Top News for the Week of 6/23/2014 – Toshiba’s New A3 Mono MFP Family; How Users are Printing; HP Lawsuit; More

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This week’s news that Hewlett-Packard announced two new Officejet Pro inkjet models will probably be met with a “sigh, so what” by most of our readers. However, everybody should take note that HP is still very good at innovating on the marketing end of things. Consider its economical and convenient Instant Ink Program, which one of the new Officejet Pros is eligible for. With the program, not only do users no longer have to worry about running out to Staples for ink the night before that assignment is due, but Instant Ink’s cost per page is a fraction of what ink used to cost only a few short years ago. On top of that, it’s particularly attractive to users that produce color prints, because the plan doesn’t take color or page-area coverage into consideration. True, one may worry about having yet another app monitoring their print usage, but that’s already the case when you install the printer software provided by most vendors. Keep in mind that not all Officejet printers are eligible for the Instant Ink Program, so consider it a value-add for the new Officejet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One.

Another bit of news this week could also be considered “boring…” – that is, the release of a Toshiba monochrome A3 MFP line. Yes, people still need and want to print, so why not let them do so with a fully featured and fast A3 monochrome device that has a much lower TCO than color devices that just beg to be micro-managed in order to curtail color-printing abuse and minimize printing costs? The new lines are manufactured by Toshiba (always a good thing) and have print speeds that range from 35-85 ppm.

We have to hand it to Epson, which continues to almost relentlessly innovate with new inkjet products and concepts. We had a preview of their new PrecisionCore WorkForce line only a few weeks ago, and heard about big bags of ink a few months ago. This week, they announce that they’re investing even more capital so that they can innovate even further. Bravo Epson!

Last, but not least, 3D printer-maker Stratasys gives us another account of how its 3D printing is revolutionizing product prototyping and manufacturing. It’s worth checking out how this three-man startup was able to get their product, AirDog, literally off the ground much faster with 3D printing.

New Products and Solutions

  • New HP Officejet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One and ePrinter; All-in-One Eligible for Instant Ink Program – Read more here.
  • New Toshiba e-STUDIO A3 MFPs Feature Latest eBridge Platform, Add PaperCut and DocuWare – Read more here.
  • Three New MFPs for Small and Mid-Size Workgroups Round out Toshiba’s A3 Mono Family – Read more here.
  • Canon imagePRESS C800/C700 Now Available in Europe, Japan – Read more here.
  • Konica Minolta Rolls out Two-Engine bizhub PRESS 2250P for Production Print – Read more here.
  • New Canon imageFORMULA DR-M16011 Equipped with Scan to Cloud, MS SharePoint – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

  • HP Sues Datel for $30 Million in Ink-Cartridge Trade-Secrets Lawsuit – Read more here.
  • Canon Defendants Agree Not to Sell Toner Cartridges in U.S. – Read more here.

Other News

  • Epson Betting Big on Inkjet, to Invest $100 Million – Read more here.
  • Worldwide Large-Format Printer Market Posts Third Consecutive Quarter of Growth – Read more here.
  • How are Users Printing Today? Print Audit Provides the Answers – Read more here.
  • Automated-Drone AirDog Gets off the Ground with Stratasys 3D Printing – Read more here.
  • 50 Kyocera Imaging Devices Now Certified for Blue Angel Environmental Standards – Read more here.
  • Sharp Develops Free-Form LCD Panel Called ‘Free Form Display’ –  Read more here.

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