Hollanders has put an end to the standard service contract for its original ColorBooster 230 machines. Instead it will be offering its existing customers ad hoc maintenance options and trying to persuade them to invest in one of the newer machines.
The 230 was originally introduced in 2004, and although it’s true that technology has moved on since then, part of the attraction of the ColorBooster machines is their rugged construction and longevity.
This raises the interesting question as to what sort of lifespan we can reasonably expect from a printer, and over what sort of period can we expect vendors to support those printers? Ten years is certainly a long time in terms of digital printers, but not all the machines in service will be that old and there are cheaper printers available if you expect to have to upgrade more frequently.