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Epson dumps laser, Fuji picks it up

While Fujifilm is currently pushing laser printing from business printing into the photo retailing segment, where inkjet printing is currently dominant, competitor Epson is moving in exactly the opposite direction, announcing that it will abandon laser printer manufacture by 2026.

Fujifilm Australia presented the four-colour Fujifilm CX 3240 Creative Duplex Printer to Camera House retailers in November as a new option for photographic output, while Epson has announced it is dropping laser technology as too energy intensive, and offering inkjet as the solution for business printing as well as photo printing.

The amount of consumable parts and packaging waste after 1 million pages printed from a high speed inkjet printer versus a similar output laser printer (right).

‘As Epson’s inkjet printers do not use heat in the printing process, they consume far less power than laser printers,’ Epson claims in a company blogpost. ‘Epson’s inkjet printers consumes up to 85 percent less energy than a similar-speed laser printer.’

With electricity prices spiralling in many parts of the world, this is becoming an increasingly significant factor in the purchase decision.

And that’s not all – Epson reckons when a laser printer is replaced by an inkjet printer, somewhere in the world five cedar trees-worth of CO2 is saved: ‘For every 6 cedar trees required to absorb the amount of carbon dioxide as a result of using a laser printer, an Epson inkjet printer requires only 1 cedar tree.’ You read it here first, folks!

And not only can you signal your climate change credentials with an inkjet printer, you can save money: ‘They cost less at the outset and are cheaper to run in the long term than traditional laser printers.’

In terms of waste generation, Epson says inkjet printers come with fewer components that need replacing, making them more convenient  to operate as well as more eco-friendly: ‘With up to 59 percent less replacement parts compared to laser printers– it results in a  significant reduced impact on the environment over the lifetime of a printer.’

With less consumables required and less parts needing to be replaced, it also means significantly less downtime and maintenance needed compared to a laser printer.

But putting CO2 to one side, the other unassailable advantage inkjet printing has over laser printing in the context of printing photos is image quality.



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