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 user 2005-06-13 at 11:11:00 am Views: 67
  • #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
    non-proprietary monitors.

    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
    Sweet spots:
    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!
    InfoPrint 62
    (4370) High-quality, continuous forms printer
    Lexmark 2480 – fast and durable
    desktop narrow carriage impact printer
    Lexmark Optra E 4026-070 cute 8ppm
    desktop laser
    Lexmark Optra M410 – more just in
    <>Lexmark Optra
    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
    Lexmark Optra T520
    Lexmark Optra T616
    Lexmark Optra
    Lexmark Optra T610
    IBM 1100 (45xx series) series (1120, 1125, 1130,
    1140).  We have a few of each
    IBM 1145 (45xx series)
    IBM 1312
    IBM 4247-003 – one left
    IBM 4247-V03
    IBM 4232-302 -Less than
    IBM 4224-1e3 twinax

    David T. Mendelson
    Argecy Computer
    27280 Haggerty Road C21
    Farmington Hills, MI
    248-324-1800 x122