15 Printers That Put The Midmarket First
CRN rounds up 15 printers targeting the midmarket that are becoming more popular as the workforce shifts to a hybrid/remote work model.
After being gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, some workers began returning to offices this year full-time while others slowly returned with a hybrid work setup. Midmarket companies had to make sure offices were equipped with flexible printing offerings that matched the new work landscape. Vendors offering printers targeting the midmarket included HP Inc., Brother, Lexmark, Xerox, Canon and Epson. As companies figure out the best strategy for printing going forward, they also are calling on vendors like Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Sharp and Toshiba to round out office offerings.
Many vendors have dealt with component shortages causing backlogs throughout the pandemic. Home printers were stretched to the limit and the paradigm shifted again as office workers began returning at least on a hybrid basis. This shift created a demand for a diverse set of offerings that could complement the changing work landscape.
For CRN’s Printer Week 2022, we took a look at 15 printers that are putting the midmarket first.
HP LaserJet Pro 4101fdne
HP’s LaserJet Pro MFP 4101fdne printer with HP+ offers businesses functionality including print, scan, copy, fax and two-sided printing. The machine allows companies to support their team’s workload with fast speeds up to 42 pages per minute, auto two-sided printing and scanning, and an auto document feeder. Users can use the HP Smart app to print and scan remotely. The Pro 4101fdne features HP Wolf Pro security that is easily set up via the printer’s dashboard and allows automated 24x7 monitoring to ensure printers and information are secure. Instant Ink for lasers allows customers to enroll in HP’s subscription toner and ink delivery and recycling.
Lexmark’s Color All-in-One 3-series MC3326i combines affordability with multifunction, promising a boost in productivity with lower operating costs. This compact, lightweight unit allows for color printing, automatic scanning, copying, cloud faxing and touch-screen convenience for small workgroups. Output zips along at 26 pages per minute. Wi-Fi, one-piece print cartridges, Gigabit Ethernet and Lexmark full-spectrum security all come standard. A 2.8-inch touch screen offers built-in workflow capabilities.
Xerox VersaLink C400DN
The Xerox VersaLink C400DN is a color laser printer for the midmarket that can handle higher paper capacities and features some of the same premium features found on more expensive enterprise machines. The substantial desktop unit leaves enough room for 550 sheets of A4 paper and a zippy print rate of 35 pages per minute. Aimed at workgroups of two to 10 people, the printer can handle up to 85,000 printouts per month and showcases the company’s 5-inch, customizable touch screen.
The Brother MFC-L3750CDW is an all-in-one for the midmarket office that includes print, copy, scan and fax functions alongside affordable color printing. The up-to-50-sheet automatic document feeder saves time with multi-page copy, scan and fax. A 250-sheet capacity adjustable paper tray helps reduce trips to refill paper. Fast-enough printing at 25 pages per minute will keep workflows humming along and workers can make adjustments with shortcuts found on the 3.7-inch color touch screen.
Canon Maxify GX7020
Canon’s Maxify GX7020 packs a lot of punch in a small package. The company said the unit offers a low cost per print, saving up to 80 percent on the cost of ink compared with high-yield laser cartridges—giving a low cost of less than 2 cents per printed page. With those cost savings, users can take advantage of the unit’s high page yield of up to 6,000 black/14,000 color pages with a single ink fill. With a monthly duty cycle of 45,000 pages, the Maxify will tackle a heavy workload.
HP LaserJet Pro MFP 3101fdwe with HP +
HP’s newly released LaserJet Pro MFP 3101fdwe offers powerful productivity features for small teams. Featuring support for up to seven users, this LaserJet allows users to print and scan more efficiently with quick print speeds, auto two-sided printing and an auto document feeder. The unit is preconfigured with HP Wolf Pro Security settings to keep information and printers secure. A cloud-based setup allows configuration from any location for any user while the Smart Admin Dashboard monitors usage and controls settings across multiple printers in multiple locations.
Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5880
The Espon EcoTank Pro ET-5880 is a wireless all-in-one offering fast cartridge-free printing and easy-to-fill supersized ink tanks. Users can print at speeds up to 25 pages per minute while saving up to 80 percent using low-cost replacement ink bottles at about 2 cents per color. The ET-5880 features a 500-sheet front tray paper capacity and rear specialty paper feed and sports a 4.3-inch color touch screen supporting hands-free voice-activated printing.
Ricoh P C600
Ricoh’s print-only workhorse, the P C600, offers color laser printing at 42 pages per minute with a higher print resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi for crystal clear report and brochure images. Paper capacity is an impressive 2,100 pages. Multiple users can take advantage of the printer’s functions via its 2-GB RAM processor. Even with all that firepower, the device only takes 22 seconds to warm up. The Ricoh also boasts advanced security with a locked print feature and passcode. An optional 320-GB hard drive offers encryption protection for sensitive information.
Canon Maxify GX7021
Canon’s Maxify GX7021 is one of the company’s top wireless small office all-in-one printers designed to meet the needs of small offices by delivering high-quality, low-cost printing and wireless connectivity. With a high page yield of up to 6,000 black/14,000 color pages per full ink bottle set and a combined 600-sheet paper capacity, the small machine can handle some big workloads. The unit uses a four-color pigment-based ink system to produce documents quickly and cost-effectively, the company said.
Konica Minolta BizHub 3622
Konica Minolta’s BizHub 3622 is a compact all-in-one black-and-white printer offering speeds of up to 38 pages per minute in high-resolution mode. The BizHub range features single-pass scanning, which eliminates blank pages and compresses files automatically. The unit uses a 250-GB hard drive for document processing and to power its advanced security options. The BizHub offers mobile printing support for AirPrint, Mopria Print, Google Cloud Print and PageScope Mobile App.
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Sharp DX-B352P Desktop Monochrome
The Sharp DX-BB52P desktop monochrome printer delivers output speeds of up to 35 pages per minute and offers both wired and wireless network connectivity. With its compact footprint, this printer can fit into just about any office/home scenario. The unit uses a single cartridge system to make supply changes easy. Other features of the DX-B352P include 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution, automatic two-sided function for duplex printing and easy printing from mobile devices.
Epson WorkForce Pro WF 6590
Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF 6590 is a letter/legal-size multifunction printer that the company said saves up to 50 percent on printing costs versus color lasers. Epson’s cartridges yield up to 7,000 black/color pages before replacement. The unit has a paper capacity of up to 1,580 sheets. As Epson’s fastest office multifunction printer, the WF-6590 prints at 24 pages per minute and offers fast auto-duplex printing, scanning, copying and faxing. The WF-6590 also uses up to 70 percent less power than laser printing and saves up to 50 percent of the paper supply when using automatic two-sided printing.
Lexmark Color All-in-One 4-series MC3426i
Lexmark’s Color All-in-One 4-series offers quick versatile printing at up to 26 pages per minute with automatic scanning at up to 96 images per minute plus copying and available cloud faxing. The unit’s high-yield cartridges provide up to 4,500 pages of output. Optional input trays increase the total input capacity to 751 sheets to support longer print jobs. At just 13.6 inches high, the unit won’t take up much office real estate, while offering many features of its larger siblings. The printer also features Lexmak’s built-in security architecture to keep information secure.
The Toshiba e-Studio 409S is a compact monochrome A4 multifunction printer that delivers pages at a 42-page-per-minute rate. This machine is great for small workgroups with its small footprint that will easily fit on most desktops. The e-Studio holds up to 900 sheets (with an optional 550-sheet cassette added). The built-in duplex unit enables two-sided printing to save on paper costs. The unit is ideally suited for printing up to 8,000 pages per month at a busy small office.
Brother MFC-L8900CDW Color Laser/LED All-in-One
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is billed as the ideal for offices and small workgroups with higher print volumes. The unit offers a high-yield of 6,500 pages per cartridge, delivering low-cost output. Users can print and copy at up to 33 pages per minute and keep track of settings on the 5-inch touch-screen display. The printer includes USB 2.0, Gigabit LAN, Wi-FI9n, USB host and NFC connectivity for a variety of wireless options.