The Key Point Blog

07/01/2014

Carl Schell

BLI recently hosted representatives from 10 OEMs at its 2014 A3/A4 TAC (Testing Advisory Committee) Meeting, during which the topics of vertical markets and mobile printing were discussed at length. With countless years of industry experience in the room, the full-day event also included dialogue about the future of software and BLI’s redesigned Lab Test Report.

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05/06/2014

Jessica Modrow

A few years ago, inviting several hundred copier dealers to a meeting in Las Vegas that focused little on the bread and butter of their businesses—copiers—might have seemed, well, pointless. Now, manufacturers are making it a point to do just that: shift the focus of the dealer community. Although still a significant part of the business, hardware is no longer in the spotlight. Instead, it runs quietly in the background while dozens of solutions work to leverage, limit, monitor or enhance its functionality. This was evident at KYOCERA Document Solutions America’s (KDA) fiscal year 15 Pan-American dealer meeting, which focused heavily on Kyocera business applications and encouraging dealers to become Total Document Solutions Providers. With the exception of a few new A4 devices, the technology fair was filled to the brim with business applications and third-party solutions, all of which, of course, embedded on Kyocera copiers.

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04/04/2014

Marlene Orr

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

George Mikolay

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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03/28/2014

Keypoint Intelligence

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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03/13/2014

Keypoint Intelligence

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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03/03/2014

Keypoint Intelligence

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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02/18/2014

Jessica Modrow

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

Marlene Orr

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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