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The "razors and razor blade" analogy is always the first to be employed when analysts -- or technology reporters -- begin their discussions of the copier/printer business. If you're HP or Xerox, you sell the machine once, but you really make your money supplying customers with ink cartridges, toner and other supplies during the life of that machine. That's why the new ColorQube 9200 office printer, announced Thursday by Xerox, could be a significant development in the industry.
Xerox came out with solid ink printing years ago - they have been using it in the "Phaser" line or solid ink printers. This is simply a consumer version, and while the ink itself is cheaper, something new that a consumer is going to need to learn to live with is having to occasionally buy oil. (The drum needs to be oiled before the waxy ink can be laid on it.)
When Xerox bought Techtronix with it came their "solid" (Crayon) ink technology which I had in a monster sized printer in 1989. So the technology is not new, and if it's so good, cost effective and green why then was Techtronix in a position to be bought. One would think that would have made TT a major player. The one thing that I really remember is prints look like crayon and scraps off just as easily. AND the machine took forever to heat up, eating $$$ in power.
Xrocks is just recycling old technology claiming it as new"er". Ya know the analogy: lipstick (wax), pigs and stuff?
The funny thing is that I have a Techtronix Laser (toner) printer that I use now and it's pretty good. So if this new"er" technology is so great why then is there still toner machines coming out of Xrocks/TT?