Epson has announced that by 2026 will discontinue the sale and distribution of laser printer hardware. The choice is linked to environmental reasons, but also to the potential of inkjet printers which according to the company have a “greater potential”.
Head of sales and marketing, Koichi Kubota, said the inkjet printer consume less energy and have a limited environmental impact. “Laser printers work by heating and fusing toner on a page, Epson’s Heat-Free Inkjet technology consumes less electricity by using mechanical energy to fire ink onto the page. From now on our printing business will focus on inkjet,” Kubota said.
In a 2019 blog post, Epson had already stated that its inkjets use 85% less energy compared to laser printers of similar speeds.
Environmentally, inkjets produce up to 85% less carbon dioxide, but also have 59% fewer replaceable components than lasers.
A few months ago, Epson was accused of making printers stop working after a certain time. The models L130, L220, L310, L360 and L365 have ended up in the crosshairs.
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