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Day of the workgroup printer launches

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

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.