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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.

Has Xerox hit on a scheme that might effectively cap consumables prices in the channel as well as drive customers towards original supplies?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 - Posted in Pricing, Printer Market, Strategy, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1303 – Describing it as a ‘fun’ way to buy printer supplies, Xerox launched a new loyalty program a couple of weeks ago that seems to include a number of potential implications at the same time as seeking to encourage customers to buy original supplies and protecting against counterfeits. For instance, ‘Will large companies allow employees to participate?’, ‘could the program have the effect of actually capping prices in the channel?’

Where are the windows in Windows 8?

Sunday, October 28th, 2012 - Posted in New Products, Productivity Tools, Strategy, Workflow | No Comments »

Issue #1208 – As we see the launch of the much-talked-about Windows 8 by Microsoft today, we have to say, “It’s a really good thing Microsoft does not make printers!” Why? Simply because Windows 8 is sadly lacking its Windows! User interface designer and software developer Dave Maude takes a look at some of the technicalities of Windows 8 that seem to have been overlooked in the media so far.

Hewlett-Packard undertakes to ‘bring on new talent from within’

Thursday, December 15th, 2011 - Posted in News, Strategy, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1123 – “We want … less outside recruitment and more promotion from within …” is the forward-looking objective for 2012 onwards, so said a senior Hewlett-Packard executive during an analysts’ briefing on Tuesday.

Embarrassing U-turn or a further betrayal – can customers continue to trust Hewlett-Packard?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 - Posted in News, Strategy, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1116 – Considering that the banner headline for Hewlett-Packard’s spring 2011 analysts’ conference in San Francisco was “Everybody On – seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world”, it seems to be totally incongruous for Léo Apotheker to be announcing the possibility of spinning the PSG division (Personal Systems Group) off. Without PSG, a Hewlett-Packard with this vision is impossible.

“Everybody On” – Under its new CEO, Hewlett-Packard unifies its vision and its workforce to take over the world

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 - Posted in Hardware, New Products, Printing culture, Productivity Tools, Strategy, Total Cost of Printing, Workflow | No Comments »

Issue #1109 – Following the departure of Mark Hurd in August 2010, and the instalment as CEO of former SAP boss, Léo Apotheker, in September, the atmosphere at Hewlett-Packard has undoubtedly changed. No longer the sense of foreboding but an air of enthusiasm and optimism, with a clear target of taking over the world.

A couple of incredible offers – and more – Lexmark and Xerox!

Friday, February 11th, 2011 - Posted in Hardware, New Products, Pricing, Printer Market, Reliability, Special Offers, Strategy, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1104 – When two new products are placed under offers that reduce their price by as much as 66%, one has to sit up and take notice. Lexmark’s brand new Genesis S815 inkjet AiO and Xerox’s re-branded ColorQube 8570 (formerly Phaser) solid ink desktop printer are both being offered in the UK with £200 cash back! Note: Lexmark is offering cash back of up to £2,000 on some models.

Lexmark declares improved fortunes – but embarks on massive give-aways on business inkjet

Sunday, November 28th, 2010 - Posted in Comparisons, Financials, News, Pricing, Printer Market, Special Offers, Strategy, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1013 – As Lexmark claims to have outperformed the market over the course of 2009 and 2010, we see some of the most significant giveaways ever seen and a market position that is, nonetheless, on the edge and inferior to other major manufacturers.

TCPglobal Special: Hewlett-Packard enhances functionality on new Officejet All-in-One range, including A3, while retaining proven cost-effectiveness of HP920 inkjet engine. Part 2 of 4.

Friday, November 19th, 2010 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Print Technology, Printing culture, Productivity Tools, Strategy, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1012 – Note: This series of articles has been sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company prior to being published in TCPglobal. But, as with all TCPglobal articles, it is nonetheless an independent assessment of the hardware and solutions concerned and expresses only the views and opinions of the author and not those of Hewlett-Packard. VIEW ARTICLE FREE OF CHARGE. – Hewlett-Packard’s Officejet All-in-One launch this autumn comprised three models – Officejet 6500A (mid-range A4 business inkjet); Officejet 6500A Plus (high-end A4 business inkjet); Officejet 7500A (A3 business inkjet). This second of four articles starts to look at competitive comparisons between these models and the available competition, starting with the Officejet 6500A.

TCPglobal Special: Hewlett-Packard enhances functionality on new Officejet All-in-One range, including A3, while retaining proven cost-effectiveness of HP920 inkjet engine. Part 1 of 4.

Monday, November 8th, 2010 - Posted in Hardware, New Products, Print Technology, Printing culture, Productivity Tools, Strategy, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1011 – Note: This series of articles has been sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company prior to being published in TCPglobal. But, as with all TCPglobal articles, it is nonetheless an independent assessment of the hardware and solutions concerned and expresses only the views and opinions of the author and not those of Hewlett-Packard. VIEW ARTICLE FREE OF CHARGE. – Hewlett-Packard’s new Officejet product range for 2010 not only includes wide-ranging functionality enhancements, making the most of its network interface for internet connectivity, but is also the company’s first venture into the A3 inkjet All-in-One arena. All of this is built on the engine using the HP920 cartridge series with its class-winning Total Cost of Printing. The only print engine to provide lower Total Cost of Printing for small businesses is the Hewlett-Packard’s own HP940-based Officejet Pro range (which provides colour printing at up to 65% less cost than comparable laser-based products – see TCPglobal Issue #0907).