Last year at PhotoPlus Expo, Epson debuted its new SureColor series of professional photo printers with all new UltraChrome HD inks. Now the company is back with two new, wider members of the family. The 24-inch SureColor P6000 and 44-inch P8000 will use the same eight-color pigmented ink set that’s available in the earlier P600 and P800 models. Both printers can deliver variable droplet sizes as small as 3.5 picoliters and black densities that exceed earlier generation ink formulations. They accept roll and cut-sheet media up to 1.5mm thick, and a high-speed rotary cutter is included. The UltraChrome HD ink set is still undergoing its torture test by print permanence expert Henry Wilhelm, but preliminary data indicates that, depending on the paper used, prints rolling off any SureColor will last more than 200 years. Monochrome prints on select papers will resist fading for 400 years. We can only hope human civilization has that much time left.
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