cannot match color displays

why not design modular OLED display circuitry in REPLACEABLE TRIPLE RGB LAYERS, one layer for each color?

so if BLUE light OLED circuitry expires significantly faster than the red and green layers, just REPLACE the blue color display layer with a fresh new blue one, etc!

just REPLACE the blue color display layer

Have you ever disassembled a monitor?

have you ever seen an OLED/OLET/AMOLED display?

thin as a sheet of acetate overhead transparency (sheet of plastic paper: and just as flexible)

if theyre too thick today, tomorrow they could be ultra-ultra-ultra-thin

why look to, or appeal to, the past, when we can look to future possibilities?

no doubt, by then, blue light OLED/OLET pixels will be more durable, and any need to replace it separately becomes unnecessary

I just threw that modular single color layer out there to get you thinking what would previously have been considered impossible, possible

like transparent monitors (already exists in OLED form)

for me, replacing the entire whole (rgb on one layer) OLED screen far easier than having individual modular triple layer color layer replaced

Its nice to see Epson still has long-term plans in inkjet printing. The market has gotten very tough, and even companies like Lexmark have left the field. At the same time, inkjet tech is one of the most promising paths to printing active circuit components, etc., and Im sure the ink flexibility and variable dot size of their new heads is intended to deal with a lot more than ordinary color ink….

You know what I wish for, seeing as I have printed hundreds of pictures, with great results, on one Epson 6-color or another in the last five years? I would actually like two Epson printers. One that could hold enough paper for 100 4×6 prints, still have 6 colors, and be useless for anything larger, to sit by my laptop. AND I would like a big unit that does 8 x 10 and 13 x 9 that is NOT fed from the back. It does seem that the back is probably less of a problem for feeding, but I dont like to waste counter space. I like shelf units that can be accessed, exclusively from the front, no clearance above or behind required. I quite liked the ergo fit on the Artisan type units. I dont care if either would print on anything but photo paper. I have a color laser for crappy business, plain-paper printing.

Dont see how this has a compact footprint. It has the same dimensions as the R3000, down to the millimeter! And no one would consider that printer compact.

Could Epson not produce a printer with the following ink configuration:

So 8 channels, both blacks loaded simultaneously (no flushing needed), gloss optimizer, light colors removed in favor of using small droplets up to 2 pl, grey for ABW-mode and orange combined with vivid magenta to get the same results as the magenta, red and orange combination of the R2000 and gloss optimizer to minimize gloss differential/bronzing as the R2000 does, but with grey ink like the R3000 for neutral B&W prints.

Also a user replaceable waste ink tank, like the Epson Pro 3880.

That would be winner, more than this upgrade of the R3000.

Yeah but what would a machine like that cost? And how big would it be? I assume this SC-P600 will be similar in price and size to the R3000.

Frankly, this printer format has not been selling well at all for the past few years. Making a new machine that is even more expensive and larger would not do much to boost sales.

I dont believe you get the point: my proposed printer is the same size, but a different ink configuration and an extra waste ink tank underneath. Actually: the R3000 is only slightly smaller compared to the Epson Pro 3880, so it is relatively very bulky. The gloss optimizer could be sitting on the place now taken by the matte and photo black together with a larger 60 ml capacity (as GO is consumed much faster). You still will have the same printhead and same printer, but with aformentioned ink configuration.

Epson should change this from aimed at the professional and semi-professional to casual users who want something approaching semi-professional. With those piddly ink cartridges, youll have to keep a lot on hand for the start up and cleaning out the clogs that Ive experienced with Epson, with little left for printing. Better than your everyday printer but I seriously doubt its in the pro league unless theyve figured out how to eliminate their muddy blacks.

Is this an R3000 replacement? Whether it is or not, it doesnt seem to have much of a USP. Ive never heard a complaint about D-Max on their existing printers. Cartridge cost and capacity yes, but that seems not to have been addressed.

Looks like Epson has never heard of Piezographic inksets.

Black density is not a problem – Epson cures a non-problem! 😀

When Epson advertised their blacks wouldnt fade for X number of years I tested the theory. There claim was less than 1 DE of color change. My work has a Xenon machine and there was over 2 DE of color change after 20 AFU. I sent my results along with photographic evidence and they didnt even defend their marketing claim.

Some will love this feature and other will say its a gimmick. At the end of the day they will generate a lot of revenue based on this claim which they may or may not defend.

I have both Canon and Epson photo printers and dont prefer the results of one printer over the other.

Looks and feels like substantially the same machine as the existing ones. Doubt that paper feed has ben improved.

Make the printer more expensive and the ink cheaper….

With all current printers on the market Ink is more expensive then gold. 😉

Actually its the most expensive fluid on Earth (per unit of volume). More than blood or water.

Kind of like razor blades. Cheap to buy a Gilette kit but the blade cartridges cost a fortune. They are in a secure area of drug stores in Canada.

Haha, love razor blade metaphor too Peter :).

The only thing printer manufacturers have to understand is that the users print cost of all consumables, i.e paper and inks, of a photo printer has to drop down to $1,00 maximum per A3+ sheet/photo.

No gloss optimiser. Vast tonal range and gloss differential too!

Not interested until Epson make a pigment printer with 3 black shades, matt black which doesnt need ink to be purged before use and which has a gloss optimiser. Oh, and which only purges the cartridge which was replaced when one runs out rather than all of them.

Perhaps even with an Epson own brand continuous ink system.

There are a lot of things Epson could have improved in a new printer.,, black density was very low on my list.

Great points – my sentiments as well.

Just switch to the Piezographic inksets for 7 shades of black and youll never go back to Epsons cruddy b&w

Stretching the darks more or less linearly down to a density of 2.8 will also take less dark areas down by a few notches as well. The my prints are too dark syndrome will haunt newby users of this system. Also, it looks like the 2.8 density is based on the use of PGPP paper, which will not make fine art print makers especially happy.

Ill start cheering when Epson introduces a clog-free printer that can easily reach a density of even 2.3 on Baryta and fine art papers.

And 25.9 ml cartridges are not generous! Gimme a break!

Stretching the darks more or less linearly down to a density of 2.8 will also take less dark areas down by a few notches as well.

Maybe Epson have that fixed. In any case profiling should do that anyway. Its kinda irrelevant that a newbie would be complaining about a pro printer, so really its a moot point.

2.8 D-max is huge and to my knowledge wasnt even approached in the traditional darkroom Once cadmium was removed from b/w paper even a selenium toned piece of fiber base paper only reached a d-max of 2.2 to 2.3 on glossy fiber base paper!

Yes, and we were plenty happy with that.

None of us actually measured Dmax of displayed prints we just compared papers, toners and developers and used what we thought was best and got on with it.

Pictures arent any better but the belief that buying the best printer will somehow move us to a demonstrably better print experience is firmly at work.

I dont understand why the tone of so many comments is negative. This series of printers will have both new inks and a new type of print head, will print faster, and will allow quite dense blacks.

Nobody has been told they have to buy one, but people who do want a new printer need not get one designed within the ink set and printhead limits of half a decade ago?

Whats the complaint, if you dont want one? You want one they havent made yet? That doesnt detract from this series improvements!

Kirk, the comments are a response to the notion that IQ can be reduced to numbers and that the numbers are true to begin with. I have been buying photo gear for over 40 years and have had the opportunity to see how little the numbers mean. Granted, there are real improvements over time. But while I am sure this product produces fine work, the prints will largely be indistinguishable from those preceding them because most people have no idea of the significance or in fact can see what that number means.

Maybe your or most people cant see differences attributable to printers, but I print a lot, fairly large, and very carefully. I do have an interest in DMax (which I can see, not just measure), also printer speed and resolution. I wear out printers and am glad Im not still printing on those Ive used in the past.

ink is still more expensive than gold

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