OK, we had the Ikon guy in to look at printers that are all-in-one. Confirms some of the initial work we did. There are basically four vendors, HP, Canon, Ricoh and Xerox to consider. And there are two major lines, consumer and business oriented. So it seems to be a you get what you pay for business.
The PC Magazine leader seems to be Xerox. They have a solid ink technology and low cost. The big issue is what happens when Xerox disappears as a vendor. On the other hand, it is the only middle of the road all-in-one that could be copier we could find:
* “Xerox Phaser 8860″:http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2199147,00.asp. It lists for about $3K street. Or about $4K list for the “8860MFP”:http://www.office.xerox.com/multifunction-printer/color-multifunction/phaser-8860mfp/enus.html. They claim consumables are lower, but it does need to be on 24 hours to keep the solid ink melted. It won’t collate though.
* “Xerox Phaser 6180MFP”:http://www.office.xerox.com/multifunction-printer/color-multifunction/phaser-6180mfp/enus.html. This is $950 that does copy, fax, print and scan with duplexing.
* “Xerox Phaser 6360DN”:http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2135176,00.asp. This is only a color printer at $1000 street.
For HP the choices are:
* “HP Color LaserJet CM6030″:http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF05a/18972-18972-238444-12004-3328085-3644750.html which is replacing the HP 9500 for $9000 list price. This is 30ppm but does have a finishing option.
For Canon the choices are:
* “Canon iRC3480″ which is 34ppm and about $13K stree
For Ricoh the choices are:
* “Ricoh SP C811DN”:http://www.ikon.com/products/Printers/Color/Ricoh_Aficio_SPC811DN.asp. this is supposed to be about 15% less reliable than the Canon. It is $4K