Epson Surecolor SC-P807 Review- The finest photoprinter we’ve tested so far
• Simple design
• Easy to use LCD interface and controls
• Precise color calibration level
• Trouble-free connectivity options
• Panorama Prints
• Can Print on Canvas
• LCD Preview Screen is not available
• Cannot print photographs directly from camera
• Dull Looking form factor
• Attention to paper alignment is constantly needed
The Epson Surecolor SC-P807 is a tabletop A3+ inkjet photo printer which features a Micro Piezo printhead technology to deliver crisp, precise prints with minimal misting in the photo prints. The printer can print up to A2 photo paper with dots of 3.5 picoliters.
Talking of picoliter, what is a picoliter and how does it affects printing?
Well, a picoliter is a trillionth (one millionth of a millionth, or 10 to the -12th power) of a liter. Measurements on the scale of nanoliters and picoliters are used in ‘microfluidics’, the branch of nanotechnology dealing with extremely low volumes of liquids. For example, if you imagine a tablespoon of ink being 15ml then this will be equal to 15bn picoliters.
A picoliter denotes the measurement of ink volume which is dispensed on a paper; its role could be considered quite insignificant in the general scheme of things where quality is concerned. However, not every job demands the smallest droplet size and only the printers from brands like Epson, Canon and HP may boast droplet sizes of four picoliters or even less. In big printers, the quality and placement of larger droplets are more than adequate when printing posters, billboards and other wide-format jobs. As an example, typically, to print an application at a resolution of 300dpi, a picoliter size might range from 30 to 80. The variation in end result through this range might not be discernible to the human eye, and the choice affects the print speed. The larger the droplet volume the faster the machine can run.
For calculation, the larger the picoliter size, the bigger the droplet, it is also important to ascertain the type of ink being used within the print-heads and whether they are binary or greyscale. Lastly, the smaller the picoliter size, the more nurturing the machine will need.
Coming back to the Epson Surecolor SC-P807, the printer is one of the advanced photo printers launched recently and adds both wired and wireless connectivity options. The LCD touch screen display helps you to control the complete printer without even having the need of a personal computer. The printer measures 26.93″(W) x 14.80″(D) x 9.85″(H) in dimensions and weighs 43lbs (nearly 20KGs), which is heavier than most of the other A3 and A4 printers available in market, however we do understand that there’s a complex photo printing engine packed inside the printer and we earnestly appreciate the quality of printouts that it delivers.
The design of the printer is very straightforward; there are no complicated switches or controls to trouble your printing experience at all. And this tells us a lot about how Epson has engineered the machine keeping the complexities to its minimal and focussing on print quality at its focal point.
The black color body looks very professional. The printer has its paper input unit from the rear side, while the output unit is placed at the bottom of the printer. Cartridge section is placed under the flap at the front of the printer and can be only accessed through the command given by LCD unit. Paper output shell also comes out and handles the weight of the sheets efficiently. Ports are neatly placed on the right hand side rear division of the device. Although, the printer looks very big, it can easily be placed the side of a table and may not trouble too much.
For a complete specification sheet of the Surecolor SC-P807 printer, you can check the following link. Epson Surecolor SC-P807 Photo Pritner Specification chart. You can also purchase the ink cartridges and paper media from the link itself.
Set up and performance
Setting up the printer was fairly easy, and as soon as we took the printer out of the box, we were able to use it. However, for accessing the complete features, you would still need a computer.
The 2.7-inch LCD touch panel has most of the controls packed inside it. However, a preview option for the image being printer would be a nice addition to the device. The connectivity options are all modern like any other printer and include Ethernet, WiFi direct, USB 2.0 and wireless n1.
Caution: Do not forcefully unlock the ink tank flap, there is a inbuilt computerised feature available in the printer. You can access the cartridge section easily under the LCD panel.
Talking about ink, there are 9 color ink palette packed inside the machine namely Photo black, Matte Black, Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black and Light Light Black. And every ink refill will cost you nearly Rs.2,739. The type of ink used is Pigment-based with Epson UltraChrome HD ink technology and the maximum print resolution that the printer can work with is 2880 x 1440 dpi with a Maximum paper width of 17-inches.
For using the complete features of Epson Surecolor SC-P807 printer, one can use the complementary ‘Epson print layout’ application which eliminates the hassle of multiple softwares and gets the task done without troubling too much. The application may run slow initially, however once it’s in operational, it has all the features available in it to resize the photograph and layout for getting the photo printing done effortlessly.
The printer can print on fine art, roll papers, canvas and creation of panoramas over 10 feet long. There is an optional roll holder that can be attached to the SC-P807 printer which enables the user to print on 17-inch wide roll media. The printer has a total of 9, 80ML ink cartridges that EPSON says offer high yield, however in our testing period we measured that the printer consumed nearly 1% or less cartridge in a premium glossy A3 sheet, which measures close to 2.2ML. While on the other hand, an A2 paper may consume less than 4ML of ink.
For testing the Epson Surecolor SC-P807 printer, we printed A3 glossy, A4 Glossy, A3+ Glossy and some other photo papers and all of the photographs impressed us equally. We were astonished by the quality of colors that it delivers and the level of accuracy it offers in every photograph. Not only the colors are sharp, the details that it printed were so way sharper than anything we’ve seen so far in the printers we’ve reviewed.
The first photograph that we printed was a wedding photographs and the digital copy was crammed with colors and details. And as soon as we printed the same, there was an unmatchable color preciseness we saw on the sheet of paper.
Later we tested the quality of the printer in Black and White, and it impressed us the same. There were no grains at all and the shades of black color were surprisingly accurate. The printer offers 1440 and 2880 dpi, however there’s hardly any difference one can observe between the two. Further, there are tons of types of Medias that the printer can handle and you check the complete list in the user guide link attached above.
The Epson Surecolor SC-P807 printer took nearly 6-minutes to print an A3+ glossy photo, however all that time is worth the quality that it delivers. A4 glossy paper may take roughly 3 minutes in best quality. And the A2 Glossy sheet may nearly take 12 minutes to do the same.
“Colors are vibrant and yes, the black levels are outstanding”
The printer can do borderless printing on various media types including 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, 11″ x 14″, 16″ x 20″ and 17″ x 22″.
Read the note before printing on various media sizes.
- You can load fine art media with a thickness of 0.012 to 0.028 inch (0.3 to 0.7 mm).
- Posterboard and Thick Media can be loaded with a thickness of 0.047 to 0.059 inch (1.2 to 1.5 mm).
- You can load 13-inch to 17-inch (330 mm to 432 mm) wide roll paper for printing large or panoramic images, or multiple photos (with or without borders) using the optional roll paper unit. Do check the ink levels before printing.
- For best printing results, use up a cartridge within 6 months of opening the package.
You can check the link below for further detailed information about the printer and the types of various medias it can handle:
Epson User Guide
Who is it made for?
The Epson Surecolor SC-P807 is made for Professional photographers, serious hobbyist and people who do detailed photo printing with accurate colors in their photographs. If you’re an interior designer and want something that can deliver precise colors of various textures, then this product is made for you.
Epson Surecolor SC-P807 printer is a professional printer that comes with the latest printing technology. The printer can be used for professional purposes and may deliver the best photo print quality in recent times. The Photo printing on the device is excellent, connectivity options are great and the touch panel works as smooth as a smartphone. The cons of the printer are not very significant and do not affect the print quality at all, which is also great.