It is no secret that Instant Ink is a linchpin of HP’s strategy to slow the declines it has seen in consumer inkjet revenues. The firm first began piloting its Instant Ink monthly subscription program around 2010 or 2011 and rolled out the monthly plans that still exist today in 2013 in a number of
On October 14, European market research firm CONTEXT released an update on the printer hardware market in Western Europe. The firm reports that the number of printer hardware units sold by IT distributors throughout Western Europe decreased by 2 percent year-over-year early in the third quarter of 2016, driven by a decline in MFP sales.
On September 13, Epson America announced the Expression Premium XP-640 Small-in-One, a new A4 inkjet all-in-one aimed at consumers—especially creative consumers who like to print photos. Monika Dees, senior product marketing manager for consumer inkjets at Epson America, tells us that the new Expression Premium XP-640 will replace the Expression Premium XP-630 that Epson launched
On August 2, Epson America expanded its lineup of EcoTank inkjet all-in-ones with the introduction of the new Expression ET-3600 and the WorkForce ET-16500. Unlike typical cartridge-based inkjets, the EcoTank line uses a continuous ink-supply system (CISS) with large ink tanks housed in a compartment on the side of the printer. End users then refill
On July 28, Seiko Epson reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2016, which ended on June 30. When the company unveiled its financials for fiscal 2015 (see “Epson Growth Engine Stutters in Fiscal 2015”), Epson’s streak of profit growth came to an end after a couple of very good years for
On July 6, Seiko Epson announced that its high-capacity ink tank printers have now achieved cumulative global sales of 15 million units. When Epson refers to high-capacity ink tank printers, the company means EcoTank and L-series continuous ink supply system (CISS) inkjets and replaceable ink pack system (RIPS) inkjets, as opposed to traditional cartridge-based inkjets.
HP has introduced a new extremely low-cost inkjet all-in-one for home users. The DeskJet 3755 seeks to appeal to its target market with a small footprint, several color options, and a price of just $69.99. In a further appeal to the cost-sensitive home user who may be concerned that replacement ink costs will wind up
As May came to a close, Epson America introduced two A4 inkjet all-in-ones for home-office users: the WorkForce WF-2750 and WF-2760. Steve Michell, product manager for Epson America, tells us that the two new all-in-ones in the WorkForce WF-2700 series replace two of the inkjet all-in-ones in the WorkForce WF-2600 series that Epson introduced in
On May 18, Brother International expanded its lineup of INKvestment inkjet all-in-ones with the addition of the MFC-J985DW and the MFC-J985DW XL. Roughly one year ago, Brother rolled out its first INKvestment units, the MFC-J5920DW and MFC-J6925DW (see “Let the CPP Wars Begin: Brother MFC-J5920DW and MFC-J6925DW with INKvestment Tanks Offer Lowest CPP Figures on
On April 28, Seiko Epson announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2015, which ended on March 31, 2016. Fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2014 were excellent years for Epson (see “Epson Closes the Books on a Great Fiscal 2013” and “Epson Delivers Continued Growth in Fiscal 2014”). They were rebuilding