*NEWS*DELL CONDEMNS L.PRINTER POWER WASTE

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*NEWS*DELL CONDEMNS L.PRINTER POWER WASTE

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    Dell condemns laser printer power waste
    Personal printers are grossly inefficient compared with network printers
    burning
    extra power which dwarfs the toner bill and bloats companies’ carbon
    footprint, according to Dell.The company claims personal laser printers
    cost €85 per year in power costs alone, compared with €5 per user each
    year for a networked printer. Users continue to provide them because
    they are simply unaware of the costs involved, says Dell’s
    research.Seventy-nine percent of IT managers simply don’t know the cost
    of running their printers, according to a Dell survey of
    small-to-medium businesses in the UK, France and Germany. Ninety
    percent of managers don’t restrict printing in any way, and more than
    half of them (58 percent) don’t even know how many printers they have
    in their organisation.”There are thousands of personal printers out
    there, because IT staff feel people need them,” said Stephen Burt,
    Dell’s European imaging business manager. Around 40 percent of these in
    business are personal laser printers, he said which are power-hogs:
    “The power costs are much greater than the toner costs.”

    Laser
    printers are inefficient when they are lightly used, because the drum
    mechanism is kept hot for half an hour after each use, in case of
    further printing, he said. A group of thirty users with personal mono
    printers will use 17,000 kWh of power per year, costing €85 per user,
    he said – figures which assume three hours printing each day, and the
    power consumption of a comparatively efficient modern laser such as
    they Dell 1110.A single networked printer could replace all thirty
    personal printers and print the same number of pages for only 1,000 kWh
    per year, which works out at €5 in power costs. Consumables would also
    cost less for the networked printer.Centralised printing could also
    manage the arrival of colour lasers, which are now becoming cheap
    enough to use across the organization, said Burt. Networked printers
    are more likely to have controls that can ration colour printing to
    certain users, so it is used where it will be effective.Currently at
    number eight in printer market share in Europe (and number six in
    colour lasers) Dell hopes economy and efficiency measures will move it
    up the league table. Higher placed manufacturers such as HP are often
    felt to be focusing on selling more ink and toner.Comparing efficiency
    of colour printers could become easier with the arrival of new ISO
    standards to compare printer yields, including ISO 24712, a set of
    colour test pages. “You can now compare colour printer yields between
    vendors,” he said. Till now, printer makers have been free to define
    their own test pages, allowing them to achieve unrealistically high
    yields.Lexmark’s recent inclusion of Wi-Fi as standard in lower-end
    printers, is misplaced in devices which are rarely mobile, said Burt:
    “Ninety-eight percent of people don’t use Wi-Fi,” he said, asking why
    the majority should pay for a feature which can add an extra £50 to the
    price of a printer. Dell offers Wi-Fi with optional USB dongles. “When
    98 percent of people want it, it will be a standard.”