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It's been a strange couple of months with the latest Epson printers, or with printers in general to be honest.
With ghoulish stories about credit crunch, free falling stocks and absolutely nothing about environmentally friendly printing or high costs of consumables as printer manufacturers desperately try to tie you in to their new cartridge and chip design it's no wonder that the two new offerings from Epson have taken something of a backseat.
For those who've not been aware of this segment of the market, the B300 and B500DN printers from Epson have been designed to take on the HP Officejet monster inkjets which have dominated the cheap, fast, business orientated market for some time.
Epson have spent so much time concentrating on the home user and the pro-printer market it's surprising that they didn't spot this rather large market wedge until now. Quite possibly they kept convincing themselves that companies were happy to spent £15 a cartridge for 15-20ml of ink and change them every day but as HP and colour lasers have gained more ground I think they finally woke up and smelled the stale coffee.
Do I have one of these printers to review? Unfortunately not, but what I do have is a few things you should consider before you leap into bed with Epsons new baby.
All in all, I'll be interested to see how the reality matches up to the marketing hype (albeit low key as it is) and what problems people start experiencing.
Interesting times ahead.
In case you were not aware of this, it seems that Epson have limited the B300 to the standard and high capacity cartridges. You cannot use the XL capacity cartridges with this printer at all thanks to the firmware refusing to recognise or use them.
This is not due to a technical limitation such as the size of the cartridge but a purely business one where Epson want to force you to either use the more expensive (per ml) cartridges on your B300 or to buy the B500DN.
To call this shortsighted is putting it mildly.