Great leaps forward—September print edition

Recent printers and multi-functional devices offer a variety of ever-changing features

November 30, 2012
by Purchasing b2b staff

The world of printers and multi-function devices is constantly evolving. These devices offer ever-increasing print speeds and improved print and image quality. Meanwhile, as today’s workforce becomes more mobile, many printers are now using cloud-computing and other technology to allow users to print from anywhere. Here are several examples of new printing devices on the market recently.

Xerox’s newest series of light production devices—the Xerox D95/D110/D125 printers—delivers sharp black-and-white image quality, the company said. Built for print-intensive environments, the devices let educators create curriculum materials, student directories, course packs and bound materials. They also have archiving and stamping software that allows legal, insurance and healthcare users to store documents electronically and guarantee authenticity with numerical markings.

The copier/printer models are available at 95, 110 and 125 pages per minute (ppm), while the D110/D125 printers offer 110 and 125 ppm. Copier/printers feature a standard single-pass color scanner, 2400×2400 dpi print resolution and they print from and save to a USB drive. The built-in scanner scans up to 200 images per minute and has a 250-page automatic document feeder.

An integrated controller comes with the copier/printer models. Two optional servers—the Xerox Freeflow Print Server or the Xerox EX Print Server—deliver additional flexibility, said Xerox.

An array of finishing options includes booklet making to creasing, stitching and hole punching. Users can produce tape-bound, lay-flat and full-bleed booklets with the Xerox Tape Binder, the GBC e-binder 200 and the Plockmatic Pro30 Booklet Maker.

Brother has launched a line of monochrome laser printers (HL-5450DN, HL-5470DW, HL-6180DW) and monochrome laser all-in-ones (MFC-8510DN, MFC-8710DW, MFC-8910DW, MFC-8950DW). The monochrome laser line-up offers faster print speeds (up to 42ppm), automatic duplex printing and advanced security and energy saving. Both lines offer flagship models: the HL-6180DW monochrome laser printer and the MFC-8950DW monochrome laser all-in-one represent line-up expansions.

The MFC-8950DW is a high-speed laser all-in-one built for hassle-free productivity, Brother said. It offers reliable print, copy, scan and fax functions, up to 42 ppm and print speeds and print resolution up to 1200×1200 dpi for letters, spreadsheets and other documents. The device has a 12,000-page replacement toner cartridge and a toner save mode.

The five-inch touch-screen display helps navigation, menu selection and web connectivity. Users can also print from mobile devices via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother Print&Scan, Cortado Workplace and Wi-Fi Direct. Share print, scan and PC-FAX features with built-in 802.11 b/g/n and gigabit ethernet interfaces or connect locally via hi-speed USB 2.0 interface.

The device offers a legal-size scanning glass, 50-sheet auto document feeder, adjustable 500-sheet capacity paper tray for letter- or legal-size paper and 50-sheet capacity multi-purpose tray for letterhead and custom paper sizes. Users can add a 500-sheet capacity paper tray.

With a print speed of up to 42 ppm, the wireless HL-6180DW works for busy offices that have higher-volume printing needs. The device has up to 1200×1200 dpi resolution for crisp, clear text and graphics for letters, spreadsheets and other documents, the company said. It also features 802.11 b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and hi-speed USB 2.0 interface.

Brother’s HL-6180DW offers a large, adjustable 500-sheet capacity paper tray for letter- or legal-size paper and a 50-sheet capacity, multi-purpose tray for printing letterhead and custom paper sizes. Add an optional 500-sheet capacity paper tray for higher volume print capacity. The HL-6180DW provides security features including: secure function lock, enterprise security and more.

For the fast-paced
From Canon comes the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4051 model, which the company says can scan, print, copy, fax and distribute documents. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4051 model features a range of collaboration tools, streamlined one-step operations for complicated tasks and the ability to perform multiple jobs at the same time. The model features output speeds of up to 51 ppm in black-and-white and scanning at speeds of up to 51/51 images per minute (ipm). It has standard color universal send, UFR II printing and a range of paper handling and finishing options.

Developed for the fast-paced end-user, the new Colour imageCLASS MF9220Cdn laser multifunction printer allows small businesses and work groups to maximize their productivity with convenient print, copy, fax and scan functionality—all within a fully networkable device, said the company.
Designed for multi-user environments, the MF9220Cdn combines technologies such as user ID management control, which allows network administrators to monitor and limit print output and an auto-duplex function to reduce paper costs and increase productivity. The model also features LDAP, an address book that allows documents to be sent instantly.

Featuring a 50-sheet auto document feeder, 250-sheet cassette plus 100-sheet multipurpose tray (and an optional 500-sheet paper cassette pedestal and handling paper sizes up to legal) the MFd9220Cdn delivers print speeds of up to 22 ppm in colour and black-and-white while capturing finer details, the company said.
The 3.5-inch colour panel provides control over projects through a user-friendly menu, direct print from USB and two USB ports for scanning directly to a USB drive.

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus printer is designed for small businesses, offering professional print-quality, access to in-house marketing templates, HP print apps and more. Using up to 50-percent less ink than laser printers, it’s suited for printing colour marketing materials.

The device comes with a secondary 250-sheet paper tray, allowing users to print multiple copies without having to replace paper as often. The Officejet Pro 8600 Plus features ePrint, which lets users print through the cloud from any device with e-mail, such as smartphones and tablets. HP said that small business owners can email office documents, presentations and photos directly to the printer.

The HP LaserJet Pro 400 Colour MFP M475 can increase productivity with easy print, scan, copy and fax functionality, enabling businesses to produce colour prints and marketing materials. This device has increased speeds and output with standard duplexing and HP Web Jetadmin, which allows businesses to manage office printing. The company’s LaserJet printer series is web-connected and supports HP ePrint and Apple AirPrint.