Epson FX-890 Dot Matrix Printer - 9-pin 160 -column - 680 Mono - 240 x 144 dpi - USB - Parallel

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Good Printer. Good perfomance

by Ken Harrison on 11/8/2006

This is a good printer. Very veratile and tough. That said, I was just a little underimpressed with the throughput when I ran a 5000 name mailing lins on one up pinfed labels. My customer has a mailinf machine that uses only one uyp pinfed labels, so this what I had to produce. Everything went great for about 10 minutes and then the printing started to slowdown. After about 10 minutes of this slow printing it would speedup and slow down on a semi regular basis. I suspect that this is buffer problem. I may be related to the software I use, but the software works great on othe machines. Overall a really good piece of equipment.

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Easy to use but insufficient impact on forms

on 1/30/2007

We use this solely to print USPS Express Mail and customs forms, both of which are multi-part. The Epson replaced a Lexmark 2480 Forms Printer, which had trouble loading the awkward USPS forms without jamming. By contrast, the Epson loads the forms easily and we like how it senses the form as you insert it and automatically feeds it to the top. It's also a bit faster than the Lexmark. Unfortunately, the Epson has a low impact, so the last couple of forms are very faint, no matter how we adjust the forms thickness lever or print quality (it's rated for 7 copies and both USPS forms are under that). The Epson manual also recommends that multi-part cut sheet forms be fed from the front, which requires the purchase of an optional tray. We use the included top-feed tray, and it's working okay, but it's annoying that the front-feed tray wasn't included. As a final irritation, the Epson web site doesn't list a front feed tray as an option for the FX-890, and though it appears from examining it that the printer will accommodate a front-feed tray, we have no idea how to get one or if it really exists (the manual doesn't show the complete part number, either!). If it weren't for the low impact and accessory tray problems, we'd give this a 5 rating across the board.

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Product Overview

FX-890 dot matrix printer offers ultra-fast 9-pin printing with an MTBF rating of 20,000 power-on hours (POH) and speeds of up to 680 characters per second. Draft speed is 419 characters per second. Near letter-quality speed is 104 characters per second. Engineered for seamless integration into virtually any system, it provides standard Parallel, USB, and additional connectivity options. Includes Epson Remote Configuration Manager software for easy printer setup and simple setting selections via most Windows operating systems. Control panel features a lockout mode and other intuitive functions. Dot matrix printer offers 7 maximum form parts, 128K input buffer, printhead life of 400 million characters at 14 dots per character. Paper feed rate is 62 milliseconds per 1/6" and 5.0" per second continuous feed. Paper size ranges from 3.9" to 10.1".

Specifications

Manufacturer Epson
Mfg Part# C11C524001
SKU 10352569
UPC 010343846739
UPC 14 00010343846739
Physical
Weight 19.3
Features
USB Yes
Parallel Port Yes
Product Type Dot Matrix Printer
Manufacturer Part Number C11C524001
Manufacturer Epson Corporation
Product Model FX-890
Product Name FX-890 Dot Matrix Printer
Product Series FX
Brand Name Epson
Media Size Envelope No. 6 / Envelope No. 10
Media Type Continuous Form / Envelope / Label / Plain Paper / Roll Paper
Platform Supported PC
Country of Origin Indonesia
Recycled No
Post-consumer-waste% 0%
Assembly Required No
Weight (Approximate) 16.80 lb
Height 6.6"
Width 16.3"
Depth 13.8"
Number of Columns 160
Number of Pins 9-pin
Maximum Print Resolution 240 x 144 dpi
Maximum Mono Print Speed (cps) 680
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Tech Specs
USB Yes
Parallel Yes
Language Emulation Epson ESC/P / IBM PPDS / Oki Microline
Product Type Dot Matrix Printer
Manufacturer Part Number C11C524001
Manufacturer Website Address www.epson.com
Manufacturer Epson Corporation
Product Model FX-890
Product Name FX-890 Dot Matrix Printer
Product Series FX
Brand Name Epson
Media Size Envelope No. 6 / Envelope No. 10
Media Type Continuous Form / Envelope / Label / Plain Paper / Roll Paper
Additional Information Paper Feed Mechanism: Friction feed (front, rear) Push tractor (front, rear) Pull tractor (front, bottom, rear) Push and pull tractor*(front, rear) Cut-sheet feeder (optional) Roll paper holder (optional) *Additional tractor unit required Paper Path: Manual insertion: Front or rear in, top out Cut sheet feeder: Top in, top out Tractor: Front rear or bottom in, top out Pull push tractor: Front or rear in, top out Formatting: 1/6-inch or programmable in 1/432-inch increments Line Spacing: 6 lines per inch default (8 lpi option available) Character Sets: 13 character tables 13 international character sets Resident Bitmapped Fonts: Ultra Speed Draft 10, 12 cpi High Speed Draft 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 cpi Draft 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 cpi NLQ (Roman/Sans Serif) 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 cpi, proportional Paper Feed Speed: 62 millisecond per 1/6" Print Speed: 680 cps Ultra Speed Draft (12 cpi) 566 cps Ultra Speed Draft (10 cpi) Total print volume: 52 million lines (except print head) Paper Handling: Forms: Continuous multipart, original plus 5 carbonless copies, 1 + 6 copies with pull tractor, maximum thickness .018" Single sheets: (3.9" to 10.1") Width, (3.9" to 14.3") Length Continuous: (4.0" to 10.0") Width, (4.0" to 22.0") Length Cut-sheet feeder: (7.2" to 8.5") Width, (10.1" to 14.0") Length
Platform Support PC
Certifications & Standards 10561
Weight (Approximate) 16.80 lb
Height 6.60"
Width 16.30"
Depth 13.80"
Input Voltage 110 V AC
Power Source AC Supply
MTBF 20000 Hour
Number of Columns 160
Number of Pins 9-pin
Print Resolution 240 x 144 dpi Monochrome
Maximum Print Resolution 240 x 144 dpi
Maximum Mono Print Speed (cps) 680 cps
Standard Warranty 3 Year Limited
Product Attributes
Color Clear
Print Resolution 240 x 144 dpi
Product Model FX-890

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