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Internet shopping could kill off original manufacturer printer supplies

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 - Posted in Comparisons, Managed Print Services, Pricing, Printer Market, Reliability, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

News items appear in the media at least once a year (at Christmas), informing us of the scale of growth of internet shopping.  Time was when locating Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) supplies for your printer was easy and users wanting to hold fast to their principle to buy OEM consumables had a choice of many suppliers. Now? Not so easy! In fact, a user may have to work really hard to find OEM supplies at all, let alone have a decent choice of where to buy them.

Ignorance results in inappropriate choice of printer – dye or pigment ink

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 - Posted in Comparisons, Print Technology, Printing culture, Reliability, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | 3 Comments »

Individuals, home buyers in particular, are not fed enough of the important information at the right time to help them make the right choice of printer.  Whether the printer uses dye or pigment ink can be a critical element of the purchase decision – if only the customer knew the difference and the implications.

Poor buying decisions by UK government affects print quality

Monday, June 13th, 2016 - Posted in Comparisons, Managed Print Services, Print Technology, Reliability, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | 1 Comment »

I have just, this morning, received my postal ballot paper for the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union. Guess what? The weather is not great at the moment, it is raining, and it turns out that the envelope the ballot paper was posted in has been printed using dye based ink! Result? Smudged text!

Ink & Image Durability – a study by CharisCo Printer Labs

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 - Posted in Comparisons, Reliability, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Despite the fact that third party, or ‘compatible’, ink cartridges are priced to undercut the original cartridges from the printer manufacturer (often by a huge percentage), testing shows that the quality of the compatible inks and cartridges does not match the quality of the printer manufacturer’s original inks and cartridges, severely compromising the printed result and even the health of the printer itself. The user experience may be badly affected even if the costs of running the printer are reduced by buying the cheap ink.

A3 Business Inkjet – a study by CharisCo Printer Labs

Monday, January 12th, 2015 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, Print Technology, Productivity Tools, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

This study had a feel about it of the fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare”! Hewlett-Packard’s Officejet 7610 may have a slower print engine according to manufacturer’s specifications than the Brother MFC-J4510DW and MFC-J6720DW but, in real-life printing scenarios, many print jobs are delivered to the output tray faster with the Officejet 7610 – and, in some instances, much faster.

Epson WorkForce WF-3500 series hits the nail on the head for small/micro businesses

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1308 – About a year on from the launch of the Epson WorkForce WF-3500 series, business inkjet All-in-One series, the range has come in front of me again, arrousing renewed interest. Targeted fairly and squarely at the small business environment, WorkForce WF-3500 series offers reasonably fast printing, a low Cost of Printing, a very flexible feature set and extensive remote printing capabilities.

BBC Watchdog program again raises thorny issue of the cost of ink but ignores half the story

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, News, Pricing, Print Technology, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1304 – As you know, CharisCo Printer Labs is passionate about Total Cost of Printing and the best interests of the customer/consumer/user. Therefore, I have responded to an item on the BBC’s Watchdog primetime consumer program last week (1st May, 2013) to alert the presenters, producers and researchers to the fact that there is a very positive message for consumers about the cost of ink. Read on for my letter to Watchdog ….

Future of inkjet in the office more assured with arrival of 70ppm Officejet Pro X

Monday, March 4th, 2013 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Pricing, Print Technology, Printing culture, Reliability, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1302 – Inkjet technology has never looked so good for office printing. Having applied its Scalable Printing Technology to large format commercial printers for a couple of years, Hewlett-Packard now considers the business/office environment is ready for a genuinely fast inkjet device that also cuts the cost of printing by as much as 50% over laser – the Officejet Pro X family.

“Best value” printer? When is this true?

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 - Posted in Comparisons, Pricing, Printer Market, Special Offers, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1210 – I’ve just received a marketing email from an online retailer that includes an element boasting ‘Best Value Printer’. This sort of claim is guaranteed to catch my eye and just has to be looked at more closely, doesn’t it? But what does the claim actually mean? What do marketing emails ultimately say about the company that produces them?

Power Consumption re-emerges as a key factor in printer cost savings for business

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 - Posted in Comparisons, Environmental, Hardware, New Products, Print Technology, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1205 – New printer and office MFP models from Hewlett-Packard and Oki demonstrate how power consumption has again been tagged as a key area for cost savings for businesses (as well as saving the planet of course). Auto-off features are used as a means of dropping power consumption to less than 1 Watt when the device is not in use.