Epson is releasing the WorkForce Pro Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) printer in South Africa, which is capable of printing 75 000 pages between refills.

This WorkForce Pro is the first printer to use a replaceable “bag” of ink, according to Epson, which will last a company that makes 2 000 prints a month a total of 36 months. There will also be two versions of this printer, an A4 printer and another capable of printing up to A3 sizes.

The ink comes in these foil packs that last at least 75 000 prints.
The ink comes in these foil packs that last at least 75 000 prints.

As you may have already assumed, this sort of printer isn’t for everybody though. With a starting price of over R33 000 for the smallest A4 model the WorkForce Pro RIPS printers are more suited for large companies, rather than individuals working from home.

“They make great business sense for companies of any size because they offer lower running costs, lower power consumption and a reduced environmental impact”, said General Manager of Epson South Africa, Kelvin Reynolds.

The user interface has been created to remind users of Android so that it is familar.
The user interface has been created to remind users of Android so that it is familar.

According to Epson, the bulk ink storage means that users can print up to 75 000 pages before the first colour is depleted. A low number of moving parts means that downtime is also lessened and that IT teams are able to focus on IT and not printer repair.

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Maintenance is simple and the first time the printers will need repairs are at the 200 000 print mark on A3 printers and 50 000 prints on the A4 models.

The WorkForce Pro RIPS A4 printer is expected to retail at R33 400 and the A3 version is expected to retail for R63 876.

Unfortunately you won’t be able to put this printer to the test yourself just yet and while we don’t have an exact date, Epson has said we can expect these RIPS printers to hit South Africa within the next few months.