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Review, Report, Photos & Video: Hands-On with Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-5690 Business-Class MFP

Imaging Technology: PrecisionCore MicroPiezo electric Ink-Jet Technology. Functions: Print/Copy/Scan/Fax. ISO Print Speed: 20/20 ppm (black/color). List Price:  $399.99 Availability: Epson direct, authorized Epson dealers and value-added resellers. Introduction Date: September 2014. Maximum Monthly Volume: 45,000 pages. Recommended Monthly Page Volume: Up to 2,500 pages. Strengths: Solid build quality; excellent touch screen; quiet operation; PCL and […]

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This Week in Imaging: Epson, OKI Forge Ahead; HP Officejet X Gains Ground; Average Copier-Sales Comp; Badder BadUSB; More

This was a very busy week in the printer and MFP world, and we have lots of news, from everything from the average copier sales person’s annual compensation, to new business inkjet, to Kodak’s reorganization. Also be sure to check out the latest research from the folks at IDC, who’ve previewed a sampling of their […]

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It’s Official: Half of USB Devices Have Unpatchable Security Flaws

Following up our article on BadUSB malware, the security researchers that discovered the vulnerability have since tested the USB controller chips from eight of the major suppliers. Hacker Karsten Nohl presented at the recent PacSec security conference in Tokyo that he and his fellow researchers Jakob Lell and Sascha Krissler have analyzed every USB controller chip […]

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Review: Retail Business-Class A4 Color MFPs – HP’s Officejet Pro X476dw is Best in Class

Any office or company whose core business entails paper-based transactions with customers must own a color All-in-One or MFP that can quickly, reliably, and economically produce high-quality color prints. While there are many candidates, Wirth Consulting narrows the field to Business-Class A4 Color MFPs available from the retail channel.  What is our definition of “Business-Class”? […]

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Review: Business-Class A3 Inkjet Printers and AiO’s – Brother’s MFC-J6920DW is Best in Class

Since we at Wirth Consulting estimate that the processing of A3 documents in the office is in the single-digit percentile, we have always thought that the ultimate mix of digital-imaging devices for small business was one or more fast B/W A4 printers coupled with an economical A3 MFP or All-in-One (AiO). The problem is that […]

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IDC: Western Europe Printer/Copier/MFP Market Continues to Strengthen

Western European printer and MFP markets continued to show strong growth, with second-quarter 2014 growth increasing 5.0 percent compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC). This resulted in a second-quarter 2014 market figure of 4.92 million units, with growth of […]

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Review: Enterprise-Ready A4 B/W Printers – OKI’s B721dn is Best in Class

The B/W or monochrome printer is the basic building block for digital printing in any office. This group of printers is considered “enterprise-ready” because they offer the following features: 1) automatic duplex printing; 2) expandable standard media capacity of at least 251 sheets; 2) PCL and/or PostScript printer-language support; and 4) remote-management, deployment and security […]

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‘BadUSB’ Malware Has Effectively Killed USB Devices in the Enterprise

As our industry is a major source of secure hardware and workflow solutions for the security-conscious enterprise, this news is both disruptive and disturbing. Findings from security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell will be presented next week contending that the security of USB devices has long been fundamentally broken. BadUSB is a new form […]

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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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Top News for the Week of 11/11/2013

Events This week there was lots of product news out of Sharp America, which held its annual dealer meeting earlier this week. New from Sharp are “Advanced” MFPs which feature cloud and mobile connectivity, and lower-priced “Essentials” MFP configurations, as well as Cloud Portal Office (for the Advanced line), and more. Last week, we reported […]

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Ricoh Puts the Focus on Dealers at Convergence 2013; New GW+ MFP Platform with Smart Control Panel, Cloud Connectivity, More

This year, Ricoh Americas held its annual North American dealer meeting October 28 – 31 at the Aria Resort & Casino, a new hotel that bills itself as “the most technologically advanced hotel every built.” At the Aria, this was true for the most part, as there were plenty of ways to network and charge […]

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New Ricoh MP 2501SP is Ricoh’s Most Affordable New Technology Platform for Mobile and Cloud Connectivity

Ricoh Americas is adding a new 25-ppm A3 mono MFP to its A3 family, the MP 2501SP, which it’s targeting at small workgroups, and which features color scan, as well as mobile and cloud connectivity. At an SRP of $5,000, it’s the most affordable MFP in Ricoh’s A3 mono MFP lineup to incorporate Ricoh’s new […]

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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 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: Hands-On with Epson’s WorkForce Pro WP-4590 Business-Class MFP

Imaging Technology: MicroPiezoelectric Ink-Jet Technology. Functions:  Print/Copy/Scan/Fax. ISO Print Speed:  16 (black)/11 (color) ppm. List Price:  $499.99. Availability: Authorized Epson dealers and value-added resellers. Introduction Date: February 2012. Max. Monthly Volume: 25,000 pages. Recommended Monthly Page Volume: Up to 1,650 pages. Strengths: Image quality; build quality; quiet operation; PCL and Adobe PostScript 3 print drivers; […]

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Videos and Photo Gallery – Epson’s Top-of-the-Line WorkForce Pro WP-4590 MFP

We recently completed Hands-On testing of Epson’s WorkForce Pro WP-4590 Business-Class MFP ($499.99), Epson’s top-of-the-line WorkForce MFP/All-in-One. It’s part of the “Pro C” series of Epson color inkjet All-in-Ones that are intended for business use. Although its feature-set is nearly identical to that of the WorkForce WF-7520 we tested, it has two important value-added features: […]

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OKI Adds Entry-Level $299 A4 Mono MFP

OKI Data Americas is expanding its family of black-and-white toner-based MFPs with the new entry-level MB451w ($299) that it’ll be distributing through Costco as well as via its traditional distribution channels. The MB451w is equipped with copy, print, color scan and analog fax, as well as Wi-Fi certified wireless connectivity, Ethernet wired network interface, automatic duplex printing, […]

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