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Epson Aculaser C2000

Color laser printer. Rs 175,000
Features: 20 ppm black-and-white speed; 5 ppm color print speed; 600×600 dpi resolution; 32 MB RAM
(upgradable to 512 MB); parallel 
and Ethernet interface.
Pros: Good print quality and print speeds. 
Cons: None.
Source: Epson India
301, Prestige Meridian I
29, MG Road, 
Bangalore 560001. 
Tel: 80-5095465-70
Fax: 5095474 

Aculaser C2000 is the latest color laser printer from Epson, suitable for
small to medium workgroups. It has a 266 MHz RISC microprocessor and it came to
us loaded with 32 MB RAM. It can be upgraded to 512 MB, which is important if
you have to work with large files like those used in graphics-related work. You
can also add another hard drive to increase the printer’s buffer. This comes
in handy if you plan to use it over the network, as it will have more space for
queuing the documents waiting to be printed. The C2000 takes in four different
toner cartridges: Black, Yellow, Magenta, and Cyan. It also requires a fuser
unit, a fuser oil roll, a photoconductor unit, and a transfer belt unit to be
installed, which adds up to a lot of consumables. It also has a waste toner
collector, which fits on one of the sides and fills up slowly as you go on
printing. The printer can print at 600 dpi and 300 dpi resolutions.

The printer can be hooked to either a PC via its parallel port, or to the
network with its Ethernet interface. We connected the printer to a vacant
network point and assigned it a static IP address using EpsonNet WinAssist
software that comes with it. Once you install a software called EpsonNet Direct
Print, the printer will show up in your network neighborhood. The printer has
drivers for Windows 95/98/2000 and NT 4.

We tested the C2000 by installing it on an isolated 100 Mbps network to
ensure that no undue network traffic hampered print speeds. The client machine
had a Duron 600 MHz processor with 64 MB RAM, a Creative GeForce display card,
and an Intel 82559 network adapter. The operating system installed was Win 98
SE. We first tested it for minimum readable font size, and found the text to be
crisp and readable right up to the smallest font size of two points. We then
measured its speed for printing a single black-and-white and color page each.
The printer managed to print these in 15 and 24 seconds respectively. We then
checked its speed in printing a 31-page Word document. Here, it managed to
finish the task in 1:29 minutes, which gives it a speed of 20 ppm. For color
documents, it gave a time of 1:59 minutes to print 10 copies of a colored
graphic file, giving it a speed of 5 ppm. These speeds match its rated specs. We
didn’t find any problem with its color quality either, and it didn’t have
problems in printing fine lines and curves. It even managed to reproduce a
fountain fill, which is a smooth gradient of shades of gray, without any
banding. So, as far as performance goes there is nothing to worry about.

The printer has an input paper capacity of 500 sheets in its lower tray,
which can be upgraded to 1,000 by adding another paper tray. It also has a
multi-purpose tray, which can take in 150 sheets, 10 envelopes or up to 50
sheets of labels, thick paper or transparencies. Its rated lifetime is five
years or 500,000 sheets whichever comes first. To top it all, the printer has a
very good price tag.

Sachin Makhija at PCQ Labs

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