Review of the Epson SureColor P800 at PCMagToday’s better near-dedicated photo printers, including the Epson SureColor P800, produce remarkably good, professional-quality prints. The P800 ($1,295) is similar in price, capacity, and print quality to the Canon imagePrograf PRO-1000, which recently became our Editors’ Choice C-size (17-inch paper width) professional photo printer. The P800 offers the option to print on paper rolls measuring either 13 or 17 inches wide and up to 10 feet long. For those who need it, that capability is significant enough for the P800 to edge out the PRO-1000 to earn Editors’ Choice honors as well.

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With a list price of $1,000, make no mistake, the Pixma Pro-1 is no toy, nor is it by any means a desktop or mainstream printer. Instead, it’s big, heavy, and relatively expensive to use—although not as expensive as the Pro-100. Since it’s been around since 2011, the Pro-1 is well-tested and popular among professional photographers, but it still leans more toward the entry-level professional.

There are plenty of much-more-expensive and more capable heavy-duty image printers out there, but not in terms of pure print quality. Upwards from here, photo printers and plotters tend to provide wider paper paths and cheaper inks, measured in price-per milliliter.

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This product’s name, the “SureColor P600 Wide Format Inkjet Printer” (on Epson’s Web site, anyway), is somewhat misleading. Instead of being merely a “Wide Format Inkjet Printer,” the P600 is Epson’s top-of-the-line, $799.99 photo printer—with the ability to print borderless 13″x19″ prints and panoramas over 10 feet long.

No, this isn’t your parent’s inkjet printer, nor is it your average consumer-grade photo printer, such as Canon’s $199.99 Pixma MG7520 Photo Inkjet All-in-One, either.

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