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4 Tips to Decrease the Power Consumption of Inkjet and Laser Printers

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

We should all do our part in conserving electricity and practicing energy efficiency in our everyday lives. We can do this through simple things that won’t disrupt our lives, such as turning off appliances when no one is using them, installing compact fluorescent light bulbs in your home and office and choosing appliances and equipment that have good energy efficiency ratings.

You can also practice energy efficiency by aiming to decrease the power consumption of your inkjet printers or laser printers. This is one small step that you can easily take to lower your electricity bills, save energy and help Mother Earth. Let’s take a deeper look at the energy consumption of these printers and several tips on how to decrease their electricity usage.

The Power Consumption of Laser and Inkjet Printers

The advent of the computer age has caused us to increase our energy consumption (and our carbon footprint) exponentially through the years. While monitors and CPUs are still at the top of the energy charts when it comes to consumption, inkjet and laser printers also contribute to operating and energy costs.

Laser printers can consume as much as 100 watts (or more) when in use, while inkjet printers use much less energy, at about 12 watts when printing. This fact has sparked some debate over which printer is more eco-friendly. Since the laser printer can give your more pages per printer ink cartridge, it sounds like the greener option over an inkjet, which can only give you a few hundred pages.

But laser printers consume much more energy than inkjet printers, even when idle. Tests done by the website Techlogg.com report that a Lexmark E230 laser printer ate up about 5.9 watts when idle, but this number quickly rose to 700 watts per printed page. The test revealed that a Canon S800 inkjet printer, on the other hand, only consumed between 13 to 19 watts when printing. When idle, inkjet printers used only 5 watts of power. But just because they use up less energy when idle doesn’t mean that it’s okay to leave your printers on standby mode all the time. Imagine how much this seemingly insignificant amount of power would add up to if you leave your printers on idle most of the day, 7 days a week for a whole year.

How to Conserve Energy with Your Printers

You can still, however, minimize your use of power and practice energy efficiency while using your laser or inkjet printers by following these simple tips.

1. Choose a printer with an Energy Star stamp. Energy Star is a program created by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy. They give approval or special seals for appliances and equipment that have been proven to be energy efficient. Inkjet and laser printers with this seal either consume a low energy level per week or automatically go into sleep or low power mode during idle mode, among other criteria.

2. Use the power saving mode of your printers. According to Energy Star, you should set your printer’s low power mode depending on the print speeds of your inkjet or laser printer. Those with speeds of 0 to 10 ipm, should be set to turn off automatically after 30 minutes, while this time should be set to 60 minutes for printers with 11 to 20ipm. Laser and inkjet printers with speeds of 55ipm and above should be set to turn off after 90 minutes.

3. Make sure to turn off your printer when no one is using it. It’s advisable to appoint someone in your office to turn off your printer at the end of the day. At home, make sure that you switch off your printer after using it.

4. Use the Duplex feature of your printer. This is one easy way to practice energy efficiency in the office or at home. Duplex copying uses up less energy than single-sided copying; so it’s strongly suggested that you set your printer to duplex mode, so that you save on energy and paper as well.

Reduce waste and energy consumption by making sure that all your appliances and equipment at the home and in your office have an Energy Star seal. You can also practice energy efficiency by following the four tips above.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Inkjet Vs. Laser Printer Market Share and Statistics

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Inkjet printers and laser printers are two of the most popular printer types in the market today. These can be multifunction printers or MFPs or single function  printers or SFPs. You may want to know how inkjets and lasers compare to each other.

Market share for inkjet and laser printers

With the worldwide shipment of 34 million printer units for the fourth quarter of 2009, these two printer types dominated the market. As proof to that, here are some statistics compiled by the International Data Corporation or IDC:

1. Although the color laser printers took the top spot for previous quarters for the year, it was a different thing for the last quarter of 2009. The monochrome laser printers took over the trend with an overall year-over-year growth of 9.3%. Color laser MFPs lagged behind by 1.3% with only 8% overall growth for the year.

2. With regards vendor unit growth for monochrome laser printers, Samsung was a sure winner with a whopping 60.6% growth.

3. When MFP’s are considered, monochrome laser printers dominate the market as its value shipments for the year amounted to approximately $5.8 billion. However, the color laser market is not left lagging behind and promises to surpass that accomplishment of the monochrome versions.

4. As for inkjet printers, it took 23.8 million of the printers shipped for the fourth quarter of 2009. That is equivalent to 70% of the 34 million total reported for the aforementioned period. In addition to this, the inkjet market sector is said to be the largest penetrator in the world of MFP’s. The rates are above 75% and is far better than any other technology segments. This is despite the fact that the color inkjet MFP posted only the 3rd highest growth at 2 percent lower than that of the color laser MFP’s 8 percent.

Other statistics on inkjet and laser printers

In other parts of the globe the stiff competition between inkjet and laser printers can be noted. As per report shown by the Free Library from IDC Taiwan, there were 132,043 inkjet printers (MFPs) sold for the third quarter of 2009. This indicated an increase of 23.5% quarter-over-quarter and 12.3% year-over-year. For the laser SFP market, a growth of 4.8% quarter-over-quarter and 2.9% year-over-year represented the 27,494 units sold. For color laser MFPs on the other hand, 5,231 units were sold and this indicated 6% growth quarter-over-quarter and 22% growth year-over-year.

US Printer and Printer Cartridge Sales Market Share and Statistics

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Over the years, people tend to presume that the United States is one of the primary users of printers and printer ink cartridges. But this is just a matter of speculation. What is the reality behind it? We will never know unless we have actual statistics on hand.

Sales of US Printers

Since 2005, the pattern for printer sales seems to change yearly. As per Gartner’s records, printer shipments and sales totaled to approximately 5.9 million units of inkjet printers and 1.5 million units of page printers in 2005. But several months after that, at the close of the second quarter of 2006, inkjet printer shipment declined to 5.5 million units but shipments for page printers increased to 1.7 million units. The total decline is around 4.2% and was attributable to poor photo printer sales.

As of the fourth quarter of 2009 however, printer sales increased to 3.6% on the worldwide scale. Owe this to the 34 million units sold worldwide. In the list provided by the International Data Corporation (IDC), the US market remained to be in very good shape when compared to other regions in the world.

As the industry’s frontrunner, US posted printer shipments amounting to $4.4 billion at the close of the year 2009. This made it the highest in terms of sales. In terms of number of printers shipped however, US ranked number two after Western Europe with only 7.8 million units sold. The United States ranked fourth and fifth in terms of shipment growth and shipment value growth respectively.

When it comes to sales in the US according to the different brands of printers, here are some statistics from IDC for the year 2009.:

1. HP printer sales in the US were posted at 3% growth.

2. US was the best performing region for Canon printer sales at 14%.

3. The US ranked second in terms of Epson printer sales with a growth of 4%.

4. The US posted a 10% decline in Brother printer sales.

5. Another decline of 15% was attributed to Samsung printer sales.

US Printer Cartridge Sales

Printer Cartridges Online revealed that there is an average of $21 billion sales for printer cartridges in the United States alone. HP, the world’s largest major provider of printer and ink cartridges was able to predict revenue of $6.2 billion for the first quarter of 2010. This was according to Scott Ferguson’s article published via eWeek. But among all types of printer cartridges, inkjet cartridge sales are growing in number. This is basically because around 7 out of 10 printers sold in the market today are inkjet printers.

The US printer cartridge market is being dominated by refilling market franchisors. Because of them, printer cartridge sales increase yearly. One of the top providers in the US is  Cartridge World that showed a 13% increase in sales of printer cartridges from 2007 to 2008. Other franchisors that are having their fair share in the market are: Caboodle Cartridge that belongs to the $30 billion US printer cartridge industry; and Rapid Refill Ink that made a name in the industry after it ranked 11th in the list of the New Entrepreneur’s Franchise.

Epson Stylus Pro 7700 / 9700 Printer Review

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 are two printers that were designed to be the ultimate printing technology for applications such as GIS mapping, indoor signage, engineering drawings and architectural plans.

Quick Summary

The Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 are two high-performance inkjet printers created with three goals in mind—performance, precision, and brilliance. With the SP 7000 and the SP9700, CAD, GIS mapping and corporate graphics professionals can print their visions without having to compromise. The Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 retail at a price of $2,995 and $4,995 respectively.

The Best of Epson Stylus Pro 7700 / 9700

The Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 printers use Epson UltraChrome Vivid Magenta Ink, which is the latest in pigment ink technology. With this Epson printer ink technology, the colors are flawless. The SP 7000 and SP9700 also come equipped with the Epson Micro Piezo Thin Film Piezo (TFP) print head. This print head produces tremendously precise text and brilliant photographic quality prints at amazing speeds.

The Epson Stylus Pro 9700 and 7700 uses Epson AccuPhoto HD screening technology, which sets a new standard for color accuracy and line-art precision. From highlights to shadows, you can expect every detail to be vivid.

Epson Printer Cartridges Used in Epson Stylus Pro 7700 / 9700

Epson UltraChrome Vivid Magenta Ink

Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

T642100 (150 ml), T596100 (350 ml), T636100 (700 ml)
Cyan Ink Cartridge:

T642200 (150 ml), T596200 (350 ml), T636200 (700 ml)

Vivid Magenta Ink Cartridge:

T642300 (150 ml), T596300 (350 ml), T636300 (700 ml)

Yellow Ink Cartridge:

T642400 (150 ml), T596400 (350 ml), T636400 (700 ml)

Matte Blank Ink Cartridge:

T642800 (150 ml), T596800 (350 ml), T636800 (700 ml)

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How Do Thermal Printers Work

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Thermal printers are totally different and distinct from your normal inkjet printers or even laser printers. These printers were introduced in the 1970s, the period in between the introduction of laser printers and inkjet printers to the world. Just as its name suggests, thermal printers use heat to print on paper, rather than the usual printer ink cartridges used by other types of printers. It also has an interesting printing process that differs from regular printers. This process is one that is used by machines such as faxes, label printers, ultrasound machines and bar code machines.

Thermal printers contain four main components. The thermal head is the part that generates heats, while the rubber roller that feeds paper is called the platen. These printers also have a spring, which puts pressure on the thermal head, which then makes it come in contact with heat-sensitive (or thermo-sensitive) paper. They also have controller boards, which handles and controls the mechanism. Newer models of thermal printers use ribbon printer cartridges instead of normal ink cartridges to print.

Older thermal printers require heat-sensitive or thermal paper. This is inserted into the machine (between the thermal head and the platen). When activated, the printer sends an electrical current, which causes the printer to generate heat in a preset pattern. The heat of these thermal printers activates the heat-sensitive layer of the paper when the paper is pushed by the platen and a pattern of color (usually, black) emerges in response.

There are newer thermal printers now that go through a different printing process. These newer models use ribbon cartridges (instead of ink cartridges). The ribbon cartridges contain ink that is made of wax or resin or even a combination of both materials. This type of printer ink melts, when activated by heat, to form the text or images on the paper. These types of ink can also produce colored images using CMY or CMYK colored panels.

Thermal printers are used for many different purposes and in many different ways. They are sometimes even more economical than printers that use printer ink cartridges, since most of these printers only need heat-sensitive paper to print. The ribbon cartridges used by the newer thermal printers are also more affordable than regular ink cartridges. These printers are usually found in cash registers, voucher printers, fax machines and even ultrasound machines.

But although these printers may be less expensive than their other counterparts, one disadvantage is that their printouts tend to fade over time. This is the reason why important receipts or documents printed using thermal printers should be scanned or photocopied for posterity. The printouts of these printers are also of poorer quality than those from inkjet and laser printers. And because the paper and printer ink that thermal printers use are heat-sensitive, these should be protected from elements like moisture and light. Thermal printers still have a long way to go before they become comparable to the print quality of inkjet or laser printers but they are practical enough to be used for most businesses and commercial applications.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

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