What Is New About These Printers?
Epson has introduced
the Light Black, making for a 7-Color printer.
A CcMmYKk printer produces better midtones and highlights,
and is less susceptible to metamerism than CcMmYK
and CMYK inkjet printers. Next, Epson doubled the
resolution of the 7000 and 9000 series to 2880
x 1440 dpi, but without sacrificing print speed.
There are also 3 user exchangeable black printing
modes optimized for different media types. Epson
also introduced their Ultra-Chrome inks - a brand
new generation of pigmented inks that rival the dye
based Photographic Color Inks for gamut and D-Max
while delivering archival longevity.
Do they still use DX3 Print Heads?
Epson has improved
upon the MicroPiezo DX3 technology by introducting
Variable Droplet sizes from 4 picoliters on up.
This advance in print head technology allows you
to have even greater detail in your fine art prints.
Both the 7600 and 9600 have Epson's proprietary ASIC
Variable Droplet Size Micro Piezo DX3 heads in their
Do These Printers Have Cutting Blades?
What Are BorderFree Prints? Epson's built in cutter
automatically trims your prints at the edge safely
and more accurately than manual finishing methods.
Additionally, Epson's new print engines will
print all the way to the very edge of the paper,
delivering full bleed prints that, when trimmed,
will be free of the glaring white border.
How Fast Are These Printers?
Depending on your print
mode, you will see speeds from 8 square feet per
hour to an impressive 192 square feet per hour.
High quality photographic prints can be produced
as fast as 8 square feet per hour, and production
quality prints can be produced at about 87 square
feet per hour. This makes the 7600 and 9600 about
2.5 times faster than their predecessors. Updated:
The table below lists actual print times from Epson
9600 and 9500 on a 16x24 print.
What Size/Type of Media Will They Handle?
will print up to 24" wide, and the 9600 will
print up to 44" wide. Both will print on almost
any media up to 1.5mm thick with accurate automatic
loading of roll or cut sheet papers, canvas, and
film. The user adjustable roll media spindles accept
either 2" or 3" cores, and a takeup reel
is available for the 9600. Epson also introduces
Somerset Velvet, made from 100% radiant white cotton
with a mould made surface that is acid free (available
in 50 foot 3 inch cored rolls).
What Are The Benefits of Ultra-Chrome Inks?
inks give you the archival longevity that you are
used to in pigmented inks, but are also able to
deliver extremely wide color gamut. Preliminary research
by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. shows that Ultra-Chrome
Inks can deliver up to 100 years of lightfastness
for color prints.