The office printer market is continuing its shift away from single-function printers and toward multifunction printers (or MFPs), according to research firm IDC. MFPs bring together functionality including printing, copying, scanning and faxing -- ultimately offering greater management efficiencies and reduced costs by combining so many formerly disparate capabilities into a single package. Some of the efficiencies come from the fact that there are not only fewer devices to manage, but fewer supplies for different devices to manage as well, said Keith Kmetz, program vice president for imaging, printing and document solutions at IDC. The transition toward MFPs is happening gradually, but the shift is expected to continue into the foreseeable future, he said. And major printer manufacturers have been helping to fuel the trend with an array of recent MFP releases.
As part of CRN's Printer Week 2018, we've rounded up the details on new MFP devices from 10 top vendors.