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Epson Intros New Expression Scanner

New models offer 3,200 x 1,600 DPI

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Epson today announced the new Epson Expression 1680 scanner, a 48-bit color scanner that offers a resolution of 3,200 x 1,600 DPI. The Expression 1680 is similar to its predecessor, the Expression 1600, but offers the addition of an increase in dynamic range to 3.6 Dmax, a higher color bit depth of 48-bit and the inclusion (on three models) of LaserSoft SilverFast Ai 5 scanning software.

Available in four cross-platform software configurations—Special Edition, Artist, Professional (Pro) and Professional FireWire (Pro FireWire) models—the Expression 168 features Epson's built-in ColorTrue II Imaging System. The Expression 1680 includes a 1,600 DPI CCD sensor and is able to achieve a true hardware resolution of 1,600 x 3,200 DPI with Epson's Micro Step Drive technology. This technology features a precision stepper motor that enables the Expression 1680 to scan by "half stepping" in the vertical direction, thereby doubling resolution to achieve 3,200 DPI.

The Expression 1680 uses a Xenon cold cathode fluorescent lamp to provide a high-intensity light source. By utilizing this type of light source, the scanner is instantly ready to scan without warm-up time. When the scanner isn't in use, the lamp automatically turns off.

The Expression 1680 Special Edition model is designed for software developers, VARs and system integrators and includes the Epson TWAIN Pro scanner driver, Epson TWAIN Pro for Networks driver and Epson Scan Server only.

The Artist, Pro and Pro FireWire models contain a suite of software that includes LaserSoft SilverFast Ai 5 scanning and imaging software; MonacoEZcolor, a color-management utility designed to help calibrate the scanner, monitor and printer properly and easily; Adobe Photoshop LE for image editing; NewSoft Presto! PageManager for document management; and ScanSoft Textbridge Pro OCR. The Pro model also comes with a transparency unit in the box.

For the ultimate graphic arts solution, the Pro FireWire model includes a FireWire card installed in the scanner along with a transparency unit. The FireWire scanner interface card, included on the Pro FireWire Model, is available separately for $299. An automatic document feeder (ADF) capable of scanning multiple pages and legal size documents is available for $499. A transparency unit, which is included with the Pro and Pro FireWire models, can also be purchased separately for $299.

All configurations of the Expression 1680 will be available in February for street prices of $799 for the Special Edition model, $899 for the Artist model, $1149 for the Pro model and $1,399 for the Pro FireWire model. For more information, visit http://www.epson.com.

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