This Week in Imaging: HP to Disrupt Copier Market in China?; Ink-Cartridge Woes; More


Photo credit: Kathy Wirth

While much has been written analyzing what will be the effects of HP Inc.’s pending acquisition of Samsung Electronics’ Printing Solutions group for $1.05 billion, a very interesting take comes this week from market-research firm IDC, which analyzes what this may mean for the A3 copier-based laser MFP market in China – and what effect the merging of Samsung technology into HP’s printer operations may have on Fuji Xerox, Ricoh, and Canon, which have been the dominant copier-based laser MFP vendors in China. This could be a huge opening for HP Inc., as China is the world’s third biggest economy, ranked only behind the United States and European Union, per statistics from the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and United Nations, and along with India, is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Why IDC takes this position is well worth checking out.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and the picture of the week comes courtesy of Canon U.S.A., which introduced its latest version of its Therefore solution for document capture and cloud-based document storing and sharing, Therefore Online SMB:


Another week, another news item that gives many people another opportunity to complain about the price of ink. It all started the week before when a widespread HP firmware update to many Officejet printers disabled many third-party ink cartridges, due to the information that must be retrieved from an integrated IC chip. While we reported it as business as usual, other mainstream news outlets took the opportunity to stir up the ongoing misconceptions about the high cost of ink.

Let’s take yet another look at this myth:

HP Officejet Pro 8260 HP Color LaserJet Pro M252 HP Instant Ink Printers
Type 950XL black high-yield ink cartridge 201X black high-yield toner cartridge Various ink types
Price $37.99 $89.99 $2.99/$4.99/$9.99/mo.
Yield 2,300 black
ISO* pages
2,800 black
ISO* Pages
50/100/300 color pages**
Page Cost 1.65¢ 3.21¢ 5.98¢/4.99¢/3.33¢

*5% area coverage
**Up to 100% area coverage

So, with HP printers signed up with the HP Instant Ink program, users can can get color prints with 100 percent color page coverage for a shade over the cost of a black laser print with 5 percent area coverage; black ink is almost half the cost of black toner; you can buy a CMYK set of HP 950XL ink cartridges for $127.96, a pair of  3/2 multipacks of CYM/K HP 950 standard ink cartridges for $108.98 and a set of HP 201X toner cartridges cost $389.96.

Office-Imaging News

  • Dell May Be Exiting Printer Business – Read more here.
  • Konica Minolta Rolls Out New ‘Workplace of the Future’ Smart-Office Solutions – Read more here.
  • New HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Color Inkjet All-in-One with Print, Copy, and Scan up to 11″x17″ Media – Read more here.
  • New Canon Therefore Online SMB Information-Management Workflow Solution with Simpler Setup – Read more here.
  • New Panasonic PremierOCR for Advanced Processing of Scanned Documents – Read more here.
  • HP: Some Officejet Inkjet Printers May No Longer Work with Third-Party Ink Cartridges – Read more here.
  • IDC: HP’s Acquisition of Samsung’s Printing Group Will Break Hold of Fuji Xerox, Canon, and Ricoh in China – Read more here.
  • New A3 Kyocera TASKalfa 6052ci Series with Tiered Color-Print Pricing, WiFi Direct, NFC, More – Read more here.
  • Canon Announces imageRUNNER ADVANCE A3 Color Copier/MFPs for High-Volume Deployments – Read more here.
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