Oct 6, 2011

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Epson brings back the monochrome inkjet printer to rival laser printers

Seeing that a lot of people especially offices are still using monochrome laser printers, Epson, a world leader in imaging technologies has brought back the monochrome inkjet printer. Being the only monochrome inkjet printers in the world, the K-series comes in three versions: Epson K100 single function monochrome inkjet printer, K200 all-in-one monochrome inkjet printer, and K300 all-in-one monochrome printer with  automatic document feeder.

These new mono inkjet printers are made for the small home office or a networked household requiring black and white printing in bulk. It has the same price as that of laser printers right now but the Epson K-series also brings you high performance, better quality and low-cost monochrome printing. An single dual-cartridge ink refill will yield 2000 pages so if a student is needs to print a 10-page report per week, it will take him roughly 4 years to finish off a single refill.

The Epson K-Series printers are designed as a superior alternative to laser printers for customers who only need to print black and white documents at a very low cost per page. The high performance Epson K series offers the printing speed and text quality of a monochrome laser printer, with extremely low running cost of only PhP0.45 per page, and many other useful features that are not found in laser printers in the same price range.

Some of the key features of the K-Series monochrome inkjet printers are:

  • Extremely low cost per page – the Epson K100, K200, and K300 offer users one of the lowest cost per page (CPP) of any printer at only Php0.45. This cost per page is up to 70% lower than original toner used by laser printers of similar price.
  • Built in duplexer helps save paper – The new printers feature a built in duplexer that helps customers conveniently save money by printing on both sides of the paper. Duplexers are typically not found in laser printers of similar price as the Epson K100 and K200.
  • High laser-like speed – With a default ISO print speed of 16 pages per minute (ppm), the new printers are as fast as laser printers in default mode. They are even faster than laser printers in their draft mode that can reach a very high 37ppm to help customers get their documents quickly in urgent situations or when printing quick reference material.
  • Better print quality and flexible media use than laser printers with Epson DURABrite Ultra pigment ink – The Epson DURABrite Ultra black pigment ink used by the new printers produce ultra-sharp text that is comparable to laser quality and better grayscale photo prints on plain paper than laser printers. Prints are also smudge, fade and water-resistant. In addition to plain paper, the printers can also print on a wide range of media that laser printers cannot – such as photo paper and specialty media.
  • Built in Ethernet for convenient sharing – Both the Epson K100 and K200 feature built-in Ethernet connectivity that allows them to be conveniently shared on a computer network; another feature absent in similarly priced laser printers.
  • 70% lower power consumption than laser printers – The Epson K-series printers use Epson’s highly reliable Micro Piezo print head that lasts the life of the printer and uses up to 70% less power than conventional laser printers, helping their users save on power costs.

 

Epson K100 Epson K200 Epson K300
Print Resolution

1440 x 720 dpi (with Variable-Sized Droplet Technology)

Draft /ISO Print Speed

37pm / 16ppm

Ink Cartridge

Each printer uses two Epson 137 ink cartridges with DURABrite Ultra ink and an estimated page yield of 1000 pages each

Standard features
  • Built-in duplex printing module
  • 10/100 Fast Ethernet port
Media handling

250 sheet paper tray

150 sheet paper tray

250 sheet paper tray

Copy / scanning

Not available

  • 1200 x 2400 dpi A4 flatbed scanner
  • 360 x 360 dpi copy capability
  • Epson K300 has additional 30-page automatic document feeder
Price and availability PhP6,195
Available from October 2011
PhP8,495
Available from October 2011
PhP9,495
Available from October 2011


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