JUNE EDITORIAL FROM AN IBM DEALER
JUNE EDITORIAL FROM AN IBM DEALER
2005-06-13 at 11:11:00 am #11482
June, 2005 Editorial
In the continuing saga of IBM 4247′s, this latest
news: IBM has apparently caught up with their order backlog (since August ’04)
and has “re-announced” the product line. The product isn’t so hot to begin with,
but the users typically follow the safest path, which is the IBM product. Not
that there are many other alternatives for desktop impact printers anyway. I
still hold fast to my recommendation of the 4230 conversion kits. But that’s
what you’d expect me to say.
They have also “pre-announced” a replacement
product for their existing 4400 series thermal printers. Their new line will
offer built in RFID functionality, and other enhancements. I expect some
announcements of newer monochrome and color laser printers as well.
month I’d like to revisit the Thin Client market. For all those who don’t yet
understand the vast improvements this brings to your users, this is likely to be
a pleasant surprise. Over the last several years, standards have emerged in the
client/PC market which are increasingly making the Personal Computer overkill
for most corporate applications. The concept of a PC-like appliance may be the
easiest to comprehend. All the functional attributes of a conventional PC may
end up becoming their weakest point(s). So many updates, changes, tweaks,
patches, viruses, etc. Its a small wonder that more users haven’t moved to the
newer model of infrastructure.
Several companies have attempted to enter
the market and some have failed. Others are also-rans, as price drives their
sales. The real winners are those with a proprietary advantage. I favor two
here, but there are others with attributes you may find more useful. I like
ComputerLab International and I-O Corporation. Why? Because of the maturity
of their product lines and their die-hard support of the dealer community. The
benefits of these commitments are palpable. The products are continually
improving, and they listen to the dealer community for advice and improvements.
In the long run, a supportable, dependable installation depends on a reliable
and consistent manufacturer. Both are excellent. One more thing bears
mention: They both offer a novel and awesome product that will allow
replacement of “dumb” terminals with an ethernet version without all the
overhead of a thin-client or a PC. You turn it on and it boots to a terminal
session. Simple, easy, perfect.
Additionally, there are the older
“hybrid” products like the IBM 3488 and 3483. Terminal logic bases with
Both IBM and Lexmark have continued to refresh
their laser printer offerings, providing ever more features and speeds for the
same or less money. Not that it’s any big surprise, but the money is in the
toners. Beware of what you wish for, though. The machines aren’t made quite as
well and the toners are more expensive. I recommend the older ones, but who can
stop the forward march of change? I wrote last month about reducing total cost,
and there are those that understand and implement it. I can only make a strong
case. The rest is up to you.
In additional to the many other changes, IBM
has closed its refurbishing facility for large print engines in Endicott. That
should mean more business trickling down to the third party market, but so far
we haven’t noticed any significant up tick.
IDG has some awesome
enhancements coming based on their wildly successful 9074 product line. If you
are in the market for a 3174 replacement, don’t let marketing be your guide.
Find out the facts about these products.
Here’s the latest hots and
IBM 4000-id3/id4 Venerable printer with excellent Roll
Systems attachment options (ID3: PAGE COUNT = 25,777,683 W/FEATURES: 4840, 9403,
9410, 4404, 4540, 4481; ID4: COUNT 25,933,478 W/FEATURES:
IBM 2770-001 InfoPrint 70. We
have one of only a couple in the market now.
IBM 6400-015, 008, 050, P50 Get
them while they’re still cheap.
IBM 1352n and 1352 (4528-n01, 4528-001) over
250 pieces sitting NEW IN BOX below dealer cost.
IBM 4230-102′s. Most others
are fairly tight
InfoPrint 1228 (4928-001) – 28ppm in color!
(4370) High-quality, continuous forms printer
Lexmark 2480 – fast and durable
desktop narrow carriage impact printer
Lexmark Optra E 4026-070 cute 8ppm
Lexmark Optra M410 – more just in
S1250, 1255, 1855’s – lots and lots sitting (most with ethernet).
Optra S1625 16ppm laser at a great value, Huge quantity of units sitting
Lexmark Optra S2455 — 24ppm laser
Lexmark Optra Se3455 – 34 pages
per minute and cheap-to-keep (16)
Lexmark T612′s — over 70 units in stock
Lexmark T522′s – over 300 pieces in stock now.
Lexmark T620 and
T620n’s – 23 in stock now.
Lexmark T630′s — over 100 units in stock
Lexmark Optra W810 – 35ppm and 11×17 in a very solid printer.
external Ethernet print servers 4034-103 – over 100… less than $50
Lexmark 4227plus- fast ASCII impact printer
More trays and drawers
for above lasers than I care to admit….
upgrades for IBM and Lexmark machines (we have a few)
Lexmark Optra T520
Lexmark Optra T616
Lexmark Optra T610
IBM 1100 (45xx series) series (1120, 1125, 1130,
1140). We have a few of each
IBM 1145 (45xx series)
IBM 4247-003 – one left
IBM 4232-302 -Less than
IBM 4224-1e3 twinax