Printer Review: Epson Solvent S-Series One Year Later

Last year I wrote a review describing my initial experience with the newest Epson Solvent SureColor S-Series printer, the S60600. You may recall that I could not find anything negative to write about it.

Well, I figured one year and hundreds of prints later is a good time to give everyone an update on these solvent printers. On our tech support floor, we run more than 25 different wide format machines. We typically use them to run profiles for each printer/product combination. There are times when we print on both the Epson S60600 and the Epson S80600 continuously five days straight. But the next month, we’ll only use the once or twice a week.

As a testing facility, we are a very odd user since we will have spells of not using a machine for some time, but that makes our situation prime for a review that is ideal to satisfy both types of users.

5 Ways to Grow Your Business with an Epson S-Series

If you’re considering adding a wide-format solvent printer to your operation, you’re on the right track to increase production and add lots of new capabilities. We sat down with our printer training pro, Michael Clementi, to learn five top ways that an Epson SureColor S-Series printer (S40600S60600 and S80600) can help you grow your business.

  1. It’s two printers in one. Particularly with the S80600, you’re going to see a major uptick in production speed. So much so, that it is like having two printers instead of one. The print speed is nearly doubled in comparison to older model solvent printers. Plus, you’ll see the consistent, photo-realistic/fine-art quality that Epson printers are known for.
  2. Quick-drying solvent inks. The new ink formulation that Epson has introduced with these printers are so quick-drying that you can now use a take-up reel and save space and time on waiting for ordinary solvent inks to dry. The UltraChrome GS3  inks are low-odor and nickel-free and produce an enhanced color gamut. So, you’ll print faster and with better results.
  3. More pinch rollers = more material options. With 40 individual media rollers with five independent pinch rollers, you’ll experience better control of the media you’re printing to. The additional rollers prevent the material from bunching, causing fewer head strikes. Try it with polyester or other fabric solutions.
  4. More applications, indoors and out. With solvent, you’ll not only increase the longevity of your outdoor print jobs (aqueous may last a year, solvent lasts five times that), but you can also branch out into other growing markets, like décor. The recently launched LexJet Premium WallPro line, for instance, is solvent-compatible. Even more benefits: Solvent materials and inks are less expensive than aqueous, and typically don’t require a protective coating. So, you’re getting savings on savings!
  5. Less maintenance. Any printer knows that maintenance is a time-sink and production-killer. Epson’s eco-solvent inks will save you here, as well, because they are far less harsh than aggressive, volatile hard solvent inks. Your printheads will thank you. “You’re looking at once a month maintenance, rather than once a week,” Clementi says. “We ran the S80600 for four months, maintenance-free, with no problems.”

Take an Early Lunch and Learn About Printers with LexJet

We’re hosting two educational webinars in July to help you decide which printer is the best for you and your growing business. We’ve teamed up with the pros at HP and Canon to produce these webinars, so register today to reserve your spot. Plus, when you attend a webinar, you’ll get extra savings on your purchase that you can pair with our monthly printer rebates.

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for a webinar with HP’s John Stevens to learn the latest about HP’s Latex printer technology on Thursday, July 13, 11 a.m. When you attend this webinar, you’ll save $1,000 on an HP Latex 315 Print & Cut bundle, HP Latex 335 Print & Cut bundle or HP Latex 570; or save $3,000 on an HP Latex 560. SIGN UP NOW

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: On Thursday, July 20 at 11 a.m. EST, you’ll discover the latest advancements in Canon PRO-Series printers and how they can help improve your output while simplifying your workflow. Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

If you’ve got questions, our LexJet printer specialists can help. Give us a call at 800-453-9538.

Join Us for Educational Printer Webinars

We know that purchasing a new printer is a decision-making process you don’t enter into lightly. To help you navigate this important investment, we’ve teamed up with the pros at Canon, HP and Epson to produce a series of educational webinars. Take a look, and register today to reserve your spot. Plus, when you attend a webinar, you’ll get extra savings on your purchase.

Epson SureColor S-Series Solvent Webinar: Join us June 13 at 2 p.m. to learn the latest about Epson’s state-of-the-art solvent printing technology. Attend this webinar and save an additional $1,000 on an Epson SureColor S60600, or $2,000 on an Epson SureColor S80600. SIGN UP NOW

Epson SureColor F-Series Dye-Sub Webinar: We’ve got the latest on Epson’s dye-sublimation printing solutions on June 14 at 2 p.m. Attend this webinar and save an additional $500 on an Epson SureColor F6200; $1,000 on an Epson SureColor F7200, or $1,000 on an Epson SureColor F9200. SIGN UP NOW

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: On June 15 at 11 a.m. EST, you’ll discover the latest advancements in Canon printers and how they can help grow your business while simplifying your workflow. Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for a webinar with HP’s John Stevens to learn the latest about HP’s Latex printer technology on Wednesday, June 28, 11 a.m. When you attend this webinar, you’ll save $1,000 on an HP Latex 560, or $2,000 on an HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

If you’ve got questions, our LexJet printer specialists can help. Give us a call at 800-453-9538.

Video Tip: Easy Pre-Pasted Wall Paper Install and Removal

What if we told you there was a wall paper that you could apply with the aid of a squirt bottle – no glue and no water troughs necessary? HP has created its PVC-free Wall Paper that not only makes installation and removal a breeze, it’s also a great choice for high-traffic and sensitive areas, like hospitals or schools.

Check out the video above to see how easy it is to prep your printed panels and install them using just these tools:

  • Damp sponge
  • Spray bottle with room-temperature water
  • Razor knife with fresh blades
  • Squeegee
  • Metal puddy knife

The video covers preparing the wall and panels with room-temperature water, position and secure the panels in place and trim the excess as needed. You’ll also learn how to remove the wall paper without damaging the wall beneath it.

HP PVC-free Wall Paper is an odor-free, PVC-free alternative to wallcovering that is flame-resistant and provides vivid color and high-definition detail, ideal for wall murals. Not only is it mold- and mildew-resistant, it has multiple environmental assurances including FSC® and UL GREENGUARD certifications and it meets AgBB criteria making it safe for use in homes, hospitals, schools and public buildings.

Available at LexJet, this product is manufactured with two finishes: HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper and HP PVC-free Durable Suede Wall Paper.

For more décor tips and tricks, call a LexJet representative at 800-453-9538.

One Printed Poster, Three Creative Applications

To show how simply you can offer a variety of ways to display retail posters, we took one design and finished it three ways: a hanging poster, a mounted print and a face-mounted window graphic. Watch the video above to see we achieved three different looks, and check out the products we used:

Hanging Poster:

Aluminum “snap” poster displays feature a quick, snap-open design that allows for fast and easy poster changes. Combined with 8 Mil Production Satin Photo Paper, you get an economical, hanging system with a clean and elegant look.

Mounted Print:

LexJet Production Satin Photo Paper PSA is perfect for photo-realistic posters that can be mounted to any substrate, like poster board, PVC, foam boards or aluminum. With a one-step adhesive, it’s a simple solution for mounted prints.

Face-mounted Window Poster:

LexJet CrystalClear-X Removable Adhesive and 8 Mil Production Gloss Photo Paper are ideal for temporary window applications. The air flow release liner provides easy bubble-free installation and no-residue removal.