The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R network multifunction printer is a powerful inkjet-based solution for workgroups and enterprises typically accustomed to using laser-based printers and copiers. How does the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R compare to traditional choices such as the HP LaserJet Enterprise M750N or the Xerox Phaser 7100DN? Quite favorably! In fact, you may be surprised at just how far Epson has taken inkjet technology. Here’s a quick look.
In the past, inkjet printers were much slower than their laser counterparts. After all, the printhead had to move back and forth across the page, meticulously laying down drops of ink. Laser printers were much faster with a large drum fusing the toner onto the image as the paper passes through. Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead, which produces up to 40 million dots per second, uses modular print chips that can be arrayed in various configurations, resulting in dramatic print speed increases. For example, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R has an ISO print speed of 24 ISO pages per minute for both mono and color documents. The HP LaserJet and Xerox Phaser are just slightly faster at 30 pages per minute.
First Page Out time
Though slightly slower as far as pages per minute goes, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R is up to 40 percent faster as far as starting the actual print job goes. The first page out time for the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R is 6 seconds for black and 6.5 seconds for color whereas the HP LaserJet’s first page out time is 10 seconds for both, and the Xerox Phaser’s is 9 seconds for black and 11 seconds for color.
Inkjet printers are often thought of as being expensive to operate due to ink costs. Epson has solved this problem with its RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System). Using four large ink packs (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black), the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R yields up to 84,000 color pages and up to 86,000 black pages before you need to change the ink. To put this in perspective, you’ll need new toner in the HP LaserJet Enterprise M750N after just15,000 color pages or 13,500 black pages. The Xerox Phaser will need new toner after just 9,000 color pages and 10,000 black pages.
Not only does the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R have up to 8 times higher replacement ink yields, it also has dramatically lower energy costs, consuming just 40 watts to print compared to 677 watts on the HP LaserJet and 660 watts on the Xerox Phaser. The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R is also Energy Star qualified.
When equipped with optional paper trays, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R can hold 1835 pages, which puts it very close to the Xerox Phaser’s page capacity of 2050 pages. The HP LaserJet Enterprise M750N has the largest capacity of the bunch at 2850 pages.
The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R is rated for a monthly page volume of up to 10,000 pages. The Xerox Phaser is slightly lower at 8,000 pages and the HP LaserJet is slightly higher at 13,000 pages.
All three printers are network printers built for workgroups. However, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R has another key advantage over its competitors. It is a multifunction, 4-in-1 (print, copy, scan, and fax) printer whereas the other two are single function printers.
Taken altogether, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R outshines its competitors. It does more (prints, scans, copies, and faxes), is nearly as fast, has a dramatically higher page yield before requiring more ink, and is much more energy efficient. Using Epson DuraBrite pigment ink, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R produces beautiful high resolution prints that have an extremely long expected lifetime — up to 84 years depending on conditions.
Learn more about the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R here.