In late October, I was invited to a HP Tech Day that focused on printers. In the past, these events have been great, but they were around more (at least to me) exciting technologies, like servers or storage. With the way my schedule has been (I moved back to Colorado in August to take a new position with more responsibilities), I almost passed up the opportunity, but I am glad I didn’t.
Inkjet, or Laser?
I have always been a Laser person. I have a small Brother Laser printer at home, and I used it for almost 3 years without needing to replace the toner. If I would have purchased a comparable Inkjet printer, I would have been replacing the ink cartridges every 3 months. HP’s OfficeJet Pro X, being released in the 1H of 2013, may change my views when it comes to ink, instead of toner. This beast can print up to 70 color pages per minute! The black cartridge can handle 9,000 prints before it needs to be replaced. Color costs almost half of what a traditional color laser does, and black costs a tad bit less.
I had no idea what all went in to bringing a new Laserjet printer to market. They not only stress test them, but since they are shipped all over the world they also test them under different temperatures and humidity levels. Since different paper reacts differently in different printers, they also test over 200 types of makes/models of paper through every printer. These types of tests do not come cheap, 1 million a year just for the paper alone!
I will be elaborating on these items further, as well as on Quality HP Toner, how they are helping their clients be more efficient and the Digital Oasis lounge.
Disclaimer: HP invited me to the Printing Tech Day and paid for all accommodations while I was there. I received some swag including a HP backpack and a Notebook but I was not required to blog anything good or bad about this trip. My opinions are my own and cannot be bought.