Published on September 20th, 2019 at 09:48 pm
The Epson P600 and the Epson P800 are near-dedicated photo printers that provide users with the ability to craft and output high-quality print of up to 13 by 19 inches. These printers can be used to create not only professional quality photos but also in printing graphic design and fine art prints. The debate on which of the two printers is better is one that exists beyond the internet realms. Both printers have legions of fan both online and offline. The P600 and the P800 have a lot of similarities, and as such, we felt the need to look into these two printers’ features and how they compare. Let’s try to dispel this old debate finally and put it to bed once and for all.
Comparison at a Glance
|Epson p600||Epson p800|
|Minmum sheet size||3.5″ x 5″||3.5″ x 5″|
|Max typical sheet size||13″ x 19″||17″ x 25″|
|Color print speed||6 PPM||3 PPM|
|Max print length||129″ – limited by file size||590″ – limited by file size|
|Rolls||8″ and 13″||8″, 13″, 17″|
|Ink tanks||25.9 mL capacity||80 mL capacity|
|Dimensions||24.2″ x 14.5″ x 9″||26.93″x 14.80″x 9.85″|
|Weight||6.80 lb||8.85 lb|
Epson P600 Vs. P800 – Physical Appearance
To start us off on this journey, we decided to compare the printers on the most prominent factors, and that is how they look. A quick glance at the printers, and it is almost impossible to miss the stark difference in their sizes. The Epson P600 which is a 13-inch wide platform printer brags dimensions of 24.2” (Width) x 14.5” (Depth) x 9” (Height). This makes it relatively smaller than the 17-inch wide platform P800 which brags dimensions of 26.93” (Width) x 14.80” (Depth) x 9.85” (Height). This means that the Epson P800 is better placed to handle wider media formats than the P600. This is evident in the fact that it can manage 8-inch, 13-inch, and 17-inch paper rolls while the P600 is only capable of handling 8-inch and 13-inch paper rolls.
Similarly, when working with your standard sheets, you will notice that the P600 manages a maximum sheet size of 13” x 19” while the P800 can handle a maximum sheet size of 17” x 25”. The metric that is affected by the varying printer sizes would be the maximum print length. This printer feature is limited by the size of the file being printed and goes to a length of 129-inches and 590 -inches for the P600 and Epson P800 in that order. Depending on an individual’s intent, this difference in print size is a relatively big deal. This is especially so for individuals who deal with fine art prints that often call for minimal to no resizing as this affects the quality of the print.
Epson P600 vs P800 – Inks
When purchasing the printers for comparison, we were already aware that both printers utilized Epson UltraChrome HD Ink, but there was a significant difference in the size of their cartridges. Because of its size, the Epson P600 is fitted with smaller 24.9ml cartridge while the Epson P800 had starter cartridges that came with 64ml of ink and used 80ml of ink when refilling. What we quickly noticed is that the P800 was a cost-effective printer than the P600, particularly if your print volumes are high. Otherwise, if an individual had fewer print volumes, the cost per print was much higher than the P600. The overall cost of purchasing the ink for the P800 is much higher than that of the P600, but this balances out depending on the print volumes. Both printers use a Micro Piezo AMC print head and load ink from the top but looking at the P600 one would think otherwise as the print head house appears different on the outside. The most notable thing about the two printers is that despite the similarities as far as print head and ink go, the printers produce different prints because they have different resolutions. While the P800 has a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi, the P600 brags 5760 x 1440 dpi as far as resolution goes. Nevertheless, both printers produce beautiful prints that are sharp detailed and have a wide color gamut. Finally, both printers use two different types of black ink, i.e., matte black and photo black depending on the type of media that they are reproducing prints on.
Epson P600 Vs. P800 – Media Handling
As previously mentioned, when we were discussing the physical appearance of the printers, the printers can handle different sized media. Nevertheless, we felt that it was worth taking a deeper dive into the roll support section. The reason because while both printers support roll printing, individuals require a roll media adapter which they, unfortunately, have to purchase separately from the printers. This, however, does not necessarily translate as a downside as with the roll media adapters, printing canvas becomes that much more effortless than it would have been without. Both the Epson P600 and Epson P800 have three separate paper feeds, namely front specialty single sheet, top auto tray, and the roll. They also can handle different types of media, including the much heavier and thicker ones like canvas.
The Bottom Line
After our research, it was pretty evident that the Epson P800 was the winner when comparing the two printers. Although its cost is higher, we felt that all factors considered, the P800 provided its users with more value for money. This is an important consideration given the economies of scale and size users get once they purchase the printer. Its large footprint, which was the biggest downside we witnessed was not that big of a deal at least for us. Finally, it was also easy to set up and use for all our printing needs.
With that in mind, we have to admit that the P600 is a reliable printer that performs beautifully and is capable of meeting a user’s day to day printing needs. Of the two printers, it took home the crown for occupying a smaller space and having a better resolution. Truthfully the choice of the better printer between the two comes down to an individual and their needs. If all you need from a printer is the occasional single document or photo to add to your gallery wall at home, then, by all means, acquire the P600. But if your needs exceed the standard day to day needs, you cannot go wrong with the P800 as it is your best bet.