First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Epson B-510DN inkjet printer
The Epson B-510DN inkjet printer rivals colour lasers with its high print speeds and low ink costs
The Epson B-510DN could become the first crossover color inkjet printer success, outperforming the other members of its cohort--along with many lower-end colour lasers--in print speed and cost per page. All this talent comes at a high initial price. But if you need speed, volume, and economy, plus good photo printing, the B-510DN is well worth considering.
- Low ink costs, fast printing, automatic duplexing
- High initial outlay
Businesses interested in a colour laser printer should look at this alternative before they buy. The Epson B-510DN inkjet is fast, very cheap to use, and prints better photos.
Price$ 660.00 (AUD)
The B-510DN's design is efficient rather than aesthetically pleasing. Replacing consumables is a snap, thanks to the front ink-cartridge bay, but the bay protrudes awkwardly from the unit's face. The control panel consists of a two-line monochrome LCD and a few buttons whose purposes are clear even without word labels. The front input tray holds 500 letter-size/legal-size sheets and has a 170-sheet output tray on top. A rear input accepts envelopes and the like (or another 150 sheets of paper). It can connect via USB or Ethernet. Automatic duplexing is included as a standard feature.
Pages virtually flew out of the B-510DN. On the PC, the printer generated plain-text pages at an average speed of 14.7 pages per minute, and 4-by-6-inch colour photos on letter-size media at 3.4ppm. On the Mac, it delivered plain-text pages at 13.82ppm, and a four-page PDF of mixed text and graphics arrived at a rate of 2ppm. A high-resolution colour photo (at near-full-page size) printed at 1.1ppm.
Print quality was very good. Photos on Epson's own matte paper had accurate colors and a slightly dotty (but even) texture. The same images on plain paper looked washed out and grainy. Text printed on plain paper appeared nicely dark but a little fuzzy--one of the few areas where similarly priced lasers and even the HP OfficeJet Pro 8000 Wireless fared a little better.
The B-510DN's consumables are inexpensive. Its standard-size supplies include a $50.99, 3000-page black cartridge (which works out to 1.69 cents per page) and $60.99, 3500-page cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges (1.74 cents per colour per page). The high-yield colours each cost $72.99 and last 7000 pages, or 1.04 cent per colour per page. Epson also offers two larger black tanks: a $60.99 4000-page cartridge; and a $84.99 8000-page cartridge. The former marginally reduces the cost per page to 1.52 cents (hardly worth the bother), while the latter cuts per-page expense to just 1.06 cents. The Oki C610dtn colour LED printer costs a little more and is a little faster, but its toner is a bit more expensive, too.
The Epson B-510DN removes nearly all question of whether an inkjet printer can succeed in business. It offers competitive speeds and ink costs--enough to make vendors of some lower-end colour lasers nervous.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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