With an average of 20 employees connected to one device at any time at large businesses, and with 40 billion pages printed worldwide in the last year, good ol' fashioned paper printing isn't going anywhere any time soon - especially for enterprise-grade operations. Slow printers, though, are universally hated, but Epson says it has the answer.
Epson's ad for its new WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20590 printer uses F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, and it's quickly obvious why: like Hamilton and the Mercedes AMG team (which Epson sponsors), the printer company is talking up the outright speed of its latest and greatest device. Epson's brand new WorkForce Enterprise printer can manage as much as 100 pages per minute — more than a page per second, even when printing full-bleed colour. (There's also a less powerful WF-C17590 that manages 75ppm.)
According to Epson research, the two largest pain points for big business are waiting for large print runs to finish — we've all been there, waiting for a 100-page document to finish before your single-page sheet is ready — and maintenance and reliability when working at large capacities. Large print volumes can just be sorted with a printer that's faster, but reliability is more complex — and Epson says that's an area where its choice of inkjet over laser printing is the smarter option.
Epson says printing a million pages on a laser printer involves changing 32 components — compared to zero on an inkjet. Ramping up pages-per-minute speed on a laser printer requires exponentially more power, too, where an inkjet needs only slightly more. The new printer can be optioned up with a high-capacity paper feeder and a finishing unit that includes stapling, making it appropriate for anything from small enterprises to massive operations.
The two new printers will be out in Australia in a few months. Pricing hasn't been confirmed — and remember these are super-high-end units — but Epson says it'll be competitive with other printers in the 50- to 70-pages per minute range.