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Epson SureColor P700 Review

This comprehensive printing machine delivers professional results, making it an easy pick for dedicated photographers
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Epson SureColor P700 Review (Whether it's flat paper or rolls, the Epson SureColor P700 can handle almost anything you throw at it with superb...)
Whether it's flat paper or rolls, the Epson SureColor P700 can handle almost anything you throw at it with superb results.
Credit: Jason Peters
Price:  $829 List
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Manufacturer:   Epson
By Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Mar 30, 2022
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RANKED
#1 of 9
  • Color - 35% 9.0
  • Black and White - 35% 9.0
  • Print Capabilities - 15% 9.0
  • Operating Cost - 10% 8.0
  • Set up - 5% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Epson SureColor P700's ten separate ink cartridges in combination with its piezo drop, on-demand inkjets yield brilliant photographs in color as well as high-definition black and white images. This machine accommodates various print mediums and dimensions spanning 3.5 x 5 inches to 13 x 129 inches. While this printer has impressive features and outcomes, it is not the right machine for everyone. The size and the cost of this printer may make it less appealing to the casual user. However, if you are running a small business as a photographer and are keen on getting your photos out into the real world, this is the best photo printer out there.
REASONS TO BUY
Many print dimensions
Several print mediums
Low-cost prints
High image fidelity
REASONS TO AVOID
Physically large
Pricy
Editor's Note: We updated this review for the Epson SureColor P700 on March 28, 2022, with an unbiased take on value and suggestions for comparable products you may want to consider based on your needs and budget.

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Bottom Line This pro-level machine provides users with nearly all the printing options that a serious photographer could ask for in a desktop unitIf you're in the market for a full-size printer then this relatively inexpensive unit is a decent option, with the main drawback being the set-upThis printer yields high-quality images at a reasonable priceThis convenient printer renders decent 4" x 6" photos with the swipe of your smartphonePortable, reliable, and fun to use - this printer delivers in nearly every way
Rating Categories Epson SureColor P700 Canon PIXMA Pro-200 Epson Expression HD... Canon SELPHY CP1300 Canon IVY 2 Mini
Color (35%)
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
Black and White (35%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Print Capabilities (15%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
4.0
3.0
Operating Cost (10%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Set up (5%)
6.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
9.0
Specs Epson SureColor P700 Canon PIXMA Pro-200 Epson Expression HD... Canon SELPHY CP1300 Canon IVY 2 Mini
Resolution (dots per inch) 5760 x 1440 4800 x 2400 5760 x 1440 300 x 300 313 x 512
Max photo dimensions 13" x 129" 13" x 39" 13" x 44" 4" x 6" 2" x 3"
Cost per print (4" x 6" or mini print) $0.37 $0.38 $0.45 $0.43 $0.50
Machine dimensions 20.2" x 14.4" x 7.3" 25" x 14.6" x 7.8" 6.3" x 18.7" x 14.5" 2.5" x 7.1" x 5.4" 5" x 3.3" x 1"
Printing technology Inkjet (Piezo DOD) Inkjet (Theromal DOD) Inkjet (Piezo DOD) Inkjet (Dye- sublimation) ZINK™ (Zero Ink)
Print time per 4" x 6" (or mini print) 83 seconds 66 seconds 34 seconds 51 seconds 30
Color palette (ink cartridges) Cyan, Light Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Vivid Light Magenta, Yellow, Gray, Light Gray, Violet, Photo Black and Matte Black Black, Gray, Light Gray, Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Gray, Red N/A N/A
LCD screen Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Touch Screen Yes No No No No
Battery No No No Yes (sold separately) Yes
Memory cards supported N/A N/A N/A SD, SDHC, SDXC, miniSD, miniSDHC, microSD microSDHC and microSDXC No
Ink type Pigment-based Dye-based Dye-based Dye-based N/A
Roller paper Yes No No No No
Connectivity Hi-Speed USB 3.0 (1 port), 100Base-T Ethernet (1 port), 2.4 GHz (802.11n) and 5 GHz Wireless (IEEE802.11 b/g/n/ac)6, Wi-Fi Direct 6, AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Epson Print Layout for iOS Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet (10/100), Wireless1 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, 2.5/5.0GHz), Wireless PictBridge iPad, iPhone and Android tablets, Alexa and smartphones; Ethernet networking, andard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB, USB Host, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n5, Wi-Fi Direct 5, Ethernet 10/100
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN, 2.4 GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g)
Memory Card Slot
PictBridge (USB) & Wireless PictBridge (Wireless LAN)
Hi-Speed USB (Cable not included)
USB Flash Memory
Bluetooth® 5.0
Operating system requirements Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later; Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7 (32-bit,64-bit) Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X v10.11.6 - macOS v10.15, 14 iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile Windows 10 8/8.1/Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-bit , 64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 — macOS 10.12.x6
Windows:12 Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows 7 SP1
Mac:13 Mac OS X v10.10.x - macOS v10.12 (Sierra)
Mobile Operating Systems:14 iOS, Android™, Windows 10 Mobile, Amazon Fire devices15
Compatible OS
iOS®: 12.0 or later
Android™: 6.0 or later
Scanner No No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Epson SureColor P700 is an elite home model that can legitimately claim to be of professional quality. At the same time, the Epson is easy to set up and operate while there are few limitations imposed on the user in terms of the print medium and the dimensions that they can use to actualize their vision. With performance characteristics such as these, one may expect a commensurate cost, and they would not be amiss in this expectation. This printer is one costly unit — though not out of proportion with what one receives in return for the expense.

Performance Comparison


epson surecolor p700 - the epson produces extremely vibrant colors.
The Epson produces extremely vibrant colors.
Credit: Jason Peters

Color Prints


Perhaps the most important evaluation in this review is the quality of the color prints. This is simply because most photographers want to print in color. To assess the quality of color renderings of the Epson SureColor P700, we use seven stock photos that highlight the variety of challenges in rendering faithful coloring in an image. While we will detail our assessment of the outcomes below, suffice it to say that the P700 nearly knocked our proverbial socks off. The color accuracy, resolution, and general quality are without parallel in the group.


Given such high praise, you may be wondering how we arrived at such an estimation. As we briefly mentioned above, we use a fixed set of images that allow us to make apples-to-apples comparisons across all the models in the test group. Specifically, testers are looking at two aspects of the print, resolution and overall impression.


Compared to the other models in our best photo printer review, the P700 is just a bit flatter in terms of saturation and contrast. However, its dynamic range is, bar none, the best of the printers in the class. Moreover, this unit provides those inclined to tinker with more control over the level of saturation, contrast, and range than the competition, thus making for a unique print to the user.

epson surecolor p700 - this printer has great tonal transitions and definition in...
This printer has great tonal transitions and definition in grayscale. It helps that it has gray, light gray, photo black, and matte black ink cartridges.
Credit: Jason Peters

Black and White Prints


The black and white analysis is as important as its color counterpart, though for different reasons. Before delving into the reasons why the above statement is true, let's first say that the tests in this evaluation are very similar to the color testing except, of course, that we use a set of stock grayscale images for comparison. Aside from that, the judgment again focuses on resolution and overall impression. While none of the printers we assessed blew our minds with the exceptional quality of their grayscale renderings, the Epson SureColor P700 certainly set the bar for the class.


Having established that the P700 is a leader in the black and white evaluation, let's wrap back around to the idea that grayscale is a critical aspect of a printer's overall quality, despite the format's relative lack of popularity. Grayscale images showcase the quality of a printer's tonal transitions and its border definition. Indeed, the simplicity of these two features makes them so hard to achieve. Moreover, the lack of color makes it hard to hide the printer's lack of technical precision. The P700 deserves special recognition for its impressive dynamic range and neutral color renderings.

epson surecolor p700 - this unit can print in a wide variety of dimensions and mediums.
This unit can print in a wide variety of dimensions and mediums.
Credit: Jason Peters

Print Capabilities


As the name suggests, the capabilities analysis looks at the range of print dimension, print speed, paper capacity, number of ink cartridges, and diversity of print media that the model will accommodate. Unlike the oft-referenced jack of all trades, the Epson SureColor P700 is essentially a master of all the aspects of performance capacity. Admittedly, this is a busy metric that, in the case of the P700, necessarily involves lengthy lists of paper types and sizes, to name just a few of the avenues of inquiry. To save you some tears of boredom, we will stick to ranges instead of rattling off lists of paper dimensions, et cetera.


The most important component of this metric is print dimensions. This printer uses a paper roll that is 129" long and 13" wide. With few exceptions, it will print anything within those parameters. The P700 will also print flat paper in common sizes ranging from 3.5" x 5" up to 13" x 19". The photo paper tray will accommodate 30 sheets of standard photo paper, but the roll is better suited to bulk printing.

This machine is a veritable peacock for pallet options and print medium. Firstly, the P700 will print on just about everything short of your backside. Well, you can print temporary tattoos with this unit, but here we digressed. The printer will accommodate sheet media up to 1.5 mm thick of Epson Professional, Signature Worthy, Legacy papers, and third-party media. It will print double-sided matte (for brochures) and Fine Art Paper.


The only downside of this unit's capacity is that it is pretty slow to print — ~86 seconds per 4" x 6" color print. Yet, we think the cost in time is a small price to pay considering its drawing on a vast color palette supported by no less than ten ink cartridges.

Operating Costs


Often overlooked when sizing up a potential printer purchase is the long-term cost of operating the machine. This cost is a pretty hard figure to produce, but that's where you're in luck. We did the heavy lifting to present you with a simple cost per 4" x 6" color print.


While the Epson SureColor P700 has a pretty hefty upfront cost, it is among the cheapest cost per print at $0.37. To put that in perspective, the average for the class is $0.56, and the price for that same photo at one national retail chain is $0.33. Not bad, right?


For those of you interested in the nuts and bolts of how we produced this figure, the crux of the matter is establishing how much ink it takes to cover 144 square inches or 1 square foot of paper. The answer is approximately 1 milliliter. Once we have that number, we simply divide the cost of the ink by the volume (in milliliters) of ink, factor in the cost of paper, and presto! Cost per print. This figure is a rough number, but our testing showed it to be on the conservative side and that the differences between the printers, if not the actual cost per print, are quite accurate.

epson surecolor p700 - ten individual ink cartridges? the epson surecolor p700 uses this...
Ten individual ink cartridges? The Epson SureColor P700 uses this vast arsenal of inks to render one heck of a palette.
Credit: Jason Peters

Set-up


The set-up metric addresses those unfortunate circumstances when you receive a much-awaited gadget and then, instead of enjoying it, you spend half of your weekend trying to get it to work. To remove the sting of such an experience, we have assessed photo printers from pulling them out of the box to printing the first picture so that you know what you're signing up for ahead of time. The good news is that the Epson SureColor P700 has about an average difficulty level for set-up.


If you are like this author, you may have read that last sentence and thought, how is that good news? A fair question. The average rating is good news because the P700 is being compared to mini printers that are essentially Polaroid printers for cell phones and have no set-up aside from making a Bluetooth connection. The P700 got an average score speaks to the ease of this full-size, highly technical printer's set-up. You have to follow a multi-stepped process that requires one to download software. That said, if you follow the steps (we're talking to you fellas, just read the instructions), it's no problem.

epson surecolor p700 - while the full-size printers are the most difficult to set up, the...
While the full-size printers are the most difficult to set up, the Epson is perhaps the most painless of the lot.
Credit: Jason Peters

Should You Buy the Epson SureColor P700?


This printer traverses every aspect of interest to both experienced and lay photographers. The question of value is often a personal one. However, we look at value as a cost to performance ratio. In this light, the P700 is neither a deal nor a rip-off. This unit's price pretty much matches its performance. However, if you don't need a professional-quality printer, then this machine likely has less value for you since its performance will be underappreciated.

What Other Photo Printers Should You Consider?


The Epson SureColor P700 is the best of the best but carries a price tag fitting of such a high-quality photo printer. If you are more of a casual photographer but still want to print full-sized pictures, the Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 is a capable, full-sized printer at a more approachable price point.

Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer