The move is seen as a way of incorporating mobile and cloud platforms in printing services from a country that is quickly establishing itself as a smartphone hub.
One of the printers introduced is a variant of the L Series; the multifunction inkjet Epson L550, which weighs a considerable 6.2 kilos and borders 474 x 377 x 226 mm in dimensions.
The gadget resembles Epson M200 at a glance with its elegant simplicity, and differs in design with its L-series siblings; it is the ultimate miniature of a full-featured multifunction printer.
Scanning a copying
Epson L550 is equipped with Continues Ink Supply System (CISS) infused with original ink tanks attached to its sides.
The control panel houses a two-line LCD screen, a button for scanning and copying process, a power button and numeric keys for faxing.
There is ADF (Auto Document Feeder) on the top of the printer with a capacity of up to 30 sheets of paper.
Its paper tray can hold up to 100 sheets of A4 paper and 20 sheets of A4 glossy photo papers.
The 550 printer has a speed of up to 33 ppm (pages per minute) for normal printing 15 ppm for A4 coloured paper.
It also features a colour copier capable of copying at speeds of up to 26 copies per minute for monochrome and 24 copies per minute for colour documents.
The printer has a colour-image flatbed scanner with a scan area that can be achieved is 216 x 297mm and has a resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi.
The fax feature on the printer has a data transfer rate of up to 33.6kbps, a transmission speed of about 3 seconds per sheet and a default resolution of 200 x 100 dpi.
The L550 is wifi-enabled and users can be able to print out a wide range of contents ranging from photos and documents to recipes, coupons, and the Internet straight from their web-enabled gadgets using
Other features on the printer are Email Print that allows consumers to print out electronic mail and file attachments by simply sending an email from their smartphones or other mobile device that operate on iOS and android.
This eliminates the need of having connecting softwares and printer drivers while at the same time provide convenience in mobility.
With Epson Remote Print, a user is able to print document from anywhere in the world right from their computer or laptop.
Since Remote Print works with any Windows software, users can streamline their productivity without worrying about formatting or fonts.
The L550 printer enables one to preview and print Microsoft Office documents directly from the cloud using advanced printing options and wirelessly scan and save files.
Other features are Epson Scan to Cloud that allows consumers to use their printer to scan and share document or photo by emailing right from the printer and Epson Connect for storing emails or account information for easy access right from their printer's control panel.
Those with iPad and iPhone are connected directly to the printer with AirPrint app, and users with smartphones or tablets using a Gmail or Google Docs account are connected with Google Cloud Print function.
There are an increasing number of people who have used smartphones and tablets to send electronic mail, browse web pages, and create presentations and documents.
Printers with iPrint function allow the users to print out their work remotely through mobile devices without worrying about printer drivers.
Epson L550 is retailing at Sh43, 000 and can be found in
With its price in our local markets, the L550 printer is intended for businesses, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and an agency firm with high productivity and needs high print-outs than residential use.
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