Epson DiscProducer PP-50 Publisher In-Depth Review
Since it debuted five months ago, we have had a lot of customers interested in the Epson Discproducer PP-50. Although we have touched on it before, we have yet to give the machine an in-depth review. So what is it that makes the PP-50 different from the rest of the Discproducer family? Let’s take a look and find out.
As you might have guessed from the name, the PP-50 has a 50-disc capacity while the Epson PP-100 holds 100 discs. The Discproducer PP-50 is slightly smaller than its big brother, costs less, and has one less DVD/CD writer. However, it is not fair to think of this machine as only “half as good” as the original Discproducer.
The PP-50 is not a “downgrade” in any sense of the word. It’s more of a “right-sizing,” as in picking the right size machine for the job. For example, many families are switching from full-size SUVs to compact/crossover SUVs as a result of economic conditions. A compact SUV still has good ground clearance, hold lots of passengers, and carries lots of cargo. The difference is that a compact SUV is simply more practical to own. It is a little smaller, costs less, gets better fuel economy, yet still does everything you need it to do.
In much the same way, the Discproducer PP-50 publisher is the right size for a company or organization that does not need a full-size disc publisher. It fills a void in the market that other manufacturers have ignored. Primera’s current product lineup offers 20-disc and 100-disc publishers with no middle ground.
Out of the box, the PP-50 looks nearly identical to the rest of the Discproducer line. However, it is 3kg (6.6 pounds) lighter than the PP-100 and one inch shorter in height. This is because it does not have the pull-out tray in the front like the larger model. The tray is only used for inspecting discs without opening the front cover, which is not a significant loss in functionality at all.
After unpacking the unit from the box, you can proceed to install the software. The latest version is Total Disc Maker v3.51. If the version on your disc is older, you can download the latest version by visiting www.EpsonExpert.com. Registration is required to download the software, however it is available free of charge. The PP-50 is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and 7 and is currently not supported by Mac OS.
In addition to the lights on the front panel of the machine, the software also contains a program to monitor ink levels on the screen. It even provides an estimate of how many discs can be printed with the remaining ink in the Epson ink cartridges.
Operating the machine is not much different from Epson’s other inkjet disc publishers. You simply place a stack of blank printable media in the input bin and the machine’s whisper-quiet robotics move it to the printer tray and then to the output bin. If you tell the machine to burn data on the discs as well, it will load and unload them into the burner automatically.
The PP-50 is a slightly smaller, slightly more compact, but just as capable disc publisher compared to the PP-100. It also costs $770 less, which equates to some pretty awesome savings. The money you can save would buy a second full set of ink cartridges and some blank discs to get started printing on!
If you’re in the market for a reliable, mid-size disc publisher at a great price, I would highly recommend you check out the Discproducer PP-50 publisher, which is available in The Epson Store at CDROM2GO.com.