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Archive for May, 2009

Epson launches M8000N A3 mono laser printer claiming versatility “at an extremely low overall cost”

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Pricing, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue 0915/1 – Epson’s new AcuLaser M8000N, marks the first A3 mono laser printer to come to market in nearly a year and several competing models date back to 2006 and earlier. With the M8000 pushing Epson’s top-end A3 printer print speed up to 44ppm (A4), in this article we find out how this model sits amongst its competitors, particularly with regard to the cost claims made in the marketing collateral.

Xerox extends its range of ‘third party’ supplies for branded laser devices with Kyocera compatibles

Friday, May 15th, 2009 - Posted in Comparisons, New Products, Pricing, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #0914/1 – “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” – so goes the old saying – and printer/copier giant Xerox has extended this honour to Kyocera with the release of a range of Xerox-branded third party supplies for Kyocera laser printers. Claiming 20% savings and Xerox quality, we check out the savings.

Kyocera adds high-end, full-featured mono MFPs to new TASKalfa range

Friday, May 15th, 2009 - Posted in Hardware, New Products, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue 0914/2 – Following the launch of its new TASKalfa brand earlier in the year (see ), Kyocera has now introduced a pair of high-end A3 departmental mono MFPs to complement the original three colour MFPs. Kyocera will ultimately replace the entire KM range of copier/MFPs with the new TASKalfa branding, intended to convey the message that the user’s TASKs are of the utmost priority (alfa). The TASKalfa 620 and 820 replace the KM-6030 and KM-8030.

Xerox launches blinding 50ppm departmental solid ink MFP – ColorQube 9200 series

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 - Posted in Comparisons, Environmental, Hardware, New Products, Pricing, Print Technology, Printer Market, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #0913/1 – Today, Xerox launches a new departmental colour MFP in the US, built on its unique solid ink technology that Xerox claims “eliminates price barriers to printing everyday business documents in color”. Over the last 18 years, solid ink has developed into a printing technology that is more than capable of taking on laser/LED technology at a number of levels and is long overdue for this treatment. We take a look at the features, functions and capabilities of the ColorQube 9200 series and consider the cost and environmental implications.

Beware – ‘refurbished’ inkjet print heads for sale in the US … and they cost a fortune

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 - Posted in Pricing, Print Technology, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #0912/2 – Let’s be clear right from the start – it is not possible to refurbish an inkjet print head! And yet, there are outlets in the US advertising print heads for the Hewlett-Packard range of Officejet Pro printers and All-in-Ones that not only claim to be refurbished but are being sold at a price some 70% higher than the price published by Hewlett-Packard for a brand new print head. This article reveals deception in the US reseller environment and explains why refurbishing an inkjet print head just is not possible.