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IDC: Worldwide Printer, MFP Shipment Values Increase, Color Laser Makes Gains

February 26, 2015 – Worldwide-hardcopy peripherals (HCP) shipment value increased 1.7 percent year-over-year to $15.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), while unit shipments declined -2.6 percent year-over-year to 30.8 million units during the same period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices in […]

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This Week in Imaging: Robots Next for Konica Minolta? New Hardware from OKI, Canon, Epson, Xerox; More

Konica Minolta seems to be one of those companies always willing to experiment and take chances – for instance, it’s the first office-imaging firm to market 3D printers in the United States – and this week we got a look at that at Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.’s annual dealer meeting. While Konica Minolta announced […]

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New $69.99 Desktop Document Scanner, Perfection V19, from Epson

February 18, 2015 – Epson America is expanding its family of Perfection desktop document scanners with the Epson Perfection V19 ($69.99 MSRP). The compact photo and document scanner scans at up to 4,800 x 4,800 dpi resolution, and features scanning directly to Web-based cloud destinations such as Facebook, Picasa, Evernote, and other cloud services with the included Easy […]

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Review, Report, Photos & Video: Hands-On with Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-5690 Business-Class MFP

Imaging Technology: PrecisionCore MicroPiezo electric Ink-Jet Technology. Functions: Print/Copy/Scan/Fax. ISO Print Speed: 20/20 ppm (black/color). List Price:  $399.99 Availability: Epson direct, authorized Epson dealers and value-added resellers. Introduction Date: September 2014. Maximum Monthly Volume: 45,000 pages. Recommended Monthly Page Volume: Up to 2,500 pages. Strengths: Solid build quality; excellent touch screen; quiet operation; PCL and […]

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Epson’s Demonstrates SureColor F-Series’ Textile-Printing Power at NYC Fashion Week

February 12, 2015 – While it’s usually the fashion designers who are the stars at the annual New York Fashion Week held in New York City in February, Epson America was on hand to showcase its latest star that it says helps make designers’ work easier, the Epson SureColor F-Series of wide-format dye-sublimation printers that can […]

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This Week in Imaging: Funai Poised to Take on Inkjet Market?; Mobile Printing a Game Changer?; Canon Makes a Big Move; More

  As Canon’s camera business continues to lag (but office MFP and production sales continue to be healthy), the company is seeking other growth avenues. This week it’s looking to acquire Axis Surveillance, maker of network video-surveillance systems, for $2.83 billion. This would be the largest purchase Canon’s ever made, and seems to sadly reflect […]

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Global Mobile-Printing Market to Grow 32.5 Percent between 2014-2019

February 11, 2015 – Driven by the adoption of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), market-research firm Research and Markets is forecasting a CAGR of 32.5 percent for the 2014-2019 period for the global mobile-printing market in its report Global Mobile Printing Market 2015-2019. The firm notes that mobile printing typical refers to printing that’s usually […]

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Epson Launches Ambitious Ad Campaign for Business Products such as Printers and All-in-Ones

February 10, 2015 – Epson America is launching an ambitious national advertising campaign, “Cityscape,” in key strategic U.S. markets for its business products. The ad campaign’s tagline is “Where there’s business there’s Epson.” The approach for the campaign centers on images of ultramodern, futuristic city skylines that include Epson products such as robots, digital-label presses, point-of-sale […]

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This Week in Imaging: Latest Financials from Konica Minolta, Epson, Ricoh, Sharp, Xerox; HP is Business-Inkjet Leader; More

Of note in this busy week of news is the generally good financial results from Japanese vendors for printers and MFPs, as these companies continue to report encouraging earnings and sales increases. It’s important to note, however, that while printer and MFP sales have been higher for many of these companies in Asia and other […]

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Context: HP is Business-Inkjet Market Leader in Western Europe

February 3, 2015 – European IT market-research firm Context reports that, according to its research data, printer-hardware revenue increased by 1 percent across Western European in 2014 compared to 2013. Context says the increase was driven by laser MFPs and inkjet printers. Of note is that Context reports that revenue from inkjet MFPs was up by […]

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Revenue, Income up for Epson’s Third Quarter; Ink-Tank Printers Lead Revenue Growth

January 30, 2014 – Seiko Epson of Japan today reported results for its fiscal third quarter, with revenue up 9 percent, and total income for the quarter up 71.9, both versus third-quarter 2013. Revenue for the first nine months of the Epson’s fiscal year was ¥814.8 billion ($6,759,062 thousand U.S.), up 7.9 percent year-over-year. Business profit […]

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Latest Financials from Lexmark, Canon; $29.99 Laser Printer; More

This week in the New York City metropolitan area will probably best be remembered for all the weather analysts who predicted that we’d be buried under several feet of snow and media saying that we’d barely make it out alive. Alas, they were quite wrong – something to also keep in mind when it comes […]

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Epson Officially Announces Print Audit Print-Management Support for Epson WorkForce Pro Models

January 29, 2015 – We’ve been aware of this for some time, but today Epson America officially today announced its partnership with Print Audit, a provider of device and print-management solutions. Epson’s certification of Print Audit applies to the entire line of Epson WorkForce Pro commercial printers and All-in-Ones, including models powered by Epson’s PrecisionCore color inkjet-printing technology. As […]

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Epson Office Scanners Certified for Use with eFileCabinet Document-Management Software

January 27, 2015 – Epson America reports that its WorkForce DS-510, WorkForce DS-760 and WorkForce DS-860 business document scanners have been certified for use with eFileCabinet, a document-management software designed for small and mid-size businesses. eFileCabinet software is designed to meet the needs of SMBs in a range of compliance-heavy verticals including accounting, finance, insurance, HR, small government, […]

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This Week in Imaging: Epson’s Revolutionary RIPS Inkjets; Ricoh Europe Goes 3D; More

Epson brings it on to the U.S. with a new high-volume PrecisionCore-based color inkjet MFP with complete A3 capabilities, maximum 1,830-sheet media capacity, and ink packs that yield up to 75,000 pages. The flagship WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 starts at $5,999 and has an optional 2×500-sheet paper deck that converts it into a free-standing console unit. This product […]

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Epson Brings Business Inkjets with Replaceable Ink Packs for Printing Up to 75,000 Pages to the U.S.

January 20, 2015 – Epson is introducing its most ambitious and business-oriented inkjets to date to the United States, all three of which feature Epson’s Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS), which is designed for high-yield, low-cost, uninterrupted printing.  The three new units consist of the A3 Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 MFP, A4 WorkForce Pro  A4 WF-R5690 MFP, […]

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This Week in Imaging: Next-Generation A4 MFPs from OKI, Canon; Epson Sets Sights on Ink-Cartridge Clones; More

This week, jumping right into 2015, Canon U.S.A. and OKI Data Americas both stepped up their game in the A4 desktop MFP category. Canon added two new Color imageCLASS MFPs that are the first in the imageCLASS family with touch screens. The two new Color imageCLASS units also feature a number of other upgrades, including user […]

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Epson Files Complaint with U.S. ITC for Alleged Ink-Cartridge Patent Infringement by 19 Companies

January 5, 2015 – On December 23rd, Epson Portland and Epson America, both in the United States, and Seiko Epson of Japan filed a complaint requesting that the U.S. International Trade Commission investigate various companies for allegedly infringing upon Epson ink-cartridge patents. In its complaint, Epson argues that the  19 companies unlawfully import into the United States, and […]

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