Epson has announced a trio of solutions – two scanners and a printer – for home and SoHo (Small office, Home office) users.
The Perfection 1660 Photo is an A4 scanner with a 1,600-x-3,200dpi resolution and 48-bit input/output. The device connects using USB 2.0, and ships with a built-in 35mm six-frame transparency unit for negatives.
The scanner ships with Epson's Twain 5.6 to produce the images. Other bundled applications includes: ArcSoft PhotoImpression 4, for photo editing; and Presto! OCR software. The product costs £144.
Perfection Epson's next scanner, the Perfection 2400 Photo, also USB 2.0, features 48-bit scanning at a true resolution of 2,400dpi. The unit supports Epson Micro Step Drive, which technically maximizes the highest resolution to 4,800dpi. It ships with a six-frame 35mm transparency unit. Bundled software includes Adobe Elements and Presto! The scanner costs £169.
The unit is also PRINT Image Matching (PIM)-compatible, and supports Epson's Microlens Technology. Epson describes Microlens as gathering light to the centre of the photo diode, producing greater light volume for better image quality and faster scans.
Both scanners features four QuickStart buttons for single-touch scanning, and offers the option of saving a scanned image as a PIM file. PIM files carry colour information that enhances print quality from PIM-enabled printers, Epson claims. Other features include: document type recognition; auto skew correction; scan to PDA; and scan to PDF.
The Stylus C62 is an A4 four-colour inkjet printer, which costs £67. It prints at 14ppm (pages per minute) in black and white, and between 13-14ppm in colour using Intellidge ink cartridges. The device offers ink-level feedback and connects to the Mac using USB.
The printer’s optimized resolution is 5,760-x-720dpi, Epson says. Epson's print driver can now create optimized settings for jobs, though users can access other functions as required. Ink cartridges cost £10 (black) and £14 (colour).