Epson introduces SureColor P5000 10-colour desktop printer

Epson SureColor P5000.
Epson SureColor P5000.

Epson’s new 17” SureColor P5000 desktop inkjet printer offers “enhanced performance and reliability” for professional photographic, fine art, graphic design and proofing applications. Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP printhead and UltraChome HDX 10-colour pigment ink set “delivers outstanding output with an increased colour gamut, higher-density blacks and twice the print permanence than the previous generation,” said the OEM. A refined printer design includes improved dust and static control to reduce maintenance. “The SureColor P5000 is a replacement to the last Epson Stylus Pro model still available – the renowned Epson Stylus Pro 4900,” said Larry Kaufman, Product Manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America. “The Epson Stylus Pro brand was iconic, and it helped Epson build a pronounced reputation within the photography industry. We have since announced the SureColor product line, which is bringing Epson’s photographic technology to the next level. The SureColor P5000 brings all of the SureColor printing technology into a 17-inch desktop model, providing photographers and graphic designers with the best imaging technology has to offer.”

epsonsurecolorp5000a-inThe printer uses newly developed core pigments, including new orange and green inks, as well as black inks that are 1.5 times denser than the previous generation – delivering a wider contrast ratio and improved resin encapsulation technology for superior gloss uniformity and clearer, sharper images. The new printer can support two different ink configurations. The SureColor P5000 Standard and Designer editions leverage Light Light Black ink for twice the overall print permanence, smooth and neutral tonal transitions, and support of the Epson Advanced Black and White print mode which is ideal for photography, fine art and graphic design applications. The Commercial Edition includes Violet ink (in place of Light Light Black) for an expanded colour gamut, to deliver an industry-best 99% Pantone Plus Formula Guide solid-coated colour matching, which is ideal for commercial and flexographic proofing applications.

The SureColor P5000 also offers versatile media handling capabilities with auto-switching between the high-capacity front paper cassette and roll media feeder. It includes a power-driven roll media spindle, ideal for producing panoramas and roll printing up to 100’, and an internal high-speed single pass rotary cutter. The high-capacity cassette can hold up to 100 sheets for high productivity printing on sheets from 8” x 10” up to 17” x 22.” In addition, the SureColor P5000 features a front feed straight path for delicate fine art sheet media, including poster board up to 1.5mm thick. Auto-switching between roll and cassette sheet feeding allow both sources to be loaded at the same time.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.