Epson SureColor SC-P405/SC-P400 review

This Epson aims to be one for fans of large, glossy prints

Epson SureColor SC-P405 printer
(Image: © Epson)

Digital Camera World Verdict

There are compelling plusses and minuses for Epson’s entry-level SureColor model, topped by superb colour performance if you like using gloss or lustre media, but disappointing results with B&W.


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    Affordable route into A3+ photo printing

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    Accepts roll-paper holder for bigger prints

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    UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 pigmented inks give excellent print life


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    Optimised for gloss media

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    Average B&W performance

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    Built-in profiles vary in accuracy

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In the past we've commented that new inkjet printers arriving on the market were widely spaced events, but recently there has been quite a few arrivals from both Canon and Epson. Epson’s rebadging of its photo printer line-up under the SureColor name now extends from enthusiast-level all the way up to its professional wide-format models.

The A3+ format SureColor SC-P405 – called the SC-P400 in some markets – is a recent addition to Epson’s enthusiast-level line-up and is designed to take over from the Stylus Pro R2000. When the specifications for the SC-P405 is stacked up against the list for the R2000 there appears to be only a few minor differences… most notably, an all-black casing instead of black-and-silver and 14 millilitres cartridges instead of 17 millimetres, while the PictBridge connection is no longer provided. Basically it’s more of the same, as if to indicate that this printer is simply being brought under the SureColor banner in handsome black to match up with the SC-P600 and SC-P800 models, but there are a number of refinements and updates.

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