z3100 power usage
Just this morning I got an interesting email from Tom Quinn, who wrote:
I seem to have a very similar printer history and wondered if you would answer a question? I have owned these Epson printers 3000,5500,4000,7600,9600,10000 and now an HP Z3100.
My question concerns power use age and the dreaded fan noise. When the printer is switched off and still plugged in power usage is about 2 watts. After turning the printer on power usage goes up to about 40 watts.
My problem is the lack of ever going into sleep mode. Sleep mode has been set for the default 30 minutes.
The display, green power button, fan and power usage do not change over the entire day.
How does your printer indicate when it is in sleep mode?
It turns out that my z3100, which used to politely enter ‘sleep’ mode and dim the display, no longer does. Like Tom, I’ve fiddled around with the sleep mode timer, to no avail.
My attention was distracted from this problem because for the past few months but as the weather turns colder and I spend more time in the studio, I had just noticed it again.
I’m guessing that it’s some problem with a newer firmware upgrade. Anyone know anything about this? If you have a z3100 it would be interesting to know if your printer’s behavior matches Tom’s and mine, and if your printer’s standby behavior has changed.
Unsurprisingly, Tom’s email response from HP is that they’ve haven’t got a clue. Given recent experiences as part of a beta test program for an HP printer, I am doubtful that anyone at HP would notice if the standby behavior changed across a firmware upgrade.
But whatever. If you’ve got info, even if it’s just to see if your printer does what ours do, chime in in the comments, please