Epson will end production of laser printers in 2026 for environmental reasons

When it comes to printers, we mainly have two concepts, inkjet and laser. Since when Epson he came up with his ITS printers, which literally revolutionized the market for original printing solutions, but Epson’s gradual departure from lasers in all categories could be seen. From very expensive ink cartridges, the complete replacement of which was usually a four-digit number in crowns for a few hundred printed pages, we have also gone from several crown costs for printing one page to a few pennies with consumer printers for households. Other manufacturers started to copy Epson (eg Canon) and they too have their own ITS systems. In a positive way, printing costs have surpassed even very expensive corporate laser printers, so Epson has started switching to laser here as well. After all, today it only sells its laser printers in Europe and Asia.

In 2026, it wants to end the production and sale of laser printers for these two continents as well. According to Epson, ink has more potential than laser, however, it still intends to support users of existing laser printers, i.e. by producing replacement parts and cartridges. According to Epson, the reason for the transition is to protect the environment. It’s a fact that laser printers use an order of magnitude more than inkjet printers and, according to the company, have 85% lower carbon emissions than a comparably fast laser printer. Speed ​​is one of the parameters that has long spoken in favor of laser printers, however, inkjet models, which can also handle 40 to 60 pages per minute, should soon become the standard in the business world.

Inkjet printers also have 59% fewer replaceable parts, basically only the ink is refilled and the waste ink container is changed, which is, on the other hand, a frequent target of criticism towards Epson, that it does not take ecology seriously at all, when due to such a detail, software it blocks the printer and artificially requires service intervention. As we showed ourselves a few years ago, in principle it does not have to be anything complicated at all if the printer is designed well, which is the case for some Epsons, for example, and there is not the slightest reason to prohibit the user from doing so (the situation in this respect, however, has recently after all, it improves over time). With laser printers, it is necessary to change not only the toner, but also many other hardware components of the printer (e.g. the imaging cylinder). However, one problem remains. What about users who print only occasionally? This is where the laser has an insurmountable advantage, as the ink just dries up with all the effort, and restarting the printer usually wastes a huge amount of ink.

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