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Epson Adds Inkjet Photo Printer

Long Beach, Calif. — Epson introduced the latest entry in its Stylus C series of consumer-level photo inkjet printers, the C84 along with a new formula for its DuraBrite inks.

The C84, which ships this month for a suggested retail price of $99 ($79 with a $20 rebate), is a replacement for the company’s Stylus C82. The C84 features printing at 5,760 by 1,440 dpi, four individual ink cartridges, bordless printing in 4-by-6-inch, 8-by-10-inch and letter-sized photos and can produce black/text at 22 pages per minute and color at 12 pages per minute.

The printer can also produce a 4-by-6-inch photo in 61 seconds and an 8-by-10-inch photo in 2 minutes and 20 seconds. The model features a new paper feed motor that reduces the noise the unit makes when printing.

The new DuraBrite pigment-based inks offer improved brightness, higher color accuracy, color saturation and a “true black” on glossy media, according to Steven Semos, product manager, consumer inkjet printers, Epson. Water resistance and longevity are two other virtues of the new inks, Semos said.

The printer is compatible with an optional 802.11b wireless Ethernet interface as well as a Bluetooth adapter that plugs into the printer’s parallel port (suggested retail $129). Another version of the C84, the C84WN, will ship with the 802.11B capability built-in. Pricing for the C84WN has not yet been set.