A Look at Memjet’s First Office All-in-One, the EvoJet Office Pro 310

We’ve written a lot about Memjet in the past, and thought a look at the first Memjet-powered office All-in-One, Lomond’s EvoJet Office Pro 310, was in order. The EvoJet Office Pro 310 uses Memjet’s color inkjet printing technology, which is based on a stationary page-width wide print head (right). With conventional office inkjet printers, much smaller print heads move back and forth across the page to print. In contrast, the Memjet print head is stationary; only the paper moves, which translates into much faster print speeds, up to 1 second per page, or 60  ppm in black and color, according to Memjet.

The EvoJet Office Pro 310 All-in-One is currently being distributed by partner Lomond in Central Europe, Western Europe and Russia (it’s currently not available in the United States), as Memjet doesn’t sell its Memjet printers itself, but licenses it to distributors such as Lomond.

Two things are disruptive about Memjet office printers. First, they’re rated at up to 60 ppm, or about twice as fast most inkjet printers even in draft mode. Second, with Lomond Memjet printers, users can refill ink cartridges via authorized CartRegin suppliers located throughout Europe and Russia via CartRegen, the first OEM-authorized refilling program. Ink-cartridge refilling is highly discouraged by other inkjet printer makers. According to Lomond, refilling can save users up to 40 percent versus buying new ink cartridges.

A look at the EvoJet Office Pro 310’s specifications below indicates that this is a pretty basic All-in-One, with color print, copy and scan (to e-mail servers and presumably, PC workstations, although that isn’t indicated). In contrast, inkjet All-in-Ones sold in the United States have become much more advanced than this, as they are increasingly being equipped with more business-class features such as large, modern color touch screens, scanning to network folders and even to cloud sites such as Google Docs and Evernote accounts, as well as with OCR and document-management software, two-sided document scanners, mobile print and scan, and PCL and PostScript emulation drivers. The EvoJet All-in-One doesn’t appear to have these features – for instance, it has a control panel with LCD and hard keys, and a host-based (GDI) print driver. It does however have Ethernet network interface and SNMP compatibility for job tracking and accounting. It also may be priced considerably higher than competitive inkjet All-in-Ones – for instance, a U.K. reseller lists that printer-only Lomond EvoJet at £599 which equals approximately $930 U.S., or more than twice as much as competitive business-class inkjet All-in-Ones from Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Epson, etc. However, Memjet claims that cost per page will be considerably lower than that of competitors. This means that regardless of the premium purchase price, the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) will be highly competitive at higher monthly page volumes–competitors will be unlikely to compete at this higher volumes because of their products’ much slower print speeds. On the other hand, the EvoJet All-in-One’s media capacity appears to be approximately 250 sheets, which will limit its ability to print at higher volumes, as users will have to interrupt printing to replace paper more frequently.

Toshiba TEC Parntership

We may however see a much more advanced Memjet office All-in-One in the future. Earlier in May, Memjet announced a partnership with Toshiba TEC, a Toshiba company, for developing MFPs based on Memjet’s inkjet printing technology. Under the partnership, Toshiba TEC will initially work to integrate Memjet components into an MFP targeted for the office market. The MFP will include a scanner, photocopier and color printer that’s rated at up 60 ppm and will use Memjet’s page-wide print head for full-color ink-jet printing, as well as controller chip, software and ink.

Lomond EvoJet Office Pro 310 Specifications

  • Color print, color copy and color scan.
  • Recommended volume is from 1,000 to 4,000 pages per month.
  • 60 ppm (letter- or A4-size), or one second per page in “normal” print mode.
  • Page-width print head with 70,400 ink nozzles; up to 744 million drops are applied per second to paper.
  • 1,600 x 800 dpi print resolution at up to 60 ppm.
  • Hi-speed USB 2.0 port and 100 BaseTX Ethernet network interface.
  • Host-based (GDI) print driver supports Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac workstations. Device-status information is indicated in the printer driver. There’s also an embedded Web server.
  • Control panel with LCD and hard keys.
  • Automatic document feeder rated at up to 20 originals per minute (opm) and flatbed scanner. (Editor’s Note: It’s not clear if this is a duplexing document feeder, and original capacity is not available.)
  • 1,200 dpi scanner.
  • Scan to e-mail servers.
  • There are four individual CYMK dye-based ink cartridges; each color cartridge contains 50 ml of ink and rated to produce up 4,300 pages. Black ink cartridge holds 100 ml of ink and is rated to yield 4,800. Cartridges can be refilled through OEM authorized ink refillers. (Editor’s Note: Pigment-based inks provide superior permanence.)
  • SNMP compatibility for job tracking and using on a “pay per copy” model.
  • Print on letter, A4 and legal (8.5″x14″) media. Print on 19-32 lb. bond (70 to 120 gsm) via main paper drawer, and up to 70-240 gsm via multi-purpose tray. (Editor’s Note: standard and optional media capacities are not available.)
  • Consumes approximately 35 watts printing. (Editor’s Note: This is average compared to other inkjet printers and All-in-Ones, but much lower when compared to laser/LED printer and All-in-Ones’ power consumption.)

Our Take

We recently saw the printer version in action and came away very impressed by the fast print speed (versus the diminutive size of the device), and the low vibration and noise output. We love the concept but hope that Memjet can ramp up its marketing, manufacturing and distribution strategies; with its legal disputes now settled, this is likely to happen soon.


6 Responses

  1. David J. McCartney says:

    Negatives: The ink is aqueous based, and will never dry completely. Efficiency/effectiveness is crippled by the low monthly rated output volume.

    Positive: The by-pass tray on this model can feed more than one sheet at a time, compared to the first EvoJet Office model.

    • Kathleen Wirth says:

      Thanks for the information. We’re not sure what you mean though when you state the ink will never dry completely – we’ve tested many inkjet printers that use liquid ink, as do Memjet printers, and we’ve never seen a problem with ink not drying.

      • David J. McCartney says:

        All it takes is a little moisture and it will smear, just as with Riso output. Wet you finger and try it. I Beta tested the Rena Mach5 and determined I could not take the risk of selling envelopes which might ‘run’. (… a mailperson delivering in the mist or rain?)

        • Kathleen Wirth says:

          Yes, we’ve seen in our testing of many inkjet products that sometimes exposure to moisture will result in ink smearing. When testing inkjet products, we perform an ink-permanence test, exposing printed output to water. We’ve found that with pigment-based inks, there’s virtually no reaction or smearing. It’s very important to keep in mind though for envelope-printing applications for the reasons you stated.

          • David J. McCartney says:

            MemJet is aqueous. They’d love to do pigment, but haven’t figured a way to keep the heads from clogging, among other challenges. Units have to pause and go though a cleaning cycle every few hundred impressions as it is.

          • The info on the difficulty with pigment inks is valuable–thanks! Nearly every inkjet printer needs to go through a cleaning cycle every so often, and with many of them it is more frequently than every few hundred impressions. Keep in mind that nearly every laser printer has to go through a recalibration process too during long runs at least as often.

            We witnessed the Memjet printer version produce 500 continuous prints (four-page ISO 24734 x 125 sets) at an effective rate of 51.1 ppm in normal mode. This included the time it took to replenish the media one time. Hence, we can assume that the cleaning cycle(s) were minimal.

            That said, we really appreciate your comments and would love to get our hands on a Memjet test unit.

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