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Top News for the Week of 5/27/2014 – Ink Still Flowing at HP; Ricoh Goes Retail; More

Last week, the big news was about Hewlett-Packard, which reported essentially flat revenue growth for its first quarter. versus its first quarter a year ago. However, in a May 22nd conference call, HP executives provided a deeper look at revenue (HP: Printing, Ink, Continues to Bolster Revenue). Interestingly, while HP’s total printer-hardware revenue was down […]

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Review: Small and Home Office Inkjet AiOs – Epson’s WorkForce WF-3520 is Best in Class

At the very least, virtually every home or office of any size needs a basic All-in-One (AiO or MFP) in order to handle PC printing and document scanning, copying, and faxing. In this latest Head2Head Comparison, we chose the least expensive devices that meet our basic criteria for Inkjet SOHO (Small or Home Office) AiOs: […]

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Review: Enterprise-Ready A4 Color MFPs – HP’s Officejet Pro 476dw is Best in Class

There was quite a selection of quality “Enterprise-Ready” A4 MFPs in the group of devices that comply with our conditions below, are priced from $399.99 to $9,400.00, and in color print speed from 15 to 40 ppm. Determining a Best in Class winner from this group was a difficult proposition, with 16 MFPs from Brother […]

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Review: Business-Class A4 B/W MFPs – OKI MB471dn MFP is Best in Class

The A4 B/W (or monochrome) MFP is a staple for any office. One would think that it should be easy to choose a business-class B/W MFP, but we propose that it is easier said than done. Our Head2Head comparison is not a simple “feeds and speeds” shoot-out. First we determine, evaluate, individually rate, and detail […]

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Review: Enterprise-Ready A4 Color Printers – Samsung CLP-775ND is Best in Class

In this Head2Head comparison, we investigated Enterprise-Ready A4 Color Printers. While these devices can cost as much to purchase and operate as several aqueous inkjet printers combined, and their Cost per Page and energy consumption can be higher than business-class inkjets, only the solid-ink Xerox ColorQube 8570/DN offers feature sets that will satisfy the deployment, […]

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Review: Enterprise-Ready A4 B/W MFPs – Samsung SCX-5935FN is Best in Class

In this Head2Head comparison, we investigated Enterprise-Ready A4 B/W MFPs. Since virtually all inkjet All-in-Ones print in color, this group is composed of laser/LED- array devices that employ toner-based imaging. While these devices can cost as much to purchase and operate as several inkjet All-in-Ones combined, and their Cost per Page and energy consumption can […]

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Review: Business-Class A4 Color Laser/LED MFPs – OKI MC361 Color MFP is Best in Class

In this Head2Head comparison, we investigated Business-Class A4 Color Laser/LED MFPs, a product that nearly every business wants or needs. While these devices can cost as much as several inkjet All-in-Ones combined, and their Cost per Page (especially color) and energy consumption can be considerably higher than business-class inkjets, their business-class feature sets, faster print […]

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Review: Enterprise-Ready A4 B/W Laser/LED Printers – OKI B710DN is Best in Class

In this Head2Head comparison, we investigated a group of the most mission-critical digital imaging devices: Enterprise-ready A4 B/W Laser/LED printers. Our  requirements for this class include networking, PCL or PostScript print drivers, 250-sheet expandable media supply, network security and compatibility with a fleet network-management solution. Armed with these requirements, we found 12 devices ranging in […]

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Review: Small and Home Office Color Laser/LED MFPs – HP LaserJet Pro Color 300 MFP is Best in Class

In this Head2Head comparison, we investigated a group of highly popular imaging devices: Small and Home Office Color Laser/LED MFPs. Our basic requirements for a SOHO laser/LED printer include networking and automatic document feeder. Even with these most basic requirements, we found 10 devices that ranged in price from $244.99 to $999.00 from Brother, Canon, […]

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Review: Business Inkjet All-in-Ones – Brother MFC-J5910DW is Best in Class

In this Head2Head Comparison of Business-Class Inkjet All-in-Ones, we took it one step further than our recent Head2Head Comparison of SOHO inkjet All-in-Ones. That is, we used expanded criteria for this class, with the All-in-Ones required to have these business features: Networking. Automatic Duplex Printing. Automatic Document Feeder. Added — minimum 250-sheet media supply. Added […]

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Review: Small and Home Office B/W MFPs – Lexmark X264dn is Best in Class

Our requirements for this Head2Head Comparison of Small and Home Office B/W MFPs are networking, automatic duplex printing, and automatic document feeder. This resulted in a group of eight MFPs from Brother, Canon, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, OKI, Samsung and Xerox. The B/W MFP remains the most productive and cost-effective digital communication hub on the market […]

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Review: Small and Home Office Inkjet All-in-Ones – HP Officejet 6700 is Best in Class

In this Head2Head Comparison of Small and Home Office Inkjet All-in-Ones, Wirth Consulting determined that the minimum qualifications for productive, shared use include networking, automatic duplex printing and an automatic document feeder. Using these criteria, we compared the features, performance and cost of ownership for five All-in-Ones from five vendors: Brother, Canon, Epson, Hewlett-Packard and […]

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Review: Business-Class A4 B/W Laser/LED Printers – Samsung ML-4512ND is Best in Class

In this Head2Head Comparison of Business-Class A4 B/W Laser/LED Printers, we considered that, at a minimum, the printer must have networking, automatic duplex printing and have an expandable media supply with a main tray with at least a 250-sheet capacity. We then considered any advantages provided by deployment, manageability and tracking and control features, as […]

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Review: Business-Class A4 Color Laser/LED Printers – Samsung CLP-620ND is Best in Class

In this Head2Head Comparison of Business-Class A4 Color Laser/LED Printers, we considered that at a minimum, the color printer must have networking and automatic duplex printing. We then considered the advantages of manageability, tracking and control features, as nearly every company wants to manage the higher cost of color printing. We evaluated the least-expensive printer […]

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Review: A3 Ink-Jet Printers and MFPs – Ricoh and Brother are Best in Class

We are firm believers in a hardware strategy that is based on our notion that the need for color printing and large format 11”x17” (ledger) printing and scanning is traditionally overstated. For small workgroups and companies, our strategy instead would be to deploy fast, secure and economical B/W A4 MFPs for a majority of the heavy lifting […]

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Review: Color A4 Enterprise-Ready MFPs – Konica Minolta bizhub C25 is Best in Class

In this Head2Head Comparison report, we looked at entry-level A4 color MFPs – one of the fastest growing market segments – but with a catch, as we also ranked units in terms of their suitability for enterprise use, whether for distributed use in a single corporate  environment or for distribution across numerous geographic locations. In order to assess enterprise […]

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Review: Enterprise-Ready Entry-Level B/W MFPs-Konica Minolta bizhub 36 is Best in Class

In our latest Head2Head comparison of A4 Enterprise-Ready Entry-Level B/W MFPs, we compared basic workgroup imaging device for companies or enterprises—the A4/letter-size black-and white laser MFP. What makes this group unique is that there are other qualifiers: 1) remotely deployable print drivers and client software; 2) fleet management via WAN (wide area network); and 3) standard network authentication such […]

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Best in Class – Who Are the Top Vendors?

Updated June 21, 2013 Our Head2Head Comparison Reports are the only reports in the industry that directly compare printers and MFPs, and we back up our findings with exacting detail and research. We use the following methodology to determine the Best in Class product in its class: We determine a class of devices to compare. We […]

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