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 user 2005-05-03 at 9:35:00 am Views: 58
  • #9235

    Do You Copy?
    The latest crop
    of workgroup copiers have more features than ever.

    Thinking about upgrading your copier? If you’re looking for maximum bang for
    your buck, a multifunction copier for your workgroup can accommodate. These
    machines, which offer more than you’d get from a traditional copier, tend to
    clock in at very affordable prices and can usually be networked to handle your
    employees’ printing needs as well. The $2,199 (all prices street) Xerox
    WorkCentre M20i comes with fax, scan and e-mail features and can handle a robust
    duty cycle of up to 20,000 pages per month. Built-in Ethernet lets you put it on
    the network with ease, and its scan once, print many capability is one to look
    for when shopping.

    Samsung’s $500 SCX-4720F is a hearty, space-conscious multifunction with a
    handy Toner Save button that can stretch your toner by up to 40 percent. The
    base model has no Ethernet, so you would need to add it on at about $200 if you
    require networkability. At $150, an additional 250-sheet paper cassette is
    another upgrade to consider.

    Sharp’s $2,895 AR-M207 is a well-stocked machine with automatic duplexing and
    full ledger-size PC scanning. Investing in an optical network kit can let
    everyone in the workgroup take advantage of the more advanced features like
    network printing and scanning. Like the Samsung, it comes with a handy
    toner-save mode.

    Spending $2,599 will land you the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4345mfp, which
    boasts a standard 600-sheet capacity and a built-in Ethernet print server. It’s
    the low end of HP’s 4345 line, but it still packs in a blazing 45 copies per
    minute maximum and a substantial 200,000-page monthly duty cycle. Moving up to
    the $3,449 HP LaserJet 4345x gets you automatic duplexing capabilities and
    1,100-sheet standard capacity as well. The $1,999 Lexmark x632s also features a
    200,000-page monthly duty cycle. If you’re planning on copying and printing that
    much, you can boost the 600-page standard input up to the 2,600-page maximum
    with add-on paper drawers.

    Be prepared–though they’re not the analog behemoths of old, many
    multifunction copiers at the workgroup level require some space. The $3,199
    Konica Minolta Bizhub 7218 is 86 pounds of copying, faxing, scanning and
    printing. It comes with a standard 275-sheet paper tray, but can be upgraded to
    hold nearly 1,500 sheets with additional trays. All that capacity is part of
    where the size comes in. But if you go the upgrade route, you won’t have to
    constantly refill your paper tray. Keep in mind that some machines, like the
    7218, are only available through a network of value-added resellers, so check
    with your local VAR.

    Not all copiers come in at thousands of dollars. For very small workgroups or
    offices, there are lots of inexpensive candidates. The $350 Brother MFC-7820N
    brings printing, built-in Ethernet, a battery backup system and a 33.6Kbps fax
    modem along for the ride with its copying capabilities. Its standard 250-sheet
    capacity is also its maximum.

    Picking your copier is just a matter of anticipating your workgroup needs.
    How many pages will you need to run every month? Is automatic duplexing a must?
    Do you need a large paper capacity? What will your budget allow? Answer these
    questions, and you’ll be well on your way to finding the right copier.

    Shopping List

    Be fruitful in multiplying with the best new
    multifunction copiers for your business.
    (800) 276-7746 10,000 pages per month 250-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 20 copies per minute $350
    LaserJet 4345mfp
    (800) 888-0262 200,000 pages per month 600-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 45 cpm $2,599
    Konica Minolta
    Bizhub 7218
    (201) 825-4000 30,000 pages per month 275-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 18 cpm $3,199
    (800) 332-4120 200,000 pages per month 600-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 40 cpm $1,999
    (800) SAMSUNG N/A 250-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 22 cpm $500
    (800) 236-4277 N/A 600-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 20 cpm $2,895
    WorkCentre M20i
    (800) ASK-XEROX 20,000 pages per month 550-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 22 cpm $2,199