Epson has always been known for creating really awesome printers, and some of their higher end products are getting a refresh today. What photographers will notice is a tiny split in how the printers will be marketed and sold. In today’s announcement, Epson is introducing the following new printers.
|Epson SureColor P6000 24-inch – Standard Edition||$2,995|
|Epson SureColor P7000 24-inch – Standard Edition (Light Light Black Starter Ink Set)||$3,995|
|Epson SureColor P7000 24-inch – Commercial Edition (Violet Starter Ink Set)||$3,995|
|Epson SureColor P8000 44-inch – Standard Edition||$4,995|
|Epson SureColor P9000 44-inch – Standard Edition (Light Light Black Starter Ink Set)||$5,995|
|Epson SureColor P9000 44-inch – Commercial Edition (Violet Ink Starter Set)||$5,995|
So why a commercial and a standard version?
First off, each of them are designed for commercial photographers, graphic designers and those that just need to print really, really big. The 24-inch SureColor P7000 and 44-inch SureColor P9000 incorporate a reformulated Epson UltraChrome HDX 10-color ink set and are the successors to the Epson Stylus Pro 900-Series. Both of these printers come in a standard and commercial version–where the commercial version features a new Violet ink for and expanded color gamut plus you can add in a configuration like the Epson SpectroProofer® UVS in-line spectrophotometer which manages the colors and proofing.
The printers can handle up to 1.5mm thick art paper (which is pretty darn thick) and can have an internal print server that can store up to 320GB of data.