New Epson Printers and Ink
Epson recently introduced three printers that feature the new Claria inks. Referred to as “Hi-Definition” ink, Claria is dye based. For now, the new ink is available in three platforms: Epson R380, R260, and the “all-in-one” RX580. We think these printers, especially the R380, are great for projects like greeting cards, everyday printing, and business applications.
Epson claims extended print life when using the Claria system – up to 200 years of fade resistance in dark storage! Usually, big numbers like that are reserved for pigment inksets. We think this is probably a response to the Canon ChromaLife dye inks released earlier this year. Canon makes similar long life claims that will most likely not come to pass.
In any case, we are happy to see that dye ink has got a renewed lease on life from Epson. Dye has always been best in terms of media compatibility, print speed, and color gamut. We feel serious print makers should have at least one dye printer on hand for those fun note card projects, and everyday printing jobs.