It was a good year for business and every good business needs to have some level growth in order to keep up with technology.
The addition of the Epson SureColor 80600 was an easy decision to make. We already own 3 other printers and the reliability and functionality of the printing systems made the decision easy. Our older Epson GS6000 is a great solvent printer however its running on 10 years old and in tech years (like dog years) it was getting up there in age. We have had the print head replaced once and in the course of ownership its been reliable and still prints really well. We are not taking it out of service since we now have doubled our capacity to run prints of various kinds.
In comes the SureColor 80600 and it has so many improvements over the GS6000 its almost not even funny.. Epson really did an amazing job of thinking about user feedback and the usability of this wide format printer. For starters Epson now has a staggered print head (Dual Advanced PrecisionCore® TFP® Print Heads) that allows for a whopping 700 sq ft per hour at 720 dpi and that's not even the fastest speed. It will produce a mind-blowing 1020 sq ft on draft mode.
Epson has now added Red as a staple color in the ink barn for improved color depth and gamut. This printer has the optional white or silver ink capability but just know that the silver inks are aluminum based and require the same attention of a child's babysitter - daily. We opted out for just replacing the white or silver inks with a cleaning cartridge but in the future we can always switch on the fly to use as needed.
The take up auto roll feed is a bit over-engineered but that's still fine in my book since we d run a lot of images on a roll. The rear roll carrier is a bit hokey and clumsy made with chunky plastic parts but it appears that these changes came from customer complaints about 60" rolls of canvas being to heavy to manage. The nice part about the SC80600 is that there is now a roll tension adjustment that works great for canvas and since the carrier has 5 levels of adjustment it accommodates a variety of different thicknesses of canvas.
Overall, with only owning this printer for a couple of weeks and running a couple of rolls of satin paper and satin canvas through it, its a really well made printer and Epson made the setup easy with EpsonNet and Onyx Rip 18 included in my purchase. The new G3 Ultrachrome inks are even cheaper to the consumer at around $.20 / mL versus the GS6000 price tag of $.25 / mL printing is even more profitable with a better image quality.
What more can you ask for? Bravo Epson!