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 user 2009-02-06 at 10:44:00 am Views: 108
  • #21670

    Kodak and Samsung Printers Win Again at CES 2009
    At CES, a camera-printer winning an Innovations Award in Digital Imaging is a bit like a rap group winning an Academy Award – improbable, but certainly not impossible. The Computer Peripherals category seems a more likely destination for the printing industry’s best and brightest, and three relatively conventional models from two familiar manufacturers stood out from the rest at this year’s technology showcase. Today’s post will cover CES ‘09’s chosen few and offer some insight into what makes them as cutting edge as it gets in comparison to their predecessors and contemporaries.

    The Kodak ESP 9 combines pretty much every feature you could ask for in today’s top MFPs into one machine. First off, it prints at a reported 30 ppm in color and 32 in black and white. In addition, it scans, copies, and goes where no ESP has gone before with its convenient fax function. You also get Ethernet and Wi-Fi for connecting everyone at home or at work, a sizable 40 sheet dedicated photo tray, big 10” control panel with 3” LCD screen for easier operation, and PC-free photo printing via PictBridge and Memory Card. Other office-friendly features include an auto document feeder and auto duplexer for more efficient document processing. Tack on a notably low cost per page and reasonable MSRP of $299.99, and you have a printer that demonstrates the meaning of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

    If the Samsung ML-1630W monochrome laser printer and Samsung SCX-4500W monochrome printer, scanner & copier look a bit familiar, it’s because their predecessors are the Samsung ML-1630 and SCX-4500, both of which appeared as Honorees in the Computer Peripherals category at CES 2008. So what’s the difference between this year and last year? Check the model names more closely, and this year’s CES honorees from Samsung have a W at the end. The extra letter means that you get wireless and Ethernet connectivity, which makes the ML-1630W and SCX-4500W more suitable for sharing in a home or office environment. Otherwise, the $200 ML-1630W and $300 SCX-4500W probably won by turning heads with their sleek black laptop-like designs, just like the models that came before them. All four printers use the same ML-D1630A black toner cartridge, so consumers looking to make the transition from regular to network-ready versions won’t find it too difficult.

    In concluding this recap, it’s natural to ask if there was any one reason the three aforementioned printers came out on top. Not exactly an easy question, but here’s an easy answer – the printers honored as top Computer Peripherals at CES 2009 added substance to an already capable and stylish line of products in order to stay a step ahead of the competition. We’ll conclude our CES coverage in our next post with a look at some other noteworthy printers and printing technology from this year’s show.