Epson promise photo quality prints

Photo-quality prints are the promise of a new range of Epson printers due out in New Zealand this month.

Photo-quality prints are the promise of a new range of Epson printers due out in New Zealand this month.

The company says the art quality prints come from a combination of using extremely small ink dots and packing them in really tight.

It claims a first in having printing at 2880dpi for the home and small business market and says its inkdrops can be as small as three picolitres- the size of a human hair.

The top-of-the-range ESC980 model, costing $999, has a maximum resolution of 2880x720dpi, with 3pl droplets.

Print speed is 13 pages of black text per minute and 12.5 pages of colour text per minute.

There are also three cheaper models, with an entry level ES580 model at $329 that offers 1440dpi resolution, 6pl droplets and slower printing speeds.

While most commercial printers print at 300dpi, Epson says the sharpness of their prints mean they can be used for fine art and printing high quality photographs.

Epson also announced three new scanners with a softer, rounder look in their Perfection range. Aimed at the business and home markets, these too are due out this month, but their prices are not yet available.

At the Auckland launch, the company also reported sales of its inkjet printers were running 121 per cent up on last year because people want colour. scanner sales were also showing healthy growth.

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