Big things in small packages

November 1, 2010
by Purchasingb2b staff

Small businesses can have access to the same office solutions as large and mid-sized companies—even if their budgets are vastly different. More and more, the market is providing offerings that are easy on budgets, cost-effective and multifunctional.

Xerox Corporation’s new Phaser 6140 is one example. The colour laser printer may be compact, but it packs plenty of features. It pairs 600 x 600 x four dots-per-inch (dpi) image resolution with Xerox’s Emulsion Aggregate High Gloss toner to produce crisp text and uniform colour. It comes with Adobe PostScript 3, Pantone colour-approved simulations and Xerox colour-correction technology.

The unit has a paper capacity of 250 sheets—with the option of an additional 250-sheet tray—and can print at speeds of 19 pages per minute (ppm) in colour and 21ppm in black and white. For those counting pennies and paper use, the unit comes with automatic two-sided printing and automatically skips blank pages in a document. There’s also a feature to keep the printer running using black toner when the colour toner needs a refill.

Another system boasting low cost and high functionality is the new C100 Series of colour printers from OKI Data Americas of Mississauga, Ontario, which markets its products under the OKI Printing Solutions brand.

The C100 Series includes two models: the C110 and C130n. The series prints at speeds of up to 20ppm in black and white and five ppm in colour. The C110 offers resolutions of up to 1200 x 600dpi, while the C130n colour has resolutions of up to 600 x 600 x four dpi.

Both units have a capacity of 200 sheets. The C130n can expand its paper capacity to 700 sheets with an optional 500-sheet second paper tray. It also has an optional duplex unit, which allows users to print on both sides of a page.

Small-scale scanner
For businesses whose staff may be on the road, Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered Canon Canada Inc offers a mobile scanner that offers a substantial range of capabilities.

The imageFormula P-150—or Scan-tini, as it’s being marketed—is a personal document scanner that’s slightly bigger than a sheet of paper. It measures 27.9cm long, 9.4cm wide and 4.1cm high and weighs just over two pounds, making it compact and light enough to fit in a briefcase.

The unit comes with an automatic document feeder and can scan a batch of up to 20 documents at speeds of 15ppm in simplex scanning mode or 30ppm in duplex scanning mode.

The Scan-tini includes plug-and-scan capabilities to let users scan documents without installing drivers or imaging applications. It is also outfitted with ISIS and TWAIN drivers for simple hardware integration with third-party enterprise content management software. Finally, it can be powered by a single USB cable connected to a computer.

Bumping up the functionality, a new version of Nuance’s PaperPort document scanning system is now bundled with the P-150. This version can transfer images directly from the scanner to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

Loaded laptops
Also riding the trend towards multifunctionality is Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co, which has just launched new mobile PCs meant for on-the-road users with numerous needs.

The company says its HP TouchSmart tm2 is the industry’s first convertible notebook PC with multitouch display technology. With a digital pen, handwriting appears on the display as digital ink, creating a similar effect to writing on paper. And its standard six-cell battery provides up to nine hours of battery life.

Providing a different set of capabilities is the HP Mini 5102, a full-performance netbook that comes with standard or touch-enabled options. Its features include face recognition tools, the latest Intel Atom N450 processor, multiple connectivity options (including mobile broadband) and a large 25.6-in diagonal LED display available in either WSVGA or HD resolutions. When equipped with optional Broadcom HD video decoder technology, it can play back high-resolution 720-pixel and 1,080-pixel video content.

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