A great desktop printer with specialist inks for achieving the best results on gloss papers.
The Epson Sure Color P405 is a great desktop printer that sets a new standard in glossy printing. Basically if you're looking for an archival pigment printer with the best results on gloss papers, this it the one for you.
Unlike Epson's other pigment printers, which are optimised for matte and semi-gloss stock, the P405 comes with a Gloss Optimiser cartridge that is used to coat the printed image with a more protective, even surface coating.
Inkset Type, # Inks
Pigment, 8 inks
A3+ (13", 330mm)
High Quality Black & White?
Roll Printing Support?
Please note: Specifications are provided as a guide only.
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The Carriage Width is the maximum width of paper (on the short side) that can be used in the printer.
Colloquially printers are more commonly referred to as 'A4, 'A3+' or 'A2' printers in Australia but of course not every country in the world uses the A paper system.
Typically, A4 printers have a 9" carriage, A3+ printers are 13" carriage, and A2 printers a 17" carriage.
Does the printer have a dedicated, high quality black and white mode for photographic printing?
Almost all ink printers have a 'black only' type mode, but that is quite different to what we're talking about here.
In this mode, called by Epson 'Advanced Black and White' mode or simply ABW, the printer uses multiple grey inks (AKA light black, light light black inks) to produce smooth black and white tones with little to no colour interference.
This is the maximum dot resolution of the print head. The higher the number, the smaller the dots of ink the printer can place.
Note that this has nothing to do with image resolution of course. The printer uses several ink dots to form the colour of one pixel. However the dots are so fine and closely mixed together you can only really see this screening pattern with a magnifying glass.
What physical connections are possible? Wireless support is listed separately below.
Options include USB, Firewire, Thunderbolt, and Ethernet.
Does the printer support wireless, and if so what speeds and standards.
Most modern routers will offer at least G, which is fast enough to run a printer. N and AC are quicker and good to have but they won't make your printer faster unfortunately!
If you use Apple devices like the iPad or iPhone, you'll want Apple Print support, allowing you to print directly from your device to the printer.
For Android devices, Google Cloud Print is the equivalent system.
Epson Connect offers a further option but generally you'll use one of the two main options above with modern devices.
Does the printer support printing to printable CDs and DVDs?
The sheet sizes supported by the printer out of the box. You can also generally define your own custom sheet sizes in the driver if you want to use unusually sized materials.
(Note, though, that you can't typically print borderless to custom sheet sizes - the standard workaround is to use sheets slightly larger than you need, and then simply guillotine to the printed edge after printing).
Does the printer support roll media, and do you need an accessory device for this?
Even if the printer doesn't support roll media, you can still buy rolls, cut sheets from the roll, and use those. Just leave them to flatten for a few days as paper curl can be a painful issue with printers.
Can the printer print right to the edge when using roll media?
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