We all know that manufacturers make a ton of money off of ink cartridges. We know this because we fork over a lot of money for a piece of plastic, a chip and a few drops of ink. So naturally, as consumers we try to find the cheapest possible prices on said cartridges. For some, they find it cheaper to purchase their ink from manufacturers overseas. Don't expect to continue doing that for long.
Scroll your memory truffles back ten years, flick open a catalogue of printers and tell me the cheapest monochrome laser you can find. Bowel-shattering, isn't it. And yet for the past few weeks in my lounge-cum-banquette-seating-area I've had a networked laser printer that you can pick up for less than $100 online (or under £80 in the UK); it's the E120n and it's made by the lovelies at Lexmark.
One of the worst things in life has to be waiting. And for all of our great technology these days, we're still constantly waiting. Whether it's downloading Windows updates, or printing off a family portrait, there's always plenty of time to kill. Australian-based Silverbrook Research my have something to cut down on the time you spend waiting on those prints.
Canon's printer division has issued a warning this week about a group of gadget-squashing rogue Sumo wrestlers who have taken to squatting on consumer electronics and crushing them. The most recent victim is the company's Pixma iP90v printer, which used to be the size of a small bus but is now compact enough to slot into your printer bag.
A little while ago I wrote an article on the HP Printing Mailbox from Presto. As you saw in my article, I wasn't very impressed by what I saw. The good people over at Presto read it and wanted to make a believer out of me.
With all of the digital cameras on the market, people are printing out their pictures at home more than ever. Kodak is hoping to revolutionize the home printing industry by introducing a new type of ink that has an archival life of 100 years. Now you're probably thinking that your prints should last about that long too, in reality, most inkjet prints last closer to 15. So 100 years isn't too bad.
So you've just taken a great picture of your friend doing something really crazy on your cell phone. Now what if your best bud wants a copy of it? Well, soon you can just whip out your handheld printer from ZINK and print out a nice 2x3 of him acting like an idiot. Basically the printer is about the size of an average cell phone that can print off pictures using a specialized piece of paper. The picture is created by heating up and putting varying amounts of pressure on the polymer paper.
The obvious upsides to this unit is the fact that it has no liquid ink. No ink = no mess. This unit is still in testing, so we've not seen just how well the pictures turn out. Who knows, if it does well enough, this could be something to revolutionize the printing industry. Pricing is expected to be around $99 for the printer and around $19.95 for a 100 pack of paper. The only thing you'll have to worry about is what your friend will do when he finds out you've made copies of his little incident for everyone.
Forget about finding the nearest Kinkos when you urgently need to print something while on the go. The MPrint line of handheld printers from Brother along with a trusty notebook or Windows Mobile handheld will insure you’re always prepared to print wherever you are. Brother’s latest MPrint device is the MW-260, which can handle a larger paper size of A6 rather than the A7 of previous models. At a maximum 300dpi resolution, the tiny printer can pump out an impressive 20 black and white pages per minute.
And with the ability to connect via Bluetooth, IR, or USB, you wont have the hassle of carrying around additional cables. This handheld printer is set to release first in Japan during March 2007 and then soon after in North America. There is no word yet on pricing.
Brother updates with larger mobile printer [Via: Electronista]
If my snarky post back in October about a printer that dialled up a preset email account and made hard-copies of the inbox that Hammacher Schlemmer were selling interested you, then Gear Diary's latest review will be worth reading. Turns out that printer is HP's Printing Mailbox, and the service 'Presto' - for $9.99 a month (or $99.99 for a full year) a PC-phobic user can receive all the photos and family news everyone else is enjoying. Judie reckoned one might be worth getting for her elderly grandfather-in-law Chuck, and has adopted the mindset of a cost-conscious pensioner for her review!
The service works as expected: the printer dials a toll-free number between preset hours, downloads the contents of a white-list governed inbox (i.e. only authorised senders can have mail printed) and spits it out onto paper for Chuck to enjoy. What I was particularly pleased to see, being unofficial (i.e. unpaid) tech support worker for my family, was the online setup system which could manage the printer and service remotely. If only I could do that with my grandmother's VCR and the clock on her microwave!
Sometimes, when I'm wandering the cold, dark streets in search of some food or another victim, I spot an obvious business opportunity - taking the photo of a happy group of revellers, perhaps, or documenting a road traffic incident. Of course, I never actually get round to emailing those photos off, never mind printing them and posting them via snail "are we nearly there yet?" mail. What I need, I hear you grumble, is Fujifilm's Pivi MP-300, a portable photo printer that not only fits into your (somewhat large) pocket but can connect via infrared and PictBridge USB to compatible digital cameras and cellphones to produce business card-sized snaps.
Okay, so it's a mystery why they chose infrared and not Bluetooth - perhaps they're planning a special edition "Beam it in Blue" for next Christmas or something - but I can see this being a useful little gadget. Sadly it's Japan-only for now, and costs around $130.