Yes, going to the Xerox web site will help understand.
For example, here is a part of their FAQ which appears to deny any
relationship between the P12 and the P1202:
> Frequently Asked Questions
> P1202, P12 Relationship
> Is the DocuPrint P1202 related to the DocuPrint P12?
> Although, the printers share a similar name, they are not related in any way. Therefore, the Driver for the
> DocuPrint P1202 will NOT work on the DocuPrint P12, and the Driver for the DocuPrint P12 will NOT
> work on the DocuPrint P1202.
> Click for Additional FAQs
The suggested retail price for the P12, on the Xerox site, is now $399.
When the printer was introduced about 5 years ago, the suggested retail
price was $700. Yes, that is the common everyday nothing special price
drop for a hardware product over several years in the computer business.
The suggested retail price for the new (unrelated) P1202 is $699.
If Xerox claims are true - no relationship except similar number -
between the P12 and P1202, then the impression that the price difference
is just the 1200dpi stuff isn't conclusive.
Then the alleged comparison of prices comes into question of "is it
apples vs apples or apples vs oranges?"
Not only have we seen large drops in prices of laser printers over the
years, but the performance climbs. 12 vs 1202 for the same product
Of course, the same thing has happened with scanners. More DPI (up from
200 to 300 then 600 and now 1200 DPI) and the prices are falling.
CPU's are in the same family as well. Faster CPU's every year, and the
Introductory Intel CPU price used to be $1,000 (about 1992 4986-50 MHZ)
and it has dropped to about $800 for today's newest released CPU's that
are more than 10X faster than the old ones.
We're beating a dead horse to death here.
MORE, BETTER, FASTER and CHEAPER is the rule of the business in the long
run. That is all that we are seeing.
Oh, yeah, some folks appear not able to relate technical, speed and
economic progress in scanners with printers with CPU's with memory with
......... But I won't mention any names.
> > > Hi all,
> > > I am trying to figure out why most manufacturers are dropping or
> > > have already dropped their 600DPI workgroup laser models in favour
> > > of 1200DPI models. By workgroup I mean 10-12ppm 15K-20Kppm. I don't see
> > > why most workgroup situations(small offices and home offices) need 1200DPI.
> > > I think 600DPI is more then enough. But both HP & Xerox don't seem to agree
> > > with me. HP hasn't had a 600DPI workgroup printer for a while and
> > > Xerox just discontinued the P12 to be replaced with the P1202 which is
> > > 1200DPI printer and is about $180 more then the P12. What am I missing here?
> > > Why do the big companies think small offices need 1200DPI?
> > > Mark
> > I just saw the Xerox P1202 in a catalog at a price of $600 US. Was the
> > P12 model really $180 below that price?
> I guess I'll answer my own question. I checked out Xerox site, and I
> guess the P12 could be $180 below cost of P1202 depending on where and
> when purchased.
> I also noticed that the P1202 has some other differences besides just
> the higher resolution. The P1202 has a standard interface for USB, in
> addition to the parallel interface. USB support is going to have to be a
> consideration in the future. The P1202 has a standard memory of 4 MB
> instead of the 2 MB included for the P12. For a small office, 4 MB is
> better for a small office, even when a resolution setting of 600 dpi is
> used. Also, the tray capacity (input and output) of the P1202 is larger
> for the P12.