Epson extends old school offer

Epson has added two dot matrix printers to its range in a bid to further increase its dominance of the niche hardware market.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  July 6, 2004

Epson has added two new dot matrix printers to its range in a bid to further increase its dominance of the niche hardware market. The firm’s new FX-890 and FX-2190 models have what Epson claims are the fastest performance speeds in their class. The products have been designed to appeal to cost-conscious businesses with high output requirements working in the industrial production, warehouse and wholesale sectors. "Epson’s dot matrix printers deliver great value to users of high-volume applications because of benefits like reliability and flexible paper handling," said Khalil El-Dalu, general manager, Epson Middle East. "These dot matrix printers are fastest in their class and maximise productivity with speeds up to 680cps (characters per second). We believe that our Middle East customers looking for durable printers will find these new dot matrix printers ideal for meeting their requirements of speed and productivity." The FX-890 offers users a print width of 80 columns while the FX-2190 is wider still, offering no less than 136 columns. These two new 2x9-pin models offer log, listing, order, invoice and label printing capabilities. Epson quotes a ‘Mean Volume Between Failure (MVBF)’ rating of 52 million lines for its new printers, as well as claiming their print ribbons can manage up to 7.5 million (FX-890) or 12 million (FX-2190) characters. The new products’ print heads meanwhile have quoted life spans of up to 400 million characters. Both new dot matrix printers can be connected to PCs by either parallel or USB interfaces. Wireless and wired network interfaces are optional. Other options include two cut sheet feeders for storing different forms and a second Push/Pull tractor option with which up to four different forms can be stored at the same time. Epson’s FX-890 printer replaces its FX-980 model and costs $408, while the FX-2190 replaces the FX-2180 and costs $460. Epson claims to lead the dot matrix printer market, both in the Middle East and globally. Although the technology is now relatively long in the tooth, dot matrix models are still produced by some printer manufacturers in order to meet the needs of large departments and organisations looking for continuous, reliable and inexpensive mono printing. Dot matrix models are often used as point of sale workhorses and offer users reliable mono technology and long lasting consumables.

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