My last interaction with Epson was my buying my first dot-matrix printer from J&R Computer World. This first printer used paper with holes on the left and right side that moved through the printer via a “gear” with small holes sticking through it.
As I write this, I have a clearer understanding of how people older than me may feel when they explain about how they used to use computer punch cards. I feel a bit “dated” explaining about dot-matrix printers to some of you who really have never seen one before.
With a recent announcement earlier this month Epson is launching a new line new line of ink-jet printers, WorkForce, and all-in-ones with fast print speeds, WiFi and Ethernet connectivity.
Epson Stylus printers have been around for some time, costing under $100 and are ideal options for home users and very small businesses with minimal printer needs. This new line of printers introduces a fresh option for businesses still looking for low prices, yet want to connect printers to their corporate networks, need fast print speeds and crisp images.
Here’s some information on the new line from Epson’s press release. The WorkForce 600 all-in-one, the WorkForce 40 and WorkForce 30 printers deliver up to 38 pages per minute (ppm) in black. The new line also includes models that offer built-in Wi-Fi and wired networking as well as 5760 x 1440 dpi print resolution for sharp text and vibrant color graphics.
Epson’s WorkForce 600 is the flagship model and offers print speeds up to twice as fast as competitive models, delivering industry leading laser-quality black text up to 27 ppm and laser-quality color text up to 19 ppm in default, normal printing mode. 2 It offers built-in Wi-Fi and wired networking, a 2.5″ tilt LCD screen and a built-in 30-page automatic document feeder (ADF) to quickly copy and scan, as well as fax black and color documents in as fast as three seconds per page. The WorkForce 600 also accommodates Epson Extra High-Capacity Black ink cartridges to meet various high print volume needs.
The WorkForce 40 and WorkForce 30 are compact, single function printers designed for businesses that need increased productivity for high volume printing, with speeds also up to twice as fast as competitive models. Both offer sharp laser-quality black text at up to 27 ppm in default mode. In addition, the WorkForce 40 produces laser-quality color text at up to 19 ppm in default mode2 and offers built-in Wi-Fi and wired networking to share and print files from virtually anywhere in the office. The WorkForce 30 delivers laser-quality color text at up to 11 ppm in default mode, and includes a dual black ink cartridge system that delivers twice as much black printing.
Printers from HP, Dell, Lexmark, Xerox and Epson are very similar. It’s hard to compare printers and know which one is best. If you are looking for a high end car that costs $40,000 the differences are a bit more clear. Foreign or Domestic. Gas Mileage. Built in features. Colors. Etc.
In shopping for printers, the basic things you are concerned about are speed, print quality and price. All the printer manufacturers are fiercely competitive and continue to ensure their inventory of printers is as good as, if not better than the competitors newest model.
How to decide which printer is best for you.
If you have been buying one particular brand for years, there’s no harm in sticking with it. When it’s time for a refreshment check online or ask your computer consultant to see what new printers from your current manufacturer might better meet your needs. But also check out competitors to ensure you get the best printer for your dollar.
Of course support is VERY important. I can remember a few years ago helping a friend with their computer. They had an Epson printer, out of warranty as I recall and Epson sent them another one at not cost and took the old one back! That’s service – gold service – and you really only know about this service from experience.