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What future for the ‘Printer’ – Office-Hub and Home-Hub??

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 - Posted in Print Technology, Printer Market, Printing culture, Reliability, Total Cost of Printing | 1 Comment »

The year was 2009!  And the month, November!  The first ‘web-connect’ or ‘smart’ printers arrived on the scene!  And we thought, “Oooh, that’s clever”!  Now, as we’re getting frightening close to the end of yet another decade, I’ve been pondering on whether the next development in the printer arena could be the introduction of a true multi-function, multi-tasking ‘Office Hub’ and ‘Home Hub’.

WiFi can screw up your printer!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 - Posted in Hardware, Print Technology, Reliability, Total Cost of Printing, Workflow | 1 Comment »

Ever been frustrated that the print you urgently needed half an hour ago has failed for the 10th time? Of course! Well, one modern reason for that failure may be your WiFi! One favourite statistic often quoted was that printers accounted for 40% of helpdesk calls – I’d like to think that this percentage has fallen in recent years but, as we enter more and more into the mobile, wireless age, that percentage could start to rise again.

Printer manufacturers’ response to CISS concept migrates to laser printers

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 - Posted in Hardware, New Products, Print Technology, Printer Market, Printing culture, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System), conceived by the third party ink supply industry many years ago, has so challenged the printer manufacturers that in the last year or two several of them have come up with a couple of different ways to combat the threat to their own original ink supplies.  Obviously seeing some success in its implementation of a CISS response with some of its inkjet printers, HP has now launched a laser printer using the same concept of ‘2-year’s-worth’ of toner.

HP Inc. moves into A3 copier domain – laser engines from Samsung

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 - Posted in Hardware, Managed Print Services, New Products, News, Print Technology, Printer Market, Reliability, Strategy, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Although Hewlett-Packard/HP Inc. (HP) has long had one of the widest ranges of printer hardware on the market, the high end A3 and copier spaces have consistently evaded the company.  Coming in the spring of 2017, through (originally) an alliance with the Samsung printer division, which HP has now agreed to buy for $1Bn, together with development of its own A3 PageWide inkjet print head and engine, the company is attacking the A3 and copier spaces head on.

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!

New ColorSphere3 toner formulation, Page Maximiser technology & JetIntelligence from Hewlett-Packard boost print speed, reduces size – plus more

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - Posted in Hardware, New Products, Print Technology, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Aware that business customers are concerned about a raft of printing issues, including space, economy and security, Hewlett-Packard claims its latest range of laser printers and MFPs, announced last week, are the ‘-est’ LaserJets ever produced thanks to its new ColorSphere3 toner formulation and Page Maximiser technology – grouped under the ‘JetIntelligence cartridge technology’ banner – and JetAdvantage Private Print technology.

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.

NFC Print – easy mobile printing

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 - Posted in Hardware, New Products, Print Technology, Printing culture, Productivity Tools, Total Cost of Printing, Workflow | No Comments »

Issue #1307 – Research shows 90% of smartphone users want to print but either don’t realise it is possible, do not know how to do it or find it too difficult.  Before long, these issues should be a thing of the past.  There are two main initiatives under way to sort us out and help to make printing the documents or photos we want to print from our mobile devices nice and easy.

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 ….