Coming 'Soon' - Epson P906 & P706 Inkjet Printers
The next generation of inkjet printers from Epson is soon to be available in the form of the Epson P906 and P706. (These printers will be known as the Epson P700 and P900 in other markets).
'Soon' here is a bit imprecise still - we're told late June/early July, but we've not got an actual confirmed date yet...however we're expecting this imminently. It looks like the price will be $1295 for the P706, and $1995 for the P906 (and of course we'll be offering our usual two free custom ICC profiles with each, so that you can print with magnificent, accurate colour, and saving you $100). Despite the difficult economy, this is very similar to the launch pricing of previous models. Do note, though, that all the pricing (printers, inks, and accessories) - is all still preliminary at this point.
Both models feature significant improvements over their predecessors. Most notable is both of these printers have both blacks loaded and no ink switching is required to change between photo and matte printing. This is a long overdue 'innovation', but, still - huzzah!
There are the usual general improvements to print quality and paper handling - including yet deeper blacks on photo media, and an ever widening gamut (+6%, Epson say). Both units are much nicer looking and smaller - the P900 in particular is notably so, being some 30% smaller than the P800! The P900 ink tanks are now 50ml instead of 80ml (allaying the fears of less frequent users, as there is much less risk of ink expiring before you an use it all). In keeping with earlier models, the P906 looks to be a lot cheaper to run, though, as the 50ml inks are only a little dearer than the 25ml P706 inks - so once again, the obvious choice will be the A2 model for most people planning to do anything more than very light volumes.
In all - these look to be the obvious models for home and small studio use going forward. Note that we're still confirming information about accessories and extended warranties.
Given there is no precise date yet, we're not quite yet taking pre-orders, but please use our Ask a Question feature to register your interest and we'll pop you on our waiting list so that when we do have more information, you'll be the first to know, and be able to reserve yours!