As electricity prices increase, the energy consumption of printers is coming under more scrutiny.
Kyocera was among the first printer vendors to stress the need to consider the total cost of ownership throughout a product's life, and the importance of using long-life components to minimise waste.
The company has just announced 15 new printers and multifunction devices that follow in this tradition.
With so many new models we're not going to get into a 'feeds and speeds' discussion, but the new range comprises regular and multifunction printers offering mono and colour output:
- Mono printer: P2035d, P2135d and P2135dn
- Mono multifunction: M2030dn, M2530dn, M2035dn and M2535dn
- Colour printer - P6021cdn, P6026cdn, P6030cdn
- Colour multifunction - M6026cdn, M6526cdn, M6026cidn, and M6526cidn
(Kyocera's web site did not include details of all the new models at the time of writing.)
A big part of Kyocera's claims of low operating costs centre on the way the company designs its products so that the only thing that should need changing during their useful life is the toner.
But as electricity prices increase, energy consumption is coming under increased scrutiny. The new Ecosys models have TEC (total energy consumption) figures as much as 40% less than their predecessors.
Yet performance has not been overlooked: all of the new models feature Gigabit Ethernet plus optional Wi-Fi, along with improved controllers to reduce the time taken to print complex documents.