28 May An Overview of the Best Copier Brands
Copiers are an integral part of the modern office, revolutionizing how daily operations take place. These days, copiers are even more multifaceted than before; they are not only able to copy, print, scan and fax documents, they also provide a wide range of new functionalities like providing internet connectivity and compatibility with digital files across a wide gamut of mobile devices. It does not stop there – they are even able to track unnecessary, wasteful usage leading to businesses saving money on ink, paper and energy while reducing carbon footprint.
Some of the giants in the copier industry are Konica Minolta, Canon, Xerox, OKI and Ricoh. In this article we will be exploring these brands and how they have taken the copier world by storm.
Simply put, Xerox is an icon and to such an extent that Xerox and copying have become synonymous. Xerox copiers offer an exhaustive line of copiers that offer advanced security, sophisticated cost-controlling tools and smart paper handling. They can also double as an intuitive workplace assistant, all equipped with WiFi connectivity, user-friendly interfaces, tablet-like touchscreens, mobile print capacities and cloud-connected apps.
Right from the B7000 series to C405, the Xerox Versalink family consists of multifunction devices that have touch screen capabilities, A4 paper support, along with the functions of copy, scan, fax and print. Depending on the model, they can print from 5000 to 25,000 pages per month, catering to different needs of small and medium-sized businesses, offering customized options. Additionally, the Xerox ConnectKey technology allows printing from any place with an internet connection.
The WorkCentre i-Series Smart MFP can also operate as a smart workstation for the entire office. It comes with a large standard paper capacity of 700 sheets, which can be expanded to 2350, the WorkCentre series of multifunctional devices can copy, scan, print, fax and even email directly from the machine. With the FIPS 140-2 compliant 256-bit encryption and McAfee Embedded protection, you can rely on this series to keep your network protected and secure.
Canon, a Japanese corporation headquartered in Tokyo has been consistently producing first-class optical and imaging products since 1937. They are known for their smooth and durable operability, offering a seamless experience even with large printing jobs. Their logical systems and interface allow ease of access for simple maintenance.
Their multifunction copier line is imageRUNNER where even the starter models offer advanced features that were previously only found in higher-end models. Some of those features are secured printing, PDF searching, Duplex document feeder, secured hard disk erase and Scan to email of file server. All of the devices in this line can copy, print and scan with fax capability limited to devices with G3 fax. The smaller workgroup machines are meant for small offices with a maximum of 10 users and can handle a maximum paper size of A4. The larger floor-standing models can handle a maximum cassette paper size of A3+ and a maximum bypass paper size of SRA3. Apple’s AirPrint is supported by a good number of Canon copiers that allows effortless wireless operation without needing to download or install drivers.
Konica Minolta offers a wide product line with devices for a diverse range of businesses, right from small and medium-sized companies to global enterprises. There are big reasons why you should consider Konica Minolta photocopiers.
Convenient – Some Konica Minolta models come with an i-Option add on which transforms a standard copier into an intelligent copier with complete internet access. The LED display turns into a web browser letting you upload documents to any database or web page.
User-friendly – Konica Minolta copiers are extremely user-friendly which beats any other brand in this department. The devices are equipped with a large touchscreen interface which has clearly labelled buttons for simple, one-touch copying. Also these copiers use the bizhub open platform, where if you learn the basics of one copier, you can easily manage any other devices in the line, even a complex copying system.
Efficient – The device’s print management feature allows you to be on top of printer usage, moderate colour printing and use authentication to only print documents when the designated person is present.
Sustainable – Konica Minolta is very environmentally aware. In 1992, it was the first company to be the recipient of the Blue Angel ecolabel, in the copying field. In 2009, the company announced its EcoVision 2050 which entails their long-term goals to reduce carbon footprint by 80 percent throughout the product life cycle. The company has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for six consecutive years.
Innovative – Konica Minolta’s IT platform ‘Workplace Hub’ is an all-in-one device that merges an organization’s IT-related needs into a single centralized platform.
Ricoh is often ranked as one of the leading digital copier companies, known for efficiency and print quality. Originally a Japanese company, it is now known all across the globe. In 1955, it made its entry into the office copier industry with the launch of Ricopy 101 that created a bigger demand for their first manufactured product, sensitized paper. In April 1987, Ricoh Corporation was established in the US.
Ricoh has stayed modern, manufacturing better, and more advanced printers, leading to their first 3D printer being released in October, 2015. They are well-known for their gel-based printers which minimize clogging issues and bring a seamless flow of ink onto the paper. Their printers come with larger nozzles but still remain cost-efficient, using less ink per inch of the paper.
Ricoh has consistently kept its customers happy with dependable machines that are long-lasting, without creating needs for repair or replacement parts. Compared to other big brands, Ricoh offers value for less money, ideal for small businesses and also businesses that are lookIng for good copier performance, which do not need high quality images. In addition, Ricoh offers a variety of customizations, which let buyers purchase a machine even under strict budgets by leaving out add-ons like the zoom functionality and auto document feeder.
For over 130 years, OKI has been leading the world in innovation. It has been at the forefront of the digital LED printing technology for a span of 30 years, producing High Definition Colour printing. A variety of technologically advanced features have led the way to award-winning printing solutions for both companies and consumers. A pioneer in graphic printing, OKI photocopy machines provide undisputed flexibility, quality and vibrancy.
OKI’s main motto is to drive efficiency for today’s and tomorrow’s businesses. Its gamut of smart managed document and print solutions, mono and colour printers, multifunction printers, to highly precise colour printers are all excellent. By combining the hardware and software and utilizing OKI’s web services based platform sXP(Smart Extendable Platform), it is ensured that the functions of document capture, distribution, management and output are skilfully executed and implemented, making your business more productive. All of OKI’s smart devices come with the SENDYS Explorer document management system, allowing businesses to capture, convert, distribute and upload or print documents at no additional charge. Also the SENDYS Explorer does more with accounting and pull printing functionalities.
Their devices come with sleep modes and auto-functions to save energy efficiently, toner saving modes while printing or copying draft documents, along with a standard dual-saving printing for smart paper saving. They are also equipped with a privacy mode for ease of printing sensitive documents.