It would seem, well, what can already be surprising in printers in 2020. This segment has experienced a transition from matrix to inkjet and then to laser. There was a period in their lives when they were connected only with wires and to the LPT port. Then they learned to cross them with scanners and create multifunctional devices. The latest trend is continuous ink supply printers. But this is only for inkjet models, but what about laser ones? So HP thought so and made a device that prints without a cartridge. What? How? Let’s figure it out.
A printer is supplied (more precisely, an MFP, nevertheless there is a scanner and a copier, but this is not the main thing) in a rather minimalistic configuration. Power cable, USB cable, tray covers, and, most interestingly, a printer refueling kit that looks like a huge syringe. I must note that Neverstop is not the only device, the company has already released four models, but they differ only in the presence of Wi-Fi and a scanner.
Come on. I’m all about packaging and modifications. I wonder how it works if there is no cartridge. No, this is not thermal printing like on store receipts. No, and letters do not magically appear on a piece of paper like on a Harry Potter marauder map. Technically speaking, this is a laser printer. But the toner can be refilled directly into the tank. No replacement cartridge is needed. Basically, it is a refillable laser printer. Manufacturers usually prohibit refilling cartridges and encourage buying new ones. And then HP allowed to do it and came up with a solution itself. Moreover, for continuous toner supply, something similar to CISS is used here, only because it’s a toner, not an ink. It’s called SNPT.
Why is all this necessary? HP is unclear. But for people, it means saving. Count yourself, if you change the cartridge, they usually cost $40-$50, quite expensive. And they are enough for 1000-3000 pages. This is about 4-8 reams of paper. There and then, the toner in a special syringe is enough for 2500 pages, but it costs $10. Considering that the photoconductor has a resource of 20,000 pages (that’s 40 reams of paper, you will have enough for a lifetime), you can refuel the printer only 6 times. And it will cost a little less than $70. If you suddenly run out of resources, then a unit with a drum and a toner tank will cost another $70. Well, agree, not bad!
In general, we calculated that for 10,000 pages in a conventional printer with a resource of 1,000 pages, you would have to pay about $700. It’s not that cheap to print at home. But at Neverstop, the same number of pages will cost only $300. It will be ideal for the office.