Long Beach, Calif.-based
announced two new Mac-compatible inkjet printers at US$99 and $149 respectively.
The new C62 is available for $79 after a $20 mail-in rebate. The four color inkjet printer features resolution Performance Management (RPM) technology that Epson said provides resolution up to 5,760 x 720 dots per inch. It can print up to 14 pages per minute of black text output and 10 pages per minute in color. It can also output an 8 x 10 inch photo in 3 minutes and 7 seconds, and it’s compatible with both Windows and Mac OS, featuring USB and parallel interfaces.
The new C62 also sports EXIF (Exchangable Image File) format compatibility, which means that it will automatically compensate for image parameters like color space, noise reduction and white balance when outputting images from EXIF-compatible digital cameras.
The $149 C82 is positioned as a replacement to the C80, according to Epson. A four-color printer, the C82 outputs up to 22 pages per minute in black and up to 11 pages per minute in color. Also RPM-compatible, the C82 likewise features resolution as high as 5,760 x 820 dots per inch.
The C82 also uses a new like of exclusively engineered pigment-based inks that Epson calls DuraBrite. The inks are designed to provide rich colors with deep highlights and shadow details, and they’re immersible too — so the C82 can be used to produce fliers, menus or other output that might get wet. DuraBrite inks are light-resistant for up to 80 years when used in conjunction with archive paper, or 70 years on plain paper.
The C82 also utilizes a “snap-in/snap-out” ink cartridge system that puts all four ink tanks — cyan, yellow and magenta, as well as an extra-large black ink reservoir — in separate cartridges. The printer driver will inform users what the level of each tank is, so you can change each cartridge individually as necessary. Cartridges are self-sealing and will preserve inks for up to six months, so you can reinsert used cartridges for full depletion if needed.
Like the C62, the C82 is EXIF-compatible, and can also output large-quantity printing thanks to an input tray capable of holding up to 150 sheets of 20-pound paper. It’s rated to output up to 5,000 sheets per month.
The C82 is equipped with both USB and parallel interfaces and supports Mac OS and Windows.
If you’re working on a wireless network, you can add the C82N, an 802.11b-based print server that works with both Mac and Windows network protocols. The C82N makes it possible to use the C82 on a wireless network of Macs communicating with Apple’s AirPort cards. The C82N adds $379 to the cost of the printer.