New Epson XP-15000 printer

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New Epson XP-15000 printer
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On December 4, 2017, Epson announced the XP-15000 printer, which appears to replace the Artisan 1430 printer (which I think is the model called the 1500 in some markets). The XP-15000 prints up to 13x19 inches using 6 colors of Claria HD ink. The six colors of ink have changed: for many years Epson used cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow, and black ink; the XP-15000 drops the light cyan and light magenta, and adds gray and red.* It is nice to see some innovation in this segment. The list prince is $350. Here is the press release:

https://news.epson.com/news/expression-photo-hd-xp-15000-wide-format-printer

and here is the page on the XP-15000:

https://epson.com/For-Home/Printers/Photo/Expression-Photo-HD-XP-15000-Wide-format-Printer/p/C11CG43201

Generally, I struggle to understand why anyone would pay $350 for an XP-15000, or would have paid $320 for an Artisan 1430, when the Canon Pro-100 is readily available for a net of $150. But IMO the XP-15000's ace up its sleeve is its small size: at less than 19 inches wide and less than 13 inches deep, its footprint is less than two-thirds of the Pro-100's. So if space is a big issue, the XP-15000 may be a better choice.

* Interestingly, Canon made a similar change in 2009. Their former basic dye-ink photo printer inkset consisted of cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow, and black. In 2009, at the same time the ChromaLife 100+ inks replaced the original ChromaLife 100 inks, Canon dropped the light cyan and light magenta, and added gray. Interestingly very recently Canon dropped gray and added blue.

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