OKI B6200/N/DN – Worth a Look
A mid range workgroup device which comes with a 128Mb of memory 20Gb hard drive as standard. Duplexing and network connectivity do not come on the base model and the network kit costs a whopping £175, which seems somewhat pricey and puts a bit of a damper on what would otherwise be a great value offering.

Samsung CLP510/N
A good all rounder with colour capability and duplex printing available as standard. 64Mb base memory is fairly generous, although it is a shame that the network adapter is only available as an optional extra. Other than this, the CLP510 offers a good entry level workgroup colour capable printer.

HP LJ2400 Series
Offering 28ppm print speed and a wide range of printer language support, including direct PDF printing, the LJ2400 series is a popular mainstay of many offices. There are several variants which offer duplex capability and additional connectivity options.

Dell 5100CN – Best Buy
A surprisingly beefy colour capable machine from Dell targeted at mid sized workgroups. Offers 25ppm colour print speed, duplex capability as standard and a built in network adapter on the base model. You also get a fast 400Mhz processor and 128Mb of memory as standard. A 20Gb hard drive is available as an optional extra.

Samsung CLP550/N
A mid range colour capable machine with duplexing as standard. The colour print speed is rather low for this segment, at just 5ppm, and network capability is not included in the base specification. Looks a bit weedy compared to the Dell 5100CN which comes £50 cheaper.

OKI C5200N
A fairly average colour capable device. The 16ppm colour print speed is fine, but 24ppm mono printing is rather slow for this price bracket. A wide range of printer languages are supported and a 10Gb hard drive is included in the price, although just 32Mb of memory is supplied which seems low compared to other machines in this segment.

HP LJ4250
A high speed 43ppm mono paper churner from Hewlett Packard with a monthly duty cycle of 200,000 pages. The machine comes with a fast 460Mhz processor and 48Mb of memory which can be increased to a maximum of 512Mb, although there is no hard drive on this model.

HP Colour LaserJet 3550
A single pass colour device which can print at 16ppm in both colour and monochrome. The overall specification is somewhat low compared to other machines in this price range.

OKI B6300N/DN
A mid range workgroup device capable of printing at up to 34ppm. The device is supplied with a generous 128Mb of memory, a 350Mhz processor and a 20Gb hard disk drive all as standard. The base model does not feature network connectivity. Various printer languages are supported including the widely used Postscript and PCL.

OKI C5400N/DN
A colour capable device that prints at 24ppm in mono and 16ppm in colour. Good points are the fast processor, 10Gb hard drive and wide range of printer languages supported. Networking and duplex capabilities are available as optional extras.

HP LJ4350 – Best Buy
One of the fastest workgroup printers available, the LC4350 is capable of printing at up to 52ppm. It offers a 460Mhz processor and supports a wide range of printer languages. Several variants are available which provide the numerous optional extras such as duplex capability and built in print-servers. If you have a high mono print workload then you should take a look at this machine.

Gestetner P7431C/CN
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL100N, sold by a subsidiary.

Nashuatec P7431C/CN
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL100N, sold by a subsidiary.

Rex Rotary P7431C/CN
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL100N, sold by a subsidiary.

Ricoh Aficio CL100N
A colour capable mid-range workgroup printer with a respectable all round specification. Although the device is primarily for printing in mono, some users may find the 8ppm colour speed somewhat frustrating, especially since there are so many single pass devices on the market which offer superior colour print speeds at reasonable prices.

OKI C7350N/DN/DTN – Good Value
A colour capable device with colour printing speed that lags only marginally behind its mono speed. Comes with a massive 192Mb of base memory, a fast 500Mhz processor and a 10Gb hard drive all as part of the standard package. Like most of the OKI machines, this one supports a broad selection of printer languages. Networking and duplexing are supplied as optional extras.

Gestetner C7416
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL2000, sold by a subsidiary.

Lanier LP116
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL2000, sold by a subsidiary.
Nashuatec C7416
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL2000, sold by a subsidiary.

Rex Rotary C7416
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL2000, sold by a subsidiary.

Ricoh Aficio CL2000
A single pass machine which offers 16ppm printing in both colour and monochrome. The overall specification is not bad although the 64Mb of memory is low compared to some rival in this segment and considering the price we think it would be fair to include the 10Gb hard drive in the base specification rather than selling it as an optional extra.

Ricoh Aficio CL3100N/DN
A mid range workgroup printer which offers mono printing at 21ppm and colour at 17ppm. The base model includes 128Mb of memory, a 400Mhz processor and a network adapter.

Gestetner C7417N/DN
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL3100N/DN, sold by a subsidiary.

Nashuatec C7417N/DN
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL3100N/DN, sold by a subsidiary.

Rex Rotary C7417N/DN
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL3100N/DN, sold by a subsidiary.

HP LJ9050
A high end mono workgroup printer with a hefty monthly duty cycle of 300,000. The standard model offers a fairly basic specification, but as with most HP machines there is a host of optional extras and variants available to bulk up the machine for your particular requirements.

Lanier LP125CX
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL4000, sold by a subsidiary.

Gestetner C7425DN/HDN
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL4000, sold by a subsidiary.

Lanier LP121
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL3100, sold by a subsidiary.

Nashuatec C7425DN/HDN
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL4000, sold by a subsidiary.

Rex Rotary C7425DN/HDN
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL4000, sold by a subsidiary.

Rico Aficio CL4000DN/HDN
A fast colour capable device offering 25ppm colour and mono printing speeds. The machine comes with duplex capability as standard, and a fast 533Mhz processor. The standard 384Mb memory allocation is quite generous by most standards too. However, if you want a hard drive or network adaptor you will have to buy these as optional extras.

Xerox Phaser
A high end workgroup mono printer capable of 50ppm A4 printing and 20ppm A3 printing, and a monthly workload of 300,000 pages. The base model comes with no frills, but duplexing, network connectivity and hard drives are all available as optional extras.

OKI C9300N V2/DN/HDN – Worth a Look
A high end colour A3 printer which offers reasonably fast A4 mono printing of 37ppm. Base memory is 128Mb and you also get a 10Gb hard drive and 450Mhz processor into the bargain. A wide range of OS platforms are supported and the same goes for printer languages. A serious machine for those with serious workgroup printing requirements.

OKI C9500DN V2/HDN
Similar to the C9500, except for a faster processor, more memory and duplex capability supplied as standard.

Gestetner C7435N
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL7100, sold by a subsidiary.

Nashuatec C7435N
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL7100, sold by a subsidiary.

Rex Rotary C7435N
Rebadged version of the Ricoh Aficio CL7100, sold by a subsidiary.

Ricoh Aficio CL7100
A high end workgroup colour A3 device with a maximum speed of 35ppm and a 1200 by 1200 print resolution. The machine features a fast processor, plenty of memory as standard and a hefty 40Gb hard drive and with an impressive range of finishing options it should stand up well to the demands of most businesses. There are plenty of driver and network interface options and all of the major printer languages are catered for, in addition to this the machine offers a useful selection of security and management features.

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