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To hold more ink, Epson's new WorkForce Pro WF-R8591 uses ink packs instead of cartridges

By Ng Chong Seng - on 3 Jul 2015, 12:24am

To hold more ink, Epson's new WorkForce Pro WF-R8591 uses ink packs instead of cartridges

In short, ink packs can hold far more ink than your typical ink cartridges. (Image source: Epson.)

Epson has just introduced the WorkForce Pro WF-R8591, a 24ipm (A4, simplex), high-volume printer designed for businesses. This printer also happens to be the company's first model in Southeast Asia to feature the new Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) technology, which aims to help you save printing costs.

Epson's RIPS tech uses high-capacity ink packs that can hold a far higher volume of ink compared to traditional ink cartridges. In essense, it combines the ease-of-use of a cartridge-based system with the high volume printing of an ink tank system. With a full set of ink packs, the WF-R8591 can print up to an incredible 75,000 pages (in both black and color), which is about the volume you get from 40 standard toner cartridges.

The WF-R8591 also sports Epson's PrecisionCore printhead tech, a new generation of the company’s proprietary Micro Piezo piezoelectric printheads. This allows the printer to achieve a 24ipm print speed when printing at 600 x 600 dpi. There's also the DURABrite Pro pigments inks, which Epson claims to have greater pigment concentration that enables vivid black and colour prints even on ordinary plain paper. This new ink set also has an ingredient that prevents curling of paper, and is water, smudge, and fade-resistant.

Decked with a slew of connectivity options that include USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, as well as Wi-Fi Direct, the WF-R8591 supports Epson Connect, a suite of mobile printing solutions that includes Epson iPrint, which lets you print and scan directly with smart devices or online cloud storage services. It also supports third-party mobile printing solutions such as Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.

Other features of the S$5,888 WF-R8591 include a one-pass duplex (50-sheet) ADF scanner, a 5-inch touchscreen, fax capabilities, and the ability to upgrade with additional paper cassettes to support up to 1,831 sheets of paper input capacity. In terms of security, it can prevent unauthorized access through IP address filtering, or using a PIN function.

The WF-R8591 features Epson's proprietary PrecisionCore printhead that allows it to print very high volumes at high speeds. (Image source: Epson.)