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Printing and Peripherals

Lexmark Exits Inkjet Business

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Lexmark Exits Inkjet Business

Lexmark continues its shift from hardware- to solutions-centric company as it sells off its inkjet-related technology and assets to long-time partner Funai Electric for around $100 million.

Through the deal Funai acquires over 1500 inkjet patents, Lexmark R&D assets and tools, all outstanding shares, a Philippines manufacturing facility and other inkjet-related technologies, allowing the Japanese CE vendor to make own-branded inkjet hardware and supplies.

The 2 companies have had a 15-year relationship, with Funai making inkjet printer hardware Read more...

Fujitsu Intros ScanSnap iX500

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Fujitsu Intros ScanSnap iX500

Fujitsu launches an addition to the ScanSnap series-- the ScanSnap iX500 scanner with built-in wifi connectivity allowing "PC-less" scanning to Android and iOS mobile devices. 

Also compatible with Mac OS and Windows PCs via USB 3.0, the iX500 takes a "scan-to-everywhere" approach with easy scanning to cloud-based storage services such as Evernote, Google Docs, Dropbox, SugarSync and Salesforce. 

The scanners appears on Windows PCs as a "ScanSnap Folder," essentially a Windows folder one can open from any program or web application. 

A built-in GI Read more...

Print on Nails at CES 2013

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Print on Nails at CES 2013

Stare for long enough into the abyss and the abyss will stare back at you, Nietzsche said. Or, in the case of CES 2013, you will get a look from the maddest things at the show-- such as the Tat'z Nail'z nail inkjet printer.

The name says it all, really. The oddly named device first takes a photo before printing it on your fingernails. The process is surprisingly quick (around 10 seconds) and soon enough you too can have a photo-quality image of your own face on a fingernail or two.

Perhaps thankfully a selection of different non-face images also Read more...

RIP, Lexmark Inkjets

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RIP, Lexmark Inkjets

In a perhaps unsurprising move, Lexmark kills its inkjet printer business as part of "restructuring action," closing off a Philippines inkjet supply manufacturing facility and eliminating all global injket development efforts.

The cost cutting measure (one Lexmark hopes will bring annual savings of up to $95 million) also eliminates 1700 jobs worldwide. The company already cut 625 jobs earlier.

The Lexmark inkjet printer business was not a very healthy one-- H2 2012 inkjet revenues for the company are down by -66% Y-o-Y.

The company will instead Read more...

Deutsche Bank Analyst: "Dead-Tree Format is Dying"

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Deutsche Bank Analyst:

A research note from Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore leaves very little to the imagination-- the title says "Dead-tree format is dying," and the inside shows the inevitable decline of all printer vendors over the last few years. 

The research combines supplies and hardware revenues from major printer vendors (including Canon, Epson, HP, Xerox and Lexmark) over the last 10 quarters, showing dramatic declines in both unit shipments and revenues. 

Results for Q2 2012 are "particularly weak as Canon, Epson, Lexmark and Xerox all missed expectations," Read more...

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