Epson is so well known for its precision quality and accurate colour in print technology that “Epson proofs” have become regular terminology in the graphics industry – mainly because Epson plotters are the standard to measure against in any proofing department.
For freelance designers or graphics departments as a whole, having access to a well-calibrated plotter is a serious convenience, and often a requirement. We popped by Epson’s booth at the Graphics Canada show and had a conversation with Matt Kochanowski, Product Manager for the SureColor line, to chat about what’s new this season in Epson’s line of plotters.
Epson has stepped up again to offer an innovative extension to its SureColor line of large format printers with their “T” series of devices, like the T3170 they had on display. With the ability to print up to 24” wide in the comfort of your own office or home office, designers can save both time and money – which can add up quickly when making last minute adjustments or edits between print approvals.
The new SureColor T3170 stood out for several reasons: While it still uses a four colour CMYK ink system, the T3170 delivers crisp prints that are ideal for line drawings, blueprints and posters at exceptional speeds (a 22”x34” print clocks-in as fast as 34 seconds for output).
We can talk about specs all day, but what’s especially notable to mention is the design of the machine itself. The T3170 was designed by a group of students leading to several industrial design awards, and for good reason: When you consider placing a new piece of gear in your working space, you want it to work with your space, and this machine does just that.
First off, the top of the machine is flat, so you can actually use this space to place proofs and other prints – so the actual machine gives you desktop space back! As chaotic as your workspace might be, the T3170 helps you organize your chaos ever so subtly.
Secondly, measuring at 38”x20”x9”, the actual footprint of the machine is small for what it is and the size of prints it can make (and if you still can’t spare the desk space, there is an optional stand sold separately).
Lastly, it’s incredibly easy to operate. With a massive 4.3” bright LCD touch screen, everything is accessible with just a few taps.
Of course, this machine has all of the wireless capabilities of most modern printers, so you aren’t sacrificing anything here. So it’s perfect? That all depends on how you’re using it. After chatting with Kochanowski further, there are some key reasons to consider the SureColor series as well, and what it really comes down to colour accuracy. The P series delivers pristine prints with its nine colour ink system which offers light cyan, light magenta and three additional variants of black for those more accurate colour proofs. If that’s your case, the SureColor P800 is a great alternative.
For more information on Epson’s wide-format printers, visit Epson.ca/plotters