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.

LexJet has a wide variety of customers, so when I receive questions about a new purchase, it could come from a new owner who is starting an all new book of business or from an owner who is already established and is replacing or adding a new unit to a fleet of machines.

If you fell into either of these situations before the arrival of the Epson Solvent S-Series last year, I would have a totally different printer suggestion for each of the users mentioned above, depending on usage, experience and job/product aspirations.

But after one year of using both the S60600 and S80600 Epson S-Series printers, I can now attest that this is the best solvent printer technology available with regards to reliability, image durability, image detail/sharpness and color fidelity for either user mentioned above.

From print to print, the Epson machines are extremely consistent. We are seeing that more customers coming from a photo/art production environment moving into solvent S80600s.  If you were to tell me five years ago that a solvent print would be approved by photographic/fine art consumers concerned with gamut and image quality and durability, I would have told you that we’d have a long wait to get to that point. We have arrived. But talk is cheap, and the proof is in the print. Ask us for a sample to see it for yourself.

I’ve seen a second shift in productivity, as well. Normally, if a larger user was replacing two older printers, we’d sell them two new printers. However, with the speed of the S60600, we recommend customers buy this one printer to do the work of two older solvent printers. It’s great news that there’s now so much more speed available.

The image quality of the S80600 and the speed and quality of the S60 have delivered beyond expectations, but what has changed a year later? I found one negative thing to write:

Dear Epson, in the next generation of solvent printers, can you have a simple on/off for the light inside of the printer? The current light is on a 10-second timer, and I don’t like having to hit it to see my print. Literally, a light switch is all I’m complaining about.

We have no maintenance issues, which is an amazing feat. We do once-a-month manual cleaning, and it keeps the printer pristine and running like a top.  We even let the S60600 go for four months with no cleanings, and the printer showed no signs of slowing or spitting ink (but don’t try this at home).

At no point have I seen a loss of image quality mid-print thanks to the new maintenance and filtration system Epson added. Also, the additional pressure rollers help immensely with a multitude of materials from fabrics and canvas to films and more rigid papers, especially regarding feed accuracy and head strike issues that were inconsistent in the prior printer generations.

I’m certainly not here to fluff, even though each article I write about these printers may make it seem so. For the doubters out there who are researching, come down to Florida and spend some time with us. I’ll give you the reins so you can feel great about your decision. I’m confident you’ll see what I see.

Streamlining Art Reproduction with the Epson S80600

No matter what size the print facility, efficient workflow, speed and quality are always top of of mind. The same holds true for Josh King, who runs Sacramento Giclee, a five-person shop that works primarily with artists who need scanning, reproduction and custom framing of their artwork.

Sacramento Giclee reproduced an acrylic painting for a canvas wrap.

“We’re a custom print shop, and we do everything from capturing originals to printing, installing, shipping and framing,” King says. “We also do some big jobs for hospitality or healthcare where we might do 200 prints.”

As his business has grown, King has explored new ways to speed up production while maintaining quality, and last September he decided to pair an Epson SureColor S80600 64-inch solvent printer with the two aqueous printers in his operation.

Printer Webinar: The Latest on Epson’s SureColor S-Series

Epson’s new S-Series printers have taken the market by storm, thanks to their high-speed production and state-of-the-art solvent print technology that delivers the exceptional color reproduction that Epson is known for.

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. EST when Epson’s Matt McCausland will lead our next Epson S-Series Webinar. During this webinar, Matt will illustrate the very latest in solvent print technology for print service providers who want high speed without sacrificing image quality.

Featured S-Series printers will include the SureColor S40600, SureColor S60600 and SureColor S80600.

This educational hour will be jam-packed with information on the newest generation of solvent inks, print accuracy, automated maintenance, a vast array of application opportunities and Epson’s reward program.

Attendees will receive an instant rebate of $2,000 off the S40600/S60600 or $1,000 off the S80600. This is in addition to the current offer of a free set of GS3 Inks with purchase.

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Webinar: Find Out Why Epson Printers Are Heating Up the Solvent Market

Our customers say the new Epson SureColor S-series printers are the fastest solvent printers on the market. Learn why as we discuss the very latest in high-speed, high-quality solvent print technology during the Epson S-Series Webinar, hosted by LexJet on Jan. 19, 2:30 p.m. EST.

During this webinar, Epson technology expert, Matt McCausland will discuss how Epson has transformed solvent print technology in the all-new S-Series printers: SureColor S40600SureColor S60600 and SureColor S80600.

This educational hour will be jam-packed with information on:

  • Next generation solvent inks
  • Print accuracy
  • Automated maintenance
  • Application opportunities
  • Epson’s reward program

Plus, when you attend this webinar, you’ll receive an event discount up to $2,000 off your printer purchase, in addition to the standard Epson rebates offered each month.

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Epson Webinar: Solvent Printing Solutions

Epson’s Matt McCausland will be on hand to lead our next Epson S-Series Webinar on Dec. 12, 2-3 p.m. EST. During this webinar, Matt will illustrate the very latest in solvent print technology for printers who want high speed without sacrificing image quality.

Featured S-Series printers will include the SureColor S40600, SureColor S60600 and SureColor S80600.

This educational hour will be jam-packed with information on the newest generation of solvent inks, print accuracy, automated maintenance, a vast array of application opportunities and Epson’s reward program.

Plus, when you attend this webinar, you’ll receive an event discount up to $2,000 off your printer purchase, in addition to the standard Epson rebates offered each month.

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With S-Series, Epson Delivers “Fastest Solvent Printers Out There”

While some in the industry may have typically used Epson printers for photographic, graphic arts and proofing needs, the introduction of the new SureColor S-Series machines have started to shift how people think of Epson in the signage printer realm.

“You can print non-stop, two to three times the speed you would normally print in comparison to prior generations or even other technologies,” says LexJet’s tech expert Michael Clementi. “Right now, these are the fastest solvent printers out there.”

The video above, produced by Epson, explains how the new Epson SureColor S40600, Epson SureColor S60600 and Epson SureColor S80600 64-inch solvent printers are geared to provide a wide variety of solutions, with the ability to print adhesive vinyl, banners, canvas, stickers, labels, package proofing and backlit.

“And not only have they sped up production, but they’ve increased the quality of the print as well, with the new ink formulas and printheads,” Clementi says.

“If your main business is banners and adhesive vinyl, there’s no doubt you should own one of these printers.”

To read more in-depth about these printers, available from LexJet, see these blogs: