Epson has broadened its range of laser offerings, both entry level and for the workgroup, while also announcing a new flatbed scanner it claims to be the first in Australia with FireWire connectivity.
In what is a regular raft of product announcements from the printing allrounder, it included upgrades for its Stylus inkjet and photo printers. The 670 Inkjet is said to have found some more speed and better colour, while the 870 and 1270 Photo printers feature improved fade resistance through a combination of new printing technology, media and inks.
But the announcement of its foray into the highly contested 20ppm (page per minute) network printer scrum places Epson into a battle for some prime market share real estate. The N2050 laser printer is described as a network ready printer for workgroups that incorporates a 166MHz RISC processor and 10/100BaseTX Ethernet card. It has a range of paper handling options as well as the optional Adobe PostScript 3 software.
The 5700L opens Epson's 8ppm laser offering to the Apple market via the USB interface with the 5800 providing a speed jump (up to 10ppm) and higher resolution.
And Epson claims that the Expression 1600 A4 flatbed scanner is the first scanner in Australia to be delivered with IEEE 1394/FireWire connectivity.