Enlarge your photos with Epson’s next-generation 44-inch printer
Epson has released a new generation of SureColor P-series large format photo printers with a 44-inch model – known as the P8570D in North America, P8500D in Europe, and P8560D in Australia. These are production-level printers and the lineup will expand over the next year to include a 24-inch model and a 44-inch version of the machine with 1.6 ink packs. liter.
The new SureColor P8570D has dual roll media capability with automatic roll loading and automatic switching between media types or sizes. Alternatively, the second roll can be used as a take-up reel for roll-to-roll production. The P8560D uses Epson’s 2.64-inch “PrecisionCore MicroTFP” printhead and is said to be 2.3 times faster than the previous SureColor P8070 model. It also has a small footprint with all operations done up front, so it can be pushed against a wall, allowing it to be set up in a smaller office or studio. The new model supports a wide range of media including photos, art materials, canvas and rigid billboards up to 1.5mm thick. It uses Epson’s “UltraChrome PRO6 With Gray” pigment ink set to deliver smoother tonal gradations and more neutral black-and-white prints that Epson says rivals the output of comparable eight-color printers.
High-speed processing and PDF printing are enabled through Adobe’s integrated print engine, powered by four integrated Intel Atom processors. This enables up to three times faster processing of complex data and precise printing of transparent layers. With PDF RIP resolution of up to 1200 dpi, the engine delivers a blend of live transparency and smoother tones with graphics containing gradation levels, as well as integrated ICC-based color management.
The printer’s Epson Cloud Solution port enables remote management and monitoring of multiple printer fleets cost-effectively, and with a convenient dashboard on laptops or smart devices. Monitoring is available for production rates, page and square meter counters, printer status, and equipment usage. Connectivity options include USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and Wi-Fi with 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bandwidths.
An optional production stacker and 960 GB SSD (for saving jobs directly to the printer) will be available for all new P Series models. The SureColor P8500D Series will be available later this year.
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