The promise of a paperless office never became a reality. Instead, printing technology has advanced to make sure we can print slides for a presentation, contracts for that new server bank and even that email from the board of directors at lightning speeds. In other words: We still need to print, but now workgroups don't have to wait as long. These seven new models fall into a wide array of price points and speeds, but all clock in at around 30 pages per minute or more.
Samsung Xpress M2885FW
Price: $300Speed: 29 pages per minute (PPM)
The Samsung Xpress M2885FW. (Image courtesy of Samsung.)
Outfitted with a 600 Mhz processor, this multi-function printer (which can also copy, scan and fax) outputs at 29 pages per minute (black only). For teams, one unique feature is the capability to tap the printer with your Android smartphone, sync over Near-Field Communication (NFC) and print using the Samsung Mobile Print app. (Apple iPhone users can still print from the app, but there's no NFC syncing.) With Wi-Di Direct, you can print over Wi-Fi without the hassle of configuring a Wi-Fi network. While the Samsung Xpress M2885FW certainly isn't the fastest printer in this roundup, it's easily the least expensive.
Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE 500 iF
Price: $5,250Speed: 52 PPM
This high-end, multi-function color printer outputs at 52 PPM in black and white and a respectable 75PPM in color. Beyond those specs, paper capacity is the big selling point for the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE 500 iF. Not only can you make copies, scan and fax, but you can add up to three extra trays (at $299 each) for a 2,300-sheet maximum. There's a bright, 7-inch color LCD screen for setting up print jobs, scans, copies and faxes. Teams can print from mobile devices using a secure app. The scanner is also fast at 52 impressions per minute.
Oki Data Monochrome Multifunction Printer MB770
Price: $1,399Speed: 55 PPM
The Oki Data Monochrome Multifunction Printer MB770. (Image courtesy of Oki Data.)
This fast but low-cost printer is ideal for large teams. The print speed is a fast 55 PPM (black and white only), and Oki Data says the first page print takes about five seconds or less. One perk to using this printer in a workgroup: You can use the OKI Print Job Accounting software to restrict printing to individuals and teams in the company. There's a huge 9-inch color screen for setting up print jobs, copies, scans and faxes. Instead of mobile or cloud printing, the Oki Data MB770 does let anyone print using the front-facing USB port from a laptop.
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