If your business is paying a third party to manage your printers, Kyocera claims it could reduce your colour printing bill.
Not all colour pages use the same amount of toner, so why should you pay the same for all of them?
One problem is that with some of these arrangements, a 'colour page' is one that uses even the slightest amount of toner other than black.
Which is why a press release sent to us from Kyocera about something called 'three tier' colour billing caught our attention.
A 'basic colour' page is the cheapest (Kyocera's press release didn't mention the actual prices per page) and allows a small amount of colour such as a company logo.
Then there's 'office colour' for pages that contain elements such as a chart alongside some text, and 'creative colour' (the most expensive) for jobs such as brochures and presentations.
Kyocera claims this arrangement can reduce colour printing costs by as much as half.
This isn't a completely new idea, though.
Around five years ago, HP introduced its 'Color Accent' feature on certain printers that were charged on a per-page basis.
With Color Accent, a page with a small amount of colour (for example, a Word document containing a URL or two in the default blue amid otherwise black text) were counted as monochrome.