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Lexmark exits inkjet printer business, Sony drops optical disc drives

By Shawn Knight ยท 11 replies
Aug 29, 2012
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  1. Lexmark has announced they are exiting the inkjet printer business as part of a $160 million restructuring program, resulting in the layoff of some 1,700 employees. The decision is expected to save $85 million next year although the company says...

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  2. jznomoney

    jznomoney TS Rookie Posts: 16

    About time. Every lexmark printer I've had died a horrid death.
  3. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 916   +24

    It's pretty obvious once I no longer see it in retail stores beginning of this year. it's a shame, I always liked lexmark AIO inkjet. the previous that I bought (intuition S505) allows wireless scanning, SD and USB pictbridge printing, for the same price as Canon MG3170 which does neither of those.

    ink cartridges are always the root of the problem, they are not widely available, even years ago when lexmark is still strong. so im now switching to canon for inkjet and fuji xerox for laser.
  4. Lexmark die because of their overpriced ink cartridge. I got a brother laser that has an 8000 page cartridge for probably %50 of Lexmark's price. We are talking about black and white 1200x1200.
  5. mls067

    mls067 TS Enthusiast Posts: 30   +15

    Good riddance. Worst printers I have ever owned. I purchased 2 Dell's all-in-one printers, essentially a re-branded lexmark, and both had the print-heads go bad at almost the exact same time. It cost more to replace the head than it would to just go buy another printer!
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  6. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Booster Posts: 195   +9

    I'm sorry to see Sony drop their optical drives. Sad day.
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +695

    Inkjets overall are a dying breed. For 1/4-1/3 the price you can get a laser printer now and not have to deal with the ridiculous pricing of inkjet cartridges.
  8. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    Show me a consumer grade color laser printer that can print photos better than a good inkjet photo printer. You can't. Color Laser is only suitable, with the current technology, for business applications or for people that have no interest in printing frame worthy photos.

    Inkjet will be around for many years to come.
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  9. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +695

    If you're using inkjet printers to print photos, then you're wasting a LOT of money in ink refills. It's significantly cheaper to go to your local drugstore, Wal-Mart, whatever and have them print them for you off of a USB stick or CD. I routinely see ads for 8 x 7 inch prints at 10 for $5.00 at my local drugstore. It'll cost you $50 to restock an inkjet printer where you'll be lucky to get twenty 8 x 7 prints before one of the ink cartridges runs out.
  10. Like several others commented, thank god. Lexmark printers were, by far, the lousiest quality printers I've ever owned or come in contact with. Not just printers, I'd say they were the single lowest-quality pieces of technology in general I'd ever used.
  11. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    I've never gotten a decent photo from Wal-Mart (their colors are usually off), and I get at least 75 high quality 13x19's out of my canon pro9000 II before I need to replace the cartridges. I pay $85 for all 8 ink cartridges, but that is absolutely nothing when the prints sell for $25 each.

    I see your point about going to wal-mart if you're talking about someone that prints a couple photos here and there of their grandchildren, but their "professional quality" photos are a joke, especially when they refuse to print 99% of the type of photos I do anyway.
  12. Blue Falcon

    Blue Falcon TS Addict Posts: 161   +51

    I went to Walmart and got 300 photos done for cheap, but after they came out, I threw them in the garbage. Went out and bought a Canon Pro9000 II. The difference in quality is incomparable. For black and white prints though for text documents the laser printer makes a lot of sense, however.
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