updated 07:00 pm EDT, Mon August 18, 2008
Epson's new printers
Epson has introduced the WorkForce line of printers and all-in-ones for "micro-business" users. This line includes the WorkForce 600, 500 all-in-ones and WorkForce 40, 30 printers. Capabilities of different models include scan, fax, copy, photo, or WiFi connectivity. All WorkForce models include four-color individual cartridges allowing replacement each color as needed and optional high capacity black cartridges for high printing volume.
Epson's DX3 MicroPiezo print head technology features nozzles that can each produce three sizes of ink droplets as small as two picoliters. All-pigment inks are used that are claimed to be smudge, water, and fade resistant while being 'highlighter friendly' on plain paper.
The flagship WorkForce 600 model is claimed to print black text up to 27 ppm and color text to 19 ppm in the default printing mode, or 38 ppm in draft mode. Jobs can be sent to the printer via. WiFi or wired networking. Images can be retrieved directly from memory cards using the built in card slots, and can be reviewed on a 2.5" LCD screen. The WorkForce 500 offers a similar platform with a print output of 33 ppm in draft mode and lacks WiFi connectivity.
The WorkForce 40 and 30 are compact, single function printers. Both can print black text in default mode up to 27 ppm. The WorkForce 30 prints color text up to 11 ppm in the normal print mode while the WorkForce 40 produces color up to 19 ppm and offers WiFi or wired networking connections.
The WorkForce 30 is available now for $70. The WorkForce 40 will be available in September for $130. The WorkForce 500 is available now for $130, while the WorkForce 600 can be "pre-ordered" now for $200 and is expected to ship this month.