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

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.

NFC Print – easy mobile printing

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

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 ….

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

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?’

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

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.

84% of printer users are ‘concerned’ or ‘very concerned’ about the ongoing costs of running a printer

January 28th, 2013 - Posted in Printing culture, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1301 – Attitudes towards Total Cost of Printing have clearly changed over the years since the aggressive printer purchase price wars began in the mid-90’s in both the business and consumer segments of the market. Instead of all the focus being on purchase price, consumers are now focussing on the ongoing costs of printing every bit as much as on purchase price. CharisCo Printer Labs’ recent survey showed a startling emphasis on ongoing costs.

“Best value” printer? When is this true?

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?

Where are the windows in Windows 8?

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.

CharisCo Printer Labs seeks beta testers for Total Cost of Printing app

October 4th, 2012 - Posted in Managed Print Services, New Products, News, Productivity Tools, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing, Total Print Management | No Comments »

Issue #1207 – CharisCo Printer Labs has reached an exciting juncture with its brand new Total Cost of Printing calculator, tcprojector, now at the beta testing stage. The online application is targeted initially at printer dealers and MPS providers to educate printer purchase decisions by projecting long-lasting value over initial savings and we would like to invite resellers to apply to have free access while beta testing the app over the next few weeks.

TCPglobal celebrates 10 years – origin, influence and anticipation (a buzz commentary dedicated to Total Cost of Printing)

May 22nd, 2012 - Posted in News, Printer Market, Printing culture, Total Cost of Printing | 1 Comment »

Issue #1206 – Celebrating its 10th birthday, CharisCo Printer Labs’ ezine, TCPglobal, is pushing ever forwards with news and reviews and highlighting issues in the industry that affect the bottom line of printer and MFP users. “If it affects your pocket, it’s fair game for TCPglobal”. This article offers a potted review of the decade and gives pointers towards developments in the future.