updated 12:05 pm EDT, Wed August 31, 2005
New Epson inkjet line
Earlier this month Epson announced its new line of inkjet products for homes and small offices. New models include a single-function printer -- the Epson Stylus C88 -- and five all-in-one devices -- the Epson Stylus CX7800, CX5800F, CX4800, CX4200, and CX3810 -- all of which utilize Epson's new DURABrite Ultra pigment ink. The new formulation of DURABrite pigment ink provides fade-resistance, water-resistance and smudge-resistance on any type of media. Offering resolutions up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi with ultra fine ink droplets, the new models promise high quality and sharp detail. Each models produces borderless prints in frame-ready sizes -- up to letter size. They also feature individual ink cartridges and are backed by Epson's one-year limited warranty.
The ($90) are available from Epson's website and various distributors. The Epson Stylus CX7800 ($180) and Epson Stylus CX4200 ($100) will be available in September, while the Epson Stylus CX5800F ($150) will be available this fall.
The Epson Stylus C88 is a sleek, high-performance inkjet printer for the office or home, offering a parallel print port for wired networking. The Stylus C88 provides print speeds-up to 22 ppm for black text and up to 12 ppm for color text.
The Epson Stylus CX7800 harbors a scanner, offering 48-bit, 2400 x 2400 dpi resolution scanning for slides and negatives, and 1200 x 2400 dpi resolution scanning for photos and documents. A 1.5" color preview monitor allows viewing, enhancement and selection of photos with no need of a connected computer. The Stylus CX7800 prints directly from memory cards and PictBridge-enabled digital cameras and offers the option of printing a photo proof sheet to select and print photos, also without a computer. The Stylus CX7800 prints black text at up to 20 ppm, color text up to 19ppm, and can print a high-quality, BorderFree 4"x 6" photos in as fast as 50 seconds.
The Epson Stylus CX5800F offers full-featured 48-bit 1200 x 2400 dpi scanning, PC free copying and printing directly from memory cards and PictBridge-enabled digital cameras in addition to high speed faxing in color and black and white. The CX5800F prints up to 20 ppm for black text and up to 19ppm in color.
The Epson Stylus CX4800 provides a solution for everyday projects with its 48-bit scans at a resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi and DURABrite Ultra pigment inks. The Stylus CX4800 also prints directly from memory cards and PictBridge-enabled digital cameras and offers the option of printing a photo proof sheet to select and print photos without a computer. The CX4800 prints at up to 20 ppm for black text and up to 19ppm for color text.
The Epson Stylus CX4200 is ideal for everyday projects, incorporating all of the features of the Stylus CX4800, with the exception of memory card slots.
The Epson Stylus CX3810 is an entry-level device, serving the same print quality as the other models in the new line, and offering PC-free copying of color and black and white documents. The Stylus CX3810 also delivers 600 x 1200 dpi scans.