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Epson unveils 'game-changing' WorkForce Pro printer range with 75,000-page ink cartridges

Epson Workforce Pro
Epson's new WorkForce Pro printer

Epson announced a new business colour printer and MFP range yesterday in Vienna with a new headline technology called RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System).

It is a semi-permanent cartridge solution that allows the user to print up to 75,000 pages without replacing the ink and fills a gap in the market where businesses want to have a localised printer fleet with the predictability of a centralised model.

The four models, which will be exclusively available through select print service partners under managed print services (MPS) agreement, are the WorkForce Pro WF-5690DWF, the WF-5620DWF, the WF5190DW and the WF-5110DW; the last two are non-MFP models.

They all come with Epson's improved piezo-electric technology called PrecisionCore which, according to the company's spokespersons, doubles print quality while doubling (rather than halving) print speeds.

Quick scan

The default colour print speed is 30ppm (at 4800 x 1200 dpi) with mono being marginally higher at 34ppm (at 600 x 600 dpi). The MFPs also offer the ability to scan at 19 pages per minutes with a 35 pages duplex automatic document feeder plus they come with colour touchscreen displays.

All four have a maximum monthly duty cycle of 35,000 pages per month although Epson reckons that the bulk of business printers will churn between 1500 and 2500 pages per month. This means that any bundled ink could last up to four years, well beyond the average printer life expectancy.

Epson has yet to confirm when the RIPS-capable printers will go on sale. There will be no SRP given that the printers will only be available via MPS schemes.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.