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Epson Backing Inkjets For Business

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Epson is backing its inkjet printers to, not only match, but beat laser printers in terms of cost, speed and reliability.

The majority thinking is that for serious business use, laser printers are more cost effective and more reliable than inkjet printers but Epson has decided to back its inkjet printers to be able to not only match laser printers but outdo them. The WorkForce Pro WP 4500 range includes six models, ranging from the basic single function WP4015DN to the high-end WP4535DNF, which offers printing, scanning, faxing and copying. According to the Japanese giant, the WorkForce Pro WP 4500 series will be just as reliable while costing up to 50 percent less per page than laser printers and will print pages just as fast. The series comes with the four ink cartridge system and can print up to 2,400 pages in black and 2,000 pages in colour using XL cartridges, according to Jordi Castillo, senior manager of business products at Epson.

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Castillo added: “We recommend that users print 2,000 pages per month, but the WorkForce Pro range can handle up to 20,000 pages if necessary. Using these models, printing also costs 50 per cent less per page than traditional laser printers." This improved productivity, never before seen on an inkjet printer, has been made possible because of Epson’s Micro Piezo inkjet nozzle technology. Micro Piezo print heads don’t wear out as quickly as the print heads from rival manufacturers, according to Epson. Andrew Semple, head of Epson Europe’s business imaging division said: “We are offering laser-like yields but at half the running costs of a laser and on top of that you can factor in ecological advantages as well – 80 percent less power than a laser printer. The time is now for business inkjets.”

The WorkForce Pro series will be available in September and pricing for the range has yet to be announced. We’ll have to wait and see if the range can live up to Epson’s claims when we get a review copy in for testing.

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