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Epson Offers New Inkjets

C80 delivers variable same-page resolution, new ink system By Dave Nagel
Epson today introduced three new printers in its inkjet lineup. The highest-end model, the C80, delivers speeds up to 20 PPM in black and 10 PPM in color. The other two models, the C60 and the C40UX, are geared more for the consumer market.

According to Epson, the new C80 (which will also be available in two network configurations later this year) has been redesigned "from the ground up." The printer uses a high-capacity individual color ink cartridge system and delivers a higher level of print quality on plain or recycled papers than other previous models.

The Stylus C80 is the first printer to use Epson's new pigment-based DuraBrite inks, offering resolutions up to 2,880 x 720 DPI. DuraBrite inks have a light-resistance rating of up to 70 years.

The Stylus C80 includes four separate ink cartridges (C, M, Y and K) and offers improved output through a new technology Epson calls Resolution Performance Management. The new technology uses special algorithms to smooth the edges of low-resolution graphics. It can also automatically alternate levels of resolutions on each print for a mix of image quality and speed. Up to three droplet sizes (as small as 3 picoliters) are used simultaneously to place ink.

The printer's paper input tray holds up to 150 sheets of 20-pound paper. It offers both USB and parallel connectivity for using Macintosh and Windows systems simultaneously. It's available now for $149 (with a $30 mail-in rebate, $179 without).

Wired and wireless
There will be two network versions of the printer available in November--a regular Ethernet version and a wireless version. The Stylus C80WN (wireless) offers the same features as the Stylus C80 with the addition of a wireless Ethernet 802.11b print server that supports multiple network protocols. Users can print to the C80WN through an access point or directly from a Mac equipped with an 802.11b wireless adapter, which allows for transmissions up to 300 feet. It will sell for $399 (including a $50 mail-in rebate) and should be available later this month.

The regular network model, the Stylus C80N, will offer the same features found in the Stylus C80 with the addition of an EpsonNet External 10/100Mbit Print Server accessory to connect the printer to a wired LAN. The EPSON Stylus C80N will sell for $349 and will be available in November.

Consumer models
Epson also introduced two new consumer inkjet printers today, the Stylus C60 and Stylus C40UX. Both are four-color models incorporating Epson's Micro Piezo ink jet technology in addition to several new features that enhance image quality. As with the C80, these new printers can also automatically smooth the edges of low-resolution graphics. They also offer variable-sized droplets.

The C60 is a $79 inkjet offering 2,880 x 720 DPI and ink droplets as small as 4 picoliters. It can output 12 PPM using black text and up to 8 PPM of color graphics and text. It offers both USB and parallel connections.

The Stylus C40UX offers 1,440 x 720 DPI hardware resolution with 6 picoliter droplets. It's designed essentially for low-cost bundles and is compatible with Macintosh and Windows.

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