Epson announces wider aqueous printer

Epson has announced a 1.6m addition to its range of aqueous printers designed mainly for high end photographic work. Back in September of last year Epson updated these printers with a new family – the SureColor SC-P series – which were limited to 60cm and 1.1m. Now there’s a new 1.6m wide printer, the SureColor P20000, which will replace the ageing 11800 model.

It features a new MicroTFP printhead, which is believed to have 600 dpi native resolution. The printer itself can produce results up to 2400 x 1200 dpi. Epson also claims that the construction of the printhead should reduce vibrations, leading to more accurate ink droplets and dot placement. It can produce up to 17.5 sqm/hr.

Epson says that it has improved the media transport, which also includes a newly developed camera-based paper feed stabiliser, a well as a new roller system.

It uses the UltraChrome Pro 10-colour inkset, which promises better gradation with reduced graininess through its four shades of black ink. There’s a built-in Colour Calibration utility for setting colour profiles.

Options include an Adobe post script module, plus a hard drive to archive jobs for reprinting. It should be available in March, with pricing details still to come.

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