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Epson Encourages Going Cartridge-Free For Printing
May 5, 2016
Epson made headlines late last year by introducing new printers that feature large ink tanks instead of slots where users would insert replacement cartridges. It was not a completely new concept in inkjet printing, as refillable cartridges existed already. What was different is that an OEM was including (and building into the purchase price) enough ink to last most users up to 2 years. Not surprisingly, then, Epson has release as list of five reasons to choose a cartridge-free printer (e.g. one of their models). The company points to data from the U.S. Small Business Administration that shows there are currently about 28 million small businesses currently operating in and around the United States. Epson, says the company, is committed to helping these businesses in as much as they are able with a full complement of high volume inkjet printers.
According to the company, here are the five reasons a cartridge-free printer may be the best option for users and their businesses:
1. High-volume printing: When it comes to printing a lot of documents, businesses want an environment that requires almost no intervention by their users. By opting for a high-volume inkjet unit such as the Work Force® ET-4550 EcoTank AIO, users can expect to get roughly 11,000 black and 8,500 full color pages before having to worry about taking the time to replace the ink.
2. Convenience: Similar to the first point, it is more than just inconvenient to run out of office supplies. This is compounded even further when working with a tight deadline. EcoTank printers ship with enough ink to last users almost two years, so chances are businesses will be able to keep printing and plan accordingly with one of the Epson printers in their fleets/offices.
3. Unrestricted color printing: While color printing has gotten a reputation as something expensive and unnecessary, it certainly does not have to be that way. By using oversized ink tanks such as the ones found in the new Epson printers, the cost per page for color copies is below even that of laser printers. The value-priced refills also ensure that printing can continue at the same level even after your first set runs dry.
4. Low TCO (Total Cost of Ownership): The company also believes that by reducing the amount of cartridges that have to be purchased in addition to their low cost inkjet printing are also designed to withstand the demands put on units in heavier volume environments. These factors contribute to the new Epson units providing solid ROI for a variety of small office and business environments.
5. Stress-free: By optimizing costs, durability, and maximizing ROI, businesses are free to worry about their businesses instead of their printing. Cartridge-free printers, for Epson, remove one of the biggest hassles about printing.
We’re not sure exactly how difference these five points actually are, but they do help make a case for the OEM. Epson did their due diligence and have capitalized on one of the biggest complaints common across the print industry hear—the cost of ink is too high. Others, such as HP, have introduced their own models, which automatically supplies the cartridges and gives users up to a particular number of pages each month.