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Epson large format printers win first Red Dot Best of the Best Award

Wed 8 May 2019
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Epson has won its first "Red Dot: Best of the Best" award for its large format printers in the Product Design category (Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019).

In addition, five inkjet printers, one scanner and one projector model received Red Dot Awards.

This year marks the third successive year that Epson products have been recognised in the Red Dot Award.

Epson products recognised with the Best of the Best award:

SC-T5450/ SC-T3450/ SC-T3450N/ SC-T3400/ SC-T3400N/ SC-T5400 inkjet printers

These are high-speed, high-resolution large format printers (LFP) for printing drawings in official bureaus and architect studios or PoP printing in retail shops. Epson redesigned the LFP, conventionally used for special applications, with a UI identical to business printers and a simple and clean look that fits any office. It provides intuitive operation and maintains a clean office atmosphere. 
The large touch panel, warning LEDs, and buzzer let users see the status at a glance and give guidance for easy use. Epson also strived to cut assembly time, streamlining work by developing new legs assembled in three steps. Created in 1955 in Germany, the Red Dot Design Award is organised by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen design centre and is recognised around the world as one of the most prestigious awards in the design field. A jury of experts evaluates products announced during the past two years and selects the best designs based on nine criteria, including the degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, ecological compatibility, and durability.

Epson's printing solutions operations division P design department general manager Manabu Kawahara says, "I am thrilled. This award is the culmination of a true team effort to achieve product value that exceeds customer expectations.”

Epson products recognised with the Red Dot Award

ET-M1100/ ET-M1120/ ET-M1108/ ET-M1128 inkjet printers

These are A4-sized monochrome inkjet printers that have a compact size by directly embedding the high-capacity EcoTank in the carriage. The new EcoTank design puts a single slit on a simple and clean exterior. Users can intuitively check the ink level or open and close the tank cover. A unique shape was used for the bottle tip and inlet to prevent filling mistakes. Just insert the bottle - the printer automatically refills ink then stops. Low cost, it also lets users print easily as they go about their daily work. 

ET-M1140/ ET-M1180/ ET-M2140/ ET-M3140/ ET-M3170 inkjet printers

These are A4-sized monochrome inkjets with a high-capacity EcoTank that enables up to 6,000 sheets on a single ink refill.

ET-2710/ ET-4700/ L1110/L3100/ L3110/L3150/ L5190 inkjet printers

These are A4-sized colour inkjets with a high capacity EcoTank that lets users easily perform various printing tasks at a low cost. Epson focused on operability to eliminate hassle and concerns about stains when refilling ink. Not only did Epson improve front access and the visibility of the remaining ink, but it also used a unique shape for the bottle tip and inlet of each colour to prevent filling mistakes. The protruding shape expresses the performance of the high capacity eco tank, and the simple, round design around the tank gives an approachable and familiar feeling.

WF-M5799/WF-C5710/WF-C5790/WF-C5210/WF-C5290/WF-M5299/WF-M5298/WF-C579R/WF-C529R inkjet printers

These are A4-sized office inkjet printers that provide high ink capacity while saving space. The high-capacity ink pack has been built into the unit to achieve a compact size that fits in narrow spaces. The change from conventional ink cartridges to high-capacity ink packs cuts the number of ink replacements and the environmental impact. Epson focused on operability and streamlining office work, giving the ink packs a simple connection shape for the handle and tray and including a sturdy ejection tray and a tilt panel with high retention and easy operation.

SC-T5150/ SC-T5150N/ SC-T3150/ SC-T3150N/ SC-T3100/ SC-T3100N/ SC-T5100/ SC-T5100N inkjet printers

These are full-colour large format printers (LFP) among the smallest in the world for use in offices, architect studios, schools, and retail shops. LFPs are conventionally used for special applications, but with UI identical to business printers and a simple and clean look that fits any office, Epson designed printers that make it easy for customers to buy their first LFP. For schools, in particular, Epson prioritised safety, reducing the outlet port to ten mm so that children cannot fit their fingers inside. The large touch panel and buzzer let Users see the status at a glance and gives guidance for easy use. 

ES-50/ ES-60W scanner

This is an A4-sized sheet-feed scanner. As more companies move away from paper, demand is increasing for mobile scanners that can easily digitalise various documents including photos or receipts both inside and outside the office.
With that in mind, Epson worked with engineers, improving portability to aim for the lightest weight and smallest size in the class to bring more customers a comfortable experience.
The final product helps prevent operating errors during transport, improves portability for easy use, boasts simple functionality, as well as boasting an attractive design.

EV-100/ EV-105 projectors

These projectors are to be used for lighting or video performances of products or exhibits in shopping centers or museums. To better show off the appeal of the product or exhibit, Epson focused on a simple design that melts into the surroundings. Epson removed all holes and wiring from the unit sides, which customers notice, for a clean design. The vents, which any projector requires, were hidden in the design as slits with identical patterns on the unit's front and rear. The cylindrical design, made to resemble a spotlight, enables Users to install it on the ceiling without negatively affecting the atmosphere.

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