Do it all

For small- to medium-size enterprises(SMEs), printing can be quite critical.

September 15, 2011
Sandy MacIsaac

Purchasingb2b: July/August 2011

For small- to medium-size enterprises(SMEs), printing can be quite critical. SMEs may not have the deep pockets of a large organization, but they still want their printed collateral to look as if they do. Also quite critical are finding ways to save money and space, and cut costs. So when it comes to a printing solution, SMEs are often looking for all of the above in a multifunction unit. In response, many providers offer multifunction printers with professional print quality, a small footprint and loads of other bells and whistles. Here are just a few of those units.

Hewlett-Packard just launched what it has billed its most compact multifunction printer yet. The HP LaserJet Pro 100 colour MFP M175nw is ideal for SMEs and offers professional quality printing, copying and scanning. It also comes with built-in features such as HP Auto-On/Auto-Off, which automatically turns off the device to help businesses conserve energy. It also comes with Instant-on Technology, which uses a quick-heating fuser system that warms rapidly and cools quickly. The company says that with its energy-efficient toner, users will use less printing related energy. The system also comes with both Ethernet and wireless connectivity. And with HP ePrint, businesses can print from virtually anywhere.

Xerox offers SMEs its WorkCentre 6505. Users can copy, e-mail, fax, print and scan with the unit. The system comes with the company’s EA toner technology that gives users crisp text and printed images, and is the same toner used in its professional graphic-arts colour devices. The 6505 has a print resolution of up to 600 x 600 x 4 dpi and uses toner-only cartridges that produce 80 per cent less waste than comparable colour devices using integrated print cartridges. Users can choose manual two-sided printing or upgrade to automatic duplexing.

Canon offers its imageClass MF8350Cdn colour laser printer, which features an Auto-Duplex function with the ability to print, copy and fax two-sided documents from single-sided originals. It comes with a front-loading design that provides easier access to the control panel and paper sources. It features On-Demand SURF (Surface Rapid Fixing) technology, which uses a linear ceramic heater that heats instantly for fast warm-up speeds and Quick First Prints. The company says this results in up to a 75 percent reduction in energy consumption. It also features Superior Color Imaging Technology that can capture fine details and help images stay true to the originals. It’s also equipped with ID Card Copy, Auto Fax Forwarding and Searchable PDF. The system uses approximately three watts of energy during Energy Saving Mode and meets Energy Star guidelines.

Epson offers its WorkForce 840 All-in-One Printer. The company says it delivers high-speed, automatic, two-sided colour printing, copying, scanning and faxing. The system uses instant-dry four-colour DURABrite Ultra Ink, which means prints are smudge, fade and water resistant. The system uses up to 70 per cent less power than laser printers, its Energy Star qualified and it’s designed to be recycled. It comes with a 7.8” smart touch panel. It can be shared wirelessly with multiple PCs on a network, using Easy Epson Wi-Fi Certified n. It also prints directly from an iPhone, Black Berry or other mobile device.

From Brother there’s the MFCJ6710DW colour inkjet with up to 11”x17” size print, copy, scan and fax capability. It offers the optional Super High-Yield ink cartridges, which means users only replace the colour they need. It features 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking, 500-sheet paper capacity with dual paper trays and up to 35 sheet automatic document feeder. It also offers up to 6000 x 1200 dpi.

Lexmark offers the Platinum Pro905 with, what it says, is the lowest black ink cost. The system also includes individual XL cartridges that give users more yield between cartridge changes. The unit comes with a myTouch 4.3” LCD touch screen. It’s also web-connected so users can create customized SmartSolutions to view and print web content or create one-touch apps to simplify routine tasks. Users can also scan and save information from business cards, up to eight cards at a time and synch the information with address book software.

Konica Minolta has the bizhub 20, which offers a print resolution up to 2400 x 600 dpi and fast warm up of 18 seconds or less. It has a toner yield of up to 8,000 pages. Along with its print/copy output up to 32 pm, the bizhub 20 offers built-in scanning and high-speed fax. Features include Scan-to-Email, Scan-to-FTP and Scan-to-SMB for sharing files. It prints on paper up to 8.5”x11” letter and 8.5”x14” legal and standard duplexing helps users save.

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