New multifunction printers

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New multifunction printers

Lexmark has extended its range of multifunction devices with the release of two models that combine printing, copying, faxing and scanning with document routing processes such as scan-to-e-mail, writes Eric Doyle.

The multifunction printers (MFPs) are designed to reduce the space that the four constituent devices would occupy. The MFP concept allows the use of a single interface to make the processes easier for non-technical staff. In addition to conventional network connection, the MFPs can also be used for direct Internet printing.

The Lexmark X620e, which can serve up to 40 users, has a monochrome 30-page-per-minute printer output but scans in colour. To facilitate the routing capabilities, it can be integrated into existing network security and can access an existing corporate address book, thus avoiding the need for additional software and an extra database.

The Lexmark X750e offers the same features as the X620e but includes colour output. It is based on the Lexmark C750 laser colour printer and has an output of 35 pages per minute, supporting up to 35 users.

Existing owners of the C750 or Lexmark's T family of monochrome laser printers can upgrade their machines to include MFP functionality by adding the X4500 MFP module.

Jane Cronin, marketing and channel director at Lexmark's Printing Solutions and Services Division, said, "The market has been migrating away from large, centralised print sources towards a more distributed model, where printing solutions are located closer to the end-user. Lexmark has focused on providing printing solutions and services within this distributed model."

Xerox has developed a multifunction printer that can scan printed and handwritten documents and store the data in a database. The devices use technology from Formic to read the information and are claimed to make information capture as simple as photocopying.

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