The Epson Stylus Photo R340 printer is announced today. The Epson Stylus Photo R340 has a 2.4 inch LCD screen abd can print directly onto ink jet printable CDs and DVDs. The Epson R340 can print a 4” x 6” lab-quality borderless photo in as fast as 57 seconds, and it is available now for $199.
Epson America are also announcing the Stylus Photo R220, which was first announced by Epson UK back in September.
Epson America Press Release
Two New Printers Join Epson’s Six-Color Ink Jet Printer Line and Offer Enhanced Printing Features
LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 11, 2005 – Epson America Inc. is debuting two new six-color photo printers today—the Epson Stylus Photo R220 and R340—each with a rich set of photo-centric and user-friendly features. The Epson Stylus Photo R220 is the most affordable six-color photo printer in Epson’s line with a price tag under $100, but is rich in features and quality. The Epson Stylus Photo R340 is a full-featured, PC-free printer that provides a convenient 2.4” premium photo viewing monitor and memory card slots.
These new printers share some improvements over the previous products, such as better color saturation for brighter reds and yellows and automatic image enhancement for adjusting a photo that is too dark when a subject is backlit. In addition, both printers offer the capability of printing directly onto the surface of ink jet printable CDs and DVDs and can now print from the center to the edge of the CD or DVD with no visible blank space for a cleaner, more professional look. Epson was the first and still is the only consumer ink jet printer manufacturer in the U.S. to include CD/DVD printing on its printers.
“Epson understands that photographs are a crucial part of our customers’ lives and we continually strive to develop high-quality products that make sharing and preserving these memories simple,” said Lowell Wolf, product manager, Epson. “Whether our customers want to print customized CDs and DVDs or print beautiful photos to document important memories, the Epson Stylus Photo R220 and R340 are ideal solutions.”
More about the Epson Stylus Photo R220
The Epson Stylus Photo R220 is a six-color printer that offers 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi using ultra fine ink droplets (as small as three picoliters) and Micro Piezo® ink jet technology for precision color and detail. It is the most affordable ink jet solution available today for printing onto ink jet printable CDs and DVDs. Customers can easily create customized CDs and DVDs with personalized text, graphics and photos; and with the printer’s convenient front-loading tray, it’s easy and fast.
This printer also offers BorderFree® printing in popular, frame-ready sizes such as 4” x 6”, 5” x 7”, 8” x 10”, and 8.5” x 11”, and can print a 4” x 6” lab quality borderless photo in as fast as 57 seconds.*
For added convenience, the Epson Stylus Photo R220 uses individual ink cartridges and is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh systems. Additionally, the printer connects to a computer quickly and easily with its front and back positioned USB ports. The Epson Stylus Photo R220 is currently available for an estimated street price of $99.
More about the Epson Stylus Photo R340
The EPSON Stylus Photo R340 is a full-featured, versatile, PC-free printer that offers the same outstanding photo quality and convenient CD/DVD printing as the Epson Stylus Photo R220. What sets this printer apart is its high-quality 2.4” LCD preview monitor, which enables customers to select, crop and print favorite photos in full color without ever having to turn on a computer.
This printer also has an even more intuitive, user-friendly control panel with simple on-screen menus, which provide customers with the flexibility to make selections such as paper type, paper size and number of copies, without having to use a computer. One of the most convenient features of the new control panel is Epson’s exclusive “print by date” option. This provides customers with a simple way to find the photos they want to print by selecting the date they were taken. The panel also gives customers the ability to view photos with or without on-screen text, view and select photos using thumbnails and easily select a range of photos for printing.
The Epson Stylus Photo R340 can speed through photos with its fast photo print speeds, printing a 4” x 6” lab-quality borderless photo in as fast as 57 seconds. The printer also handles text with ease and can produce a black text document at up to 15 ppm.* With Epson’s patented BorderFree photo printing technology, this printer can deliver beautiful, frame-ready, borderless images with no borders to trim or perforations to tear in all of the popular sizes, including 4” x 6”, 5” x 7”, 8” x 10”, and 8.5” x 11”.
Other flexible features of the Epson Stylus Photo R340 are the ability to save images easily to an external CD-R, Zip® or Flash memory drive and the option of direct printing from Bluetooth-enabled phones. The Bluetooth adapter is currently available for an estimated street price of $69.
This printer is both Macintosh and Windows compatible and offers Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity. It is available now for an estimated street price of $199.
Image Quality Enhancements
Both the Epson Stylus Photo R220 and R340 utilize Epson’s latest color and image enhancements, which result in improved quality of prints. One of these enhancements is better color saturation, resulting in prints that look richer and brighter and is most noticeable in photos with a large amount of yellow and red in them.
Another noticeable improvement on the printers is the ability to automatically detect when a photo is too dark such as a photo that contains a subject with a bright background behind it. Normally, in this case, the subject would be dark with the background showing up bright. With the Epson Stylus Photo R220 and R340, the subject will be adjusted and brightened. This automatic image enhancement feature will correct a photo that most customers would otherwise delete or choose not to print.
Ink and Media for the Epson Stylus Photo R220 and R340
The Epson Stylus Photo R220 and R340 utilize individual ink cartridges, a practical solution which offers customers more control to replace only the color of ink that runs out. With the combination of Epson’s exclusive ink technology and high-quality, value-priced papers, customers can reap the benefits of an affordable home printing solution. Furthermore, Epson’s fast and convenient quick-drying inks produce prints that are immediately dry to the touch and water-resistant on Epson Premium Photo Papers.
Availability, Warranty and Support
The Epson Stylus Photo R220 and R340 will be available in major computer, office and electronic superstores, a variety of retail stores nationwide and can also be purchased through mail order, the Internet and on the Epson retail Web site (www.epsonstore.com). The models are backed by a one-year Epson Limited Warranty and are supported by the EPSON ConnectionSM, a customer support and technical assistance line. For more information on Epson and its products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON or visit www.epson.com.
Epson’s Environmental Commitment
The Epson Stylus Photo R220 and R340 have earned the ENERGY STAR by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Epson offers a range of ENERGY STAR products. Epson encourages consumers to save energy by selecting ENERGY STAR products.
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography, and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration, and energy efficiency. Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.
Note: Specifications subject to change. Epson, Epson Stylus and Micro Piezo are registered trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation. BorderFree is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. Epson Connection is a service mark of Epson America, Inc. Third party brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
* Black pages per minute based on text memo in Draft Mode on plain paper. Borderless color photo in Photo Mode on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper. Additional processing time will vary based on system configuration, software application and page complexity.