This Week in Imaging: HP ‘Instant Toner’?; New Printers from HP Inc.?

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There are three news items from HP Inc. this week, one that makes good sense, and another that looks rather odd: 1) Speculation that HP will launch an “Instant Toner Program” for its LaserJet line of printers and All-in-Ones; and 2) “HP Inc.” launches it first (?) imaging devices.

1) As far as we’re concerned, an HP “Instant Toner Program” is a fantastic idea because our latest encounter with the newly designed LaserJet line revealed that, in spite of all-new toner-cartridge designs, ISO color cost per page is nearly four-times that of a run-of-the-mill Officejet printers under the HP Instant Ink Program. So, as far as an “HP Instant Toner Program” is concerned, let’s all keep our fingers crossed. Plus, the ability to quickly re-box and ship back spent toner cartridges is a win-win-win situation for the environment, HP, and its customers.

2) OK, HP Inc. launches its first imaging devices. What? Where did the two-dozen or so HP printers scattered around our test facility come from? Keep in mind that HP of course recently split itself into two divisions and the new division, “HP Inc.” has indeed launched its first imaging devices, five new DesignJet Wide Format printers. Got it? Good.

Finally, in related HP/HP Inc. news, we chronicle our experience with the HP Instant Ink Program and our HP Envy 5660 for home use. As you may know by now, we signed up for the $4.99/month program (includes 100 pages) and haven’t yet met our quota, forcing HP billing to credit our account for unused prints. We’ve also just installed the last of the initial Instant Ink cartridges and are waiting for a new set of cartridges to show up on our doorstep.

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We’re big Epson fans but seriously – it’s taking some five years for Epson develop a 3D printer? Granted, Epson says it want its 3D printer to stand out from other 3D printers. But the question is, how much will the market space change in five years? Many people have also criticized HP’s leisurely entry into the 3D-printer market, but it didn’t take HP five whole years. Perhaps Epson knows something that we don’t know about the future of 3D printing?

Finally, we’ve been noting the continued success of Nuance and its office document-workflow products over the years. Also, last week we noted how the HIPAA medical workflow-security protocols were a boon for the industry. Now it appears that these two factors may be at odds at Nuance. Are Nuance’s latest financials related to the forthcoming launch of a major new solution, or has industry adoption of office workflows slowed? Also keep in mind that U.S. business investment dropped substantially in the third-quarter 2015. Stay tuned.

Legal Briefs

German Court Rules HP Wide-Format PageWide XL Printers Infringe on Memjet Patent- Read more here.

Office-Imaging News

Is HP Bringing its ‘Instant Ink’ Automatic Cartridge Replacement Program to Laser Printers? – Read more here.

Four New Xerox Workflow Solutions for Streamlining Document Processes in Insurance, Human Resources – Read more here.

Commercial-, Specialty-, and Production-Printing News

HP Inc. Launches its First Imaging Devices: Five New Wide-Format DesignJets for Technical Applications – Read more here.

Financial News

Revenue up for Nuance’s Fourth Quarter, Entire Year, but Reports Loss for Quarter and Year – Read more here.

Wirth Consulting Services and Reviews

About Wirth Consulting’s Library of Videos and Using Them to Your Advantage – Read more here.

Our Continuing Adventures with HP’s ‘Instant Ink’ Program – Read more here.

3D-Printing News

Epson Seeking to Have Faster, More Precise Volume Manufacturing 3D Printer on the Market in About Five Years – Read more here.

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