Demand for networked color laser printers continues to grow. They offer high-resolution, crisp text, and vivid colors, and are playing a greater role in businesses. But they face challenges: high-performance and lower cost inkjet printers and a weak economy that caused companies to look for ways to cut print costs or allocate those costs to departments. And there's still a big market for black and white printers. Most printers now meet Energy Star standards, which means energy efficiency isn't a
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Marketing departments, advertising agencies, and other graphics-intensive departments are the core group Ricoh is targeting with its Aficio SP C821DN. The printer, which offers true 1200 x1200 dpi resolution, can reach 9600 x 600 dpi using the system's 4-bit color and interpolated resolution, according to Ricoh. The printer's glossy mode allows users to print photographic-quality prints. To reduce printing errors, a driver allows users to choose the correct paper weight for any job. The Aficio SP C821DN can handle multiple sizes, including banners up to 2" wide and up to 49.6" long.
Price: About $3,500.00
Paper capacity: 3,200
Paper trays: Two; Optional: 3,000-Sheet Finisher, 1,000-Sheet Booklet Finisher or 4-Bin Mailbox Maximum
Duplex printing: Yes
Monthly duty cycle: 200,000 pages
B&W print speed: 50 ppm
Color print speed: 50 ppm
Max. print resolution: 1200 x 1200
Time to first page: 7 seconds
Environmental features: Energy Star
Designed for: Marketing departments, advertising agencies and other graphics-intensive environments
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