Epson is one of the world's best-known manufacturers of printing solutions, whether we're talking about dedicated business products or consumer printers. So, it's no wonder that its line-up at the press event we've attended today was quite a comprehensive one, especially as far as the photo printers (dedicated or not) were concerned.
Probably the most impressive Epson Stylus Photo printer on display was the PX700W model, which can print out photos at resolutions of up to 5760 x 1440 dpi on specific media by using the RPM (Resolution Performance Management) technology. Besides being able to pump out 10 x 15cm photos at a phenomenal rate (10 seconds per photo), the device can deliver up to 40 pages of black text per minute and uses the Epson Claria Photographic Ink for top results.
Two of the most attractive features provided by the PX700W are related to the area of connectivity and the control panel. Thus, users can actually modify the position of the control panel according to their own needs and can even connect the device to the home or office wireless network, since it incorporates a wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g module.
Another Stylus Photo model available on display was the RX585, which offers the same impressive printing features as the PX700W, but also a couple of very interesting extras on the side. Even if the external design is not a particularly attractive one, the RX585 also allows users to scan or copy their documents, the multi-purpose machine reaching speeds of up to 38cpm when copying A4, color pages and up to 12 seconds per photo when printing 10x15 cm photos.
Next in line come the Stylus SX200 and Stylus SX400 models. One of the most important things that can be mentioned about these two printers is that they use Epson DURABrite Ultra ink, which is much more resistant to water than normal ink. Actually, Epson's representatives had even cooked up a test, getting some water on a piece of printer paper and a photo and then showing it to the public...with impressive results, I might add.
Getting back to the SX200 and 400, we'll also point out that they both support printing resolutions of up to 5760 x 1440 dpi and deliver pretty much the same speeds (up to 34 ppm black/color printing, up to 30 cpm black/color copying, around 26 seconds for a 10x15 photos).
The only major differences I've been able to spot between these models were related to the external design and the control panel. Plus, the SX400 features a tiny LCD screen that can be used for viewing/previewing photos.
All in all, fiddling with Epson's printers has been quite an interesting experience, but it remains to be seen whether they're actually capable of behaving in a similar manner when subjected to the stress of everyday office work.
We are just a few, but there are many of you, Softpedia users, out there. That's why we thought it would be a good idea to create an email address for you to help us a little in finding gadgets we missed. Interesting links are bound to be posted with recognition going mainly to those who submit. The address is .