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Epson's new line of printers for small-business owners

Today marks a milestone for Epson printers, as they revealed a new line of all-in-one and photo printers specially designed for the small to medium sized business consumer.

Monday marked a milestone for Epson printers, as the company revealed a new line of all-in-one and photo printers designed for the small- to medium-size business consumer.

The two single-function WorkForce 30 and 40s, as well as the higher-end WorkForce 500 and 600 all-in-ones, promise to deliver speed, quality, and utility in an attractive package. Judging from the initial pictures, the WorkForce 600, the new line's flagship model, appears to have a comprehensive set of buttons on the faceplate surrounding its 2.5-inch LCD screen.

According to the release, the 600 is both speedy and efficient, capable of printing laser-quality black text at an impressive 27 pages per minute. It offers both wired and wireless connectivity with an auto document feeder as well as an impressive two year warranty. The $200 WorkForce 600 is currently available for preorder through Amazon.com and BestBuy for a limited time before a wide release in late August.

The $130 WorkForce 500 isn't quite as comprehensive as the 600, but it still retains the same 30-page auto document feeder and 2.5-inch LCD as its beefier brother. Like the rest of the printers across the WorkForce line, the 4-in-1 printer, copier, scanner, and fax machine uses Epson's photo-quality DURABrite Ultra Ink that offers fade, water and smudge resistance on each photo for a 100-year lifespan. It will also be available later this month in a variety of retail stores.

Finally, the lower-level WorkForce 30 ($70) and 40 ($130) single function inkjets are made for individuals or small business that simply need a printer for black text and light photo printing. The WorkForce 40 includes built-in Wi-Fi as well as wired networking and accepts Epson's higher-capacity black ink cartridges, while the WorkForce 30 reportedly prints eleven pages per minute and uses a unique dual black ink cartridge system that supposedly delivers twice as much black printing. The WorkForce 30 will be available in late August, and the WorkForce 40 will hit stores in September through all the major retailers.