Epson Printer

Out of all the brands a browser in an electronics store might come across when in the market for a printer, a few stand out. Seiko Epson, known in the United States as merely Epson, is one of those top notch brands. Seiko Epson is a Japanese company and one of the world’s top leading manufacturers of electronics. It has been so successful that it’s estimated net sales in 2005-2006 were nearly a trillion and a half yen, the equivalent of upwards of $10 billion in United States dollars.

One thing that makes Epson, and thus the Epson printer, so successful is the company’s commitment to diversity in their product line. As Seiko, Epson started out making high quality timepieces. From 1942, the company developed and commercialized many aspects of timepiece technology. But by 1964, the company got into printing, thus inventing what we know now as the Epson printer, in an unusual way. It all began when Seiko was chosen as the official timekeeper for the 1964 Olympic games held in Tokyo. Because a printing timer was required to time events, the company started developing an electronic printer. By 1968, they had launched the first miniprinter, the EP-101. The initials EP stood for electronic printer, and by 1971 the company had ran with the name and from the title “Son of EP” (used to name the first electronic printer’s second generation) finally derived a new name – Epson. And thus, through this long strange journey from watches to name changes, the Epson printer was born.

The company continued producing and upgrading their successful Epson printers throughout the 70′s. In 1978 they introduced their first dot matrix printer, mainly used to print from the then popular Commodore PET line of computers. They continued their long tradition of innovation into the early 1990s and developed Micro Piezo inkjet technology. That technology uses piezoelectric crystal in each print nozzle and does not heat the ink at the print head to project the ink onto the page. Epson released the Epson Stylus 800 (AKA the Epson MJ-500), the first printer to make use of the new technology, in March if 1993. This coup in printing technology was quickly followed up when the company released the Epson Stylus Color, the first high resolution color inkjet printer.

Some of the more recent Epson printer models include all in one, multifunction business machines that combine the functionality of printers, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Some, like the Epson Artisan 800 All In One Printer, even go farther and include free Wifi. This model has been billed as “a magic wand for the multitasker.” Because these printers can connect to a wireless network, they allow users to print from anywhere in their home or office without a messy tangle of wires in the way. The Epson Artisan 800 Printer also prints high quality photo prints at almost unbelievably fast speeds, proving that its billing isn’t just marking hype.

At the same time Epson was refining their printer technology, they were also leading the way in other electronics, including introducing the world’s first true laptop computer in 1981, the world’s first handheld computer in 1982, and the world’s first portable color LCD TV in 1983. Though this company is often known for Epson printers, they truly were a revolutionary force in the electronics field. At this time, aside from Epson printers, the company also produces scanners, desktop computers, business, multimedia and home theatre projectors, large home theatre televisions, robots and industrial automation equipment, point of sale docket printers and cash registers, laptops, integrated circuits, LCD components and other associated electronic components.

This Epson Printer Review is Written/Updated on Aug 31st, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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