Monday, June 30, 2008

Brother MFC-6490 cw All-in-One Wireless Interface

Brother targets the medium size business with the MFC-6490cw.

  • 35 ppm Black / 28 ppm Color
  • Up to ledger (11 X 17) printing
  • Wireless inferface
  • up to 400 sheet capacity
  • 3.3" Color LCD screen
  • 4 seperate color cartridge system

Estimated street price of $299.99 with a two year warranty. Enclosed is a Brother spec sheet of the MFC-6490 cw.
We have found the machine selling for $276.00 here.
Brother MFC-640 User Guide / Manual

New Hewlett Packard Fax Machines recently added to our database in June:


Sunday, June 29, 2008

Seiko Label Printer SLP-450

Seiko touts this label printer as their fastest ever. With the following specifications it really isn't that bad for a label printer.

  • 300 dpi
  • Thermal transfer
  • USB or Serial connection
  • 1 to 2 seconds per label
  • PC and Mac compatible

While it needs no ink or ribbons, the label themselves make up for the costs. Download brochure of this label printer.

Xerox Phaser 6180 Series

Xerox Phaser 6180 series comes with great speed for color prints.

  • 20 ppm color / 26 ppm in monochrome
  • First page is out in 10 seconds
  • Legal size print outs
  • 400 MHz processor
  • Paper capacity of 950 sheets
  • Network compatibility
  • PC & Mac
  • 60,000 print outs per month

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Samsung CLX-C8380DN

A cool 9600 x 600 dpi duplex color printing @ 40 ppm Mono and 40 ppm Color, the Samsung CLX-C8380 is also a duplex color copier, Network/PC duplex color scanner and is suppose to print up to to 100,000 color prints per month.

Samsung CLX-8380ND Printer List Price: $6,499.00

Konica bizhub C30P

Konica stepping up the speed on Color printing - see the specifications that they brag about.

The bizhub C30P keeps work flowing with 31 ppm output speed in color, 37 ppm in B&W, and a robust monthly duty cycle of 120,000 prints. Special features including built-in print control, advanced job handling capabilities, banner printing (8-1/2” x 47-1/4”) and standard duplexing. Additional auto stapling option, paper tray options that raise paper capacity to 1,600 sheets, and an optional 40 GB hard drive for those large printing projects.

Amazon & Office Products

Amazon is now officially in the office products game. In their Office Supplies press release they "just launched" their office supply store.

Introductory offer of a 10% Discount off of the following manufacturers thru June 29th 2008:
Mr. Sketch
Vision Elite

What might have a big impact to independent resellers is Amazon's freight programs. Most of the Office Supplies will be eligible for
Free Super Saver Shipping or if a customer is a member of Prime - which offer free two day shipping on all orders.

But, overall the end customer can win with Amazon's marketplace. This is where a lot of the major retailers sell their products also, so if Amazon doesn't have the lowest price, you should be able to see which retailer has the lowest price.

The consumer probably could get frustrated trying to find the product they need, out of 500,000 office products they must have the correct part number. Wouldn't it be like looking for a needle haystack if you didn't have the SKU?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Project "Projector"

Projectors! Now, it might seem pretty simple to create a cross reference of projectors, but when you actually dive into this category it really gets more complicated than the Imaging Supplies category. Since we began maintaining a cross reference for the Imaging Supplies Industry we noticed a trend.

We've been asked to dive into other product categories. Our first task - Projectors. It seems that only a certain group of resellers have an interest in this category. Personally, I think the remanufacturer cartridge industry should get into this business also. But no one is really giving it the special attention it needs. So we are going to give it the same type of attention and thoroughness as we do for the Supplies Industry.

First, to replace burnt out Projector Lamps is an unexpected expense. Most projector lamps are $300 and up and there is never one in stock when you need it. And good luck finding out what the SKU number is from the manufacturer. And who really knows which manufacturer is making the lamp and chassis. When you get in the details of it Samsung makes lamps for Epson and Philips makes lamps for multiple projector manufacturers. Then to complicate things you have multiple manufacturers making compatible lamps.

Second, to pile on the complications of Projectors, there is a wide array of ancillary items, such as carrying cases, mounts, screens, remote controls and memory. Unlike the Imaging Supplies Industry which dictates “one SKU works with one set of machines”, projector accessories fit a wide variety of machines.

We feel our database is the most current of any for projectors with over 2,000 Projector Lamps, 4,000 Projector Models and 12,000+ Accessories just for Projectors – Not a bad start for a new category in a cross reference tool.

Hewlett Packard's New Mystery Printers

As we discovered all of the new part numbers that are being introduced in the imaging industry, we started noticing alot of new HP inkjet SKU's popping up. So we put the call out to our friends and got this from Gary at Gap Intelligence.

"New Photosmart D5460 Offers 9600x2400-dpi June 10, 2008 Product documentation found on HP’s Czech Republic site has revealed top-line specifications regarding the company’s new “Deskjet D5460”. The model will likely carry the Photosmart brand name when it is launched globally.

For more information visit Gary's blog at Gap Intelligence.
After doing some research on our side, we found the supplies part numbers for these new machines. Now the kicker! HP has regionalized the supplies for these new machines by country.

Hewlett Packard Deskjet D5460
Hewlett Packard Photosmart D7560
Hewlett Packard Photosmart D7560
Hewlett Packard Photosmart Pro 8550

So if you ever buy one of these printers, give us your opinion.

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