Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Epson Artisan printers have touch screens and much more

Epson America yesterday introduced the Artisan 800 and Artisan 700, two new all-in-one ink-jet printers.

The premium Artisan 800 features Wi-Fi® Fax, an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), and Ultra Hi-Definition photos. Its 7.8” smart touch panel and 3.5” LCD lights up only the buttons necessary that brings essential controls to users’ fingertips for easy selecting, copying, enlarging, rotating, cropping, and printing photos all without a computer. The Artisan 800 also has the ability to turn photos or drawings into personalized coloring book pages and make personal notepaper with a photo as a background.

The new Epson PreferredSM program includes a two-year limited warranty, toll-free telephone support, access to the exclusive MyEpson.com Web site that features a series of online tutorial videos, and more1. Registered Artisan owners also receive, free lifetime phone support with no additional charges, even beyond the warranty.

Both the Artisan 800 and 700 feature six-color Ultra Hi-Definition Claria ink to create vivid, true-to-life photos with smudge, scratch and water resistance2, as well as fade resistance up to four times longer than photo lab prints3. Working in tandem with Claria ink, the “smart nozzles” in Epson’s exclusive MicroPiezo® print head with DX5™ technology deliver up to five ink droplet sizes, as small as 1.5 picoliters, producing smooth gradations, accurate skin tones and sharp, grain-free prints.

Both models feature Epson’s auto photo correction technology. This feature allows users to preview corrections on the built-in LCD screen to ensure the best prints, rescuing photos that they might have otherwise passed over or discarded. Users can also remove red eye from their photos automatically.

Other features on the Artisan 800 and 700 include turning plain paper into college-ruled, wide-ruled and graph school paper, and creating photo layouts with various size photos on a single sheet of paper. Users can even print and copy images directly onto ink jet printable CDs and DVDs.

Both Artisan models produce prints and copies in black and color in up to 38 pages per minute (ppm), 4” x 6” photos in as fast as 10 seconds, and an 8” x 10” in as fast as 50 seconds4. The Artisan 800 adds full-featured, high-speed fax with a 30-page Automatic Document Feeder for copying, scanning and faxing stacks of documents effortlessly.

Standing just 5.9” tall in a compact design with an easy-to-view tilt 2.5” LCD, the Artisan 700 offers features and functionality for everyday printing, copying and scanning, for a range of personal and creative needs that don’t require faxing.

Additional features and performance in the Artisan series include:
Full-Featured Scanning and Copying: The Artisan 800 features 4800 dpi resolution (48-bit color) and the Artisan 700 features 2400 dpi resolution (48-bit color), for high quality scanning of images and documents with brilliant clarity and accuracy.

Both all-in-ones also offer standalone, one-touch color and black and white copying with a wide range of easy-to-use options such as the ability to scan to a computer, memory card or USB flash drive, easy photo reprints and enlargements up to 400 percent, and a convenient fit-to-page printing feature. They also offer background removal for crisp, clean copies of text documents. Both models include OCR software for converting documents into text users can edit.

Both Artisan models have card slots that are compatible with all popular memory card types5 for printing photos without a computer or transferring files to or from a computer. Users can print directly from a digital camera or cellphone with the PictBridge® connection. Additional photo printing options include print-by-date, custom picture packages, photo index sheets, and passport and photo IDs. Both Artisans can restore color to old, faded photos with or without using a computer.

Included software allows users to create and print personalized CDs/DVDs, greeting cards, invitations, photo calendars, photo books, and more.

Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking are built in for sharing with all users in the home. An optional Bluetooth® photo print adapter is also available for printing from cell phones and other mobile devices.

Both models print borderless photos in popular sizes, including
4” x 6”, 5” x 7”, 8” x 10”, and letter. They also feature a paper cassette with two paper trays that eliminate the need to switch between plain and photo paper. In addition, two-sided printing is built-in and can be automated with an optional duplexer6.

The Artisan series feature convenient individual ink cartridges that can be changed in as little as five seconds and replace only the color needed. In addition, innovative technology conveniently combines color inks to produce black when black ink is low to extend printing. Cartridges are available in two sizes to match users’ printing needs.

Estimated street prices are $299.99 (Artisan 800) and $199.99 (Artisan 700). They are currently available for "pre-order" for a limited time online through Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and OfficeMax.com. They will be available nationwide next month.
This is a preview, not a review.