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CRN’s 2021 Products Of The Year

Wade Tyler Millward, Kyle Alspach

CRN staff compiled the top partner-friendly products that launched over the past year, then turned to solution providers to choose the winners.




Xerox’s AltaLink C8100 color multifunction printers stand out with a tablet-like, intuitive user interface to speed up repetitive tasks, a native mobility feature for printing to any device and built-in security through Xerox’s ConnectKey Technology. Recent additions to the Xerox App Gallery for AltaLink printers include Touchless Access, which enables smartphone access to office devices through QR codes—avoiding local network connection—and new connections with Microsoft 365 and Google Drive. The AltaLink C8100 series devices bring a duty cycle of up to 300,000 images per month with print speeds of up to 70 pages per minute, and offer options including Xerox’s integrated RFID card reader

Subcategory Winner—Revenue and Profit: Lexmark MC3426adw

As part of Lexmark’s GO Line devices for SMBs, the MC3426adw offers strong speeds with a more-compact form factor to fit into smaller spaces. The device’s first-print-out time can reach as fast as 5.9 seconds, while color printing can reach up to 24 pages per minute and mono can reach up to 40 pages per minute.

Finalist: Epson WorkForce EC-C7000

With the WorkForce EC-C7000, Epson meets the needs of both at-home and in-office professionals with capabilities such as simplified wireless setup, prints of up to 13 x 19 inches in size, “instant-dry” pigment ink and a number of security features, such as secure data erase. The color A3 device also offers print speeds of up to 25 pages per minute, a 550-sheet paper capacity and a first-print-out time as fast as 8.5 seconds.

Finalist: HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M480f

HP’s Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M480f offers an enterprise-class experience in a compact size—with fleet-wide remote management and more than 100 embedded security features, such as run-time intrusion detection and self-healing from cyber attacks. The MFP also provides print speeds of up to 29 pages per minute, copying speeds of up to 28 pages per minute and two-sided scanning speeds of up to 49 pages per minute.

Finalist: Ricoh IM C6500

Aimed at high-volume offices, Ricoh’s IM C6500 is a color laser MFP that offers printing speeds of up to 65 pages per minute along with copy, scan and optional fax capabilities. Print resolution can reach up to 2,400 x 4,800 dpi, while the device features a paper capacity of up to 8,100 pages.

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