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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’.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Alarming news emerging of printer hacking dangers

Friday, December 9th, 2011 - Posted in Issues, Print Technology, Reliability, Total Cost of Printing, Workflow | No Comments »

Issue #1122 – Alarming reports have been emerging in the press over the last week or so suggesting that Hewlett-Packard (the only manufacturer named so far) laser printers could be susceptible to catching fire as a result of a hacking attack. Firstly, is this seriously a possibility and, secondly, surely the alarming factor here is not the danger of catching fire but what could happen to a user’s information and printer control?

Hazards of third party inks – double vision

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 - Posted in Print Technology, Reliability, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

#1121 – Double vision? In a print? Yes, it seems that an ink that is not formulated correctly for a print head can produce a replicated image effect similar to double vision. It’s enough to make you feel seasick! Read on for possible explanations, with illustrations.