Digital Experience 2012: The Wild, Wild West

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When I walked into Digital Experience this year, all I could hear in my head was Will Smith’s “Wild, Wild West.” I’m not sure why, I’ve never even seen that movie, maybe it was his brief appearance at Sony’s Press Conference earlier in the day but nonetheless, I think Pepcom people should have had that song blaring as the attendees arrived.

What they did have was more than 175 exhibitors, two mechanical bulls, several rodeo clowns, guys with fancy lassos and plenty of bales of hay and oversized cowboy boots. Despite the fact that show was packed, there wasn’t as much print related material at Digital Experience this year. But we still have some good stuff to share with you!

Epson had the new Artisan 1430 introduced yesterday among the flurry of announcements on display. The Artisan 1430 is the first wide format option in this lineup and price range – $299.99 – and one of the first wide format printers I’ve seen with wireless connectivity.

The Artisan 1430 is fairly compact despite its wide format designation coming in at approximately 24 x 13 x 9 inches in storage and it’s fairly good looking device. But what I think customers will really be interested in is the Artisan photo quality (print resolution up to 5760 x 1440 dpi) and the quick photo print speeds (13 x19 inch borderless photo in three minutes).

The latest addition to the Artisan lineup is available for order on Epson’s site now and will begin shipping in February according to the company.

Kodak introduced its new HERO lineup of AIOs in September (check out our reviews of the HERO 9.1 and Office HERO 6.1) but I was still disappointed that the company didn’t reveal any new hardware. What they did reveal was two new print applications – the My Kodak Moments App and the Kodak Photo Collage Print App – allowing customers to pull and print content from Facebook. Interested in learning more? Check out our coverage from the show floor later today!

Lantronix Inc. was on hand to show off their new xPrintServer announced in December. The xPrintServer is a print server designed with companies and consumer alike that have legacy printers without wireless connectivity as an option.

The xPrintServer is compatible with any device running Apple’s iOS mobile operating system – think iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch – and allows customers to print wireless from the native print menu to their networked printers. It requires zero software or configuration, just plug in your Ethernet cable and play.

The Lantronix xPrintServer is available for preorder now through the Lantronix website for the suggested retail price of $149.95 and is expected to begin shipping in Q1 of this year.

Make sure you visit our CES 2012 technology page for the latest and greatest coming out of Las Vegas this week!




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