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A teacher tells her tale of falling in love with the school photocopier-repair man who came to fix the imposing but troubled ‘staffroom showpiece’

It wasn’t the first time I had fallen in love with a school photocopier-repair man. In fact it wasn’t even the second. Nor even… Anyway, I say “man” because photocopier-repair people are always “men” where I teach.

And real men at that – a different specimen entirely from our pale, tired and underfed teaching colleagues.

What draws me to them?

Initially I put it down to that soft white shirt underneath the crisp dark suit. It immediately triggers powerful feelings within of steadfast, monochromatic assurance.

He has all the classic continental elan of a Jean-Paul Belmondo or a Marcello Mastroianni.

Yes, the men in our senior leadership team also like to wear a dark suit these days, but somehow it doesn’t have the same effect at all – just feels as if a little boy is inside there screaming “look how grown up I am!”

Yet photocopier-man is more than merely film-star cool and handsome. He is our hero, our lesson-rescuer, the chivalrous heraldic knight in our frantic, paper-jammed world.

He is the the clean-cut 1940s Spitfire ace and AA roadside-rescue man rolled into one extremely handy and enticing package. So, I ask, who wouldn’t?

The latest one – we’ll call him “Jake” – may even prove to be “the one”.

He first came to fix the imposing but troubled staffroom showpiece, the Greening 321. The Greening is typical of most school photocopiers offering us hope when first installed but then sticking stubbornly on certain jobs and with others, trying to ram a whole load of sheets through at the same time.

We have similar trouble elsewhere in the school with the older Turbo Gibbmeister 456 – all the lights are on, but nothing seemingly going on inside.

We thought there might be a brave new dawn when they wheeled away the notorious Gove 1950S (aka “The Mangle”) but the new ones seem to be no better.

Anyway, Jake arrived in January with his impressive toolbox and settled down to work. As with his predecessors, I walked over and offered him a coffee.

After an odd little hesitation (had he perhaps heard about me?) he said yes.

Eventually he was happy to let me clean the glass with his lint-free cloth. I caught his eye as I slid my hand to and fro.

Thanks to my, er, previous experience I was able to reel off an extensive knowledge of exposure lamps, charge coronas, drums, developers and toners. He seemed impressed.

After less than an hour of persuasion, he agreed to a date.

He seemed a little awkward, at first, when I started to tell him about “the others”. (Though in fairness to my own much-derided good name, there have only been five other photocopier-men, as I don’t include the fellow who came to fix the staffroom printer.)

But when I pointed out that it was really all about “duplication” Jake appreciated the cleverness of my pun, gave a nervous laugh and seemed to see the funny side.

He now says he’s completely cool about it. As said, I do think that Jake could be “the one” – the end of the “run”, as it were.

So-called friends at school, on the other hand, are more sceptical.

They think that Jake is just the latest. They say that I will get bored again and that, before long, I will be wanting to “replace the cartridge” as they delicately put it.

It’s just envy speaking, I know – green A3-sized envy.”

The teacher wishes to remain anoymous

There are a number of factors which have caused a worldwide shortage of thermal and plain paper receipt rolls.

The factories, in China, which manufacture the thermal coating dye, have been closed by the government due to excessively high levels of pollution. China produces in excess of 80% of the coating material. China has also ceased the importation of paper for recycling for the same reason. This, combined with a US based paper manufacturer being in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, has caused a global shortage of paper and the coating material.

Costs have been increasing for some time and up to now we have been absorbing these increases. Recently there has been a dramatic increase in our purchase prices, in some cases in excess of 40%.

As of November 1st 2017 all of our paper roll prices will be increased in proportion with our costs. Any fixed price discounts will be voided immediately.

We do not know how long this situation will last. However, we will keep you informed of any developments.

Managed Print Services (MPS) offer a myriad of benefits, many of which lie dormant even after a company implements MPS.

The primary uses of MPS are to save money, reduce energy costs, and consolidate printer fleets. However, MPS offers much more than that; it’s important that you get the most out of an MPS solution so you can increase workflow and boost productivity.

Here are a few ways to help MPS help you:

Start from the beginning

From day one, plan on using MPS to its fullest potential. Rather than following the learning curve, dive in head first. This way, you will avoid using MPS only for short-term savings. Instead, you’ll be better equipped to take advantage of infrastructure optimization, proactive management, and business optimisation.

Set yourself free

You may not realize it right away, but maintaining a proactive MPS solution will free you and your employees from tedious work – allowing you to focus on more productive tasks. It will also free you from distractions (like when a printer goes down) and tracking inventory (such as when you need more toner). With MPS, it’s all taken care of for you. That way, your employees can focus on what’s actually important: your business.

Integrate everything

In order to truly eliminate inefficient processes, you’ll want to integrate your MPS system with existing business systems to enhance workflow, information management, and compliance. Integration allows you to truly measure your cost savings and track productivity improvements.

Be specific

When engaging with MPS, keep your specific needs in the back of your mind. This includes adopting solutions suited to your specific industry, such as education, law, medical, or finance. Intelligent multifunction devices can be equipped with industry-specific software that provides practical solutions for your unique business needs. Remember, there is more to MPS than copying, printing, and scanning. Make MPS work for you instead of the other way around.

Improvement is key

MPS offers a wide array of benefits, and part of attaining these benefits is process improvement. Always be willing to adjust your MPS solution and your workflow in order to gain the most out of your system.

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HP might be “synonymous in office printing” but the company’s share of the A3 copier market is a tiny 3 percent – a number the vendor expects to change following the launch of 16 new devices at its Global Partner Conference.

The vendor launched the new multifunction devices to partners at GPC in Boston, bringing three PageWide platforms and 13 LaserJet platforms in a bid to shake up a market dominated by Fuji Xerox, Konica Minolta and Ricoh.

The printers will include both colour and monochrome starting from 22 pages per minute up to 60 for both LaserJet and PageWide.

Ben Vivoda, HP’s director, printing systems for South Pacific, pointed to a number of benefits he hopes will move the needle in HP’s market footprint: the proprietary PageWide technology; new smarts to reduce machine servicing; and “world-class printer security”.

Vivoda predicted a massive push from HP to grab share in photocopier space. “Up until today, HP’s market share in the A3 multifunction space is about 3 percent. We’re synonymous in office printing but have never participated in the copier market. It’s really exciting for us to play in the half of the office printing segment we have played in.”

The PageWide technology ensures fewer service callouts thanks to its simpler mechanical architecture, said Vivoda. He claimed that devices would require 90 percent fewer parts replacements in their lifetime. “During the typical life of a printer, 70 parts will be replaced. We reduced this to seven parts, a massive improvement with PageWide.”

Partners will also be able to use cloud-based tools to monitor and manage customer’s devices, do remote diagnosis and spend less with visits. “We want to enable partners to place more colour devices in their customer with PageWide at a lower cost, which will drive more revenue and profit,” added Vivoda.

Dealers typically sign customers up to maintenance contracts or tie the cost of break-fix into the cost per page, so the combination of fewer replacements and smarter monitoring capabilities should mean better margins, said Vivoda. “If you can help the dealer do more remote diagnostics and remediation, the dealer can choose to put that money back into their pocket or pass that cost savings onto the customer.”

The recently announced printers, which are expected to start shipping in April 2017, also boast beefed-up security, including run-time intrusion detection, which monitors constantly for sign of attack and sends alerts into security management.

There is also a firmware whitelisting device that makes sure that only good and certified firmware have access to the devices. And Sure Start, a chip on the devices that checks for the bios integrity during boot time, shuts the device down if it detects anything wrong and reboots.

HP has also introduced a program to support partner success with HP’s A3 portfolio. Qualified partners will receive guaranteed pricing, sales tools and service support, according to the vendor.

HP Financial Services will provide a variety of flexible IT investment options to help partners and their customers acquire, pay for and consume A3 print technology.

Rob Mesaros, HP South Pacific’s managing director, said: “For decades the copier industry has lacked the technology to improve efficiency of service, keep up with security requirements, and make colour affordable.

“Today HP is changing the status quo with next generation A3 multifunction printers that bring to life a reimagined print environment that offers world-class security, maximum uptime and affordable colour.”

By Admin / ToshibaUncategorized / 8 Comments

Office printer technology has long been criticised for stagnating in the “good enough” stage for much of the 21st century.

While printer technology accelerated rapidly in the 80’s and 90’s, especially with the invention of inexpensive inkjet technology for home office units, a printer from 2016 isn’t all that different regarding quality or price than an equivalent unit from 2006.

Mostly there have been minor improvements in quality control, in paper management (to prevent jams) and increased ink efficiency, but even these have been small, as much of the technology has already been optimised, at least within current parameters of affordability.

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However, that doesn’t mean that the industry is remaining stagnant. Rather than improving the technology, trends in 2017 indicate more combined technology, especially in the realm of traditional large office copy units.

While paper and toner technology may be at about their optimum barring a major change, advances in light-sensing technology, inexpensive computing components and, most importantly, wireless antennae, have led into more multi-function printers with greater capabilities.

To wit, advances in the mobile market, especially business-oriented tablet devices, have resulted in printers that need to be able to do anything, while connecting wirelessly to any authorised device. Additionally, they need to do so cheaper than ever before, and in a smaller package.

What does this mean for you as the small business owner? It means you will, beginning in 2017, start seeing more and more multi-function options that are less expensive yet more versatile.

Instead of a dedicated copier backed up by a dedicated printer or dedicated inkjet color machine, a single machine capable of doing multiple colours, scans, copies and prints from the network or even authorized devices will become more common.

Entire copy rooms will increasingly be paired down to single units which do everything, with benefits regarding both efficiency and cost.

Trends are also focusing more and more on the fact that workers are taking advantage of the mobile networks to do more and more work away from the office, or at the very least away from their traditional desktop.

2017 will see printers increasingly compatible with phone and tablet technology, allowing hard copies to be printed directly rather than requiring them to be ported to a desktop or company server before printing. Additionally, scans can be delivered directly to the phone in question, rather than passing through an e-mail server, eliminating both time and a potential security loophole.

This means that you and your employees will not only be able to do more, but they will do so with less while paying less.

With much of the technology inherent in printers now optimized, and components dropping in price, the emphasis is on decreasing the cost of printers both to own and to operate. This means lower printing costs for you overall while gaining access to new features, especially regarding cloud and mobile printing.

It also means less need to pay for multiple machines, as functions are combined into a single unit.

So call us today, to learn how 2017 can be a year of decreased cost and hassle for you!

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Did you know that office clutter can really affect the way you work? Excess things in your immediate environment can have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information. This is what neuroscientists at Princeton University found out when they studied how people performed different takes in an organised versus disorganised environment. The study also showed that clutter in your surroundings essentially competes for your attention, which results in reduced performance and increased stress. 

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Toshiba's Hybrid Eco-Printer Wins Better Buys Editor's Choice Award

Office Equipment Authority recognises Toshiba's Eco-Printer

Toshiba'S e-STUDIO™4508LP, the world's first hybrid copier capable of producing erasable as well as standard monochrome prints, earned Better Buys Q3 2017 Editor's Choice Award. The industry's first-of-its-kind product received the coveted honour by outperforming a wide array of other monochrome copiers in side-by-side comparisons.

Better Buys editors were especially impressed by the e-STUDIO4508LP's eco and cost-savings elements as well as the product's erasable toner. Featuring Toshiba's proprietary erasable toner, the e-STUDIO™4508LP enables paper reuse by erasing all printed content on the page.

“The Toshiba e-STUDIO4508LP utilises the same strong features as Toshiba’s other copiers," said Better Buys editor Melissa Pardo-Bunte. "However, it has innovative hybrid printing technology that will reduce expenses while limiting organisations' carbon footprints.”

The e-STUDIO4508LP has innovative hybrid printing technology that will reduce expenses while limiting organisations' carbon footprints..

Content produced using the hybrid copier's erasable toner is erased by simply loading pages into a designated cassette or the bypass tray and pressing the Erase button on the e-STUDIO4508LP's front panel.

The product's rules-based printing setting is another eco-conscious element engineered within Toshiba's hybrid copier. This feature enables users to select toner setting defaults based on the application. As a result, temporary items, such as emails, may be designated to print in erasable toner to conserve paper while more permanent documents such as those printed from Microsoft Word may be assigned to print in standard monochrome toner.

"The Toshiba team is excited about our hybrid copier's selection as Better Buys Q3 2017 Editor's Choice," said Bill Melo, Toshiba America Business Solutions chief marketing executive. "Our game changing e-STUDIO4508LP copier is already resonating with customers looking to operate in a more sustainable manner."

In addition to winning Better Buys Q3 2017 Editor's Choice Award, Toshiba has earned Better Buys' Innovative Product of the Year Award four out of the last five years.

About Better Buys

After more than 20 years as a trusted authority on office equipment, Better Buys is now a rebranded site that offers resources to help companies in the market for Business Intelligence solutions, HR Software, CMMS Systems, as well as printers, copiers, and scanners. Leveraging an experienced team of in-house editors, Better Buys offers a range of content and resources designed to help organizations make smarter purchasing decisions, including expert reviews, authoritative whitepapers & reports, insightful market research, comprehensive buyer’s guides, and more. For more information, visit

Future Looks Grim For SanDisk As Toshiba Tells Them To ‘Shove Off’.

SanDisk whose products are significantly over priced in Australia is facing major problems with parent Company Western Digital now battling to retain a foot in the door at Toshiba.

Dumped by Apple SanDisk is dependent on the production coming out of Toshiba factories for their memory, now Toshiba wants to rid itself of both SanDisk and Western Digital. At the weekend Toshiba took another stab at its U.S. joint venture partner, Western Digital Corp., saying it has no rights to new chip production that’s vital to the future of both companies.

The latest escalation of the fight between the two centres on a new factory called Fab 6. Toshiba said it will build the plant without any participation from its U.S. partner, thereby cutting off Western Digital from chips made with the factory’s new technology. Western Digital inherited its stake in the joint venture when it bought SanDisk who after being dumped by Apple was acquired by Western Digital.

“Toshiba is dismayed by Western Digital’s pattern of exaggerating SanDisk’s rights under the relevant agreements,” the Tokyo-based company said Friday in a statement.

“Despite claims to the contrary, Western Digital does not now possess any legal ‘rights’ to participate in this phase of investment, which is an important investment in the next generation of flash memory.”

Western Digital soon countered with a statement of its own, saying Toshiba’s position is wrong and affirming its rights.

“The terms of the agreements and our related legal rights are clear, and we remain confident that we will receive our share of any capacity from Fab 6,” the San Jose, California-based company said. “We are continuing our constructive dialogue with Toshiba on this and other matters.”


On Friday, a judge in San Francisco agreed to change a temporary restraining order — prohibiting Toshiba from blocking Western Digital employees access to shared databases and other joint-venture facilities — into a preliminary injunction. The order also requires Toshiba to continue to supply materials and sample wafers to Western Digital in the U.S.

Western Digital needs to retain access to output from new Toshiba factories as improvements in manufacturing technology are one of the key determinants of success in the memory chip industry. Newer plants and equipment typically produce better semiconductors more cheaply.

Toshiba said the talks haven’t proved fruitful.

“Toshiba provided an investment proposal to SanDisk earlier this year,” it said in the statement. “Despite numerous meetings and negotiations, including at the CEO to CEO level, Toshiba’s proposal was not accepted on the timetable set out in the agreements.”

Western Digital shares declined 4 percent Friday to close at $81.17 in New York. The stock has gained 19 percent this year.

Konica Minolta Starts Presale of Kunkun body, a Body Odor Measuring Solution, through Crowdfunding in Japan
Using an Odor Measuring Platform Developed Jointly with Osaka Institute of Technology

Tokyo (July 31, 2017) - Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) started presale of Kunkun body, a body odor measuring solution, in Japan on July 13, 2017, through Business Innovation Center (BIC) Japan, an organization responsible for developing new businesses in response to regional and market needs. In preselling the device, Konica Minolta is using the Makuake crowdfunding service ( Window), a platform which solicits support for innovative ideas.

For Kunkun body, Konica Minolta uses an odor measuring platform developed jointly with Osaka Institute of Technology through open innovation.


Presale of Kunkun body

Prior to the official launch, Konica Minolta started presale of Kunkun body on Thursday, July 13, 2017, using the Makuake crowdfunding service, a platform which solicits support for innovative ideas ( Window).

Makuake is the most accessed and one of the largest platforms in Japan and has supported about 2,500 projects to date, and thus will increase public recognition and understanding of Kunkun body.
By preselling Kunkun body, Konica Minolta aims to gauge the response of its supporters, and thus offer solutions to better address various social issues for the good of society.

Following the presale of Kunkun body, Konica Minolta will offer the device for trial use in the following facilities and stores:

  • Umeda campus of Osaka Institute of Technology
  • NEUTRALWORKS.TOKYO by Goldwin sportswear manufacturer in Kita-Aoyama
  • THE NORTH FACE + Grand Front Osaka store, MXP deodorant underwear section
  • Selected Loft stores

At Loft stores, Kunkun body will be on display in accordance with the following schedule.

  • August 5 (Sat.) - August 8 (Tue.), 2017
    Sendai Loft, next to the 2nd floor main entrance
  • August 5 (Sat.) - August 6 (Sun.), 2017
    Sapporo Loft, 6th floor, Esta
  • August 11 (Fri.) – August 13 (Sun.), 2017
    Senri Bampaku Loft, 1st floor, LaLaport EXPOCITY; Tenjin Loft, 2nd floor
  • July 16 (Sun.) – August 16 (Wed.), 2017
    Umeda Tsutaya Bookstore

Joint Development with Osaka Institute of Technology

Konica Minolta BIC Japan has been working to identify and examine social problems relating to odors from customers’ viewpoints to offer solutions to such problems to society.

Meanwhile, the Faculty of Robotics and Design of Osaka Institute of Technology has been studying ways of distinguishing different odors through neural network-based AI technology using gas sensors, led by Dr. Shigeru Omatsu, visiting professor.

By using several gas sensors, Konica Minolta BIC Japan and Osaka Institute of Technology jointly developed a technology to identify the characteristics of individual odors, learn the differences, and discriminate among different odors. The result is a new odor measuring platform.

The technology is effective not only for measuring body odors, but also for solving problems relating to odors with its ability to visualize odors around us.

Konica Minolta and Osaka Institute of Technology have been jointly developing the device and solutions to visualize odors by combining their respective technologies through open innovation and industry-university cooperation, enabling them to complete the process from planning to commercialization of Kunkun body in only two years or so.

Kunkun body

1. Value offered by Kunkun body

With its pioneering ability to measure body odors*, Kunkun body can display levels of three major body odors, namely sweat odor, old-age odor, and sebum (oil) skin odor unique to middle-aged people. Generally speaking, people cannot easily recognize their own odors; they become desensitized through prolonged exposure to the same smell, a phenomenon called odor masking. Kunkun body can easily measure such odors, reducing people’s anxiety about their own body odors that they cannot easily recognize.

2. Main features

Kunkun body, simply consisting of a device and a smartphone application, can measure odors of the scalp, armpits, skin behind the ears, and feet. Measured odor data are sent via Bluetooth and displayed in the smartphone app in 20 seconds or so. Odors are classified into 10 levels, allowing users to objectively decide whether they need to take some deodorizing measures, for example.

Under the brand proposition “Giving Shape to Ideas,” Konica Minolta remains committed to delivering services that offer new value to customers, helping achieve a better society and serving as a company that is vital to society.

Print’s Not Dead

Despite the drive towards digital, the reality is that many small businesses rely on print every day.

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The big buzz in small business these days is the move towards digital business practices, and how it’s changing the landscape. However, there’s one aspect of business that is incredibly important to most small businesses, and it’s something that has been getting lost in all of the digital noise.

Print is still a vital channel for SMBs, in terms of marketing and other elements – and, of course, as much as we would all love to be completely environmentally friendly, just about every small business still uses ink and paper to get by with their day-to-day operations.

“Printed documents are still an integral part of everyday business. Small businesses still have to deal with incoming paper documents such as invoices and documents that need to be printed internally and distributed,” says Andrew Simpson, National Marketing Manager for Toshiba.

“The most important aspect for small businesses is getting the right mix of print and digital workflows to make their business run at maximum efficiency.”

Print solutions

Given that small business is often a paperwork-heavy environment, it stands to reason that in order to operate efficiently and remain competitive, SMB owners would need a print solution.

However, the reality is that a lot of small businesses underestimate how powerful their printer can be as a tool in the workplace. For many, a printer is still perceived as a simple photocopier that spits out a print or copy – but things have changed in recent years, and the humble office printer has evolved.

“The days of the “old photocopier” that could only print, scan and fax are long gone. These days the modern multi-function device (MFD) is like a business hub at the heart of running your small business,” Andrew says.

“They can make your business more productive by streamlining workflows that give the business owner (and their staff) more time to work on more important things, like growing their business,” he says. “They can even help you save money and resources by automating document workflows that previously took staff countless hours to perform.”
The biggest shift has been towards an integrated system, where the printer and software you use are more of a suite of additional tools, services or features that can be installed with your printer to turn complex processes into simple, streamlined workflows.

“Although it is important for devices to have supreme functionality such as cloud or mobile print, it is just as important that these devices are simple to use. Look for a MFD that has a large screen or a UI (user interface) that is customisable and has tablet like functionality, i.e. pinch and swipe,” Andrew says. “That way you can tailor your MFD to suit your business needs.”Big businesses have been using systems like this for years – largely because of the fact that the cost of having a print solution put together, along with a behemoth-sized printer, was huge.

These days, the cost of a print solution has come down by quite a large percentage, and the big players in the market have come up with tailored solutions specifically with small business in mind.

That’s because SMB owners need their printing solution to address the pain points of their business work flows. Printing is no longer just about the devices, but an integrated software and hardware solution.

Each business is different and the printing environment should reflect this. Some of the considerations should be: how many and which devices are needed, the ability to control printing from both a sustainability and fiscal responsibility perspective, document security, as well as the full cost scenario including installation, service and support.

This allows you to reuse the same piece of paper up to 5 times. The benefit of this is a reduction in paper consumption by up to 80%, and a reduction in your CO2 emissions by up to 50%.

Environmentally friendly

As print solutions continue to evolve, so do the demands of small business owners – and one of the more frequent reasons the SMB owners give for wanting to make changes to the way they use print is environmental.

The good news is that recent developments in this part of the industry have produced some truly startling results.

“Our e-STUDIO3508lp is an ECO friendly printer that allows you to print and then erase the toner on the page,” says Andrew. “This allows you to reuse the same piece of paper up to 5 times. The benefit of this is a reduction in paper consumption by up to 80%, and a reduction in your CO2 emissions by up to 50%.”

What kind of printer should you get?

The current trend in printers is still the ‘all-in-one’ print solution approach – a multi-function unit that does everything a small business would need: print documents, operate as a fax, scan documents, make photocopies and send emails.

And while it’s always tempting to get the latest and greatest, all-bells-and-whistles equipment for your office, before you lay out the capital, ask yourself: do I really need it?
Choosing the right system doesn’t need to be a chore, either. SMB owners really are spoilt for choice, as

“Small business owners need to consider their own systems and document workflows when deciding on what print solution to go with,” Andrew says. “For example, if a small business needs to do a significant amount of double sided scanning to send to the cloud, the business may look at purchasing an MFD with dual scan capabilities with a scan to cloud app.”

It’s good practice to think very clearly about what you need your printer to do. And the easiest way to figure out what you need in a printer is to assess your requirements now, before you need to buy a new one.

Keeping a log of when, and how, you use your printer for a couple of weeks will give you a really solid understanding of your requirements. If you do keep a log, it’s also useful to make a note of the times when you wanted your current printer to behave or perform differently.

For instance, if you find yourself wishing that the printer was faster, or less noisy, make a note of that. Likewise, if you find yourself clutching a document and wishing that you could make a photocopy of it, or scan it in to create a PDF that you can email, then make a note of that, too.

What you’ll be left with is a much clearer idea of what you actually need, and a better understanding of how important any functionality that might be on your ‘wish list’ actually is to your business.

“The best thing to do is speak to a professional that can come in and do a print and document audit to help you work out the best solution for your business,” Andrew adds.

What quality of printer do I need?

This is one of the toughest questions to answer, and to do so will require a certain amount of technical jargon – but bear with us, and we’ll try to explain it as efficiently as possible.

When we talk about “print quality”, we’re discussing the maximum resolution that the printer is capable of producing – and, broadly speaking, the higher the number for DPI (Dots Per Inch), the higher the quality of the finished product… and the higher the price for the printer.

It can be very easy to get a bit carried away when looking at new office hardware, and a common ‘mistake’ is to buy top-of-the-line equipment because you ‘might need it, one day’. Unless you’re absolutely positive that you’re going to need something completely whizz-bang in the office, then consider what your actual, day-to-day needs are and purchase accordingly.