Epson claims its new 17" printer uses ink that has double the print-life of previous models and which produces a smoother, more even gloss finish. The SureColor P5000 features a choice to two 10-cartridge inksets so photographers and artists can prioritize durability while the commercial proofing market can prioritize color gamut.

The new machine replaces the Stylus Pro 4900 and brings Epson’s latest technology to the 17" sector. It uses the company’s PrecisionCore TFP print head and the newest UltraChrome pigment inks – HDX. These inks have blacks which are 1.5x denser than previous sets, and use orange and green inks to expand the range of colors that can be produced. Epson also says that the new print head has an ink-repellent coating that helps to prevent ink sticking to it and clogging the nozzles.

The P5000 will accept sheet and roll media at the same time, and can be front-loaded with art board up to 1.5mm thick. A built-in rotary cutter automatically slices roll-fed images and Epson says that the printer can produce prints of up to 100 feet in length.

The difference between the Standard Edition for photographers and the Commercial Edition for proof printers is that the Light Light Black ink that delivers the extended permanence in the Standard Edition is replaced by a violet ink that Epson claims delivers ‘an industry-best 99 percent PANTONE® PLUS FORMULA GUIDE solid-coated color matching’. Both formulations cost the same $1995.

For more information see the Epson website.

Press release

Epson Introduces SureColor P5000 Professional 17-inch 10-Color Inkjet Printer

Desktop Printer Offers Enhanced Performance and Reliability for Professional Photographic, Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Proofing Applications

Epson is once again setting the benchmark for professional imaging excellence with the introduction of the new 17-Inch Epson® SureColor® P5000. Incorporating the latest imaging technologies, the SureColor P5000 resets the standard for the desktop photography, fine art, graphic design, and proofing markets. Leveraging the advanced Epson PrecisionCore® TFP® printhead and UltraChome HDX® 10-color pigment ink set, the SureColor P5000 delivers outstanding output with an increased color gamut, higher-density blacks and twice the print permanence than the previous generation. A refined printer design includes improved dust and static control for reduced maintenance and increased durability and reliability.

“The SureColor P5000 is a replacement to the last Epson Stylus® Pro model still available – the renowned Epson Stylus Pro 4900. 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,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “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.”

The SureColor P5000 leverages 200 mL UltraChrome HDX 10-color ink cartridges2 utilizing 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 optically clearer, sharper images. Touting a refined design, the SureColor P5000 supports a 10-channel PrecisionCore TFP printhead that includes a new ink-repellant surface coating, along with improved dust and static control for reduced nozzle clogging and maintenance, and supports printless nozzle checks for time, production and resource efficiency.

The SureColor P5000 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, ideal for photography, fine art and graphic design applications. The Commercial Edition includes Violet ink, in place of Light Light Black, for an expanded color gamut, to deliver an industry-best 99 percent PANTONE® PLUS FORMULA GUIDE solid-coated color matching3, ideal for commercial and flexographic proofing applications.

The SureColor P5000 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-feet, and an internal high-speed single pass rotary cutter. The high-capacity cassette can hold up to 100 sheets of premium paper for high productivity printing on sheets from 8”x10” up to 17”x22”. 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.

Additional Epson SureColor P5000 Features: 

  • Exceptional Print Permanence – Offers next-generation pigment ink technology for up to twice the overall print permanence than previous generation1

  • Remarkable Detail – Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead delivers high print speeds with 360 nozzles per color channel, with variable-size ink droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters

  • Epson Precision Dot Screening Algorithm – Ensures incredibly accurate control of the sizing and mixing of ink droplets for beautiful prints

  • Borderless Printing – Four-sided BorderFree® printing is available at common widths, including 8”, 10”, 11”, 13”, 14”, 16”, 16.5”, and 17”

  • Optional SpectroProofer® UVS – Developed jointly with X-Rite, the in-line spectrophotometer provides automated color management and verification-related tasks for a range of proofing applications. It supports all current illumination standards for UV and UV-Cut measurement and is UV selectable between M0, M1 and M2.

  • LCD Control Panel – Full-color 2.7-inch LCD panel allows for easy setup, control and maintenance of the printer

SureColor P5000 Standard Edition
UltraChrome HDX with Light Light Black - $1,995

SureColor P5000 Commercial Edition
UltraChrome HDX with all-new Violet - $1,995

SureColor P5000 Designer Edition
Standard Edition with EFI® Fiery® eXpress 4.6.1 for Epson, software RIP with true Adobe® PostScript® 3™ for accurate CMYK and spot color printing - $2,495