Epson has launched the SD-10 spectrophotometer - a highly accurate, compact and affordable colour measurement device. Battery-powered and equipped with a precision MEMS Fabry-Pérot tuneable filter, the SD-10 is small enough to fit in a hand or pocket and recently won a Good Design Best 100 award 2021.

Epson Spectro App
Epson's APP makes it easy to connect the SD-10 to a smart device via Bluetooth

The key features of Epson's SD-10 spectrophotometer colorimeter are:

• Compact hand-held design (35 x 80 x 80 mm)

• Self calibrating and simple to operate

• Large aperture lens with a wide spectral range

• All-in-one with a high-capacity lithium ion battery for mobile operation

• Take spot readings, compare colours or a patch set

• Downloadable iOS and Android app extends functionality

• Integrated annular multi-spectrum light source & LCD display

• USB & BluetoothEpson SD 10 Front Left Operating interfacing, supports M0, M1e and M2 standards

• One year warranty with service cover extendable to five years via CoverPlus

The SD-10 spectrophotometer can be used to digitise colour readings matching for a faster and more accurate workflow. It can be linked with a smart device to centrally manage colour information for smoother and more precise printing. Being portable it allows users to measure colours anytime, anywhere.

Epson's SD-10 addresses colour matching problems in a wide range of print and design-related work, such as those commonly found in the sign & display industry.

When producing printed matter, there are often issues around accurate colour matching, particularly with corporate logo colours. The user-friendly SD-10, Epson’s first portable spectrophotometer, helps solve problems related to colour matching that were, until now, the work of a specifically trained and experienced operator.

Epson claims that, in using the SD-10 spectrometer, anyone can easily measure and quantify colours without specialised knowledge, so colours and processes can be standardised.

With an easy-to-read LCD screen, colours can easily be measured and converted into accurate values. It’s also easy to connect the SD-10 to a smart device via Bluetooth and Epson says the Spectrometer app is simple and straightforward to use, even for those who are new to colour measurement. Wired and wireless connection with a PC is also possible.

Compact, fast and easy-to-use

The SD-10 measures colour quickly and accurately using nine light sources arranged in a ring. Time required for colour matching is reduced further as measured values are unaffected by any uneveness on the media’s surface. Accordingly, the SD-10 can be used for media with uneven surfaces, such as fabrics, with the colour measurement results unaffected by any external environment.

The SD-10’s main body measures just 35 mm(w) x 80 mm(d) x 80 mm(h) and it weighs just 190 g, making it compact in size and easy to carry. It is also suitable for use in meetings and colour matching in the field such as on construction sites. The built-in battery enables untethered operation.

The Epson Spectrometer app displays the numerical values measured by the SD-10 as a colour picker, with readings in a variety of formats including LAB, CYMK, LCH, RGB and more. In addition to being able to compare approximate colours and numerical values, the colour variation between two measured colours can be displayed numerically.Good design 2021

Moreover, the app also identifies similar colours of measured colours, colour scheme examples and complementary colours, and similar Pantone colours. By linking with the functions of Epson’s genuine Epson Edge Print and Epson Edge Print Pro software, exact colours can be reproduced on Epson large-format inkjet printer.

Epson’s SD-10Epson’s SD-10 was recently awarded by the Good Design Awards organisation.


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