This list encompasses both stand alone colour copiers and, more commonly, multi-function printers. Most of the single function copiers can easily be converted to MFPs through the addition of optional add-ons. Prices start at under £7,000 and extend to £19,000.
HP Colour LaserJet 9500 MFP – BEST BUY
HP’s only model in this segment is the 9500, a mid range work horse capable of producing both colour and mono A4 pages at 24ppm. The 512Mb of copier memory is higher than usual, most machines come with only 256Mb as standard, and the standard paper capacity is impressively high, as is the 200,000 page monthly duty cycle.
New to the UK for 2005, the C172M offers 26ppm A4 mono printing and 17ppm in colour and the speed drops by roughly a half for A3 prints. Standard paper capacity is not too high, but 500 pages should be functional for most users. The 40Gb is the largest you are likely to find in this type of device and is ideal for users who are likely to store lots of jobs on the machine.
Olivetti D-Color MF22
This rebadged Minolta machine delivers fast 35ppm mono and 22ppm colour printing. The device has a monthly duty cycle of between 30,000 and 35,000 pages and a higher than usual resolution of 600 by 1800 which should producer better results when printing fine detail. No hard drive is supplied as standard but an optional 10Gb unit is available for £507.
Xerox CopyCentre 2128
Pitched at users who require good quality colour in addition to monochrome copying the 2128 is the entry level model in the CopyCentre range which features two other similarly specified but faster machines. The device uses new chemically produced toner which allows it to provide sharper image quality and should also deliver longer cartridge life compared to conventional systems.
35ppm mono 22ppm colour printing speeds make this machine a reasonable mid-range colour capable MFP. An optional Fiery controller is available for users looking for a more advanced networking solution. Auto duplexing is only provided as an optional extra, not as standard.
Xerox WorkCenter Pro 2128 GOOD VALUE
The entry level model in Xerox’s WorkCentre Pro range provides a high print resolution of 1200 by 1200 dpi, auto duplexing as standard and can churn out colour pages at 21ppm. The machine features a fast processor and reasonably sized hard drive, although the 128Mb base memory seems a bit stingy compared to the 256Mb offered by most other machines in this class.
Xeox CopyCentre 2636
Identical in most respects to the CopyCentre 2128, except for faster speeds of 36ppm mono and 26ppm colour, and a higher monthly duty cycle of 70,000 pages compared to the 2128’s 50,000. In standard trim the device only offers copy functions, but print features can be added as an option.
A mid range office workgroup device capable of delivering 26ppm colour and 32ppm mono print speeds. The 500 sheet standard paper capacity is low compared to most other machines in this category, but this should not be too much of a problem for most users. The 40Gb hard drive is generous however.
A rebadged Konica model the QC2235PLUS offers 35ppm mono and 22ppm colour print speeds. The standard memory, processor and hard drive specifications are all fairly low, but an optional Fiery controller is available for those who wish to pump up the specification for high volume usage.
Xerox WorkCentre Pro 2636
A higher specification version of the WorkCentre Pro 2128, offering 26ppm colour and 36ppm mono printing speeds. This version also offers a higher monthly duty cycle of 100,000 pages compared to the 2128’s 80,000.
A high end device aimed at the professional print for pay market and central reproduction departments. Capable of automatically collating input from several different application sources into a single document to save the user having to manually collate the document. The machine uses the MEAP Java platform which allows customised applications to be created and run from the built in control console.
Kyocera Mita KM-C2630 – Good Value
This recently launched machine is a single pass device offering 26ppm print speed in both colour and mono. The standard model comes without a duplexer, hard drive or scanner module. The device uses a long-life drum which Kyocera claims will offer far longer life than alternative machines.
UTAX CDC 1526
A rebadged version of the Kyocera Mita KM-CDC2630D with a 26ppm colour and mono print speed. Not an awful lot to separate it from the Kyocera machine, other than the fact that its stated monthly duty cycle is considerably lower at just 15,000. A 20Gb hard drive is supplied as standard and users can choose between a 600 or 750Mhz processor.
Sharp AR-C330 – Good Value
A mid to high end workgroup device which delivers a reasonably fast 33ppm colour and mono print speed. In standard trim it is just a copier, but print and scan functions can be added as optional extras. A fast 1Ghz processor and large 40Gb hard drive provide a solid base specification that should easily cope with heavy workloads.
Xerox CopyCentre 3545
A higher specification version of the CopyCentre 2128, offering 35ppm colour and 45ppm mono print speeds. The machine also provides a far higher monthly copy volume of 90,000 pages.
Canon IRC3220 – Best Buy
A heavyweight departmental MFP from Canon featuring a massive 1Gb of memory along with a 40Gb hard drive. The machine uses Canon’s MEAP Java system which allows it to be equipped with custom applications and thereby tailored to the needs of individual businesses and industries.
Xerox WorkCentre Pro 3545
A more powerful version of the WorkCentre Pro 2128, offering 35ppm colour and 45ppm mono print speeds. Monthly duty cycle is also increased to 135,000 pages.
The CM3120 is a high end single pass device which can produce both colour and mono documents at 31ppm. Duplexing is only available as an option, rather than standard and the specification can be beefed up with the addition of an optional Fiery controller.
Konica Minolta Bizhub C450
A new high end system from Konica Minolta due to reach the UK market in the coming months. 35ppm colour and 45ppm mono printing along with a 40Gb hard drive and 2Ghz processor place this device firmly at the top end of the market, for businesses which need a heavyweight document centre.
Konica Minolta Bizhub C500
A new high end system from Konica Minolta due to reach the UK market in the coming months. An even more powerful specification than the Bizhub C450 makes this machine a serious contender for the title of ultimate multi function printer.