More Monochrome Printers Are Emerging In The Market
The printing industry has expanded greatly in recent years, with a wide number of innovations now entering the market, giving consumers more choice over the ink technology they use.
In the past, businesses and customers were merely concerned with picking up a printer that delivered to them the services they required, but this has now changed as people begin to consider factors such as their impact on the environment.
Due to this, printers that use less energy are now being favoured, while people are also looking at ways they can recycle their ink cartridges to save money.
By sending their cartridges to be recycled, customers are reducing the amount of material that is sent to landfill, helping companies to retain more of their resources and supporting the printing industry in the process.
Furthermore, consumers are looking at new ways that they can save money, especially due to the challenging economic climate, which means that many Britons are feeling a strain on their finances.
Consequently, people are looking to reduce their spending, with printing a key area where savings can be made.
With this in mind, rather than using printers with a single function, consumers are gravitating towards multi-purpose solutions such as monochrome printers.
One company that has taken steps to launch innovative products in the field is Ricoh, which recently announced two new devices aimed at people who want their printers to offer varied capabilities.
Its Aficio SP 3500N/SP 3510DN and Aficio SP 3500SF/SP 3510SF systems are engineered to provide office printing solutions for those who want to print items of up to 8.5 inches x 14 inches.
The devices also make use of Ricoh's own All-In-One print cartridge technology, while a 295 MHz CPU is also installed as standard.
Ricoh has engineered the two printers with corporate workgroups, small businesses, home offices and sole professionals in mind.
As an added bonus for those who seek the ability to print documents from anywhere, the systems are also network-ready.
The 4-in-1 Aficio SP 3500SF/SP 3510SF system in particular is powered by a 350 MHz CPU.
Mike Dane, vice president of marketing at Ricoh Americas Corporation, said: "These devices are important engines for individual or small-group productivity and can be components in a Managed Document Service (MDS) strategy for improved information management and business results.
"At every point in our printer and MFP product lines, value for the customer is our top concern."
The demand for monochrome printers is rising across companies, meaning that manufacturers have begun releasing more of the systems to meet demand.
Along with Ricoh, Brother is another company that has attempted to capitalise on this by releasing their own versions of the technology.
It has elected to offer consumers a wide choice, with no fewer than nine systems unveiled by the company.
A line of monochrome laser printers has been released comprised of the HL-5450DN, HL-5470DW, HL-5470DWT, HL-6180DW and HL-6180DWT devices.
On top of this, Brother has also unveiled a line of monochrome laser all-in-one printers, so consumers have a wide spectrum of printers to select from.
Steve Feldstein, director of marketing of laser products at Brother International Corporation, said: "The new line of laser printers and all-in-ones offer small to mid-size businesses features that can help save time and money.
"And, coupled with exceptional customer service, unmatched product reliability and extensive mobile printing options, these machines deliver worry-free printing."
The HL-6180DW and MFC-8950DW models are the flagship printers of each range, boasting an assortment of advantageous features for users.
These include maximum print speeds of 42ppm, while a large capacity standard paper tray is installed in both in order to handle large print volumes.
Owners of the MFC-8950DW in particular will be able to benefit from exclusive elements, including automatic duplex scanning, which enables users to scan both sides of pages.
Once users have scanned a document, they can use Web Connect to share them with colleagues.
As the latest products from Bother and Ricoh show, the printing industry is constantly evolving, so consumers should explore the market before committing to a particular model