Printer guide: Choose the right enterprise device

Are you working in an office where more than five or 10 people need access to a fast, high quality workhorse printer?

If your organisation outputs more than 50-100 pages a day and you think it may be time to review your printer options, AccountingWEB has just released our Business Buyer’s Guide To Enterprise and Workgroup Printers.

Enterprise print needs

• Networked device serving multiple users

• 50+ daily page output

• Automatic duplex printing

• Predictable “per click” price arrangement

• Paperless office scanning and file distribution

• User access controls

Source:  Business Buyer’s Guide To Enterprise Printers

Part of a continuing programme of user-driven market research, this workgroup/enterprise edition is the second of our 2012 printer guides. Sponsored by Canon, the PDF booklet examines high volume machines capable of 25 pages per minute (ppm) or more, including those with scanning, photocopying and added security functions.

Based on feedback from AccountingWEB members, the guide presents a selection of 12 recommended laser-based printers and one solid ink machine; their prices range from £280 to £2,000+. In most cases, these are devices that have proved their worth in real life situations.

If your printing needs are less demanding, or you are in the market for an inkjet printer, download our Business Buyer’s Guide To Desktop Printers.

Once you start looking at workgroup and larger printers, the cost equation moves into “how long is a piece of string?” territory. The price you pay for your printed matter will ultimately depend on matching your detailed requirements and budget to the supplier’s recommended machines and their specs.

As the hardware becomes commoditised, software is an important differentiating factor in the overall cost. If you are a serious printer/scanner user, or are using the devices as part of a paperless office strategy, also look at the options for tracking usage and costs, restricting unnecessary colour print-outs and keeping documents secure.

The information presented in the enterprise printer guide is drawn from both AccountingWEB members and printer suppliers. Our thanks go to all of those who shared their time and insights to make this valuable research available to the wider community.

Download your copy of the Business Buyer’s Guide To Enterprise Printers now