What sort of office printer does $12,000 buy you?

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What sort of office printer does $12,000 buy you?

Banner printing, A3 and 6,600 sheet paper capacity are the sorts of things that might have real estate agents, accountants and solicitors interested.

Not every small business needs a $12,000 colour multifunction devices, but they can make sense for firms with above-average printing and copying requirements - estate agents, accountants and solicitors come to mind.

How are printers at this price different to basic, cheap printers?
 
We received a press release recently about three new colour workgroup printers ranging from $12,100 to $14,300 - the new Sharp MX-3640N, MX-3140N and MX-2640N.
 
Given our mission at BIT to help you understand technology and how it can help you do your job, we decided it might be interesting to look at what you get for your money.
 
Apart from the fact they're networked for an office, some of the things printers of this ilk have, that you won't find in very cheap printers, include:
  • A3 printing and scanning
  • A generous paper capacity (up to 6,600 sheets with optional trays)
  • Banner printing
  • A variety of finishing options including booklet making
A couple of other hings about these new printers caught our eye:
  • There's also an app for iOS and Android that lets you print from and scan to mobile devices even if you're not in the office.
  • Something that caught our eye is a 10.1in colour LCD touchscreen with multi-touch operation including two-finger pinch and spread gestures to zoom out and in when looking at preview images.The screen can be used for web browsing as well as operating the MFD.
For example, here's what the optional configurations look like for the Sharp's three new printers:

 

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