Epson Launches its First Mopria-Certified All-in-Ones for Android Mobile Printing; New WorkForce Models
Epson America today launched its first Mopria-certified printers for home and business, the Epson Expression Photo XP-860; Epson Expression Premium XP-820, XP-620, XP-520; and Epson WorkForce WF-2660, WF-2650, and WF-2630.
Noting that smartphones and tablets ownership is expected to reach 5.1 billion worldwide by 2018, according to market research from Gartner, Epson says its mobile-print efforts are designed to meet the needs of mobile customers and the diversity of multiple operating systems. One key initiative is Epson’s commitment to the Mopria Alliance’s mission for easier mobile printing and advancing mobile-print standards that allow users to print regardless of brand, device, or operating system. The Mopria Alliance is a non-profit alliance designed to simplify mobile printing.
Mopria-certified Epson all-in-one printers work with the Mopria Print Service and the built-in Printing Framework in Android v4.4 or later (KitKat). After ensuring the printer has the latest firmware, Android 4.4 users can print from Google apps such as Chrome, Gmail, Drive, and QuickOffice, as well as the Adobe Reader and Kingsoft WPS Office App. With the Android operating system projected to account for 74 percent of global smartphones and tablets sold in 2014, according to Gartner, Epson says it’s “actively enabling intuitive printing for an unprecedented number of new Android users.”
“With 9 out of 10 U.S. smartphone users 16 years or older and two of five employees using smartphones on the job, the need for intuitive mobile printing options and support is apparent,” commented Patrick Chen, product manager for mobile connectivity for Epson America.
Epson Mobile-Printing Solutions
The Epson Connect suite of free mobile-printing solutions enables users to print documents, photos, emails, and Web pages from anywhere in the world using an Epson Connect-enabled printer and a tablet, smartphone, or computer. For more information visit the Connect Blog on the Epson Community.
Epson also provides its Epson Connect Solutions Finder to help mobile users find the most suitable mobile-printing solutions and apps currently available. Using this online tool, users can select their mobile device and compare which printing options are best-suited to meet their mobile-printing needs.
New Expression Photo and Expression Premium Models
The Epson Expression Premium XP-520 is a three-in-one (print, copy, scan) with wireless connectivity and USB port; there is no automatic document feeder. For more information and complete specifications, visit Epson here.
The Epson Expression Premium XP-620 ($149.99) is a three-in-one (print, copy, scan) with wireless connectivity and USB port; there is no automatic document feeder. For more information and complete specifications, visit Epson here.
The Epson Expression Photo XP-820 ($199.99) is a five-color All-in-One with print/copy/scan/fax with wireless and Ethernet network connectivity. It’s designed for home and photo-printing use. For more information and complete specifications, visit Epson here.
The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 ($299.99) is a 4-in-1 (print, copy, scan, fax) with wireless and Ethernet connectivity. It features:
- Print borderless photos on up to 8″x10″ media.
- Uses six ink colors for better photo image quality (uses Epson Claria Photo HD Inks).
- 30-pg automatic document feeder; automatic two-sided print, copy, scan, color fax.
- Print borderless 4″x6″ photos as fast as 10 seconds,
- Rear paper feed for printing on specialty media, and photo/DVD trays.
For more information and complete specifications on the Expression Photo 860, visit Epson here.
The WorkForce Models are designed for office use and use Epson’s PrecisionCore inkjet-printing technology (see Epson’s New PrecisionCore: Bringing Industrial-Grade Printing to a New Line of Business Inkjets and More for more on PrecisionCore). They use Epson’s Durabrite individual ink cartridges, and may be equipped with high-capacity XL ink cartridges, with a black XL cartridge yielding up to 500 pages, and each cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridge yielding up to 450 pages. They also each include a 30-sheet automatic document feeder
The WorkForce WF-2630 ($99.99) is four-in-one (print, copy, scan, fax), rated at ISO 9.0 (black)/4.7 (color) ppm with wireless connectivity and USB port. For more information and complete specifications, visit Epson here.
The WorkForce WF-2650 ($129.99) is a four-in-one (print, copy, scan, fax), is rated at ISO 13.0/7.3 ppm, and provides 30-sheet automatic document feeder, 150-sheet paper tray, wireless connectivity (no Ethernet network interface), and USB port. For more information and complete specifications, visit Epson here .
The WorkForce WF-2660 ($149.99) is a four-in-one (print, copy, scan, fax) that’s that same as the WF-2650, but adds a wired Ethernet network interface and Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile printing (with NFC, bring an NFC-enabled mobile device in close proximity to the printer to print).