This Week in Imaging: Lexmark Acquisition Thoughts, Inkjet Vs. Toner Cost per Page Analysis

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It appears that the Lexmark acquisition by the Chinese tech firm Apex Technology and by PAG Capital is virtually a done deal with the approval of the deal this week by the United States’ Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out. Yes, Lexmark will gain immediate entry to the Chinese market, but it may lose U.S. government sales and shed employees back here in the states. Additionally, considerably advanced technology will be sent overseas. (Lexmark employees have long-feared this event as chronicled here and here.) As we point out in our story this week, last year, The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Navy was seeking to replace IBM servers after China’s Lenovo purchased IBM’s server division, and Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM PC division several years caused concern among various law makers in Washington. As today’s digital copier/MFPs increasingly are network-connected and virtually operate on mini computers, the concerns among some are that they may serve as gateways for hacking and spying.

HP Inc.’s been on a tear recently, and this week released a slew of monochrome laser printers and MFPs, one of them retailing for under $100.

Interestingly, however, consider that their ISO cost per page, based on 5-percent page-area coverage, is approximately 3.92¢, and a single toner cartridge costs as much as a set of HP OfficeJet color ink cartridges. Moreover, with the $9.99 per month HP Instant Ink plan: cost per page is 3.33¢ for up to 100-percent page-area coverage, customers get free automatic ink-cartridge shipments and don’t have to deal with the recycling of toner cartridges. Finally, customers can get a new color Instant-Ink compatible OfficeJet printer for well under $100.

Moreover, at this price point, laser/LED toner-based printers appear to provide little advantages over similarly priced inkjet MFPs of the day. Yes, there used to be a time when inkjet printers were slower, had inferior print quality and permanence, and their cost per page was similar to that of toner-based printers. However, our testing and evaluations over the years proves that those days are long gone. On the other hand, many office users, especially in the United States, still seem to prefer laser versus inkjet.

Office-Imaging News

  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. Clears Lexmark Sale to Apex – Read more here.
  • Canon Previews New Solution for Integrating imageFORMULA Document Scanners with Salesforce – Read more here.
  • HP Announces First Sub-$100 HP LaserJet Printer, New LaserJet Family for Personal and Small-Office Use – Read more here.
  • HP Rolls Out New Next-Generation ScanJet Document Scanners with Optional Wi-Fi Wireless Connectivity – Read more here.
  • Clover’s Imaging Supplies Now Available to Office-Imaging Dealers via MWA’s FORZA – Read more here.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation Demands HP Promise Not to Issue Firmware Upgrades that Block Third-Party Cartridges – Read more here.
  • Canon Receives Five-Star Rating for Eco-Friendliness from Chinese Government Agency – Read more here.
  • A Look at Sindoh’s ‘Hybrid’ A4 MFPs with A3 Solution – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

  • OKI Infotech Expanding Wide-Format Color Printer Line with New ColorPainterT E-64s – Read more here.
  • Xerox Enhances C60/C70 Light-Production Systems with Broader Paper-Handling, Improved Image Quality, Enhanced Workflow – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

  • Epson Seizes Counterfeit Ink Cartridges in Nevada – Read more here.

3D-Printing News

  • Half of the Custom Parts in HP’s 3D Printers Will Be 3D-Printed – Read more here.

Other News

  • Xerox’s BPO Group to Trade as Conduent on NY Stock Exchange Following Split – Read more here.
  • Xerox Rolls Out New Conduent Brand Logo as it Prepares for Split into Two Companies – Read more here.

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