The Epson B-510DN Inkjet Printer is a Winner

The B-510DN is a business printer, A4 or letter sized and very useful for photographers as well.

This is a four-colour printer, so it is not one that photographers would naturally consider. However a photography studio or even a hobbyist at home has need for the following:

  • A fast printer for general printing tasks;
  • Good enough photo printing;
  • Reduced ink costs.

Let’s be honest, all the printer manufacturers punish you senseless on printer running costs, and the cheaper the printer the more you know you are going to be bled for ink down the track.

This is one area where the B-510DN is different. Aimed at businesses with high volumes of use, it is certainly not a cheap printer to buy, but the ink cartridges are huge and last a truly amazing period of time. Ink costs can be as low as 4.2 cents per colour page, which is excellent and seemingly about half that of the nearest competition.

It is also a phenomenally fast printer, whether doing normal documents or photo printing. It is quiet while running and has no odour, unlike some laser printers. Colour pages print at up to 18ppm for text and draft BW printing at 37ppm. I didn’t time the full-page photo printing but it was faster than anything else I have ever seen in my studio.

The print quality is nothing less than amazing. Sure photos show the dots but it is far from objectionable, rather giving a very fine texture to an image and is really only noticeable in comparison with images printed on a high end dedicated photo printer with six or eight inks. We printed on all types of paper and loved the results on heavy fine art matt papers. Colour was spot on.

Paper handling is excellent. We experienced no paper jams and the combination of a huge capacity tray for 500 sheets and a top slot that holds 150 plain paper or less in thick photo paper is perfect for a studio situation. I saved two configurations in the printer driver of choosing paper source and type of paper and this allowed quick and error free printing on the right type of paper.

To be honest there is nothing not to like about this printer. It handled thick art papers well (up to 256gsm) and had excellent print quality on a range of plain papers.

This printer is very highly recommended and will be up for consideration for purchase as a general studio printer. It uses DURABrite Ultra pigment inks.

It would suit any photographer or designer who needs to print A4 paper and wants to keep their running costs down. It would also suit event photographers, as its speed of printing would solve a lot of problems for them.

Very highly recommended.

Engrave Photographs on Metal

The following product announcement seems to offer some interesting potential to photographers and artists:

Roland DGA Corp. has introduced the MPX-90 desktop impact printer, an easy-to-use personalization device for jewelry, gift items and accessories.

Based on the Roland Photo Marking System (RPMS), the MPX-90 uses a durable diamond-tipped stylus to imprint hard surfaces including stainless steel, titanium, iron, gold, silver, copper, platinum, brass, aluminum, nickel and acrylic. This innovative system produces flawless photographs, vector images and fonts up to 529 dpi. The MPX-90 features a maximum printing area of 3.1” x 3.1” and imprints items as large as 3.9” x 7.9” x 1.5” with the cover closed. Users can also insert items of virtually any length when the cover is open. Additional features include automatic surface detection, a center vise, USB connectivity and a user-replaceable print head cartridge.

The MPX-90 is designed for jewelers, engravers, retailers, gift shops, kiosks and any business specializing in personalization. In addition to flat items such as pendants, dog tags and key chains, the MPX-90 adds text, graphics and photographs to curved objects including pens, cuff links and money clips. Quiet and compact, the MPX-90 leaves no residue behind, making it ideal for retail environments.

Design and Engraving Software Included

The MPX-90 comes with Metaza Studio photo editing software, which imports data files in AI, EPS, JPEG or BMP format and accepts data from digital cameras and compatible scanners. Users can add text, frames and borders, remove backgrounds, and rotate text and images. In addition, it supports vector designs which allows for faster, more precise production of text and line art.

The MPX-90 also includes Dr. Engrave, easy-to-use engraving software that inputs various types of text and bitmap images and supports industry standard True Type fonts. The software also comes with a built-in single stroke font editor (SFEdit) to convert any Windows True Type font into a stroke font that improves engraving speeds and allows the user to engrave smaller text without any type of overlap or bleed. Dr. Engrave supports variable data printing using .CSV or .TXT files imported into a template.

The MPX-90 is priced at $4,495 and available from authorized Roland dealers. For more information, please call 800-542-2307 or visit www.rolanddga.com.

HP Artist System developments

The HP Artist system gets a big boost at PMA next week.

Featured in HP booth #F150: HP and Nikon — capture-to-print fine art reproduction solution
Discover the untapped business opportunity of selling gallery-quality limited editions of fine art reproductions. And, learn how easily and efficiently you can create these fine art prints thanks to the new fine art reproduction solution that resulted from a close collaboration between HP and Nikon. With ErgoSoft StudioPrint DFA edition powered by HP Artist Software, you now have an end-to-end application optimized from capture to print, incorporating the Nikon D3 and D3X camera and Nikkor lens and the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo printer.

Please be sure to stop by the HP booth and meet David Saffir, Fine Art Photographer and Printmaker, and learn how the solution helped him to drastically reduce his production time from hours to minutes, and how he is developing this new business with demanding artists and fine art photographers.

My fried David Saffir has written a detailed review of the system. I encourage you to check it out at this link:

http://web.me.com/davidsaffir/davidsaffir.com/Digital_Fine_Art_Reproduction_With_HP_Artist_Solution_for_Nikon.html

You can also see additional content, including video artist interviews, profitability analysis, and more through links on the same page.

FodeoFlip – A Flippin’ Great Idea!

Low cost laptop personalizationPatent-pending FodeoFlip is the answer to a focus group of high school students who wanted to decorate the outside of their laptop computers. An 8×10 inch lightweight vinyl with a Post-It type of adhesive backing, the FodeoFlip acts as a frame to hold personal photo prints onto the laptop. Photos can be changed out as often as the user wants.

“Most of our current business comes from corporate promotions, and Honda was looking for 25,000 items for a promotion they were sponsoring for graduating high school seniors,” says Valarie Moody, President of Fodeo. “At the time, we didn’t have anything we could sell at the price point they were looking for. So we did a focus group.”

A lightweight vinyl, FodeoFlips come in several available designs that act as a “frame” for personal photo prints the user wants to show off. Simply place the FodeoFlip on the laptop, flip up one corner to place the photos, then flip the corner back down. Photos can be changed out as often as the user wants.

The repositional adhesive along the perimeter of the FodeoFlip holds the photos and the FodeoFlip in place without damaging the photos or leaving a residue on the laptop.

“We expect the FodeoFlip to have about a 6-month lifespan before needing to be replaced,” Moody adds. “With a low suggested retail cost of $4.99, it’s very cost effective to change styles often.”

Other hybrid products to be launched at PMA ’09 include a mini FodeoFlip designed to hold a 4×6 photo on dorm room or bedroom walls., “College students are limited by what they can do to decorate their dorm rooms. They are fined heavily if they damage walls with nails or tape, so the easily removable mini FodeoFlip is a great solution to making a dorm room seem like home,” Moody says. “Our designer bundle packed with a variety of designs within a color scheme makes it simple and affordable to cover an entire wall with photos of friends and family.”
About Fodeo: Fodeo is a 4-year-old company that began as a retail concept specializing in photo montages for personal use and transfers of old media to DVD. With the growing popularity of each new Fodeo product, however, the focus of the company changed to selling services and products via the promotions industry and retail outlets.

http://www.fodeo.net/

CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE ALL-IN-ONE PRINTERS TO FURTHER ENHANCE THE HOME OFFICE PHOTO EXPERIENCE

New Office All-In-Ones Offer Print, Copy, Scan and Fax Capabilities for the Home Office Professional
Multifunction printers, that combine printing, scanning, copying and fax are a growing influence on the printer market. Why have several devices taking up space, power points and USB connections when you can have one?

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has announced two additions to the popular Office All-In-One (AIO) line-up – the PIXMA MX860 and PIXMA MX330 printers. Ideal for the small business operating out of the home, the versatility and overall ease-of-use of these two new Office AIO printers provide users with the comfort of knowing the finished product, whether it is a business presentation or a photo from a family vacation, will be of high-quality.

The Canon PIXMA MX860 Office AIO printer features Advanced Media Handling with Auto Duplex copying, printing and two-way paper feeding. The Auto Duplexing feature permits two-sided copying/scanning of letter-sized documents, without the need to manually turn over pages and re-feed the document. When copying, this printer even has the ability to scan and print at the same time, which can dramatically reduce the amount of time it will take to complete a project.

Canon MX860 printer

For the first time, a PIXMA Office AIO printer, the PIXMA MX860, will have Wireless LAN (802.11b/g)1 capabilities and an Ethernet network connection built-in for easy printing and scanning with multiple personal computers. In conjunction with Canon’s Generation Green initiative, both of these new Office AIO printers will have the Quick Start feature. The LCD changes from the start-up screen to the initial stand-by mode in a few seconds after pressing the power key, enabling input on the buttons to start operation.

“With the emergence of the home office, having a product that can perform many different tasks is essential,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “These two new Office AIO printers provide the consumer with the comfort of knowing all of their business and personal printing needs can be done from their home.”

The Canon PIXMA MX860 and PIXMA MX330 Office AIO printers feature the easy-to-use advanced copy function so common copy adjustments, such as erasing the frame created around a small scan, can be easily made right from the AIO printer control panel. The Auto Scan Mode2 automatically recognizes the type of document being worked on so it can be scanned and saved quickly and easily in the right format. In addition, scanned JPEG and PDF data can be saved directly to a memory card3 or a USB flash drive when attached to either of these printers.

Canon has equipped each unit with color Super G34 fax capabilities with improved speed and ease-of-use in mind. It includes features that allow users to receive up to 250 incoming pages in memory5 on the PIXMA MX860 Office AIO printer and 50 pages of incoming data in memory5 on the PIXMA MX330 Office AIO printers.

There will be new security features on both Office AIO printers to help protect important documents. One feature is designed to prevent users from misdialing while faxing by asking for a confirmation of the fax number originally entered before the fax is sent. If these two numbers do not match, the fax will not go through. Another security feature is the ability to create PDF files with password protection which will restrict access to printing or editing files without the proper authority.

For the photo enthusiast who is looking for an Office AIO printer that can produce high-quality photos, both Office AIO printers are up to the task. Each printer comes equipped with the ChromaLife100+ ink system6, which provides more vibrant and longer-lasting photos. To further enhance the home office photo experience, the hybrid system, which is made up of dye and pigment ink, delivers vivid, beautiful photos on photo paper and sharp, crisp text on plain paper. The Auto Photo Fix feature detects the type of photo being printed and is able to help correct red-eye problems, enhance facial tones and optimize brightness and contrast while improving color saturation to provide better looking photo output without manual photo editing.

PIXMA MX860 OFFICE ALL-IN-ONE PRINTER
The PIXMA MX860 Office AIO printer comes with a large 2.5-inch TFT Color screen to make viewing images and menus easier. With a five-color individual ink tank system, a resolution of up to 9600 x 2400 color dpi7 and ink droplet sizes as low as one picoliter, this Office AIO printer can produce a photo-lab quality borderless 4″ x 6″ photo in approximately 41 seconds8. The CIS scanner allows for high-quality, high-speed scans as well with an optical resolution of up to 2400 dpi9.

PIXMA MX330 OFFICE ALL-IN-ONE PRINTER
For the consumer who is looking for a high-quality Office AIO printer at an affordable price, the PIXMA MX330 features a 1.8-inch TFT Color screen, four-color ink cartridge system with a maximum color resolution of 4800 x 2400 dpi7 and a minimum two-picoliter droplet size to deliver outstanding photo quality. A photo-lab quality borderless 4″ x 6″ photo can be produced in approximately 45 seconds.8 The CIS scanner produces a maximum of 1200 dpi9 opticalcolor resolution scans.

Canon Supports ISO/IEC 24734 and 24735 Productivity Standards
Helping customers better evaluate and compare print speeds of various printer models, Canon will utilize the ISO/IEC 24734 and 24735 FDISS (Final Draft International Standards)10 for measuring print and copy speed. The proposed standards, which are in the final review stage under the FDIS (Final Draft International Standard) before official publication, measure print and copy output in images-per-minute (ipm), and calculate print and copy speed by printing out a number of standard Microsoft Excel, Word and PDF documents on letter-sized paper in default mode. Using these FDISS, the new PIXMA MX860 Office AIO printer will deliver output at 8.4 ipm for black-and-white documents and 5.6 ipm for color10, while the PIXMA MX330 Office AIO printer will create letter-sized documents at 7.5 ipm for black-and-white and 4.5 ipm for color documents10.

Generation Green
Canon’s commitment to the environment and helping to make it more sustainable is an inherent part of the Company’s kyosei philosophy and new product offerings. From duplex printing to ENERGY STAR® compliance and significant changes to product packaging, the Generation Green initiative is designed to provide partner companies, enterprise customers and consumers a way to identify and learn about the various environmentally-conscious product features and solutions select Canon printers offer. For more information on Generation Green, and the many eco-conscious aspects of Canon inkjet and laser printers, please visit www.usa.canon.com/green.

The estimated selling prices for the PIXMA MX860 and PIXMA MX330 Office All-In-One Printers are US$199.99 and US$109.99, respectively11.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.”

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

1 Wireless printing requi
res a working Ethernet network with wireless 802.11 b/g capability. Wireless performance may vary based on t
errain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
2 For Network users, Auto Scan Mode is only available when scanning at a computer using MP Navigator EX software and selecting the 1-click feature then ‘save to PC’.
3 Compatible memory cards include CompactFlash Card, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, SD Card, miniSD Card, microSD Card, SDHC Card, miniSDHC Card, microSDHC Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card and xD-Picture Card, RS-MMC Card. XD-Picture Card Type M and Memory Stick Micro require an additional adaptor, which must be purchased separately.
4 The Public Switched Telephone Network currently supports fax modem speeds of 33.6 Kbps or lower, depending on telephone line conditions. Sending and receiving fax machines need to conform to ITU-T v.34 guidelines.
5 Page count is based on ITU-T No.1 chart or Canon FAX Standard Chart
6 Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions, and environmental factors. See www.usa.canon.com/chromalife100plus.com for additional details.
7 Resolutions may vary based on printer driver settings. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.
8 Photo print speed is based on the default setting using ISO/JIS-SCID N2 on 4×6″ Photo Paper Plus Glossy II. Print speed measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer and will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional information.
9 Optical resolution is a measure of maximum hardware sampling, based on ISO 14473 standard.
10 ISO/IEC FCD 24734, FCD 24735 define the default print and copy speed measurement methods. Print speeds are the averages of ESAT in a Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC FCD 24734. Copy speed is the average of FCOT, ISO/IEC FCD 24735 Annex D. ADF copy speed is the average of ESAT in a General Performance Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC FCD 24735. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional details.
11 Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary

Samsung Introduces Affordability to Wireless Printing Technology While Increasing Workgroup Productivity

To deliver the same value and flexibility to its customers, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of laser printer engines, today introduced a new line of wireless printers – the CLX-3175FW, ML-1630W and SCX-4500W.
The rising use of wireless printing is largely due to the significant flexibility it offers, enabling users on the same network to conveniently print from anywhere. Whether printing from a desktop at home, the office or from different mobile devices, including laptops or handheld PDAs, wireless connectivity is making it easier for workers to be productive and effective at their jobs. In addition, wireless printing saves valuable time and space by eliminating the clutter caused by cables and wires.

To deliver the same value and flexibility to its customers, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of laser printer engines, today introduced a new line of wireless printers – the CLX-3175FW, ML-1630W and SCX-4500W. Equipped with integrated 802.11b/g wireless connectivity, the models offer the space- and time-saving benefits that workgroups require to remain successful. Along with their convenient, wireless capability, the models’ compact, sophisticated design is suited to the most distinctive tastes. The CLX-3175FW, ML-1630W and SCX-4500W models are now available at an MSRP of $642.99, $285.99 and $428.99 respectively.

“Our new wireless printer lineup shows Samsung’s desire to create products that makes conducting business simple for workgroups, without the hassle of wires and limitations that hard-wired printers impose,” said Ken Colby, Director of Product Management, Printers, at Samsung Electronics’ Information Technology Division. “The CLX-3175FW, ML-1630W and SCX-4500W models offer the plug-and-play connectivity and unobtrusive design that today’s users expect from Samsung.”

Small, Sleek and Silent Solutions

The CLX-3175FW is a wireless color laser 4-in-1 solution that allows for printing, copying, scanning and faxing, all in an elegantly-designed, matte-black cabinet for any office setting. The model is equipped with high-speed USB 2.0 and Ethernet for instant plug-and-play capability.

Reported as one of the smallest, network-ready laser printers in the world, the ML-1630W model has a high-style glossy piano black finish, buttonless soft-touch sensor panels with blue LED indicators, and its 45 dBA ranks it as one of the quietest printer in the world.

The ultra-compact SCX-4500W wireless laser multi-function printer is known to be one of the smallest network-ready laser printer/copier/color scanners in the world. Similar to the ML-1630W model, the printer has a high-style glossy piano black finish that adds a touch of class to any environment.

Samsung CLX-3175FW

Samsung CLX-3175FW Wireless Printer

— Network Ready Connectivity
— Integrated 802.11b/g
— Ethernet 10/100 Base TX
— Print, copy, scan and fax
— Laser printouts are crisp, sharp and smudge-free
— Print speeds of up to 17ppm (in letter) (mono) / Up to 4ppm (in letter) (color)
— Print resolution of up to 2,400 x 600 dpi effective output
— Copy speeds of up to 17ppm (in letter) (mono) / Up to 4ppm (in letter) (color)
— Copy resolution of up to 600 x 600 dpi
— Scanner capability with Windows 2003 / XP / Vista
— Scanner resolution of up to 4,800 x 4,800 dpi (enhanced)
— Scan to USB, Email and Client (PC)
— Fax speed of 33.6 Kbps with G3 compatibility and MH, MR, MMR and JBIG compression
— Powerful 360MHz process and 128MB of memory
— 20,000 page monthly duty cycle
— Paper input capacity of 150 sheets
— Scan to and print from a USB Flash Drive
— Hi-speed USB 2.0 interface
— 2-Line LCD
— Exclusive NO NOIS print engine technology with less than 48 dBA printing
— Smart Panel monitors toner level
— Matte-black cabinet finish
— Consumables
— Average continuous black cartridge yield: 1,500 standard pages
— Average continuous yellow/magenta/cyan cartridge yield: 1,000 standard pages
— Imaging unit: approx. 24,000 pages (mono)/6,000 pages (color)
— Waste Toner Container: approx. 10,000 pages (mono)/2,500 pages (color)
— Model# CLT-P409A: value pack toner cartridge (1 each of cyan / magenta / yellow) for models CLP-315, CLP-315W, CLX-3175FN and CLX-3175FW
— Model # CLT-P409B: Value pack toner cartridge (2 black toners) for CLP-315, CLP-315W, CLX-3175FN, CLX-3175FW

Samsung ML-1630W

Samsung ML-1630W Wireless Printer

— Smallest network-ready laser printer in the world
— Integrated 802.11b/g
— Ethernet 10/100 Base TX
— Print speeds of up to 17 ppm (in letter)
— Laser printouts are crisp, sharp and smudge-free
— Print resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi effective output
— Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 Server / Vista compatibility
— Powerful 360MHz process and 64MB of memory
— 5,000 page monthly duty cycle
— 100-sheet sliding input cassette
— Hi-speed USB 2.0 interface
— 45 dBA, one of the quietest printers in the world
— Button-less soft-touch sensor panels with blue LED indicators
— Soft, melodic low toner and low paper alert tones
— Smart Panel monitors toner level
— High-style glossy piano black finish
— Consumables
— Single cartridge yield up to 2,000 pages (starter up to 1,000 pages)
— Model# ML-D1630A black toner cartridge compatible with ML-1630 and SCX-4500
— MSRP of $79.99

Samsung SCX-4500W

Samsung SCX-4500W Wireless Printer

— Network Ready Connectivity
— Integrated 802.11b/g
— Ethernet 10/100 Base TX
— Print, copy and scan
— Laser printouts are crisp, sharp and smudge-free
— Print speeds of up to 17ppm (in letter) (mono)
— Print resolution of up to 600 x 600 dpi effective output
— Copy speeds of up to 17ppm (in letter) (mono)
— Copy resolution of up to 600 x 600 dpi effective output
— Scanner Twain standard. WIA standard compatibility
— Scanner resolution of up to 4,800 x 4,800 dpi (enhanced)
— Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 Server / Vista compatibility
— Powerful 360MHz process and 64MB of memory
— 5,000 page monthly duty cycle
— 100-sheet sliding input cassette
— Hi-speed USB 2.0 interface
— 45 dBA, one of the quietest printers in the world
— Button-less soft-touch sensor panels with blue LED indicators
— Soft, melodic low toner and low paper alert tones
— Smart Panel monitors toner level
— High-style glossy piano black finish
— Consumables
— Single cartridge yield up to 2,000 pages (starter up to 1,000 pages)
— Model# ML-D1630A black toner cartridge compatible with ML-1630 and SCX-4500
— MSRP of $79.99

Samsung supports customer satisfaction with multiple service and warranty options. A toll-free technical support line can be accessed by calling 1-800-SAMSUNG – choose option 3 for printers. For more information on Samsung’s full line of professional series, laser printers and MFPs, call 1-866 SAM4BIZ or visit www.samsung.com/printer.

About Samsung Electronics America Information Technology Division

Samsung’s Information Technology Division (ITD) is one of the fastest growing IT companies in the U.S., and is c
ommitted to serving the IT needs of consumers ranging from the home user to the Fortune 500 elite, and supports the valued channel partners who serve our customers. Offering innovative solutions and award-winning designs, Samsung ITD pres
ents a complete line of award-winning color- and mono-laser printing solutions, desktop monitors, notebook computers, digital signage solutions and projectors. Based in Ridgefield Park, N.J., ITD is a division of Samsung Electronics America (SEA), a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd. (SEC). For more information, please visit www.samsung.com or call 1-800-SAMSUNG.

About Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2007 consolidated sales of US$105 billion. Employing approximately 150,000 people in 134 offices in 62 countries, the company consists of two main business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.