Epson last week released six new printers and three scanners, giving the vendor the largest range on the market, according to executives.
Epson is also making a foray into the previously uncharted market of high-end graphic printers and is in the process of establishing a dedicated ProGraphics channel to support its new Stylus Pro 9000.
"We are taking Epson into new markets with this large format printer," said Danny Calder, product manager for imaging solutions at Epson.
The vendor has already recruited nine resellers with a history in the business graphics arena. These resellers will make up an exclusive channel, replacing Epson's traditional retail model in this instance.
All other products will continue to move through Epson's retail channel, including the other five new inkjet printers. Epson is targeting the home market with the Stylus Color 460, offering photo-quality printing with its 660 version, focusing on the SOHO market with the 760, addressing the needs of the personal business market with the 860 and the higher end with the 1160.
The 760, 860 and 1160 printers include Epson's variable-sized droplet technology but instead of three droplet sizes there are now eight.
Epson Stylus Colour 1160
Four-colour Piezo inkjet printing
1440 x 720dpi
9.2ppm in A4 colour text memo pattern economy modeWindows and Mac compatibleParallel and USB portsShipping in NovemberEpson Stylus Colour 460Four-colour Piezo inkjet printing720 x 720dpi2.5ppm in A4 colour text memo pattern economy modeWindows compatibleParallel interface$269 RRPEpson Perfection 1200S and 1200UOne-touch scan button1200 x 2400dpiInstant Photo Print functionUSB and SCSI versionsAdobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe PageMill, Xerox TextBridge, NewSoft Presto! PageManager, Epson Instant Photo Print, Epson's TWAIN1200U: $549 RRP; 1200S: $649 RRP