The sheer range of printers is bewildering with a wide variety of manufacturers on the market and an even wider range of price points. So where should you start? You need to take into account both functionality and overall value – particularly since your document system will probably need to be used by all kinds of workers on a daily basis.
Most companies should only be looking at printers that are capable of networked use. Wired network printer options offer speed and robust function for a fixed office whereas wireless ones are more flexible and typically easier to install. Multi-function features are another mainstay of great business printers and can be found across the board at all cost scales. These might include USB connections, card readers, scanners, copiers and ADF (automatic document feeders.)
Finding a printer that can handle the volume of prints you’re going to make should be a top priority. Most devices and manufacturers quote a duty cycle monthly maximum recommendation. If possible, estimate the number of prints per employee for the office and ensure the device is capable of meeting your current and future demands. It’s important to assess the cost per page (CPP) of each device as well. All this and more should go into your final decision but just to get you started, here are descriptions of 3 of the finest business printers we carry…
This Samsung Multifunction was a Buyer’s Laboratory top choice not too long ago and it’s easy to see why. With its 35 PPM rate, high maximum monthly duty and low cost per print out, its stats alone are more than adequate. In addition, most models feature worry-free troubleshooting, the ability to support a wide range of applications and duplex printout capabilities. Everything a small or mid-sized office could need! Samsung Color Multifunctions are pretty impressive too but the cost per page can be higher with them.
Most SP printers including the 5200DN print over 45 pages per minute with super crisp lines and curves. If you want speed and quality text prints, Ricoh Aficio’s got both with short warm up times and quick necessary maintenance routines. These machines manage volumes for mid-sized workgroups super efficiently with built-in 550-sheet adjustable paper trays.
The Konica Minolta bizhub C35 offers multifunctional productivity – printing, copying, and scanning with simple on-screen control, seamless software integration – yet it’s still compact and well-designed. What we love most about Konica is the cutting-edge software that offers direct solutions along with all the multifunction features. The bizhub series is consistently bringing acclaim to Konica and we’d say it’s totally well-deserved.