Live from NRF: Epson Says its Printers Come out On Top in Side-by-Side "Green" Product Comparison

| January 11, 2010

Today at the NRF Show, Epson, a supplier of value-added point-of-service (POS) solutions, announced that two of its leading POS printers, the TM-T88IV and the TM-H6000III, ranked highest in energy efficiency, consuming significantly less energy than same-class competitive models. The results derive from stringent, side-by-side tests among twelve competitive products performed by Seiko Epson Corporation in 2009.

TM-T88IV Thermal Printer
Epson's TM-T88IV single-station thermal printer with USB interface was tested against nine same-class competitive models, including three Star, two Citizen, two Bixolon, one IBM and one Ithaca. Testing results indicate that the Epson TM-T88IV uses between 53% and 84% fewer kilowatt hours as compared to the next best performing and worst performing models tested. Results also showed that the Epson TM-T88IV, introduced in 2005, uses significantly less energy than some of the same-class printers introduced in 2009. With over five million units installed worldwide, Epson's TM-T88-series is the best-selling thermal printer in the POS industry.

TM-H6000III Multifunction Printer

Epson's TM-H6000III multifunction printer with USB interface was tested against three same-class competitive models, including two NCR and one IBM. Testing results indicate that the Epson TM-H6000III uses between 39% and 48% fewer kilowatt hours as compared to the next best performing and worst performing models tested. Results also showed that the Epson TM-H6000III, introduced in 2006, uses significantly less energy than newer competitors. The TM-H6000III delivers high-speed receipt and slip printing, endorsement, two-color graphics and features industry-leading MICR accuracy of over 99.9%.

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