Brother Wins Best Printer Awards
For 11 years now, Brother has won the PC Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for printers, achieving the highest overall satisfaction rating of 8.9, followed by Samsung (8.5), Dell (8.2), Canon (8.1), HP (8.1), Epson (7.6). Users surveyed for the study also were not happy with the ink cost, although they were more satisfied with the Brother ink cost compared with other suppliers. The survey also included laser printers. In the monochrome category, Brother had the highest overall satisfaction rating (9.1) just ahead of HP (9.0), although HP was rated better at printing text. Brother also had the highest rating for color laser all-in-one devices.
Techradar.com had a recent article “Best workgroup printer 2019: the top printers for busy offices.” Criteria used to judge the units included issues such as speed, economical, high paper capacity, network connections, and good memory/processing capability. Their #1 unit was the Xerox VersaLink B600DN monochrome laser printer with advantages of speed (55 ppm) and high paper capacity. Disadvantages include expense and wi-fi for extra cost. #2 was the Brother HL-5100DN laser printer with high speed and compact size. Disadvantages included tiny display and no wi-fi. #3 in the survey was the Xerox VersaLink C405 color laser printer with 35 ppm and excellent interface. Disadvantages included expense and the weight/bulk. #4 was the Kyocera Ecosys P6230cdn laser printer with 30ppm and high paper capacity. Disadvantages included tiny display and no built-in wi-fi.
Memjet and EFI have established a partnership that will combine Memjet’s DuraLink digital inkjet production solutions with EFI’s Fiery DFE printware software with color management and hardware operations
Another reason why Brother wins best printer awards is because the OEM is following the trend of having refillable tanks for their inkjet printers as they have introduced the INKvestment Tank MFC- J8505DW All-in-One color inkjet printer. For the US$159.99 price the user also gets enough ink to print up to 1800 pages based on 60 prcent black and 40 percent color with a per-page estimated cost of $0.01 for black and $0.05 for color.
Epson has announced the monochrome WorkForce-Enterprise-WF-M20590D4DTW inkjet press that can deliver up to 100 iso ppm with A3 size, even while using a claimed 82% less energy than a similar speed laser printer. The print head contains 8676 nozzles but in only 43 mm width. Up to 120,000 pages can be printed without replacing ink
Epson has introduced the SureColor T5470M multifunction inkjet printer for printing, scanning and copying technical and other wide-format documents (up to 36” capability). The unit uses PrecisionCore MicroTFP heads and a next-generation UltraChrome XD2 pigment ink. The suggested price is US$5995
Epson has also expanded its line of EcoTank monochrome inkjet printers with the new M1170 and M2170 models. The refillable tanks can provide up to 11,000 black pages with claimed savings up to 90% per page.
Xerox has announced the high speed, cut-sheet BaltoroTM HF Inkjet Press. This system was designed from the ground up and combined technologies from Xerox’s iGenR and High Fusion inkjet to provide speed, the widest print area in its class and increased productivity. The Xerox High Fusion Ink and W-Series print heads provide true 1200×1200 resolution and no requirement for a priming solution.
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