by April 1, 1999 0 comments

The Stylus Color 640/740 produce
photo-quality output

Two new A4-size color inkjet printers from
Epson offer near-photo-quality printouts at 1,440 dpi even on plain paper. On specially
coated paper, you can get photo-quality prints.

For both black-and-white and color A4-size
printouts, the 640 prints at 5 ppm; while the 740 prints at 6 ppm. The black and color ink
cartridges that come with Stylus Color 640 can give you up to 540 and 300 pages of plain
text printouts respectively. The 740 prints out 900 and 300 pages respectively. The paper
trays of both can accommodate up to 100 plain sheets, 65 Epson 360 dpi/photo-quality
inkjet paper sheets, 30 Epson photo-quality glossy films or inkjet cards, and 10 envelopes
or Epson inkjet transparencies.

The four LEDs on the front panel indicate
printer on/off status, paper status, and the availability of ink in the black and color
cartridges. There are two more buttons that let you replace, clean and load/eject ink
cartridges. Additionally, the 740 lets you perform printer operation checks.

The 740 comes with 11 character tables and 28
built-in typefaces and scalable fonts. Plus, you can adjust the size of the ink droplets
for printing high-resolution images, or to accommodate up to 20 characters per inch (160
characters per line) while printing in monotype fonts.

At a price of Rs 9,995 the 640 is good value
for money for mid-sized/small businesses and SOHO users. For corporates, DTP, offset and
advertising agencies, the 740 is a better option.

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