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Thu 20 Mar 2003

The Epson C1900 Colour Laser Printer

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I had the chance to do a further test on the Epson C1900 colour laser printer, this time at the Epson office. I was told by their engineer that there is a bug with the current driver. If you choose Fine mode, it will actually print in Draft (300 dpi) or vice versa. Therefore, I'll want to leave it in Draft mode to get 600 dpi prints. I checked and indeed this was so. I get clearly defined text even at small point sizes. This bug should be easy to fix.

I'm also printing out on a stock C1900 with 96 MB of RAM but without both the optional PostScript module and the 10/100 Base T ethernet card configuration (and the 192 MB RAM) that I've ordered.

There's something of a tipping point that we've reached here. On OS X, you don't need a PostScript printer anymore. It's a nice-to-have option that will give slightly better prints, resolution, and font handling. But for anything other than high-end work, you won't require PostScript in the printer anymore. This means that we'll have more printers to choose from and lower costs. Secondly, if you have an Airport Extreme Base Station with the USB connector, you won't need ethernet to share the printer, or a Mac that needs to be always on.

So in summary, this means that you can now add a shareable, high-quality colour laser printer to your toolbox for just S$1600.

I believe this will change things. At this level of affordability, people ought to take another look at the things they can do with InDesign or Photoshop or FreeHand. For everyday, low run, one-off stuff. For real estate agents, insurance agents, financial planners, etc.

I have things to do when I take delivery of the printer next week.

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