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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Canon Releases Refillable Ink Tank Printers

Canon Printer Cartridges
The single-function PIXMA G1400 and multi-function G2400 and G3400 can print up to 7,000 pages in color and 6,000 in black, and feature the Canon's pigment black and dye color inks.

The devices utilize Canon’s new continuous ink supply system (CISS) and can print at 4,800 x 1,200 dpi, implementing the manufacturer's FINE print heads, IT-online reported.

Also featured with the PIXMA G3400 is cloud and Wi-Fi printing and, with the machine able to connect to PCs, smartphones and tablets, and full compatibility enabled via Canon's new PRINT app.

Photo editing package Easy-PhotoPrint+ is also compatible with the G3400, while each device has the My Image Garden software for personalized cards and crafts.

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Source: The Recycler

Monday, November 30, 2015

Falling HP Printer Prices Attract New Consumers

HP Printer Supplies
Prices for OfficeJet Pro hardware have fallen so dramatically that they are within reach of home users, meaning the HP Inc is now getting the yield per unit it would expect.

Dion Weisler, CEO of HP Inc, made the comments during an analyst's call to discuss the company's disappointing 4Q 2015 results, The Imaging Channel reported.

Weisler also said in the call that the pricing pressures that had led to the plummeting prices had been accelerated by on-going effects of currency movements, at a rate that surpassed the OEM's expectations, with the overall printing market weaker than HP Inc had expected.

Digitek said that last month the OEM increased the prices on a number of its "small format ink cartridges, print heads, photo value packs and small format media" by an average of 5.2%.

Full year net revenue for the total Printing and Personal Systems group totalled $52.7 billion, down from the 2014 figure of $57.5 billion. 4Q 2015 hardware units sales were down 17% for the full year, while commercial hardware fell 23% year-on-year, as did supplies revenue, by 10%.

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Source: The Recycler

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Happy Thanksgiving
Priceless Ink & Toner

Thanksgiving is a Special Day at Priceless.

We are thankful for many things, one of which is the opportunity to serve the needs of our family of loyal clients. Thank you for choosing Priceless as your supplier of imaging and printing products.


We wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday.

Holiday Hours

We will close Thursday November 26th and reopen for normal business hours on Monday November 30th at 9:00 am EDT.

Our Staff is excited to spend some valuable holiday time with their family.

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Priceless is now an Authorized Epson Dealership for the cartridge-less printers.


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Port Charlotte, FL 33952
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Friday, November 20, 2015

OEM Ink & Toner in Top Shopping Rip-Offs

Canon OEM Printer Cartridges
An article covering "the biggest rip-offs and mark-ups" names original printer supplies, and recommends using "remanufactured and compatible ink & toner cartridges" or refills instead.

The article, from UK internet and telecoms company BT, refers to a recent British television program "The Shopper's Guide to Saving", which looked at the high cost of ink and also investigated the quality of remanufactured cartridges. It adds that "an everage branded printer ink 5ml cartridge" can cost between $12 and $22 "to buy in the shops, but costs less than $0.76 to make".

BT notes in turn that the reason for this "is manufacturers use printer ink to help recoup the cost of the expensive technology in our actual printers, which are generally quite affordable", with cartridges just one purchase that "many of us pay a premium for". Products that are also "slickly marketed and branded" are often bought "when there are much cheaper alternatives available".

The article then adds that "one way to save on the high cost of printer ink" is to "recycle your old cartridges" and "buy refurbished replacements", which it notes are "refilled with ink and cost up to 40% less than buying a brand new replacement". Also, customers are recommended to "alternatively" shop for "non-branded replacement inks, which are also just as good".

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Source: OEM cartridges one of “biggest shopping rip-offs"

Monday, November 09, 2015

Women Steal $10,000 of Ink Cartridges in US

Office Depot has asked its employees to look out for two women who are stealing printer ink in the Puget Sound area in Washington state.

An internal memo said managers believe the two have taken at least $7,200 in ink cartridges from the Lynwood store, by stuffing them into large handbags, KOMO news reported. The two women have also been seen at four other stores, including the Airport Way and Aurora Avenue North locations in Seattle, where the remainder of the $10,000-worth of cartridges may have been stolen, police believe.

In 2011, Office Depot employee Dion Alexander was given 16 months in prison for dealing more than $500,000 in toner from the company's Kent warehouse.

The US Department of Commerce estimates at least 10,000 Craigslist postings and over 300,000 eBay listings at any time are for toner and ink cartridges. Local Cartridge World franchisee James Kinsky said: "Brand name cartridges are very expensive, they are more expensive that Chanel No. 5. So if people can steal them, they can sell them on the internet for quite a bit of money. Doing it right in the middle of the day seems pretty brazen. I assume they will catch up to them sooner or later.”

Source: Two US women steal $10,000 of ink cartridges

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Inkjet MFPs Customer Satisfaction - Report

Inkjet Printer Manufacturers Logos
Canon ranks highest in customer satisfaction with multi-function inkjet printers, performing particularly well in reliability, performance, price paid and customer service, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Multi-Function Inkjet Printer Satisfaction Report released on Nov 3rd.

The report measures multi-function inkjet printer satisfaction based on six factors (in order of importance): performance; reliability; ease of operation; variety of features; price paid; and customer service. Satisfaction is measured on a 1,000-point scale.

Overall satisfaction among multi-function inkjet printer customers is 850 in 2015, down by 7 points from 2014. Satisfaction declines slightly year over year across all factors, with a notable drop in the customer service (-23 points) and ease of operation (-12) factors.

"While performance and reliability remain most important among multi-function inkjet printer owners, ease of operation and customer service has emerged as problematic this year," said Christina Cooley, director in the diversified services industries practice at J.D. Power. "If customers who have difficulty operating their printers call customer service for help but then have a poor experience resolving their problem, the perception of printer quality is diminished. The printers that perform well, are dependable, and are user-friendly will have the best opportunity to delight customers and maintain loyalty and advocacy for the brand."

· Among customers who rate overall satisfaction 10 (outstanding) on a 10-point scale, 81% say they "definitely will" purchase another multi-function inkjet printer from the brand they currently own in the future, compared with the report average of 50%.
· As satisfaction increases, shoppers are more likely to provide positive recommendations to family members, friends or colleagues. On average, customers who rate overall satisfaction 10 provide 5.6 positive recommendations, compared with an average of 2.5 among those who rate overall satisfaction 8.
· Fully 66% of customers purchase multi-function inkjet printers in a store, followed by 32% who purchase online.
· Price is the primary reason for choosing a multi-function inkjet printer brand (68%), followed by brand reputation (49%) and previous experience with brand (45%).
· The average price paid for a multi-function inkjet printer is $144.

Rankings (Based on a 1,000-point scale):
1 -- Canon -- 858
2 -- HP -- 853
3 -- Brother -- 849
4 -- Epson -- 833


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Monday, October 19, 2015

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Xerox New Tool Helps Businesses Reduce Toner Use

Xerox Printer Supplies
Sustainability initiatives are on the rise. To help meet this demand, Xerox is responding with a new tool to help businesses across the globe reduce their environmental impact, without compromising the speed or quality of print documents.

During the printing process, square computer pixels are converted into circles that can be read by the printing device, creating an overlap in ink and toner coverage but using an intelligent software, the Toner Optimizer tool from Xerox can detect and eliminate overlapping pixels, as well as the unnecessary use and overuse of ink and toner – reducing waste and print-related costs.

The new optimizing tool is designed to help clients:
· Gain visibility into the print environment: The tool enables business clients to gain visibility into their print infrastructure, including directly connected USB devices, capturing information such as job tracking details, toner and paper usage, or number of connected users and printed pages.
· Demonstrate environmental responsibility and accountability: The tool's ability to identify and remove unnecessary pixels during printing helps businesses support sustainability initiatives and reduce toner consumption and waste, which subsequently results in less toner transportation and packaging.
· Achieve optimal print results: The toner optimizer tool uses advanced algorithms to identify different elements on the page, such as text, graphics and images, to enable high-quality printing of a variety of documents.
· Integrate into current MPS or IT environments: Self-discovery and self-configuring techniques enable the tool to seamlessly integrate into print environments or can be adjusted to meet specific requirements within user groups or applications. A desktop software-enabled tool runs in the background and is invisible to end-users so there is no interruption to existing business processes or workflow.
· Make data-driven decisions: The collection and reporting of job-related data enables businesses to better manage resources by making data-driven decisions and identifying further cost-saving opportunities.

The new solution is part of Xerox's three-phased approach to MPS – assess and optimize, secure and integrate, and automate and simplify – to help clients manage their business demands and resources more effectively.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Printer Supplies -- Key to SMBs Productiveness

SMB Success Infographic
The survey conducted by Office Depot of 964 SMBs, the Small Business Index, found that SMBs are "prioritizing office and printing supplies to finish the year strong", and believe that office supplies "are key to their success". Office supplies are the "top investment" for SMBs in the second half of this year, with 31%, and owners believe that supplies "fuel business operations and produce feelings of productivity and control".

Ink and toner were found to be the second most "productive" of office supplies for SMBs, with computers first at 52%, and printing and fax machines at 45%. Creatively, 30% named markers, while 14% and 11% respectively said highlighters and envelopes made them feel "in control". Payroll and salaries, and advertising and marketing, were the second and third highest investments for SMBs, with 25% and 22% respectively.

Interestingly, despite "technology's prevalence in the workplace", 42% of SMBs said that "paper is their favorite office gear", while 26% said pens, but 39% preferred ink and toner. Computers were the fourth "most desired" supply with 20%. For office organisation, essentials (at 51%), sticky notes (at 50%) and legal pads (41%) were the most popular, but file folders (with 65%) were the most popular.

Steve Calkins, Executive Vice President of Office Depot's Business Solutions Division, stated: "At Office Depot, we realize it's important for SMBs to make the right investments to stay nimble and lean. Whether it's paper and pens or computers, we make it easy to equip SMBs with tools that maximize efficiency and help them achieve success."

Source: The Recycler

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Do NOT Update Your Printer Firmware

Printer Firmware Update

If it's not broke... don't fix it!

Consumers are losing literally millions a year because they're "Locked In".

Don’t update your Printer Firmware or it could cost you.

Manufacturers, such as Lexmark, HP, Brother and Canon use "Firmware" to control your printing supplies and options.

The printer manufacturers, Lexmark, HP, Brother and Canon are continuing to modify the "Firmware" (Firmware controls the functions of a printer's features) you use to prevent you from choosing the origin and type of the supplies you use. Don't permit them from dictating what you purchase and how much you pay.

Most Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) suggest you to set your printer to download firmware updates and install them automatically.

We at Priceless Ink & Toner suggest you to change the setting disallowing automatic updates. This will allow you to use our high quality compatible and remanufactured printer supplies and reduce your printing costs. Otherwise you will only be able to use the original (OEM) printer cartridges.

Once the firmware has been updated it is not easy and also very time consuming to roll back to the older version that worked with the compatible and remanufactured printing cartridges.

After all if you're happy with how your device is performing, there is usually little point in rushing to install the newer firmware that could cause you hours of problems or even calls to an expensive helpline.

With these particular manufacturers, quite often, a new firmware upgrade can actually downgrade features and/or functionality. Specifically, firmware designed to limit or restrict the use of third party (aka aftermarket) consumables. That is fine, if you only use OEM brand printer cartridges in your device, firmware updates are unlikely to have any impact on you. However, if you prefer to have a choice and use third party compatibles or remanufactured ink and toner cartridges, it's probably best if you don't upgrade to any non-critical versions just yet.

We at Priceless Ink & Toner had many customers with a previously fully functioning printer contact us to say they suddenly can't use any of our third party cartridges which, they have been using with complete satisfaction for years. The reason almost always is caused by a recently installed printer firmware update.

Updates can be installed or prompted to an end user in several different and increasingly disguised ways. Usually in the form of a pop up dialogue box on your PC or message in your task bar, with details of a file to download and the change list of the file. Alternatively, you may have agreed to receive automatic updates when you ticked the relevant box during the initial installation of the printer software. Terms of Use and Conditions is something not many of us actually take time to read.

Recently HP have been asking customers to 'lock' their genuine cartridges to protect against theft. Once the cartridges are locked, they cannot be used in any other printer. This has a knock on effect when the empty cartridge is made available to a re-manufacturer, as the printer information remains locked to the cartridge preventing any future use in a different printer.

Read the information thoroughly before agreeing to any such update, as there will only be one person to blame, if you suddenly lose the ability to use that collection of cheaper print cartridges!

You will know if this has happened when you get constant messages similar to "Cartridges locked to another printer", "Cartridges failed" or "Cartridges cannot be recognized". You've probably just gone past the point of no return!

Finally, don't be confused between upgrading Printer Drivers and Printer Firmware...

Drivers are installed on your PC to help the Printer and PC to communicate. These can usually be updated and rolled back to a previous version and do not have any impact on what you can and can't use in your printer.

Firmware on the other hand, is installed directly to your printer and contains more permanent fixes and features. Manufacturers usually recommend the latest Firmware as it may provide significant enhancements to speed and functionality, although once installed, I'm afraid you're stuck with it until a newer version is released.

Call Priceless for accurate advise on new printers and which are cost effective for your needs.

Source: Why Not to Update Printer Firmware

Monday, August 17, 2015

10 Steps to Secure Your Printing

Secure Printing
The Federal Trade Commission's recent report, "Copier Data Security: A Guide for Businesses," makes a succinct, yet powerful, statement sure to get the attention of any organization: "Digital copiers are computers," and organizations should incorporate these devices into their information security plans.

Digital copiers, also known as multi-function printers (MFPs – office machines that have the ability to print, scan, copy and fax) have hard drives, embedded firmware and the ability to communicate with other systems on the network. They are susceptible to the same security vulnerabilities that a computer is, and without the proper security measures in place, the MFP poses a significant risk of sensitive information exposure.

Networked MFPs are now commonplace in the workplace environment, with office workers using them daily to print, scan and fax documents over the network; in many instances these documents contain sensitive information. To prevent damaging data breaches, government organizations must control and protect both the physical and electronic access points on their MFPs.

The following are 10 specific steps that agencies must consider to secure MFPs, based on common scenarios that exist in most environments.

1. Require user authentication. There is no MFP more unsecure than one that allows anonymous usage; such devices are susceptible to various forms of abuse and can make tracing the source of a data breach or leak virtually impossible. Authentication enables the auditing, reporting and tracking of user activity as well as various other security features.

2. Restrict access based on user authorization. Just because a user has authenticated into the system, doesn't mean he should have access to every function. At the MFPs, restricting access ensures that users only have access to those resources on the network that they normally do.

3. Centrally audit all network activity. Compliance security standards require most organizations to implement procedures to regularly review records of information system activity, such as audit logs, access reports and security incident tracking reports. Centrally building an audit trail of all copy, print, scan, email and fax activity at every networked MFP will bring use of these devices into compliance.

4. Encrypt data to/from MFPs. In order to ensure data security, all data transmitted to and from an MFP should be encrypted. Government agencies must leverage encryption technology that meets specific security guidelines defined by Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 140-2.

5. Implement pull printing. In order to avoid exposing documents to risks when printed, secure printing requires that users authenticate at the device before documents are released. The device must print only those documents that are associated with the authenticated user, and the print job must not be stored on the device prior to printing.

6. Implement rules-based printing. Rules-based printing controls output by analyzing print jobs before release, based on a set of established rules, to determine how they are printed. Organizations with established print policies, such as the U.S. Army Directive 2013-26 "Armywide Management of Printing and Copying Devices" or the General Services Administration PrintWise program, can enforce these policies with the implementation of rules-based printing functionality.

7. Enforce trusted destinations. Once necessary measures have been taken to restrict access to network functions of an MFP through authentication and authorization controls, agencies must ensure the devices are configured to properly prevent documents from being scanned or faxed to any destinations that may risk sensitive data exposure. A common "high risk" scenario is a networked MFP that is configured for “scan-to-email” and outbound analog faxing without controls in place to validate the email address or fax number of the recipient.

8. Monitor and control PII activity. Most government organizations have policies in place to protect personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive content. For example, the Department of Homeland Security issued its "Handbook for Safeguarding Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information" outlining mandatory guidelines for all employees to follow to protect PII within and outside of the organization. Similarly, the Navy published a "Users Guide to PII" containing compliance requirements and protective measures to safeguard Navy and Marine Corps. Agencies should leverage software to systematically enforce the PII policies they have enacted. Without a solution in place, organizations must rely on employees manually following protocol, leaving no room for user error.

9. Standardize and integrate network scanning. One common problem with traditionally configured office MFPs is that no two devices within an organization are setup the same way for document scanning. In a typical scenario, each MFP is manually mapped to a network file share with no standardization throughout the organization. Through standardization, administrators can centrally control network folder scanning with a single configuration. Also important is integration support for all of the major commercial off-the-shelf document systems to enable direct and secure scanning.

10. Securing print processes. To prevent damaging data breaches, government organizations must control and protect both the physical and electronic access points on their MFPs. The penalties, settlements and costs for failing to safeguard sensitive information are increasing, and there are simply too many touch points that create risk in sharing information. Most of these involve the technologies that organizations are counting on – especially networked MFPs that copy, print, scan, fax and email.

Agencies must act to enable the compliant exchange of sensitive information and PII by adding a layer of security and control to paper-based and electronic processes. They need an approach that transparently applies automated security techniques – which cannot be circumvented – that authenticate users, control access to workflows, encrypt data, validate network destinations, monitor and control all documents containing PII and build and maintain an audit trail of all user activity. By adopting this approach, government organizations can minimize the manual work and decisions that introduce human error, mitigate the risk of non-compliance and help avoid the damaging costs of sensitive data exposure.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Unprint Technology Financed

Unprint Technology
The technology, which removes toner from paper, has received over 778k US dollars in investment.

Cambridge News reported on Cambridge University "spin-out" company Reduse, which has created the 'unprinter' technology, receiving $778,500 in investment from Cambridge Enterprise, the university's commercialization arm, as well as Cambridge Enterprise Fund III, bringing its total investment fund to nearly $1.5 million. The technology removes printed text and images from paper, "allowing it to be reused".

The technology uses lasers to "remove print from laser-printed and photocopied paper", which can be repeated "several times without damaging the fibers of the paper". Reduse believes that this can reduce "a business' paper costs by as much as 40%", with the average office employee using 10,000 sheets of paper a year and discarding around 80% of this within "a few days". The system works with both "standard laserjet and copy machine toner", Reduse added.

Hidde-Jan Lemestra, CEO and Co-founder of Reduse, stated: "It is our goal to allow the reuse of paper, eliminating the need for recycling. Cambridge Enterprise and Park Walk Advisors, which manages the University of Cambridge Enterprise Fund III, share this vision and are important partners as we continue to develop this technology."

"Over the course of the coming months, we will be working on prototype development and further engagement with customers while continuing our conversations with some of the biggest printer manufacturers in the world."

Mike Arnott, Cambridge Enterprise Investment Manager, is set to join the Reduse Board of Directors, and added: "We have been observing Reduse make impressive progress in their pre-funding stage. With such an enormous opportunity and a strong team, we're looking forward to working with them."

Stuart Evans, Chairman and Co-founder of Reduse, commented: "Unprinting is a unique, intuitive solution to a global problem. With a lot of interest from a very diverse customer base, I believe we are on the right track to developing something that will change the way we think about using paper."

Still, to be able to unprint, you need to print first. So when you run out of toner, visit and resupply.

Source: The Recycler

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Brother on Aftermarket Chips for Inkjet Printers

Brother Printer Cartridges
Brother released a technical white paper in which it advises both remanufacturers and chip manufacturers how to "properly program the data field" on aftermarket chips.

The white paper is titled Technical white paper: Aftermarket chips for Brother inkjet printers, and follows in the footsteps of a similar production from HP in 2013, in that it aims to help remanufacturers avoid conflicts with aftermarket chips. The OEM states that it has recently launched inkjet printers that "contain a new cartridge authentication function", which provides customers with a message "stating whether the ink cartridge installed is a Brother-branded ink cartridge" manufactured by the OEM, or a "non-Brother ink cartridge manufactured by others".

Brother original and aftermarket cartridge message
These include the MFC-J680DW, J880DW and J885DW, which utilize the LC201 and LC203 cartridges. The message shown on the printer's display would either say "Genuine Brother supply" or "Non-Brother supply", but the authentication message "will not be accurate unless the chip manufacturer has properly programmed the data field on the chip". The OEM states that "if you are a supplier of ink cartridges, please instruct your chip manufacturer to follow the instructions in order to allow accurate display of the cartridge authentication message and avoid causing confusion" for users.

Chip manufacturers are asked to "please follow and comply with the instructions", and not to "attempt to use any programs to circumvent this cartridge function". The authentication software has been developed to "properly inform" users that they are using either a Brother or non-Brother cartridge, but some cartridges had "misidentified themselves" as genuine, and the OEM believes the new software will "provide better transparency to customers to make an informed choice", which will "be beneficial to everyone concerned in the ink cartridge market".

The programming and identification recommended "will not result in any loss to features or quality in printing", Brother adds, as third-party suppliers can "properly identify" their products to "demonstrate to your customers that your products are respectful of registered trademarks". Its instructions discuss programming the data field on chips "correctly" for the new machines, with manufacturers told to change string ASCII characters to "some other value" from Brother.

A third-party manufacturer's "own brand identifiers" are recommended instead, and the next step is to change "Field X" after the ASCII characters to "0x01', as only "0x00" should be used for genuine Brother cartridges. The OEM warns that "putting any value other than Brother as ASCII characters", and putting "0x01" in the field, will "only change the display message that the customer sees". Other than the printers already listed, Brother states that inkjet machines with 2.7-inch or larger displays launched this summer "are expected to have this authentication messaging function".

Concluding that the white paper "may be updated in the future", the OEM states that with more machines being released that will contain the software, remanufacturers and chip manufacturers are asked to "properly and consistently program the existing chips of your cartridges by following the instructions".

Source: The Recyceler

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Best Printers by Business Choice Awards 2015

Business Choice Awards 2015: Printers
Here are the companies making the best printing equipment and providing the best support.

The world talks a good game when it says "paperless" is the way to go, but printers are here to stay, especially in the work environment. Whether you work from home or at the corner office in the corporate tower, your desk is covered in print outs, and the printer in the corner is likely humming along all day long.

That's why, as part of the regular Readers' Choice Survey on printers every year conducted by PCMag, they made sure to ask not just about the little inkjets used to print the kids' art projects, but how readers feel about the high-end printing systems they use. After all, they can't stress-test all the printers in PCMag Labs reviews, so it helps to get the perspective of the people in the trenches.

The follow page reveals the results: the printer makers you should turn to when you want low costs, high reliability, and just an overall excellent experience. The magazine will also compare the results to what they saw last year, so you get a better idea of who is improving and what vendors are worth reconsidering. After all, even at a bargain price, an unreliable printer will get you nowhere.

Printers for Work
Last year the results were a neck-and-neck race between three favorite printer makers: Brother, Canon, and Epson. This year, things got even closer, yet in many ways easier to call.

Brother had the clear lead last year with an overall score of 8.6 (on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 indicating perfect overall satisfaction). For 2015, it fell back, leading to a three-way tie at 8.4 between Brother, Epson, and Xerox.

Overall Printer Scores
Red indicates a Business Choice winner.

In the end, PC Mag had to give the Business Choice Award to the two winners from last year, Brother and Epson. Both of them have best-in-class-scores for reliability (8.7 for each), a low number of products that needed actual repair (Brother at 6%, Epson at 5%), and excellent likelihood to recommend numbers (8.5 and 8.4, respectively).

Xerox, while it did well in that overall satisfaction question, can't compete in any other way. Its reliability score of 8.3 is behind most of the vendors that made the cut (only Dell and Lexmark did worse). Xerox also continues to have an embarrassingly high numbers of products that require repair, at 23%. That's almost one in four Xerox printers getting sent back to be fixed.

The big fall this year goes to Canon. A favorite in PCMag's Readers' Choice for over a decade, this is the first year the company has dropped out of favor in the home survey and now in the business-end survey. Canon's overall score of 8.2 puts it on par with HP, another huge name in the industry, but one that has never had the affinity with our audience that Canon has—or had. That said, Canon still had pretty excellent marks for reliability of 8.6, just behind Brother and Epson's 8.7. Canon's likelihood to be recommended is also just a hair lower than Epson, if you factor the Net Promoter scores, which show Epson at 51% and Canon at 48%.

When it comes to these numbers, the world of work printers is an open field. Samsung also has a fighting chance in a year or so, if it can improve reliability and cut back that 10% of units needing repair. It really could be a contender for the office printer market award. We'll see in 2016.

For the 2015 Business Choice series, PCMag emailed survey invitations to their community members, specifically subscribers to their Readers' Choice Survey mailing list. This survey was hosted by Equation Research, which also performs PCMag's data collection. This survey was in the field from June 22, 2015 through July 12, 2015.

Respondents were asked to rate their business printer. They were asked multiple questions about their overall satisfaction as well as experiences with technical support within the past 12 months.

Because the goal of the survey is to understand how the printer compare to one another and not how one respondent's experience compares to another's, PCMag use the average of the printer manufacturer's rating, not the average of every respondent's rating. In all cases, the overall ratings are not based on averages of other scores in the table; they are based on answers to the question, "Overall, how satisfied are you with your printer for work?"

Scores not represented as a percentage are on a scale of 0 to 10 where 10 is the best.

Net Promoter Scores are based on the concept introduced by Fred Reichheld in his 2006 best seller, The Ultimate Question, that no other question can better define the loyalty of a company's customers than "how likely is it that you would recommend this company to a friend or colleague?" This measure of brand loyalty is calculated by taking the percent of respondents who answered 9 or 10 (promoters) and subtracting the percent who answered 0 through 6 (detractors).

Source: Business Choice Awards 2015: Printers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HP to be Sued for False Advertising

HP Printer Supplies
HP faces false advertising class action in the USA in a case alleging "its printers don't operate as advertised".

Legal Newsline reported on the class action begun by consumer Anne Wolf at the US District Court for the Central District of California, which has targeted HP for alleged "false advertising". Wolf's suit against the OEM contends that its printers "don't operate as advertised" as the machines "can't download necessary software from the internet even though the company advertises they can".

Wolf's suit – case number 5:15-cv-01221 – has been taken on by lawyers Todd M. Friedman and Adrian R. Bacon, and lso seeks to "prevent HP from advertising" that its printers feature the 'HP Smart Install' option, which reportedly means "products can automatically download software from the internet". The case argues that this feature "has been disabled on some of the printers even though the company continues to advertise it".

In turn, the lawsuit alleges that "on the outside of the boxes of these printers, there is a statement assuring customers that these printers will be easy to install because of the inclusion of the 'HP Smart Install' feature". Wolf is seeking class action status for both the case and "for those who purchased the printers expecting the smart install feature", and is also looking to win damages of "more than" $5 million plus court costs.

The OEM previously settled three class actions pertaining to HP inkjet cartridges in October 2014, while another relating to printers was dismissed in 2012, and a class action focused on LaserJets was also settled in 2011.

Source: The Recycler

Monday, July 13, 2015

Large Format 3D Printer in Shipping Containers

US-based company Southwest Florida 3D has turned old shipping containers into a "standard platform" for 3D devices to print in.

The Mille 3D printer can be stacked, shipped and parked in a driveway or garage, “and at the end of a road trip [you can] open the doors to a new object”, Southwest FL 3D founder Andy Tran told

The news site said the innovation "could dramatically increase the mobility of 3D printing", while cutting production costs associated with the machines. It overcomes the issue that 3D printing is often not feasible for individuals as they cannot store and operate such a large-scale device. The shipping container-stored printer could potentially be "stacked, decorated, and customized however a user would like".

Tran said: "When you start building a large machine, one of the largest costs is the frame. The Mille solves this with its design and uses a watertight weather proof shipping container hull. 3D printer hardware bolts directly to the steel walls. Shipping containers offer standard interior and exterior sizes so virtually any container can be retrofitted."

Containers of lengths 20, 40, and 52 feet can be used, and the inventor said there is potential for expansion modules, including onboard batteries such as the solar-charged Tesla Power Wall, material shredding and extrusion options, a conveyor-belt style print bed and 3D scanners. The containers could become entirely mobile, automated 3D printing workstations.

Tran commented: "One extension module includes an onboard material handling module that shreds plastic to be extruded as filament. The filament can be mixed with other materials for various properties. With the advancement of new material technologies and hybrid filaments the Mille 3D printer will make large objects bigger and better."

He plans to either open-source the design on the forum or to turn it into a commercial product, for creators to make their own with DIY kits.

3d printer supplies are coming soon at Stay tuned!

Source: The Recycler

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Happy Birthday America

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