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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Canon offers a number of laser printers for business users, including the Canon imageRUNNER LBP5970, a color model. The imageRUNNER LBP5970 uses a four-in-one laser beam to create 1200 dpi output in super fine mode or 600 dpi in fine mode. The device includes Canon's UFR II Print Controller, a proprietary architecture designed to generate faster output for complex documents that include images, graphics, and text than PCL or PS page description languages, according to Canon. The printer's Rapid Fusing system enables the printer to begin working with no warm-up time, and a reduction in energy-consumption and heat-generation, Canon said.
Price: About $2,879.00
Paper capacity: 90 sheets
Paper trays: One; Optional: 550-Sheet x Up to 3 Paper Cassettes
Duplex printing: Yes
Monthly duty cycle: 80,000 pages
B&W print speed: 31 ppm
Color print speed: 30 ppm
Max. print resolution: 1200 dpi
Time to first page: Immediate
Environmental features: Energy Star
Designed for: Workgroups
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