Who Is the Blackest of Them All? – Epson’s New Large Format Printers

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Epson made an announcement a while back about their four new large format printers. They were displayed for the first time at the Graph Expo – September 13 to 16, in Chicago.

Large format printers, otherwise known as LFP, or wide format printers, support large prints in the range of 18-100 inches. LFP’s are widely used across the advertising industry, textile, event management and vehicle wraps to print banners, backdrops for theatres, posters, constructional design and any other type of large format artworks.

According to digitaljournal.com,

“Technavio’s analysts forecast the global LFP market to grow at a CAGR of 2.35% during the period 2016-2020.”

Going back to Epson’s new large format printers, its creators are stating that it prints black blacker than any black seen in LFP market today. That is a lot of reference to black back there!

Of the four printers Epson has released, two printers – SureColor (SC) P6000 and P7000, are the smaller variants with print widths of up to 24 inches. The other two printers – SureColor P8000 and P9000 – are larger printers with print widths of up to 44 inches. However, a point to note here is that, if you use roll papers there is absolutely no limit for the length.

What is more, while P6000 and P8000 are 8-color ink printers, P7000 and P9000 are 10-color ink printers. The P6000 and P8000 have the same dimensions as well and so do P7000 and P9000. What’s more convenient is that all four printers have smaller footprints. This means you don’t have go to the trouble of going to the back of the printer to add a new role or feed cut sheets. How convenient is that? Printing lengthy thick prints can be quite a task. You don’t have to worry about this with Epson’s printer though. As the manufacturer points out, the printer provides nearly straight-through paper paths, something of convenience when you are handling heavy-gauge sheets of up to 1.5mm thick.

The ink – Epson’s P6000 and P8000 use its current UltraChrome HD inks, while P7000 and P9000 use Epson’s new UltraChrome HDX ink.

Imaging-resource.com also added:

“These machines are fairly new in all regards and provide new advancements in a variety of areas. In addition, there has been a consolidation of printers across Epson’s line, primarily involving the naming of printers in various countries.”

Also, P6000 and P8000 are great LFP printer choices for graphic designers, photographers and commercial printers. The P7000 and P9000 are great for large fine art reproduction houses. The P7000 and P9000 are also good printer options for graphic designers, photographers and commercial printers.

How Black is Black?

Going to the blackest of black inks that Epson is guaranteeing here, Epson’s printers have different variants of black inks installed. There is a light-black, light-light black and standard black. The UltraChrome HDX ink contains its new HDX black that is supposed to be 1.5 times denser than what came out the previous ink set. Whew!

Imagine-resource.com says:

“Epson doesn’t identify whether this is the Photo Black (PK) or Matte Black (MK) ink that is denser, and they do not identify how this has been calibrated. Epson is known for having very dense blacks so if this is an even blacker black, it must be pretty darn black.”

So maybe, going by what we are hearing, Epson’s new large format printers are the blackest of them all?

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