Editors Desk

When HP announced the Officejet Pro X Series last year, it really shook things up in the industry, claiming that ink could keep up with or even replace laser in the office, at least in small workgroup environments. But with the announcement of the Officejet Enterprise X Series late last month, HP has migrated ink upstream, claiming it is now ideally suited for higher-volume environments too. BLI is currently testing the HP Officejet Enterprise Color Flow MFP X585z from this series and will publish a report in the coming months, but read on for a first look at some of our findings…

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04/04/2014

Building on its success in the high-end office space and its BLI Pick-winning monochrome production devices (the 95-ppm MX-M950 and the 110-ppm MX-M1100), Sharp recently made its initial foray into the color light-production space with the MX-7500N and MX-6500N.

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04/04/2014

2013 was a banner year for environmental news. Government EPEAT guidelines went into effect after four years of negotiation, the latest and most stringent version of ENERGY STAR criteria were announced and BLI published its first “Guide to an Eco-Friendlier Office” and a record number of Environmental Test Reports on bliQ. Now, into its fifth year of environmental testing, BLI has produced its first environmental white paper that analyzes BLI-tested energy consumption and recovery time data across all product categories, segments and manufacturers tested to date.

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03/28/2014

Fujitsu recently announced a new scanner rental service called RentScan by Fujitsu designed to cater to any business looking for short-term capture functionality. The company offers monthly rental agreements for its 60-ppm (120 ipm) fi-6140Z/fi-6240Z series, 90-ppm (180 ipm) fi-6670/fi-6770 series and 130-ppm (260 ipm) fi-6800. However, additional Fujitsu scanners may become available for the service at a later date. According to Marni Carmichael, senior director of Fujitsu’s Enterprise Communications Management, the ScanSnap SV600 may be the next scanner available for rent. The SV600, which retails for $795, is an overhead scanning solution designed to capture images without contact.

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03/13/2014

The State of New Jersey is once again proposing legislation that would require manufacturers of inkjet printers to include the average cost per page to print 1,000 impressions on the device’s packaging. The bill, which had been previously introduced but expired without gubernatorial action at the end of the State’s last legislative session, has been reintroduced and approved by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee; it is now bound for the full Assembly.

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03/03/2014

In October 2013, Ray Morgan Company, a Canon-only dealer for 33 years and the second-largest independent Canon dealer in the US, acquired select Ricoh commercial accounts in Central and Northern California, as one of several Ricoh direct-channel to dealer MIF (machines in field) transfers. The Ricoh partnership comes only a year after Ray Morgan Company added Samsung as a second line in June 2012. We spoke with Ray Morgan Company’s Executive Vice President and Owner, Chris Scarff, and the Vice President of Ray Morgan Company’s Southern Region, Tito Molfino, about the recent acquisition, and here’s what they had to say:

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02/18/2014

The office is not static; business environments continually evolve and so do the workers in them. While mobile devices as part of daily workflow is a trend in the office that is here to stay, mobile printing has not historically been easy, presenting challenges for users and IT departments alike. To further meet the needs of business users looking for simplified mobile printing, Hewlett-Packard (HP) today announced the first Mopria-certified print device, the Color LaserJet Pro M476, targeted to SMB customers needing an affordable color MFP with enterprise-level mobile print capabilities.

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02/18/2014

Smartphones and tablets do a lot of things well, but one area where they fall short is in printing. Viewing documents, email messages and web pages is easy enough, but trying to get those to paper when needed can be a frustrating, multi-step exercise. Printer and MFP makers have responded by releasing mobile print apps for the popular smartphone operating systems, but those apps have their limitations. For starters, such apps work only with a subset of the maker’s own devices, which means a user might have to have several apps loaded if they use different brands of printers. Moreover, features and ease of use vary from one app to the next, and because of the way mobile operating systems render documents to be printed, the image quality of output can be less than ideal.

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02/18/2014