Friday, March 27, 2009

New Lexmark X460 Series

New Lexmark Printers - X460 Series

X463 DE reorder 13C1100
X464 DE reorder 13C1101
X466 DE reorder 13C1265
X466 DTE reorder 13C1102
X466 DWE reorder 13C1104

Toner cartridges for the Lexmark X460 Series of printers:
  • Lexmark X463X11G Black Toner Cartridge, Return Cartridge, 15,000 Page Yield, $252.00 List Price, Average Cost Per Print $0.0168
  • Lexmark X463H11G Black Toner Cartridge, Return Cartridge, 9,000 Page Yield, $194.00 List Price, Average Cost Per Print $0.0215
  • Lexmark X463A11G Black Toner Cartridge, Return Cartridge, 3,500 Page Yield, $100.00 List Price, Average Cost Per Print $0.0285
  • Lexmark X463X21G Standard Black Toner Cartridge, 15,000 Page Yield, $293.00 List Price, Average Cost Per Print $0.0195
  • Lexmark X463H21G Standard Black Toner Cartridge, 9,000 Page Yield, $235.00 List Price, Average Cost Per Print $0.0261
  • Lexmark X463A21G Standard Black Toner Cartridge, 3,500 Page Yield, $141.00 List Price, Average Cost Per Print $0.0403
Again the low yield and non-returnable cartridge is the most expensive cartridge as a Cost Per Print. An outstanding 58% higher than the returnable Extra High Yield cartridge. Ouch

Check out all of the other supplies for the Lexmark X460 Series

So what other hidden costs is Lexmark not telling the consumer?

Rate It! Third Party Management Solutions | e-Automate

Some features of e-Automate

Automation of Managed Printer Service Tasks
Contract Expiration Notifier - Sends e-mail notification of contracts that are about to expire. Cool Feature

Warranty Expiration Notifier - notification of imaging devices with warranties about to expire giving you the capability to generate new contracts on equipment with nearly expired warranties

Invoice Collection Reminder - Sends e-mail notification of most important invoices prior to due date. Cool Feature

Customer Hold Status Notifier status based on credit limit and past due balance

Inventory Level Notifier - if an item drops below a set stock level

Inventory Transfer Request - Creates an inventory request to transfer items to each technician's bins

Past Due Service Call Notifier - past due service calls to service manager - Cool Feature
Accounts Recievable
Contact Management
AR Console
Customer History

Accounts Payable
Vendor Management
Vendor Invoices
Vendor History
General Ledger

Inventory Management

Mapping - integrated Microsoft's MapPoint® software with the e-automate system for tracking service technicians and generate service call routes. - Mileage tracking including automatic mileage calculation based on beginning and ending odometer readings. Cool Feature

Reporting Tools
Financial Report
Service Reports
Sales Reports
Inventory Reports

Service Management
Contract types - Deposit billed, Cost per Copy, Installation, by device
Basic Service Calls
Printer and Service repair dispatch
Service Call Management -

Cost Per Print, Higher by 46%

New Lexmark Printers - X260 Series & X360 Series

X264 DN reorder 13B0500
X363 DN reorder 13B0501
X364 DN reorder 13B0502
X364 DW reorder 13B0503

Toner cartridges for the Lexmark X260 Series & X360 Series:
  • Lexmark X264H11G Black Toner Cartridge, Return Cartridge, 9,000 Page Yield, $194.00 List Price, Average Cost Per Print $0.0216
  • Lexmark X264A11G Black Toner Cartridge, Return Cartridge, 3,500 Page Yield, $100.00 List Price, Average Cost Per Print $0.0286
  • Lexmark X264H21G Standard Black Toner Cartridge, 9,000 Page Yield, $235.00 List Price, Average Cost Per Print $0.0261
  • Lexmark X264A21G Standard Black Toner Cartridge, 3,500 Page Yield, $141.00 List Price, Average Cost Per Print $0.0403

Check out the cost difference for each toner cartridge as a Cost Per Print, versus a Return Cartridge and a High Yield Cartridge.

X264H11G X26AH11G X264H21G X264A21G
X264H11G - 25% 17% 46%
X26AH11G 25% - -9% 29%
X264H21G 17% -9% - 35%
X264A21G 46% 29% 35% -

Pick your cartridge wisely for these new machines!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Panasonic's New A4 DP-MC210 MFP

Representing the first generation of A4 Business color Multi-Function Printers: the Panasonic DP-MC210 is the newest member to Panasonic's line of multifunction office products. The compact, high performance design of the DP-MC210 makes it a perfect fit for a single office worker or a group of office workers who require network color printing, scanning, copying and faxing capabilities. The single-pass tandem print engine incorporated into the DP-MC210 ensures reliable device operation and consistent image quality, while lowering operating costs and simplifying maintenance.

Quick Specs
of the Panasonic DP-MC210
  • 21 PPM Color / Monochrome Print Speed
  • 1200 x 1200 DPI Printer
  • 9600 x 9600 DPI Network Scanner
  • 770 Sheet Standard Paper Supply
  • 250-Sheet Multipurpose Tray
  • 50-Sheet ADF
  • Duplex Printing Standard
  • Windows GDI and PCL6 Printer Drivers
  • SDHC Card slot (up to 4GB)
  • Large 3.6" Color LCD
  • 33.6 Super G3 Fax Modem
  • IPv6 Network Support
  • List Price $1,995
  • Panasonic DQ-TUA04K Black Toner Cartridge, 4,000 Page Yield
  • Panasonic DQ-TUA04C Cyan Toner Cartridge, 4,000 Page Yield
  • Panasonic DQ-TUA04M Magenta Toner Cartridge, 4,000 Page Yield
  • Panasonic DQ-TUA04Y Yellow Toner Cartridge, 4,000 Page Yield
  • Panasonic DQ-UHA10C Color Drum Unit, 10,000 Page Yield
  • Panasonic DQ-UHA10K Black Drum Unit, 10,000 Page Yield
  • Panasonic DQ-BFA32 Waste Container
So what wholesaler is going to be the first to carry these supplies?

Oki Color MFP CX1145

Made especially for the BTA dealer. Some quick specs of the Oki CX-1145 MFP.

  • Print, copy and scan with optional fax in one device
  • Print/Copy speeds of up to 45 ppm in black & white, 11 ppm color
  • Low black & white cost per page
  • 100-sheet RADF scanner automatically scans both sides of a document
  • LCD touch-screen with QWERTY Keypad
  • Print, copy and scan sheets up to 11" x 17" and get output up to 12" x 18"
  • Supports media up to 203 gsm (110 lb. index)
  • Duplex (2-sided) printing/copying standard
  • 1,750-sheet standard paper capacity; expands to 3,700 sheets max with options
  • PostScript ® 3™, PCL® 5 and PCL 6 emulationsScan to files, e-mail and FTP sites
  • 80 GB hard disk drive standard
  • USB 2.0, serial and Ethernet connectivity standard, with optional parallel interface, wireless LAN and Bluetooth®
  • Optional Super G3 fax with single or dual lines, additional paper capacity and memory, enhanced security kit, and choice of finishers
Supplies for the Oki CX-1145 MFP
  • Oki 52121504 Black Toner Cartridge, 27,000 Page Yield
  • Oki 52121503 Cyan Toner Cartridge, 10,000 Page Yield
  • Oki 52121502 Magenta Toner Cartridge, 10,000 Page Yield
  • Oki 52121501 Yellow Toner Cartridge, 10,000 Page Yield
  • Oki 57104804 Black Developer, 150,000 Page Yield
  • Oki 57104803 Cyan Developer, 37,500 Page Yield
  • Oki 57104802 Magenta Developer, 37,500 Page Yield
  • Oki 57104801 Yellow Developer, 37,500 Page Yield
  • Oki 56123501 Image Drum 200,000, Page Yield
  • Oki 57104901 Waste Toner Bag (4 per box), 50,000 Page Yield

Oki CX-2033 at the Itex Show

The CX2033 MFP from OKI Printing Solutions is a color-and-mono device that can print, copy, scan and fax.

It will satisfy the high volume demands of a busy office environment, bringing greater productivity and cost-savings to your business. The CX2033 MFP is designed to increase your pace and improve your image. It’s perfect for small to medium workgroups, delivering color or black & white documents quickly and efficiently, along with 4-in-1 multifunctionality that provides real value for your investment. See press release

Oki CX-2033 Spec Sheet

Oki CX-2033 Supplies

  • Oki 52122004 Black Toner Cartridge, 8,000 page yield
  • Oki 52122003 Cyan Toner Cartridge, 6,000 page yield
  • Oki 52122002 Magenta Toner Cartridge, 6,000 page yield
  • Oki 52122001 Yellow Toner Cartridge, 6,000 page yield

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New Sharp Supplies

In our past posts about the Sharp MX-Series of printers coming out in January. We have started to see them hitting the streets.

A few days ago Sharp introduced the next model in its dynamic Frontier Series: the MX-B401. The MX-B401 is their first monochrome Multifunction Printer (MFP) in the Frontier family of A4 MFP products, and has been designed to blend simplicity with multi-tasking productivity and advanced functionality.

Spec Sheet for the Sharp MX-B401.

With the ability to print up to 40 black-and-white pages per minute, the MX-B401 provides crisp output with greater ease and efficiency. The MX-B401 includes hallmark Sharp features that bring its level of functionality to new levels, including an 8.5 inch (diagonal) W-VGA color touch panel display, the Sharp platform, and remote-access capabilities that can significantly reduce operating costs and downtime. For the complete press release, visit Sharp.

The Sharp MX-B401 MFP will be available exclusively via authorized Sharp dealers and direct sales.

We did find the supplies part number for the Sharp MX-B401 MFP.
The Black Toner Cartridge for the Sharp MX-B401 is Sharp MX-B40NT1, most likely the Master carton part number will be MX-B40MT1.

Anyone know how many come in a master case, or what the list price is for this toner cartridge?

We also found these supplies:
Sharp MX-C40NVB, Black Developer
Sharp MX-C40NRB, Black Drum Cartridge
Sharp MX-B40U1, Primary Transfer Belt Unit
Sharp MX-C31U2 Secondary Transfer Roller Unit
Sharp MX-C31FU1, Fuser Unit, 120V
Sharp MX-B40HB, Toner Waste Collection Container
Sharp MX-C31RT, Feeding Roller Kit
Sharp MX-C31MR, MF Feeding Roller Kit
Sharp MX-C31DF, DF Roller Kit
Sharp MX-SCX1, Staple Cartridge

They're still making these?

Epson UK announces the launch of the LQ-690 Dot Matrix Printer, its the fastest 24 pin 106 column flatbed dot matrix printer to date. This is the first Epson model to feature Print Speed Enhancer (PSE), a new technology which enables high speed printing of bit image data in the Windows environment. The new Epson LQ-690 printer will be available in April.

Ideal for the small business environment, the LQ-690’s flatbed compact design has a minimal office footprint and is rich in features with a broad range of potential applications. The printer is extremely easy to use with its simple operation panel, front paper insertion and paper guide ruler. Durable and highly reliable, the LQ-690 also has an outstanding ribbon yield of 10 million characters – saving money as well as reducing maintenance.

Mark Karsey, Business Manager, Epson UK, commented: “For environments where a dot matrix printing solution is the obvious choice – warehouses, wholesalers, banks, post offices and public sector organisations – the new user friendly Epson LQ-690 adds speed and reliability. Impact printing is the ideal solution for printing drafts, high-volume data processing and multi-part stationery making the LQ-690 a superb product choice.”

Epson LQ-690 key features:

  • Durable, 24 pin, 106 column, medium duty flatbed dot matrix printer
  • High memory buffer - 128 KB
  • Prints up to 440 cps (10cpi) in High Speed Draft (HSD)
  • Print Speed Enhancer (PSE): Fast printing of bit image data in the Windows environment
  • High reliability - mean time between failure of 20,000 hours
  • High ribbon yield - 10 million characters
  • Copy capability - one original + 6 copies
  • Low power consumption
  • Space-saving compact design
  • Flexible connectivity with Parallel and USB 2.0 interfaces as standard
Personally I sold my old dot matrix printer in a garage sale about 10 years ago. When was the last time you used a dot matrix printer?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Toners Are New

Konica Minolta just announced their new high production printer BizHub C65hc color laser printer. The Konica Minolta BizHub C65hc takes the following new High Chroma Printing toner cartridges.

TK-614K - Black Toner Cartridge, 16,000 Page Yield
TK-614C - Cyan Toner Cartridge, 22,000 Page Yield
TK-614M - Magenta Toner Cartridge, 22,000 Page Yield
TK-614Y - Yellow Toner Cartridge, 22,000 Page Yield

This new BizHub takes the older developers of the C6500 Series.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Portable Sony Projector

Sony introduced it's new light weight projector for the road warrior.

The VPL-MX20 adopts a slim and lightweight body design – which offers a thin form factor of
approximately 1 13/16 inches and a light
weight of approximately 3 lb 12 oz.

By combining a new generation of optical system
that uses Sony’s BrightEra with Long Lasting
Optics technology and a 3LCD projection system,
the VPL-MX20 offers high picture quality in XGA
(1024 x 768) resolution and a high brightness of
2500 lumens.

Estimated Street Price $3000.00

Sony VPL-MX20 Spec sheet

Replacement Lamp: LPM-M200 - $399.00

Monday, March 16, 2009

New Brother MFC-8000 Series Additions

Brother MFC-8480DN and Brother MFC-8890DW will replace the MFC-8460N, MFC-8860DN & MFC-8870DW, will start hitting the distribution channel in April.

New Brother MFC-8480DN specifications:
  • Up to 32ppm monochrome print speed
  • Built-in automatic duplex capability (for two-sided printing)
  • Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi print quality
  • 300-sheet paper capacity, expandable up to 550-sheets
  • USB Direct Interface, allows users to print from or scan to their USB Flash memory drive (PDF and JPEG)
  • Brother TN-620 Toner Cartridge, 3,000 Page Yield
  • Brother TN-650 Toner Cartridge, 8,000 Page Yield
  • Brother DR-620 Drum Unit
  • Estimated Street Price: $399

New Brother MFC-8890DW specifications:
  • Up to 32ppm monochrome print speed
  • Built-in automatic duplex capability (for two-sided printing)
  • Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi print quality
  • 300-sheet paper capacity, expandable up to 550-sheets
  • USB Direct Interface, allows users to print from or scan to their USB Flash memory drive (PDF and JPEG)
  • Built-in wireless (802.11 b/g) network interface
  • Full duplex capability (print/copy/scan/fax)
  • Toner cartridge TN620 low yield
  • Toner cartridge TN650 high yield
  • Brother Drum Unit DR620
  • Estimated Street Price: $499
Supplies in Europe:
  • Brother TN-3230 Toner Cartridge, 3000 page yield
  • Brother TN-3280 Toner Cartridge, 8000 page yield
  • Brother DR-3200 Drum Unit

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Rate It! Kyocera Mita Managed Print Services Solution

KMnet Admin
KMnet Admin is a web-based imaging device management solution designed to allow network administrators to monitor printers and other output devices on their network. KMnet Admin incorporates device management, print job management and device accounting in a single unified dashboard tracking solution.

KM-NET ADMIN is Kyocera's latest technology in Network Imaging Device Management,designed as a web-based console framework that incorporates a 'plug-in' type architecture for management purposes. Within this framework, any of these features and solutions can be added.
  • Network Device Management & Monitoring
  • Print Job Management
  • Device Accounting
  • Report Generation
KM-NET ADMIN allows Administrators to assign business rules based on their requirements, as well as provide access and security privileges to users. Multiple networks and sub-nets can be added in the Console Manager, with the ability to set an auto-discovery tool at varying intervals, ensuring complete device discovery and monitoring.

KM-NET Viewer
Kyocera's KM-NET Viewer is a PC-based Managed Print Service (MPS) software solution designed for the small to mid-sized business to assist in the monitoring and management of their imaging devices. KM-NET Viewer provides real-time data and delivers comprehensive information for all printers and other output devices.

Kyocera's KM-NET Viewer tool is designed to assist in the day-to-day task of Network Device Management. KM-NET Viewer is a stand-alone PC-based application, which can be installed on any Windows-compatible computer.

KM-NET VIEWER is an Administrative tool that provides a comprehensive monitoring solution for many environments.

Features include:
  • Device monitoring and status
  • Simple auto-discovery of new imaging devices
  • Report generation
  • SNMP communications
  • Device grouping by cost centers
  • Error & Notification settings
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rate It! 3rd Party Managed Print Solutions | printerRx

printerRx Managed Printing Solution


Output Management
  • Page Counts by printer, department & user
  • Monitor MS & USB attached printers
  • Monitors NT Print servers
  • Monitors Print by user
  • Tracks NT Print jobs
Printer Management
  • Auto-discovery of USB, parallel & serial, network printers & print servers tracks MFP impressions
  • Monitors all Device activities
  • Parallel-attached Printers
  • Groups printers for logical monitoring
  • Historical database maintained for years
  • Automatically locates printers
  • Online statistics (downtime, alerts, pages printed)
  • Monitors desktop printers (serial, parallel & network)

Alert Management
  • Receive SNMP alerts
  • Intelligent filtering of alerts
  • Automates responses to these events without user intervention
  • Notification of alerts via email
  • Standard notification options including paging, e-mail, and trouble tickets
  • Closes alerts
  • Highlights problem and down printers

Enterprise Printer Management
  • Forwards alerts to EMS (Tivoli, Unicenter,OpenView)
  • Scalable to Corporation with thousands of printers in many locations
  • Enterprise solution for corporate document strategy
  • Usage reports – who’s spending the most on printing
  • Single view of printer network with sorting & grouping
  • At-a-glance views of network, group, and device status

Cost of Printing
  • By print job
  • By user
  • By printer
  • Variable (consumables)
  • Fixed (asset, maintenance, floor space)
  • Downtime costs
  • Online viewing of costs
  • Track costs to devices
  • Track costs to users
  • Averages & standard deviations of printer yields for each consumable
  • Tracks user printing by pages printed, job lists, printers
  • Who is printing what, where & what it costs
  • Total Cost of print by printer & user

Asset Management
  • Printer inventory
  • Maintenance tracking & scheduling
  • Purchase Financials & Lease information
  • Printer Supplies Tracking
  • Vendor Tracking
Enterprise Planning
  • Printer usage reports
  • Printer problem graphs
  • Usage trend graphs

Complexity & Overhead
  • Easy to set up, install, and configure; Rapid deployment
  • Self-configuring & self-maintaining;
  • No costly rule-based structure to implement
  • Printer manufacturer & vendor independent
  • Software installed on desktops for monitoring USB printers
  • Software located on server
  • Minimal Software management Overhead
  • Minimal Network overhead
  • Not corporate critical (if sw goes down, printing is unaffected)
  • Complexity of install
  • Not tied to a hardware manufacturer or vendor

New Brother Laser Printers

New Brother HL-5300 Series Laser Printers

Set to be released in the channel in April, Brother will introduce these new Models.
  • Brother HL5340D
  • Brother HL5370DW
  • Brother HL5370DWT
Brother HL-5340D features:
  • 32ppm print speed
  • Built-in automatic duplex capability for two-sided printing
  • 16MB memory
  • Increased high-yield replacement toner cartridge available Brother TN-620 and TN-650
  • Brother DR-620 Drum Unit
  • 300-sheet paper capacity, expandable up to 800-sheet
  • Estimated Street Price: $199

Brother HL-5370DW features:
  • 32 ppm print speed
  • Built-in automatic duplex capability for two-sided printing
  • 16MB memory
  • Brother TN620 / TN650 Toner cartridge
  • Brother DR620 Drum Unit
  • 300-sheet paper capacity, expandable up to 800-sheet
  • Built-in wireless (802.11 b/g) network interface
  • Built-in Ethernet network interface
  • 32MB of standard memory, expandable to 544MB
  • Estimated Street Price: $249

Brother HL-5370DWT key features:
  • 32 ppm print speed
  • Built-in automatic duplex capability for two-sided printing
  • 16MB memory
  • Increased high-yield replacement toner cartridge available Brother TN-620 and TN-650
  • Brother DR-620 Drum Unit
  • 300-sheet paper capacity, expandable up to 800-sheet
  • Built-in wireless (802.11 b/g) network interface
  • Built-in Ethernet network interface
  • 32MB of standard memory, expandable to 544MB
  • Second 250-sheet paper tray that boosts total input capacity to 550-sheets
  • Estimated Street Price: $299
User manual for the Brother HL-5370 Series Laser Printers

Supplies in Europe:
Brother TN-3230 Toner Cartridge, 3000 page yield
Brother TN-3280 Toner Cartridge, 8000 page yield
Brother DR-3200 Drum Unit

Thursday, March 12, 2009

HP 2140 Fax - Coming Soon

The Hewlett Packard 2140 Fax is designed for small and home office businesses that need a dedicated fax machine, the HP 2140 Fax is an affordable (Less than $100.00) solution for plain paper faxing. Loaded with key features in a small footprint, the HP 2140-Fax includes an integrated telephone, fast fax speeds, walk-up scan & copying and option to fax without original. It also stores up to 100 speed dials and has a 200-page fax memory for enhanced office productivity and added efficiency in the office.

Features & Specs
  • Fax transmission speeds as fast as six seconds per page with 14.4 Kbps modem.
  • Store up to five frequently sent faxes so they can be resent multiple times without rescanning.
  • 200-page fax memory.
  • 15-page automatic document feeder
  • 100 speed dials.
  • Junk fax blocker to prevent unwanted incoming faxes.
  • Walk-up copying, yielding up to 75 copies at speeds of up to three pages per minute. reduce/enlarge capabilities from 50 to 125 percent of original size.
  • 20 locations broadcast fax feature.
  • Paper Size: standard letter, A4 and legal paper sizes.
  • HP 701 Black Print Cartridge - CC635A: $33.99, With a cost per print/page of $0.0971, plus paper.

The Hewlett Packard 2140-Fax is expected to be available for purchase June 2009 for an estimated U.S. street price of $100.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Rate It! 3rd Party Managed Print Solutions | Print Audit

Print Audit's suite of Print Management Solutions for the Printer & Copier service dealer.

Print Audit Assessor - is a tool exclusively built for service and printer dealers to be able to do a full assessment of their customer’s print environment. This data may be used to analyze volumes and create specific proposals related to their customer’s needs.

Print Audit Rapid Assessment Key v2 - An extremely easy to use USB device that quickly collects data on networked imaging devices. The USB key contains dozens of new features and improvements, including faster and more accurate scanning.

Print Audit Facilities Manager - Print Audit Facilities Manager is a powerful, easy to use tool designed to remotely collect meter reads, automate imaging supplies fulfillment and report service information for managing fleets of copiers, printers, fax machines, and multi-function devices.

Print Audit 5 - A print management solution. Comprehensive, detailed, client-based tracking used to analyze, reduce and recover costs and resources associated with printing and plotting to all networked, local, and direct to IP printers. Print Audit 5's three components, Analysis, Reduction and Recovery can be purchased as a suite or individually. Now supports Mac OS 10.3.9 and above. Sign-up for a free trial.

Print Audit Green - Powered by Print Audit 5, Print Audit Green is designed to help companies reduce their environmental impact and printing costs. With Print Audit Green, organizations can learn exactly what is being printed and by whom, and implement rules to create cost-conscious and earth-friendly users.

Copy, scan and fax tracking solutions - Print Audit has a variety of scan, fax and copy tracking tools to help you reduce and recover your document creation costs. These solutions range from externally connected hardware terminals to software that runs directly on supported photocopiers.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

OfficeMax Goes Dark

We saw this interesting email that Office Max sent out.

As an important partner of the OfficeMax, we wanted to make you aware that on March 6th, 2009, OfficeMax will undergo a site update. For twelve hours, beginning at midnight on Friday and ending at noon on Saturday, the OfficeMax site will go dark while we are working hard to make enhancements...

Friday at midnight must not be prime time for ordering office supplies ....Personally, I will be asleep when they go dark. I just might check it out on Saturday and see if it is true.

So when is the best time to update and deploy a new website?

Rate It! Toshiba Print Management Solution

TOSHIBA Managed Print Services Solutions

Effectively managing the use and allocation of your existing hardware, Toshiba Print management Program can reduce or even eliminate the need to buy new equipment. Simplified service contracts and lower printer consumable costs.

Toshiba’s Print Management Solution - PageSmart
The Cost-Per-Print Solution to Lowering Your Printing Costs

Toshiba’s Encompass PageSmart program is a way to manage your fleet and lower printer operating costs. Toshiba’s PageSmart Print management Solution features an innovative pay-as-you-print solution to printer toner, service, and management. The program covers all aspects of your printer. There’s no paying in advance for service fees or supplies that sit in storage. All toner, parts, and service are included in the simple fixed cost per page.

  • Multivendor Support - All printers are covered regardless of Manufacturer of make or model

Toshiba’s Print Management Solution – PrintSmart
The Single-Point solution to Managing Both Supplies and Service

Imagine saving money on your printer supplies and getting service included at no extra charge. With Toshiba’s Encompass PrintSmart program, you’ll get the printing supplies you need without the addi­tional expense of servicing your printing devices. Toshiba PrintSmart provides on-site service with your toner… at no additional cost.

  • Toshiba’s MPS program will inspect and tag each printer to get a current and accurate inventory, so you know where they are, who uses them, and their current condition
  • Toshiba will provide service for any printer under the contract, at no additional charge
  • Toshiba’s Managed Print Services will make recommendations by matching needs to usage patterns so you know which products provide the most efficiency by department
  • Print Toner, and Service, Included at Cost savings - ease of budgeting One Convenient Price
  • Reliable, On-site Service - No additional costs for service, minimizes equipment downtime and frees your IT staff
  • Multivendor Support - All printers are covered regardless of Manufacturer of make or model

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Canon Powershot A1100 IS, a Pink Camera

Again, my wife would love to have this camera. It comes in "Pink". Along with Pink Powershot A100 - 3447B005, the Canon Powershot A1100 IS comes in the following colors.
  • Blue 3208B005
  • Brown 2668Boo5
  • Purple 3209B005
  • Pink 3447B005
Some quick specs for the Canon Powershot A110o IS:
  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 4x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer; 2.5-inch LCD screen
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology; Face Detection Self-timer
  • Uses 2 AA-size batteries
Estimated Street Price $199.00

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sharp DX Machines

Sharp has come out with a few new machines that should be hitting the channel soon:

Sharp DX-B350P & Sharp DX-B450P

Our friend Art with Print4Pay Hotel has the following specs for these machines. We just added the supplies for reference.

Spec for the Sharp DX-B350P
  • 35 Pages per Minute
  • 700 Sheet Paper Capacity (1) 550 Sheet tray, (1) 150 Sheet Multipurpose tray
  • 533MHz Processor and 128MB Memory expandable to 640MB
  • Paper Size Max. 8.5" X 14" / Min. 5.5" x 8.5"
  • Resolution 1,200 X 1,200 dpi
  • Standard Duplex Printing Capability
  • Standard Off-set Stacking
  • Supplies DX-B35DTH: High yield toner cartridge, 18,000 Page Yield
Specs for the Sharp Dx-B450P
  • 45 Pages per Minute
  • 700 Sheet Paper Capacity (1) 550 Sheet tray, (1) 150 Sheet Multipurpose tray
  • 533MHz Processor and 128MB Memory expandable to 640MB
  • Paper Size Max. 8.5" X 14" / Min. 5.5" x 8.5"
  • Resolution 1,200 X 1,200 dpi
  • Standard Duplex Printing Capability
  • Standard Off-set Stacking
  • Supplies DX-B45DTH: High yield toner cartridge, 21,000 Page Yield

The Electronic Book Industry

Just got a little bit bigger with the recent release of the Amazon's Kindle for the iPhone. All of the features that are available on the Amazon Kindle are now available to millions of iPhone users. Just download a 2.9MB application from the Apple iTunes store, and over 240,000 titles are available now on your iPhone. Simple, easy and free to download.

See a press release

Rate It! 3rd Party Managed Print Solutions | Miracom Network

The only Managed Print Service Solution that has a network of dealers to service accounts in territories outside your coverage area and product specialty. You can also sign-up to be a member of their Directory of Service Dealers - A simple way for dealers to generate new business.

MiraPage is a web-based tool which enables you to remotely collect and manage data from all types of print devices. MiraPage allows you to analyze printing and copying volumes, reduce and recover printing and copying costs.

* Web-based access to real-time data
* Monitor usage of Printer Supplies
* Collect and analyze meter readings
* Asset tracking of all print devices
* Ability to correct problematic formatter resets
* Automated network scans, and customize scan ranges
* Export data which can be saved and emailed in .csv format
* Plus other features

MiraPlus | Print Management & Monitoring Solution
The MiraPlus Print Management Program provides the dealer with complete account management flexibility; down to the individual print device. Whether it’s CPP (Cost per Print), CPD (Cost per Device), or Time-and-material (T&M) … This Print Management Program allows you to mix and match device management requirements based on customer expectations; all within the same account. It may be that some devices are managed under a CPP program and others under T&M; all decisions based on meeting customer needs.

Magic 1500
The Magic 1500 is a proprietary software appliance, developed by Miracom Network, that connects into an organization’s network, enabling the monitoring of that organization’s print devices. The Magic 1500 collects data on print devices connected to the network, including maintenance parameter and printer diagnostics data, such as toner usage, printer duty cycle, maintenance alerts, page counts, cartridge yields, and over two dozen other data attributes. The Magic 1500 is what automates the Miracom Solution.

(pronounced magical) is a downloadable plug-in that can work with either the Magic 1500 Network appliance or MagicSoft software remote monitoring solution. Its function is to expand the capabilities of network attached devices, and allow service providers to remotely monitor locally attached devices in their customers’ print environments.

Once downloaded and deployed, MagicL will discover all locally attached devices in the domain and send data back to the web application. It will allow the service provider to monitor locally attached devices and generate supporting tickets and page counts. Like the Magic 1500 and MagicSoft, MagicL allows the service provider to customize settings on the appliance, including polling intervals and what areas of the customer’s network to scan for locally attached devices.

ASP Model
A company who hosts, manages, and delivers their application via the Web is often referred to as an ASP (Application Service Provider), The ASP model is in contrast to the traditional you-buy-it, you-run-it model.

Miracom has designed its application for Web-delivery. We host the data and manage the application ourselves. Our technology and equipment is housed in colo facilities that guarantee 100 percent up-time. By employing the ASP model for solution delivery, Miracom provides its clients with access to an application solution without their needing to build and maintain a technology infrastructure.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

HP Photosmart C4600 All-in-One Series

Expected to be available for purchase spring 2009 in North America for an estimated U.S. street price of $99.00. Pretty Cheap! Which channel partner will take stock first?

Tech Specs:

Print specifications
  • Print at speeds of up to 29 pages per minute (ppm) black and up to 23 ppm color
  • Photo-quality resolution up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi

Scan specifications
  • 1,200 x 2,400 dpi resolution scanning
  • 48-bit color, 256 grayscale levels

Copy specifications
  • Up to 9 copies per minute (cpm) in black and up to 6.5 cpm in color
  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi

  • 17.4 inches (w) x 16.6 inches (d) x 6.7 inches (h)
  • 10.1 pounds
  • USB High-speed 2.0
  • Windows Vista® or Windows® XP; Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5
Takes the same old supplies:
  • HP 60 Black Ink Cartridge: $14.99
  • HP 60 Tri-Color Ink Cartridge: $19.99
  • HP 60XL Black Ink Cartridge: $34.99
  • HP 60XL Tri-Color Ink Cartridge: $40.99
  • HP 60 Photo Value Pack: $21.99

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Lexmark Optimization Services help you to print less by printing only the pages you really need on the most appropriate devices.
  • Reducing the number of devices you have to manage and cutting back on use of paper and forms save paper and toner while increasing office efficiently.
  • Streamlining repetitive employee processes improves productivity.
Reduce inventory expenses. Never run out of printing supplies.

Long after your devices are installed, they continue to use toner and other supplies - a cost which can easily get out of control if not managed properly.

What You Need, When You Need It

With Distributed Fleet Management, your output devices are constantly monitored. Information from your fleet goes to the Lexmark Data Collection Manager at your site and is sent to Lexmark's data warehouse. The system validates your need for supplies before they're ordered.

For example, we will compare actual usage with expected usage. When supplies do run low, we will order them for you and ship them to the address you specify.

To make sure you get exactly what you need, we leverage our existing partnerships with reliable and flexible global suppliers. This unique ordering process gives you maximum control with minimum effort and it protects you against waste and errors.

  • Validation of all orders for part numbers, contract terms, and agreement compliance
  • Protection against unnecessary shipping charges
  • Defense against fraudulent or excessive orders
  • Acknowledgments for orders shipped and received
Break Fix & Monitoring

Lexmark's Print Management Solution keeps your imaging fleet running by proactively resolving device problems. Information Week noted that in many companies, printing devices account for 55% of all network traffic and 46% of all IT help-desk calls are printer related.

Beyond "Break/Fix"

Availability Services is much more than a simple repair contract. Lexmark's MPS can monitor, detect, and diagnose many problems from a remote location. With this expertise, most issues are resolved before you even notice them.

Flexibility, Lexmark will create a Service uniquely suited to your needs:

  • Guaranteed response times
  • Trouble-ticket integration
  • A dedicated, on-site technician who can field and troubleshoot service calls right away
  • Configuration management to enforce device and firmware settings throughout the print fleet, ensuring standards and enabling fast resolution of any problems

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What Zone are your Supplies?

HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One C309a Printer come in the following flavors :

  • CC335A
  • CC335B
  • CC335AD
  • CC336A
  • CC337C
And these additional versions:
  • HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One C309c Printer CC335C
  • HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One C309g Printer CD054A
  • HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One C309n Printer CD743A
----------------Zone 1-------Zone 2--------Zone 3
Black HP 564 HP 364 HP 178 HP 862
HP 564XL HP 364XL HP 178XL HP 862XL
Cyan HP 564 HP 364 HP 178 HP 862
HP 564XL HP 364XL HP 178XL HP 862XL
Magenta HP 564 HP 364 HP 178 HP 862
HP 564XL HP 364XL HP 178XL HP 862XL
Yellow HP 564 HP 364 HP 178 HP 862
HP 564XL HP 364XL HP 178XL HP 862XL

HP taking the steps to keep free trade from happening? Will this help stop the importing of HP supplies to the US?

Job Well Done, You Tell Me?

In December last year we got a call from a customer overseas in need of a cross-reference solution for their website that sells ink and toner cartridges. After a few emails and phone calls at odd hours of the day for both of us, we agreed to take on the project. We scrambled night and day to complete their cross reference project in the time we had promised, which was less than a week.

Project done, complete, we felt that we over achieved our goals with this customer.

To our surprise we got a package in the mail about three weeks later. What could this be, we thought?

Usually a vendor (us) would send a customer a note of thanks for doing business with them, which we did. But I was floored and humbled when a customer sent us a note of thanks for the thoroughness and delivery of solution on the their due date. This note was more than a compliment on how thorough our content is for printer supplies. This came from thoughtfulness of their heart.

They had asked us how do we do it? Maintain this much data in such an orderly fashion? Our smirkish remark was "It takes us beer and scotch". We didn't think much of that comment, but this customer must of taken it to heart.

That package was a bottle of 18 year old MacAllan Cherry Wood Scotch with a note of appreciation for hard work done.

Cheers and many thanks - Jan

We will buy you a few drinks at the ITEX show.

One note, these guys at Crossprint, got their site fully functional, dual language and taking orders in less than two months. Very impressive IT project management and programming. You should see a good looking webstore for printer supplies.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

IBM InfoPrint Pro C900 Series

Monster of a Printer? Expect to see one of these in your local copy shop.

  • Print speed up to 90 ipm color or mono
    Expansive workflow and color management
  • Air-assisted feed maintains speed with heavy stocks
  • Recommended for up to 240,000 impressions per month (letter/A4)
  • Versatile scanning capability (printer with scanner model)

    The InfoPrint Pro C900 (printer) and C900s (printer with scanner) can help you capture on the growing color printing market. With high color accuracy, advanced color management, variable data printing facility and a wide variety of finishing options, this printer can fit the needs of departments and businesses that are producing collateral, direct mail, Print On Demand and textbooks.

  • Enables high resolution output with the 1200 x 1200 DPI 2-bit color engine

  • Includes an EFI Fiery® server controller that enables advanced color management and provides easy-to-use imposition and composition tools.

  • Runs heavy stock at rated speeds (300 gsm).

  • Minimizes operator downtime with on-the-fly toner and paper additions.

  • Allows maximum paper size of 13” x 19.2”.

  • Provides a wide variety of professional inline finishing options including saddle stitch and booklet makers, punch, automatic ring binder, perfect binder, z-folder and stapler, cover inserter, and high capacity stacker.

Imaging Supplies for the IBM InfoPrint Pro C900:
IBM INFOPRINT PRO C900 Toner, Black, 45U2675, 72,000 Page Yield
IBM INFOPRINT PRO C900 Toner, Cyan, 45U2678, 72,000 Page Yield
IBM INFOPRINT PRO C900 Toner, Magenta, 45U2677, 72,000 Page Yield
IBM INFOPRINT PRO C900 Toner, Yellow, 45U2676, 72,000 Page Yield

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Hewlett Packard Print Management Solution

Transform your printer environment for better business outcomes.

What is the true cost of managing your imaging and printing environment? Studies show that as much as 90 percent of an enterprise’s total printing expenses may be invisible or uncontrolled.

HP Print Management Solution
can help you streamline management, minimize costs and maximize results. Hewlett Packard's Managed Print Services can provide virtually everything you need to maintain a cost-effective, productivity-enhancing environment: hardware, software and printer supplies, training, maintenance and support, even workflow improvements.

HP Managed Print Services enable your organization to:

  • Cut total ownership costs: Gain visibility into the true costs of managing your imaging and printing environment; realize immediate and long-term savings.
  • Enhance productivity and user satisfaction: Help IT and end-users save time and work more effectively; free up technical resources; increase uptime and availability; reduce help desk calls.
  • Reduce risks: Leverage HP security and compliance solutions and network management capabilities and tools to better protect and control your assets.
  • Improve environmental sustainability: Reduce energy consumption and environment impact.
  • Accelerate business results: Sharpen your focus on improving key workflows and process efficiencies that bring better bottom-line outcomes.
HP Services professionals work closely with you to design, implement and manage an imaging and printing infrastructure tailored to your specific requirements and adaptable to your evolving needs. Core services include:

  • Assessment Services — help you understand your current usage, find hidden costs and develop a business case for change
  • Financial and Procurement Services — help you contain costs from technology acquisition to retirement and replacement
  • Transition and Implementation Services — help ensure that the right equipment is installed and end-users know how to make the most of it
  • Management and Support Services — help maximize ROI through printer fleet uptime and optimization, and imaging supplies management
  • Document and Workflow Services — help you automate paper-intensive workflows and continually improve infrastructure management

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Okidata CX-2633

Is this the same model as the Muratec MFx-C3400? Yes, but are the supplies interchangeable, doubt it.

CX2633 MFP Highlights:

  • Print, copy, scan and fax media up to tabloid size in one space-saving device that easily fits into any business environment
  • HD Color Printing technology for sharp detail and rich, dramatic color
  • Print/Copy speeds of up to 26 ppm color and 33 ppm in black & white1
  • Print banners up to 11.6" x 47.24"
  • Three standard configurations: 1-Tray–desktop version, 400-sheet capacity; 2-Tray – floor-standing, 930-sheet capacity; 3-Tray – floor-standing, 1,460-sheet capacity
  • Up to 50-sheet RADF scanner automatically scans both sides of a document2
  • Scan to PC, fax, FTP, network folder, e-mail and USB flash memory
  • PostScript® 3, PCL® 5c emulations
  • 1,460 sheets maximum paper capacity
  • Supports media up to 203 gsm (110 lb. index)
  • 5.8" LCD touch-screen for easy walk-up access to full functionality
  • Multi-tasking standard
  • Dual Access standard
  • Duplex (2-sided) printing/copying standard
  • 40 GB hard disk drive standard
  • USB 2.0, parallel (printer only) and Ethernet 10/100 Base-T connectivity
  • Nuance® PaperPort® and OmniPage® standard
  • 1 Tray + Large Cabinet (530 sheets) and 2 Tray + Small Cabinet (1060 sheets)
  • Unsurpassed customer service and support— 24/7/365
  • CX2633 MFP 1-Tray 120V SKU 62431502
  • CX2633 MFP 2-Tray 120V SKU 62431504
  • CX2633 MFP 3-Tray 120V SKU 62431506
  • 44059236 Toner Cartridge CX2633 MFP Black Toner Cartridge (9k Yield) - $ 46.00
  • 44059235 Toner Cartridge CX2633 MFP Cyan Toner Cartridge (9k Yield) - $ 146.00
  • 44059234 Toner Cartridge CX2633 MFP Magenta Toner Cartridge (9k Yield) - $ 146.00
  • 44059233 Toner Cartridge CX2633 MFP Yellow Toner Cartridge (9k Yield) - 146.00
  • 44064032 Drum Unit CX2633 MFP Black Image Drum (20k Yield) - $ 85.00
  • 44064031 Drum Unit CX2633 MFP Cyan Image Drum (20k Yield) - $ 109.00
  • 44064030 Drum Unit CX2633 MFP Magenta Image Drum (20k Yield) - $ 109.00
  • 44064029 Drum Unit CX2633 MFP Yellow Image Drum (20k Yield) - $ 109.00
Cost Per Print
  • Black - $0.005
  • Cyan - $0.0162
  • Magenta - $0.0162
  • Yellow - $0.0162
  • Black Drum Unit - $0.00425
  • Color Drum Unit - $0.00515 times 3