Day of the workgroup printer launches

Hardware vendors Samsung Electronics and Epson have both today launched new colour laser multifunction printer lines.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  June 6, 2007

Hardware vendors Samsung Electronics and Epson have both today launched new colour laser multifunction printer lines. Epson's four-in-one Aculaser CX21N machines are aimed at SMB and enterprise workgroups, whilst Samsung's ‘world's smallest' CLX-2160 colour laser MFP family is squarely aimed at small and home office buyers.

Samsung's new release is available in two configurations - the standard compact CLX-2160 and the workgroup-ready, LAN-enabled CLX-2160N. Both tout print and copy speeds of 16ppm (mono) and 4ppm (colour), as well as USB flash disk slots and ‘Scan to USB' functionality.

Designed as an on-desk print solution, the CLX-2160 offers a maximum 2400dpi print resolution and its black and three coloured toner cartridges offer Samsung-quoted yields of 2000 and 1000 pages (with replacement cartridges priced US$64 and $67 respectively).

Epson's new Aculaser CX21N machine meanwhile offers more functionality than the Samsung, in that it includes not only print, copy and scan capabilities but a fax function too.

Touting Epson-quoted print speeds of 25ppm in monochrome and 5ppm in colour, the CX21N is a network-enabled device that packs in support for key printer languages - such as PCL6, PCL5c and Adobe PostScript 3 - and claims both a maximum monthly print volume of 45,000 pages and an in-tray capacity of up to 680 sheets at a time

Samsung's super-small SOHO release, the CLX-2160, is priced US $499. The CX21N's price is $1299.

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