November 27, 2013

The wired ports are at the rear, under a fold out panel. In Canada at least, the largest sheet paper I can get is 17″ x 22″. Bent corners were particularly poorly received. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You can however make your own copies of installed media and install them on your printer. ‘SC-P900’ worked though. Interestingly enough this was worst with a stack of A4 Epson Premium Luster paper, when a stack of cheap photo paper fed through like a photocopier. I’ve lots of test images available on the site but the one printed here (A2 Epson PLPP paper) is a Datacolor one I’ve used for years and know very well. The 17″ width (A2) printer replaces the P800, but is a major new design, not only being smaller, but increasing the ink count to ten. The 17″ width (A2) printer replaces the P800, but is a major new design, not only being smaller, but increasing the ink count to ten. The printer notices this and offers three front load options. A picture I took whilst testing the new Laowa 15mm shift lens. How can this be best avoided? The test patterns are printed and you note results via the screen. I look for a nice smooth gradation from paper white to darkest black, with no crunching up of shadows – the most common problem in B&W printing. For accessing this, go to: You need to put in your product type. In particular, dropping the graphs in the real world, with the Epson SC-P900 I can push a bit on the chromaticity of blues and greens (great for seascapes and forests for example). Some paper suppliers offer papers cut in wide ‘panoramic’ aspect ratios. I can see no obvious improvements in the highest quality settings for most images. Menus are clear and easy to use with the touch interface. I'll review it here as soon as Epson makes it available. The on going cost with Epson … There are essentially 5 different quality settings, the first two at 1440×720 resolution, the mid or ‘high quality’ one at 1440×1440 and two higher ones at 5760×1440. It’s really easy to fit/remove, but adds appreciably to the size of the printer. As a test, I’d suggest leaving two identical prints overnight with only a note on the back as to which is which setting? As we can see, what jumps to the eye from the chromaticity diagram on the left is that the Epson SC-P900 (released in 2020) on this matte paper (and continuing the tests we can tend to generalize to most of the cotton papers) has a gamut very similar to the one of the Canon iPF PRO-1000 (released in 2016!). The roll paper settings are set for 16″ paper. I’ve profiles available for some – they are available on request strictly for non-commercial use. Preview on the display is a nice feature I’ll show later, where you get to see the image being printed, on the screen. I also can’t easily lift it myself… A P5000 update with no black switch and the P7500 type print head would be an interesting device. During my initial testing, the maintenance cart was appreciably filled after printer setup. Since I get much better dmax and gamut on the 7000 I do my … A simple method is to use the Epson install system. On certain areas of the chromaticity diagram, the Canon iPF PRO-1000 performs much better as we can better see from the Lab diagram on the right. The latter should be dictated by artistic intent rather than by paper size. Thanks – I’ve not yet had any normal paper which has needed to go through the front. This example does an excellent job of reproducing the deep blue sky of a cold November day at A2 size. I’ve lots of articles and videos about the P700 as well, which may be of interest. First, the 4.3-inch touchscreen should be a nice addition to these printers. The Photoshop print dialog lets me set the printer profile – the Epson premium Luster one is fine. I would say that without considering the portion of gamut not covered in chromaticity by the Epson SC-P900 (always represented in green), the two gamuts are really very similar. You may notice the ‘Gloss smoothing’ option is greyed out in the settings. In the P900 (and P700) it goes with the 10 channel print head to allow both blacks to be active at the same time. Once this is done, shut the lid and the printer will whirr away for some 15 minutes, initialising everything. Drawing from over 20 years of experience, the SureColor P900 incorporate the same large-format printing technology used by the world’s leading photographers into a sleek, compact design, allowing for the creation of exhibition quality prints from the convenience of a desktop. Actually – I fully agree with your use of roll paper ;-) I just printed some 17×25 images. A look at the 3880 from ten years ago shows some similarities (ink carts) and how the P900 is, I’d suggest, designed to look more elegant on a tidy desk. Other than the overprinting issue, the P900 is performing nicely in my limited use so far. I use three of them, but the one that gives me the most satisfaction and that I use most often is the Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl, a 285 gsm α-cellulose with a very delicate texture and a very bright white point. There’s also a bit of differential gloss and some bronzing. B&W performance isn’t what I’d personally choose between them on (not that I ever publish comparisons between brands). Borderless printing is however only available with standard size media (see the printer specs – there are a lot of sizes). These cookies do not store any personal information. Looking at what worked best, it seems the printer does not like sheets with much curl. The nozzle failure should not be there – this is likely a printer fault in a new printer, check with Epson. The P800 unit has a spindle which went through the core of the roll and was supported so that paper could easily be unrolled into the printer. As I treat everything I own with kid gloves only an accident is likely to cause issues but they do happen! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); See all of Keith's 1000+ articles and reviews, We're an Amazon affiliate. Here’s the P900 unit – a much more complex bit of kit. The touch screen is of good quality, and very easy to get used to. The screen panel (and lack of buttons) is simply better designed and built than the P800. Altogether a good replacement for my P800 with its damaged printhead! There is some more info about EPL below, but the majority of my printing was from Photoshop. The maintenance cart fills with ink used for setup and ongoing cleaning. i know it is quite unusual but i have a project that require that paper. You have shown panos printed with the P900 that seem longer than that. As with the P700 carts – empty really did mean empty. For Epsons, this magic number was 360 (or 720), so prints at 360 or 720 – or 180 or 240 or some other number would be ‘better’. Eventually the printer will declare itself ready. I’ve extended the tray but will still need to take care of the print hitting the floor. How to compare two fundamentally different products on an objective basis? I have a P7000 and P5000 review and am hoping to see an update for the P5000 to a similar design to the 7500. Several Epson software packages, beyond the printer driver may be of use. Print heads do not tend to ‘get better’ over time. The P900 seems a lovely printer though I am balking at the price. The violet ink has been an option for some larger format printers, such as the 17″. However, even with my specialist B&W test image I’d be hard pushed to get anyone to tell the difference. To make the analysis more complete, we are going to analyze the profile both in Yxy coordinates (as it allows us to take advantage of the intuitiveness of the chromaticity diagram), and in Lab coordinates (to better evaluate the different shades of gamut). Given the variety of settings, I like to save collections of printer settings as a named preset. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. The thickness limit for the top feed is 0.5mm IIRC – but I’ve used 600um paper (measured). I print with an old Canon Pixma PRO-1. Nice to see the Epson decided to include a spare waste tank and sad to see that the included ink carts are really only for looks and image testing & profiling by its new owner. Replacement is exactly the same as installation. The P700 and P900 share a lot of design features – both are designed to be very compact when all the paper trays are folded away. I am also a proud owner of a P900 and I am very happy; just two issues are causing some headache. To see this in an example, let’s try again to graph a particularly saturated image. The practicalities of going to 17″ width just became a more attractive option for people with older 13″ (A3+) sized printers. 41 dB(A) according to ISO 7779, Dimensions: Printing: 24.2″ x 35.6″ x 20.5″ (W x D x H), Storage: 24.2″ x 14.5″ x 7.8″ (W x D x H), Eco Features: ENERGY STAR® qualified, RoHS compliant, Recyclable Product8, Epson America, Inc. is a SmartWay Transport Partner9, Safety Approvals: UL (MET), FCC (Class A), CSA, CE, EMC Electrical Requirements. There is more ink left in the carts after setup, with the P900 than the P700, although the maintenance cart is filed about the same. 17-inch A2+ Epson SureColor SC-P900 photo printer (Image credit: Epson) The SC-900 and SC-700 offer the smallest footprint and lightest weight in their respective classes, and have … if you’re thinking of making lots of prints, then the lack of a cutter will be irksome. If in the two-dimensional representation is evident a wider chromaticity in the glossy paper (whose area is represented in rainbow) compared to the cotton paper (whose area is represented in blue) that leads to that brilliance of colors I mentioned before, in the three-dimensional representation immediately jumps to the eye how much deeper the blacks can be thanks to a higher gamut volume in the glossy paper (represented with a rainbow grid) compared to the cotton paper (represented with a blue solid). I suspect the maintenance cart will last a long while for most people. 1.1 W | Power Off: approx. I’m sure these have uses somewhere, but they are a real pain if selected accidentally.  Usual symptoms are: ‘where have all my printer driver settings gone’. When setting the adjustable paper guides, do take care not to pinch the paper – this flexed it and was the cause of a couple of misfeeds. Epson states that the new inks deliver up to a 6 percent wider color gamut than the P600 and … On Epson Premium Luster I found that a slight bronzing intruded into the higher quality settings ( 4/5 using ABW) On some papers the standard (lowest) setting gave the best tonality. The official download page from Epson UK is:, Nov 2020: This page has broken links, but these are the Mac and PC versions (EU versions). Technological progress is unstoppable, however, and after almost 10 years of honorable service I was thinking of sending it into well-deserved retirement to move to new generation products still based on pigment inks, but that allow me to achieve larger gamuts (in other words and brutally said, to print more colors). Here’s the print on its way through the printer. The display is the same as the P700 and is the best quality display I’ve seen on a printer (yet). The tray is inserted and matched up to the guide lines on the feed slot. New P900 arrived end of October from a Feb order. The full ABW range of settings are available, but experience has told me that leaving these at their defaults is almost always best. I would have preferred from Epson more detail on what thickness of paper to switch from rear feed to front feed. Difficult to represent it with some simple screenshots, but both where the Canon iPF PRO-1000 (always represented in red) is superior, and where the Epson SC-P900 is, the Gamut delta is really minimal. Keith has been trying out Epson’s new P900 printer for this longish review. Alignment and media choices are simple to set, and you can store templates for multi image printing too. This can make overprint/expansion tricky to judge. If you do really need roll support, then don’t forget that excellent (~3 times the weight) 17″ P5000. My observations about the ‘best’ settings not being the ‘best’ come as no surprise. The software is pretty straightforward to use and gives excellent results. This is very helpful in keeping track of testing. The paper is fed centrally with the P900. During my use of the printer I regularly started printing sessions with a nozzle check on plain paper.

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