Business inkjets have dominated the headlines for so long that it makes a nice change to write about laser printers – after all, laser is still the preferred technology for business customers. Though it must be said that there
hasn’t been much to shout about in recent years, especially at the low end.
HP has changed all this with the launch of new Original HP toner cartridges with JetIntelligence, featuring ColorSphere 3 toner (see page 16). HP describes its new toner as ‘the most significant change since 1984’, and the claimed benefits certainly sound impressive – up to 33% higher page yields, 53% lower energy consumption, 40% faster printing from wake-up, two-sided printing at the rated speed, 40% smaller devices by volume.
These benefits won’t be available on all machines, or at least not at the headline level – ‘up to’ are the key words here. In the next issue we will be looking at the numbers involved in more detail to see how much of an improvement the new cartridges really offer compared to existing HP models and the competition.
At first glance, features like a sub-7 second first page out time and duplex printing at the rated speed are a great enhancement, bringing features previously associated with enterprise devices to the masses.
Of course, things are changing at the high end too. Samsung’s new MX7 A3 colour MFP (see page 46) has a mono first print out time of 3 seconds and a quadcore processor. What really stands out, though, is the 120 page/240 image per minute scanner. It is surely a sign of the times that in the launch press release Samsung made much of the MX7’s scanner speed, but didn’t once reveal its print speed – 60 pages per minute, in case you want to know.
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