Lomond EvoJet Office

10/20/2012 9:19:12 AM

Genuine evolutionary leaps are rare in the printer world, but the London EvoJet Office is just that, claiming colour print speeds of 60 ppm.

With standard inkjets, the print head scythes left and right across the page as the paper is fed through. The EvoJet uses Memjet technology, where a single massive print ahead – 223 mm wide and with 70,000 print nozzles remains static, lazying down a ‘waterfall’ of ink as the paper passes through. The nozzles create 1 Picoliter ink drops, the same size as the leading Canon PIXMAs, and Lomond says the fixed head makes it more durable than a standard inkjet engine.

Description: Lomond EvoJet Office

The Lomond EvoJet’s astonishingly fast output is made possible by its ‘waterfall’ print head

We were skeptical of such heady claims as we set up the device. It has a low, long shape, with the four ink tanks dropped in from a flap on the top and the paper loaded into a 250-sheet tray in the base. There’s a single-sheet feed at the back, and the only controls are a few buttons on the sloping top. We connected via USB and first printed multiple copies of a single mono page. Sure enough, after around ten seconds of preparation, the pages began spitting out at an amazing 60ppm. We tried again with a full-colour document and the speed didn’t drop at all. Lomond’s claims are bang on the money.

There’s no draft mode – as if you’d need prints any quicker than that – but there is a Best mode. With that engaged, the speed was 30 ppm with every document we tried. Apart from a slightly more solid look to blocks of colour, we really couldn’t see a difference between the two modes, so even at top speed you’ll get clear text and accurate colours. It isn’t perfect – blacks are a bit pale and prints lack the boldness of the best inkjets – but the results are absolutely fine to all but the pickiest eye.

The EvoJet can also print photos, albeit only on A4 paper. We loaded a few glossy sheets and opened out test photomontage in Photoshop. Again, we didn’t expect much, but it came rocketing out at the same speed as a normal print. There were faint lines visible in places, and the detail wasn’t quite there, but with remarkably accurate colours we’d put in a single rung below the best from Canon or HP.

Description: Lomond EvoJet Office

There’s a major downside to all this: the $988.5 price tag. It’s offset to some extend by print costs of 1.1p for a mono page and 3.1p for colour, although you’ll need to shell out $345 to replace the all-important print head after 50,000 pages. It also lacks a few important office features, such as a duplex mode and the ability to add extra paper trays.

We’ll wait to see how this new generation of turbo inkjets develops, but with amazing speed, good quality, and running costs lower than most colour lasers, this is a real advance and an appealing workgroup printer.

Labs team

Price: $988.5



Needs OS X 10.5-10.7 (Mountain Lion support not confirmed)

Pro Incredibly fast. Quality output. Low running costs

Con Large initial outlay.

(MacUser_31 August 2012, 28)

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