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Epson WorkForce WF-100W – the world’s smallest inkjet printer?

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Japanese printer experts have announced the launch of what they claim to be both the smallest and lightest A4 inkjet printer in the world – the Epson WorkForce WF-100W.

The Epson WorkForce WF-100W is specifically designed for mobile workers, who print documents such as invoices and designs at a low quantity while on the go.

Coming with an integrated Li-Ion battery, the Epson WorkForce WF-100W can be recharged via a USB port or a bundled AC adaptor.

It is slightly thicker than an A4 reach and is about two-thirds of the size.  The weight of the Epson WorkForce WF-100W is just 1.6KG, meaning that it can be transported with ease.

Other features on the Epson WorkForce WF-100W include a small LCD display that shoed the essential updates and characteristics of a print job and its current status.

The Epson printer uses two ink cartridges and pigment ink, while the paper tray can hold approximately 50 pages – more than enough for a busy, mobile worker.

Impressively, you can connect to the Epson WorkForce WF-100W directly via Wi-Fi or as a networked printer.  Printing can also be done via the Epson app, with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print compatibility available, too!

HP 3D Printers enter the market

hp 3d printersMany have been speculating about the possibility for some time, but now it has finally happened – HP 3D Printers have entered the market.

HP 3D Printers were announced with the launch of its first HP Designjet 3D printing solution aimed at the mechanical computer aided design (MCAD) and educational markets.

Seeking to help design professionals achieve faster time to market and cost savings during product development and reduce the need to outsource their 3D printing requirements, the HP Designjet 3D printer lets users produce plastic 3D models in their office rather than in a workshop or shop floor environment.

Available in two models, HP 3D Printers are claiming the lowest total cost of ownership in its class, the HP Designjet 3D printer creates models in ivory coloured HP Designjet 3D ABS Material, while the HP Designjet Color 3D printer can produce single colour parts, using eight different colours.

“The HP Designjet 3D printing solution offers the ideal combination of affordability, model quality and usability,” says Santiago Morera, large format printing business vice president and GM, HP. “The affordability of the HP Designjet 3D printers means that businesses that choose these products are likely to see a return on investment very quickly. If they are outsourcing just five to ten models per month, the printer can pay for itself in one year.”

By eliminating the need for special disposal methods, the accompanying HP Designjet Removal System makes the HP 3D Printers solution truly office-ready. Designed with the office environment in mind, the printers produce models that are ready-to-handle without gloves, and the printing and post-processing of the models is automatic, withno manual finishing necessary.

Produced using recyclable ABS plastic, the models created on the HP Designjet 3D Printer Series are highly durable,b functional and precise, therefore users can count on printed output that’s always true to the original design. Models can be usable and pre-assembled with moving parts, providing prototypes ideal for fit, form and functional testing.

HP’s Eric Ericsson, 3D Printer Product Marketing Manager, explained: “Multiple parts can be printed at the same time and that you can print at any orientation you want to.”

Josep Congost, Design Manager of Roca, one of the Worlds, leading bathroom design companies, based in Barcelona, comments: “We found that fit and form testing is a critical part of the design process, and the HP Designjet 3D printing solution allows us to do this affordably, easily and comfortably in our office. 3D printing allows us to speed up our design processes and drive more product launches per year.”

The HP Designjet 3D Printer is manufactured exclusively for HP by Stratasys, based on the Dimension uPRINT product, and will be available during May 2010 in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. Availability in other countries will be announced at a later date.

What do you think of the new HP 3D Printers?

Cut costs with the Epson TM-C3500 Label Printer

Epson TM-C3500 Label PrinterOffering a wide variety of industries a new way of printing colour labels in-house – introducing the Epson TM-C3500 Label Printer.

Using pigment ink, rather than dye-based ink, the Epson TM-C3500 Label Printer can create colourful, long-lasting labels that dry quickly and are smudge, water and fade resistant.

Designed for a range of manufacturing, chemical, healthcare, retail, and event industries, the the Epson TM-C3500 Label Printer allows businesses to create their own labels in-house, avoiding waiting times and the high costs of label manufacturers.

Individual DURABrite Ultra ink cartridges help save money, as only the colour used needs to be replaced. Using this pigment ink ensures the colour on labels, bar codes, tags and tickets last longer, are more durable and are much sharper, compared to those printed using dye-based inks. The LCD screen allows users to easily monitor the printer status and know when each colour needs replacing.

Kelvin Reynolds, of Epson, says: “The Epson TM-C3500 label printer can be used to create a wide variety of labels with different shapes and sizes.

“Featuring fast print speeds of up to 103mm/sec, an integrated auto-cutter and the ability to print on variety of media, the printer is ideal for manufacturers that need an easy-to-use colour label printer for small to medium print runs that is cost-effective.”

You can get the Epson TM-C3500 Label Printer HERE!


Apple iPhone 6 does not support NFC Printing

The launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 – and iPhone 6 Plus, of course – was always going to cause excitement, but, when it comes to printing, the question on everyone’s mind was if NFC printing would be supported on the iPhone 6?

Firstly, it seems there is an NFC chip in the latest model of the iPhone, however, users looking to use that for NFC Printing will be left disappointed – for now, at least.

The NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will initially only be used for Apple Pay, meaning that the very simple process of tapping your phone to a printer for your documents is not quite there for the iPhone yet.

In fact, it is likely that Apple is restricting NFC use on the iPhone 6 for a year – at least according to an e-mail that Apple sent to Cult of Mac.  Of course, Apple did not divulge any of their future plans in regards to NFC, but, for now, the focus is entirely on Apple Pay.

So, to conclude, your new Apple iPhone 6 does not support NFC Printing currently, but it seems the capability is there – so, in the future?  Let’s wait and see!

IDC MarketScape: ‘Lexmark are an industry leader’

Lexmark have been recognised as an industry leader in both managed print and document services by a report from IDC MarketScape.

IDC MarketScape, who are a leading IT market research and advisory firm, provide an overview of information and communications technology products in a variety of markets, with their rigorous testing giving users a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses.

In the 2014 MPDS IDC MarketScape report, the strategies and current capabilities of companies providing managed print and document services were analysed, with IDC coming to the conclusion that Lexmark is a ‘leader’ within the industry.

“Among the vendors we evaluated, Lexmark has the longest history of providing specific horizontal and vertical business solutions, backed by a vertically-aligned organization, a mature global infrastructure, and a focus on execution excellence,” IDC wrote in this year’s report. “Lexmark continues to make strategic acquisitions to augment its strong software portfolio.”

“Lexmark’s solution catalog has the most depth of all of the vendors we evaluated.”

The report also went on to state that Lexmark differentiates its offerings from competitors in a number of ways including: broad technology ownership, deep industry expertise, global capabilities and customer intimacy.

“Lexmark owns a broad technology portfolio for MPS and MDS including content, capture, process, search, services, software and hardware,” said Holly Muscolino, Research Vice President, IDC, Document Solutions.

“Lexmark’s unique portfolio of products and services, and our highly focused customer-centric approach, have resulted in MPS growth rates exceeding the industry average as we help our customers better manage their paper-based and digital content,” said Mathias Militizer, general manager, Lexmark. “We are honoured to again be named a leader in Managed Print and Document Services from IDC.

“Such accolades, combined with our relentless push to exceed customer expectations, have helped Lexmark obtain an exceptional renewal rate for MPS services across markets and industry segments around the globe.”

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