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End users expect more from their MFPS nowadays and printer vendors are being tasked with improving efficiency and cost on every level, from paper to power to ink usage. ACN takes a look at the state of the printer market to see which models can make the cut for enterprises.

End users expect more from their MFPS nowadays and printer vendors are being tasked with improving efficiency and cost on every level, from paper to power to ink usage.

ACN takes a look at the state of the printer market to see which models can make the cut for enterprises.

Kyocera Mita KM C4035E

• Black and white and colour printing and copying

• 40 ppm for colour and 35 ppm for black

• First copy time 5.5 seconds or less in black, 7.5 seconds or less in colour

• Print resolution up to 600 x 600 dpi multi bit technology (9,600 dpi level x 600 dpi)

• Double-sided printing

• 2 x 500 sheet universal paper feeder

• Scan speed 40 originals per minute in black (600 dpi/A4), 35 per minute in colour (600 dpi/A4)

• ITU-T Super G3 fax, 33.6 Kbits/s

An enterprise-sized MFP with decent speeds, which uses Kyocera's long-life consumables technology and features 768 Mbyte copy memory as standard, 40 Gbyte HDD and 256 Mbyte printer memory as standard, upgradeable to 1 Gbyte.

Xerox WorkCentre 7345

• Black and white and colour printing and copying

• Up to 35 ppm for colour and 45 ppm for black

• First page out - 4.8 seconds for black and 7.2 for colour

• Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi print resolution available

• Double-sided printing

• Standard paper capacity: 2,180

• One- and three-line fax options

• Scan to e-mail, mailbox, desktop, network file server, and to various document management applications

High resolution and a reasonable price, along with an encrypted disk and image overwrite feature (which deletes images from the hard drive automatically on job completion or on demand) means this MFP is a good all-rounder for the medium to large enterprise.

HP CM8050

• Black and white and colour printing and copying

• An average of up to 40 ppm for colour and 50 ppm for black

• First page out - 12 seconds from ready mode and 35 seconds for sleep mode

• Up to 1200 x 600 dpi print resolution available

• Double-sided printing

• Input capacity up to 1580 sheets

• Fax transmission speed supports V.34 at 33.6 Kbits/s and below

• Scan resolution 600 x 600 dpiThis printer uses HP's Edgeline technology, which is an ink-based print technology that is designed to handle high-volume workloads by using printheads that span the width of a page, according to HP.

The technology makes the CM8050 one of the faster options on the printer market, and the colour screen shows short video clips to help users resolve problems.

Toshiba E-STUDIO 3510c

• Black and white and colour printing and copying

• 35 ppm for colour and 45 ppm for black

• First copy time 5.2 seconds for black and 8.6 seconds for colour

• 600 x 600 dpi (2400 x 600 dpi black and white equivalent)

• Double-sided printing

• Input capacity up to 3700 sheets

· ITU, Super G3 and 33.6 Kbit/s fax modem

• Scan speed up to 49 spm colour and 50 spm black

A lower print resolution than the norm is compensated by a lower price tag and security features such as AES encryption for HDD data and an optional data overwrite kit.

Other features include a control panel that adjusts from horizontal to around 30 degrees and has a mechanical dial to change the LCD brightness that helps cope with different office lighting conditions. Brother MFC 685CW

• Black and white and colour printing and copying

• 30 ppm for colour and 25 ppm for black

• Warm up time 0 seconds

• Print and photo resolution up to 1200 x 6000 dpi

• Direct photo centre

• Input capacity up to 100

• Colour faxing, modem speed, transmission speed 14.4 Kbit/s

• First scan speed (A4 size, 100 x 100 dpi) mono from 4 seconds

An MFP for small business and consumers, with lower than average printing speeds made up for by features like the direct photo centre, which has a bypass tray for loading 4x6 glossy paper in addition to standard paper.

Canon i-SENSYS MF4270

• Mono printing and copying

• 20 ppm/cpm

• First copy in 8.6 seconds

• Up to 1200 x 600 dpi print resolution available

• Double-sided printing

• 35-page automatic document feeder• Super G3 fax modem

• Up to 9600 x 9600 dpi colour scanning

A basic, compact and inexpensive MFP option aimed at the SMB market that produces good quality scans and prints at decent speeds and has a built-in network interface port, which allows for easier set-up. OKI C5550 MFP

• Black and white and colour printing and copying

• 32 ppm for colour and 20 ppm for black

• First copy time 8 seconds in black, 9 seconds in colour

• Print resolution up to 1200 x 600 dpi

• Double-sided printing

• 50-document feeder capacity

• ITU-T Super G3 fax transmitting at 33.6 Kbits/s

• Scan speed up to 20 ppm

A good MFP for small businesses, with a high per-month printing volume, large capacity consumables aimed at minimising user intervention and photo enhancement for printing photos on ordinary paper.

Greener printing practicesThese days, everyone is expected to do their bit for the environment, which can be a difficult prospect for enterprises. But printing can be a great place to start, with modern MFPs offering a range of ways to go green, for new or existing equipment: Purchasing:

1. Buy multi-functional: simple maths - one machine instead of four means less power consumed and fewer emissions.

2. Check the cartridge properties: a number of firms now offer longer-lasting toner, toner refill and other initiatives to reduce cartridge waste from ink and toner.

3. Check the power modes: most modern printers should have a number of power-saving modes and faster warm-up times - look into these.

4. The vendor: look at what the printer company is doing to reduce its CO2 emissions, recycle its own waste and build its printers in an eco-friendly way.

Usage:

1. Printing options: many MFPs have different printing strengths that use less toner for documents when they are only needed internally - use them.

2. Reduce paper usage: look at when you can use double-sided printing, cut the size of a page onscreen to print more than one on a single A4 or when a scan-to-file will do instead of a print.

3. Recycle and reuse: investigate the recycling options that your company has locally, both for your paper and for printer cartridges.

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