Could inkjets be the future of printing? Epson’s WorkForce Pro range is well established as a serious alternative to laser printers and HP’s Officejet Pro X recently claimed the record for the world’s fastest desktop printer. Not to be outdone, Brother has thrown its hat into the ring with the HL-S7000DN, a mono inkjet printer that will print at a staggering 100 pages per minute.
Aimed squarely at the corporate market, the HL-S7000DN is a high volume workgroup printer which uses a large capacity 30,000 page ink cartridge. It also has a maximum paper capacity of 2,100 sheets which, along with features like Gigabit networking and duplex printing, make it seem more like a workgroup laser.
Gone are the days when inkjet printers were slow, inefficient and unreliable; as well as blistering speed, the HL-S7000DN can handle some serious throughput. Its recommended monthly print volume is 5,000 to 20,000 sheets, which is the same as the HP LaserJet Enterprise 600 M603.
In addition to speed and durability, the HL-S7000DN can boast solid environmental credentials. Using innovative cold process technology, HL-S7000DN has a TEC (Typical Electrical Consumption) of just 1.5kWh per week, which is 60% lower than comparable laser printers. This means that the HL-S7000DN has a significantly smaller carbon footprint than a laser device, earning it a coveted Blue Angel certification.
So, are inkjets taking the place of laser printers? In our article, Inkjet is the New Laser, we concluded that business inkjets were an attractive proposition for smaller companies but that larger businesses would be inclined to stick with lasers. The Brother HL-S7000DN could be about to change that.
The HL-S7000DN is faster than a laser printer, with laser-comparable features, duty cycle, cartridge capacity and paper capacity – it even looks like a laser printer. Brother also offers a range of workflow solutions with the HL-S7000DN, including print management software and a customisable interface.
Cementing its position as a genuine enterprise machine, the HL-S7000DN is also available on a managed print service, giving you the option to lease the hardware and pay for supplies on a per-click basis. The MPS includes installation, training, service and a web portal which enables you to manage your network printers quickly and easily.
We firmly believe that managed print is the best way forward for the vast majority of businesses so it’s essential that MPS is available for any machine with pretensions to being a business device.
We’re also keen on devices which do their bit to safeguard the environment, so the HL-S7000DN ticks all our boxes – on paper at least. How it performs in the field is another matter but devices like this could well play a big part in the future of office printing.
by Anthony Morgan