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Top News for the Week of 10/27/2014 – HP Finally Goes 3D; 9-Color Epson Printer; Vendor Financials; More

The big story this week was Hewlett-Packard’s unveiling of its first HP-developed 3D printer, which uses what HP calls Micro Fusion Technology – which, you guessed it, borrows from HP’s inkjet-printing technology. We hope you read our story, which takes a look at how it works, why it’s different from other additive 3D printers, and […]

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Laser and Inkjet Printer and All-in-One Sales up Three Percent in Western Europe

According to London-based IT market-research firm CONTEXT, unit sales of printer hardware returned to positive year-over-year growth of 3 percent in Western Europe in the third-quarter 2014. These findings mark several consecutive quarters of positive growth of laser-printer sales in Western Europe. CONTEXT says continuous positive performance of laser MFPs and increasing distribution sales of inkjet […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/20/2014 – HP 3D Printer on the Way? Wasting Time at the ‘Copier’? More

We know it’s been coming, but it seems October 29th may be the day that HP introduces its first HP-developed 3D printer (HP had at one time been selling 3D printers, but they were sourced from another vendor). We’re just speculating at this point, but HP CEO Meg Whitman has cited slow 3D print speed […]

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Brother: Big MFP/Copiers are Now the Water Cooler for Employees to Gather ‘Round and Waste Time

As part of its new “Don’t Superize. Optimize” Campaign, Brother International U.S. is releasing a new survey that essentially says the floor-standing, centralized copier/MFP down the hall has become the modern-day water cooler – a place where employees can congregate and waste time – in turn wasting companies thousands of work hours a year. According to […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/6/2014 – What does the HP split mean for HP printing? Samsung and 3D Printing; More

  The big news this week of course was the split of Hewlett-Packard into two companies – HP Enterprise Services, which will be devoted to infrastructure and software for large organizations, and HP Inc., which will consist of HP’s PC and printing groups. While it’s of course impossible to predict what effect this will have […]

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Brother’s New ‘Don’t Supersize. Optimize.’ Campaign: the Centralized MFP/Copier Isn’t Always the Best Choice

Brother International U.S. is rolling out its “Don’t Supersize. Optimize.” campaign to help small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) “right-size” their print fleets. Over the years in the office-imaging industry, we’ve heard many arguments for using high-volume, floor-standing MFPs/copiers that print and scan on up to 11″x17″ and are shared by many users. Brother takes an opposite […]

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IDC: Worldwide Printer/MFP Market Declines for First Time in Three Quarters; Samsung Makes Gains

The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market declined for the first time in the past three quarters to 25.5 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), resulting in a -2.3 percent year-over-year decrease, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices in its […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/18/2014 – New Memjet Print Engine, Printer Revenue Down at HP, More

This week, the big news was Hewlett-Packard’s reporting of its results for third-quarter 2014. The good news is that HP achieved a slight revenue increase after several quarters of revenue decline, the bad news was lower printer revenue, including lower supplies revenue. However, HP CEO Meg Whitman was overall pleased with HP’s performance. According to […]

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Review: Business-Class A3 Inkjet Printers and AiO’s – Brother’s MFC-J6920DW is Best in Class

Since we at Wirth Consulting estimate that the processing of A3 documents in the office is in the single-digit percentile, we have always thought that the ultimate mix of digital-imaging devices for small business was one or more fast B/W A4 printers coupled with an economical A3 MFP or All-in-One (AiO). The problem is that […]

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New Brother Small-Office Laser Printers and All-in-Ones Feature Faster Print Speeds, Cloud and Mobile Connectivity

Brother International U.S. is rolling out its newest monochrome laser printers and All-in-Ones for small-office and home-office (SOHO) users. The new models feature faster print speeds than their predecessors, as well as easy wireless setup, and mobile print and scan, and cloud connectivity. The new HL-L2360DW standalone printer has an estimated street price of $149.99 and replaces […]

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Total Sales and Net Income up at Brother; Sales up for Printers and All-in-Ones

Brother International of Japan recently reported that both sales and net income were up for its fiscal first quarter (April to June 2014), continuing the upbeat results for its latest entire fiscal year (see below). Sales for the first quarter were up 15.2 percent to 160 billion yen, while net income was 29 billion yen, […]

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Brother Announces New Business Smart Plus Series of A3 Inkjet All-in-Ones, MFC-J5620DW

Brother International is announcing the first model in a new series of inkjet color All-in-Ones, called the Business Smart Plus Series. The first model is the MFC-J5620DW ($199.99 estimated street price), which will be available in October, and which has a dedicated paper tray for 11″x17″ A3-size media. Brother will also be introducing the MFC-J5720DW ($249.991), […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/21/2014 – Strong Quarters for Lexmark, Canon; Epson Invests Big in Inkjet; More

Both Lexmark and Canon Inc. continue to report strong financial results. In the case of Lexmark (which has been all quiet on the hardware front lately), revenue from its Perceptive Software division and managed print services (MPS) continues to drive growth. In particular with Lexmark, MPS revenue grew 14 percent compared to the same quarter […]

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New Brother Business Smart Inkjet All-in-One with 11″x17″ Printing and $169.99 Street Price

Brother International is introducing new Business Smart color inkjet All-in-Ones that it says feature lower price points, faster print speeds, and improved color touch screen. Designed for small and home offices, the new Business Smart printers start at $169.99 and are rated up to 20 (black)/18 (color) ppm. Brother also introduced a new inkjet All-in-One with […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/7/2014 – Konica Minolta Strategy Conference, Canon Announces New Industry Group for Deterring Patent Trolls, More

This week, we visited with Konica Minolta, which gave us an intriguing snapshot of not only where the company is now, but where it’s headed – and that’s everything from production printing, to A4, managed IT services, cloud and mobile solutions, and 3D printing. Meanwhile, Canon and Xerox each addressed some of the bad guys […]

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Brother Launches Seven New Printers and All-in-Ones Certified for Mopria Mobile Printing

  Brother International U.S. reports that it’s now an executive member of the Mopria Alliance, a global association of technology companies working towards providing simpler wireless printing from smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Brother also introduced its first Mopria-certified printers and All-in-Ones, the HL-L8250CDN, HL-L8350CDW, HL-L8350CDWT, HL-L9200CDW, MFC-L8600CDW, MFC-L8850CDW, and MFC-L9550CDW, all of which use […]

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Middle East and Turkey Printer/MFP Market Growing at Double-Digit Clip

The Middle East and Turkey hardcopy peripherals (HCP) markets continued their strong recovery from the recession by posting their third successive quarter of growth in first-quarter 2014, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The research and advisory firm’s Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker for first-quarter 2014 shows that shipments to the combined region were […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/2/2014 – Epson, Brother Ramp up Business Printers; Inside Pharos Beacon; Konica Minolta to Sell 3D Printers; More

Lots of interesting news and analysis this week. First, it’s official: Konica Minolta will be the first to sell 3D printers – sourced from partner 3D Systems – through the U.S. office-equipment channel. We actually learned about this last September at Konica Minolta’s annual dealer meeting, and the idea was enthusiastically received by dealers. Konica […]

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