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Mictrotech’s Xpress Disc Publishers Now Even Faster

UncategorizedHawksM22 September 2011

Microtech has a line of three Xpress Disc Publishers that are collectively known as the 
“workhorse” for producing CDs, DVDs and BDs for movies, games and software. The Xpress line of disc publishers allows for unattended printing through advanced robotics and great customizability and networking options.

If you are a business owner or work in an environment where CDs, DVDs and BDs are produced in bulk, you may already be familiar with the Xpress XL disc publisher, which has an 800 disc capacity, the Xpress XP, which can hold 600 discs, or the Xpress XE, a quality machine with a 200 disc capacity.

Just this month, Microtech announced significant upgrades to each of these disc publishers, citing faster speeds and Solid State Drive Technology as the two best features of the new line of products.

The Xpress XL and Xpress XP have both been upgraded to include the newest 2nd Generation Intel Core Quad-Core Processors, which give their performance a boost of about 15%.  This means recording speed is much faster, allowing Blu-ray Discs to reach maximum speed for disc throughput.

The Xpress XE goes not without its internal processing update. This model will receive the 2nd Generation Intel Core Processor, which increases overall processing power by 50% and doubles the memory. With a SATA 6Gb/s enterprise hard disk, this machine can also support the fastest Blu-ray writing speeds.

Perhaps most exciting, Microtech claims they are the first vendors in their line of disc publishing that have incorporated Solid State Drive Technology. SSD is an alternative to traditional hard disk drives. Instead of a moving disc and whirring parts, SSD is a stable, non-mobile drive that significantly cuts down on processing time because fragmented data can be read all at once, rather than as the disc spins. SSD is a much faster-working drive, and Microtech claims their newest Xpress line is twice as fast as disc publishers with traditional hard disk drives. Added benefits of SSD include extremely fast boot up times, lower power consumption and heat generation, and data protection.

According to CEO Corwin Nichols, “This is perhaps the most significant upgrade we could provide our customers in this high definition, data hungry environment. Together, these system upgrades contribute to a richer on-screen appearance with lightning-quick response while reducing data loss scenarios and improving overall system reliability. It also assures our customers are prepared for the next edition of Windows we all seeing coming in the not too distant future…”

A release date for the new Xpress line has not yet been announced.

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What’s New and What’s Hot from Epson?

UncategorizedHawksM15 September 2011

What’s New and What’s Hot from Epson: Workforce Pro Business-Class Printers

Last week we revealed that Epson recently came out with the iPrint app for Androids, which allows the user to print files on the mobile phone or from the internet from an Epson Inkjet printer. The iPrint app for Androids is mirrored by the PriApps for the Blackberry phone, and the new line of three Epson business-class printers are now entering smartphone applications into the equation as must-have features for top-of-the-line printers.

Increasing mobility, speed and greater connectivity are some of the new features of Epson’s just-released line of business-class Inkjet printers, which includes Workforce Pro 4020, WP-4530 and WP-4550. All three include WiFi and support for Epson Connect, the program that allows smartphone users to hook their phone up straight to the printer.

All three printers tout maximum speed and efficiency, as well as remote printing capability with smartphones, as some of their best features, but let’s do a little comparison and see which might best suit your office’s needs.

Features of all three Workforce Pro printers:

  • Wi-Fi and support for Epson Connect
  • High-capacity ink cartridges rated to 1,200 color and 2,400 black pages
  • Automatic two-sided printing
  • Print speeds of 16 ISO ppm black and 11 ISO ppm color for single-sided printing and 9.2 ISO ppm black and 7.1 ISO ppm color for two-sided printing (Epson claims this is the fastest printing speed in the world)
Price Type Special Features
Epson WP-4020 179.99 Inkjet printer Wifi, Epson Connect, Epson ink cartridges of 1,200 color and 2,400 black and white
Print speeds of 16 ISO ppm black and 11 ISO ppm color for single-sided printing; 9.2 ISO ppm black and 7.1 ISO ppm color for two-sided printing
330 sheet capacity
Epson WP-4530 299.99 All-in-One: print, copy, scan, fax Wifi, Epson Connect, Epson ink cartridges of 1,200 color and 2,400 black and white;
Print speeds of 16 ISO ppm black and 11 ISO ppm color for single-sided printing; 9.2 ISO ppm black and 7.1 ISO ppm color for two-sided printing
330 sheet capacity
Built-in 30-page automatic feeder to copy, fax, and scan two-sided original; Can receive files directly from an external source through a USB port; Can save scans directly as PDFs
Scanner with double-sided automatic document feeder (ADF) and a 2.5-inch LCD control screen;
Epson WP-4540 399.99 All-in-One: print, copy, scan, fax Wifi, Epson Connect, Epson ink cartridges of 1,200 color and 2,400 black and white;
Print speeds of 16 ISO ppm black and 11 ISO ppm color for single-sided printing; 9.2 ISO ppm black and 7.1 ISO ppm color for two-sided printing
Built-in 30-page automatic feeder to copy, fax, and scan two-sided original; Can receive files directly from an external source through a USB port; Can save scans directly as PDFs
Larger 580-sheet paper capacity (dual 250-sheet trays plus a rear specialty paper 80 sheet tray) and a large display containing both a 5.8-inch touch screen and 3.5-inch LCD

The main upgrade from the WP-4020 to the all-in-one printers is that for a little more than a hundred dollars, you can add scanning, copying and faxing capabilities. And from the WP-4530 to the WP-4540, you add a larger screen, which is also a touch screen, and a larger capacity for holding paper.

Some of the best features and benefits of the new Workforce Pro line:

  • Save on Ink — up to 50% less cost per page than color laser
  • World’s Fastest automatic two-sided printer — ideal for busy workgroups
  • Reload paper less often — 330-sheet paper capacity, including an 80-sheet rear-feed tray for alterative papers, envelopes, labels and card stock
  • Built-in networking — easily connect and share with others in your workgroup via wireless or wired networking
  • Epson Connect — get instant wireless printing from popular mobile devices
  • Save energy — uses up to 70% less power than laser printers

Now the question simply becomes: which one?

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Android iPrint

UncategorizedHawksM09 September 2011

Now Android Users Can Print Straight From Phone with iPrint App for Epson

Smartphones can do everything these days. From sending pictures to checking email and updating Twitter, your iPhone or Android may be your new best friend (don’t tell the dog that). Especially in the business world, smartphones may be a lifeline to the world wherever you may be.

Now, printing documents, brochures, photos, web pages, nametags or anything else necessary for a business to function is even easier for Android users. If you have an Epson printer and an Android phone or tablet, these two can now be happily joined in smart technology matrimony with the iPrint application.

The Android iPrint app has a built-in web browser and when connected to a WiFi network, it can be connected to any Epson Inkjet printer to print documents, e-mails or stored files straight from the mobile phone. The program is also compatible with online file storage services like Box.net, Dropbox and Evernote.

Whew, it’s easy. No need to drag the laptop over to the printer, and no need to depend solely on an office setup where the desktop computer is positioned strategically next to the printer. Now Android users can print from a friend’s Epson printer or travel to different offices and print important documents easily, as long as the files are either online or stored on the phone.

The iPrint app has the reverse capability, too, enabling users to scan a document on the printer and access the file from the phone. E-mail, save or make changes to the scanned document with one step.

Here is a short list of compatible Epson Inkjet printers: Epson Stylus TX550W, Epson Stylus Photo TX700W, Epson Stylus Office TX600FW, Epson Stylus Office TX510FN, Epson Stylus Photo TX720W, Epson ME Office 900WD, Epson K200, Epson Stylus Photo R3000 and Epson ME Office 960FWD.

What’s the cost for this Android app? Free!

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