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Archive for February, 2009

Hewlett-Packard wakes up and makes a noise about cost-efficiency with new Officejet range

Friday, February 27th, 2009 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Print Technology, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #0907/1 – Hewlett-Packard has built serious business inkjet devices with individual ink tanks since 2003, and arguably since 1994 when the DeskJet 1200c was produced. And yet, despite the fact that its Officejet range (those with four individual ink tanks) has always demonstrated a hugely superior Total Cost of Printing for small businesses (with fairly low print volumes) to any other inkjet device on the market, and to any laser printer you care to name, historically there seems to have been a reticence to marketing the range with vigour.

Mono laser printer for the price of a decent meal out (for one)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - Posted in Comparisons, Pricing, Special Offers, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #0906/2 – Even though we are familiar with technology prices consistently falling through the floor, it still comes as a shock to see a mono laser printer on sale in the UK for the price of a typical meal for one in a decent restaurant (or for two in a low-cost restaurant). Oki is not usually associated with such groundbreaking, low prices but here we have the 22ppm Oki B2200 available on a special offer for just £41.12 including tax (£35 excluding tax).

Financial Results – Hardware and supplies sales down but positive signs for most companies

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 - Posted in Comparisons, Financials, Printer Market, Strategy, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #0906/1 – Financial results for the last quarter released by Hewlett-Packard this week underline the difficult times that the industry is facing during this current economic downturn. However, whereas immediate revenues are down and Lexmark’s troubles gather pace, there are clear positive signs within the industry.

Hewlett-Packard improves printing from mobile phones

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 - Posted in News, Print Technology, Printing culture, Productivity Tools | No Comments »

Issue #0905/2 – Hewlett-Packard has made the task of printing photos directly from a mobile phone a little bit easier – for iPhone and iPod touch customers anyway – with the launch of its new HP iPrint Photo application.

How much will buying ink or toner twin-packs or multi-packs really save?

Monday, February 16th, 2009 - Posted in Comparisons, Pricing, Special Offers, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue 0905/1 – With just about everyone with something to sell getting in on the ‘Crunch Buster’, ‘Credit Crunch Beating’ or ‘Recession Beating’ bandwagon, to try and persuade consumers and businesses that now is the best time to buy, one would hope that buying multi-packs, twin-packs or value packs of printer supplies would offer a decent saving. We investigate just how much money can be saved by buying these multi/twin/value-packs – with some surprising results!

Entry-level colour lasers are not cheap but some can be less costly

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 - Posted in Comparisons, Pricing, Printer Market, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #0904/1 – In the past year, since we last looked at entry-level colour laser printers (), there have, of course, been several new models come to market. But, there are a surprising number of the original models still available, usually representing the cheapest machine to buy from the manufacturer concerned. In this article we revisit the entry-level category but both restrict and expand it a little to include only the cheapest machine in the range but from each of the major manufacturers to show just what ‘entry-level’ means in each instance.

Europe hit with big supplies price increases from Hewlett-Packard

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 - Posted in Pricing, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #0904/2 – As expected (), Hewlett-Packard has increased supplies prices this month but by an unexpectedly high percentage – in the UK up to 43%!

Oki MC860 – A3 colour “at the price and in the size of conventional A4 MFPs”?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Pricing, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #0903/1 – With the launch of its new A3 MFP, the MC860, Oki boldly claims “A3 colour at the price and in the size of conventional A4 MFPs”. This statement obviously leaves a number of questions open regarding exactly what comparison is being made. So, we take a look and find out exactly where the MC860 sits in relation to other colour MFPs on the market – both A3 and A4.