When it comes to printers, technology advancement in print speed, efficiency, and quality is at the forefront every year while manufacturers try to muscle their way into offices around the globe. But what is the best printer for your business? Here is a look at the new technologies in 2009 and how they can benefit you.
Large Format and Volume Printing
Let’s start with the big guns. Hewlett-Packard continues to be a leader in large format printing and continues to push the limits. Targeted to book publishers, newspaper publishers, direct mail, or transactional applications in-house, although costly at around $2.5 million, the HP Inkjet Web Press is a logical step up for businesses that want to bring high-volume printing in-house. This powerful all-in-one, full-service machine offers a 30-inch Web width for full-broadsheet newspaper forms or multiple-up documents and can print 2,600 A4 (the most frequently used paper size) pages in one minute. Another advantage to a machine like this is the benefit of smaller runs eliminating the wasteful, low-margin printing processes of offset machines.
HP is also launching a line of latex ink this year that is water-based, which will target the sign and billboard markets. These inks will deliver long-lasting, durable prints that can withstand the elements: up to three years outdoors and five years indoors. If your business does a lot of advertising with point-of-purchase displays or transit signage, creates wall murals, or needs vehicle wraps applied to a fleet of cars, you might want to ask your print service provider about this new line of ink.
All-in-One for Small Business
Canon is filling store shelves with its new line of copy/print/fax D1100 ImageClass printers aimed at the small business sector. All four of the black-and-white printers will offer similar traits such as duplex print and copy speeds of up to 30 pages per minute, a 500-sheet front-loading paper cassette, and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray. The copy/scan function can handle page widths of up to 8.5 by 14 inches from the duplex automatic document feeder or directly on the glass. All offer a USB 2.0 port as well as Ethernet ports. These printers range from $600 to $1,000.
If you’re looking for more of a multimedia center, the new Brother MFC-990CW is a great all-in-one inkjet that comes with print, scan, and fax capabilities but also includes a 5.8GHz cordless handset with a digital answering machine that holds up to 29 minutes of messages and a 4.2-inch touch screen for easy menu navigation and fax preview. The MFC-990CW features Wi-Fi capabilities and is Bluetooth compatible, great for printing from a mobile device. The Brother MFC-990CW retails for $230.
Aimed at the small to medium-size business sector, Xerox has unveiled a new addition to its popular Phaser series printers. The Phaser 6280 is priced at $550 and is a single-function desktop printer. What sets it apart from less expensive printers is the print quality. Sure it boosts print speeds of 31 pages per minute in black and white and can hold up to 950 sheets of paper for large jobs, but the main feature of the Phaser 6280 is its emulsion aggregate high-grade toner that uses smaller, more uniform particles for more clarity and detail than conventional toner on competitive products. Other features include Adobe PostScript3 printing capabilities for true color performance, Pantone approved simulations, Xerox color correction technology. and 600x600x4 dpi that can produce 16 shades of color per pixel.
Laser Printers and Inkjet Printers
With inkjet and laser printers, the market and technologies have become rather saturated. However, companies such as Canon, Xerox, and Brother have all rolled out a few new office workhorses for 2009 and continue to work on speed, efficiency, and price.