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Epson Announces Six Portable Scanners and Projectors

Designed for use by knowledge workers on the go, the new products come with a wide range of travel-friendly features. By Rich Freeman

Epson America Inc. has introduced new document scanners and projectors for mobile SMBs.

The WorkForce ES-200 and WorkForce ES-300W scanners, which weigh in under 3 pounds each, both process up to 25 duplex pages per minute. Users can scan documents straight into editable Microsoft Word and Excel files or searchable .pdfs and save files directly into Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, and other online storage repositories.

Each product features a 20-page auto document feeder as well, along with a special slot for scanning business cards.

“It’ll take [the card] in, scan it, and then bring it right back out the same way so that it doesn’t damage it,” says Heather Johnston, product manager for scanners at Epson, which is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

Epson shipped two similar, higher end, scanners last month. Like those units, the new ones announced today come with a TWAIN application programming interface driver that enables integration with a broad array of document management solutions, as well as an accompanying software package that includes Epson’s Document Capture Pro solution, FineReader from Milpitas, Calif.-based ABBYY USA, and NewSoft Presto! BizCard from Pleasanton, Calif.-based Visioneer Inc.

Both the ES-200 and ES-300W draw power from either an AC or USB 3.0 connection. The ES-300W comes with a battery as well.

Other features unique to the ES-300W include support for wireless scanning to smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other computers, as well as compatibility with Apple Mac devices in addition to Windows-based PCs.

That extra functionality accounts for the ES-300W’s $299 MSRP, which is $50 greater than the ES-200’s list price. The two products are available now online and at major computer, office, and electronics retailers.

Epson’s new PowerLite 1700-Series projector line similarly targets knowledge workers on the go.

“This product is slim and it’s designed to be travel-friendly for your road warriors,” says Eric Uaje, Epson’s product manager for projectors, noting that all PowerLite 1700-Series projectors weigh approximately 4 pounds.

The entire product family supports automatic vertical and horizontal keystoning as well, resulting in a properly squared image from almost any projection angle.

Distributed via retailers, the PowerLite 1781W (pictured) replaces Epson’s earlier 1771W. It features brighter, 3,200 lumen projection but sells for the same $799.

“End users consistently tell us that they want an extremely bright image,” Uaje says.

The other three models introduced today—the PowerLite 1795F, 1785W, and 1780W—are available exclusively to authorized Epson resellers. The first of those offers the same 3,200 lumens of color brightness as the 1781W, but at full 1080p resolution. It sells for $1,249. The 1785W, which is priced at $1,099, provides 3,200 lumens but with WXGA resolution.

Both the 1795F and 1785W support the Miracast wireless projection standard as well. “You can present directly from your tablet or mobile phone,” Uaje notes.

The entry-level PowerLite 1780W replaces Epson’s earlier 1761W. The newer unit lists at $749, versus its predecessor’s $699 MSRP, but offers significantly enhanced 3,000 lumen color brightness.

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