“If your business has expanded and your photocopying needs are no longer met by your existing machine, it’s time to look for a capable, economical and versatile mid-volume photocopier. Here’s our pick of the 10 best mid-volume photocopiers on the market in 2012.”

1. Ricoh Aficio SP5200S

Ricoh Aficio SP5200S
“The very model of a modern mid-volume multifunction copier”

Fast, expandable and easy to use, Ricoh’s Aficio SP5200S is the very model of a modern mid-volume multifunction photocopier. High-resolution black and white document copies and prints emerge at a speedy 45 A4 pages per minute, and the machine has a standard paper capacity of 550 sheets. Scanning, copying, printing and faxing are easily achieved via the colourful and intuitive LCD display control panel. Security features are included as standard and thanks to its compact size, the Ricoh Aficio SP5200S is both space saving and energy efficient.

2. Xerox WorkCentre 4250X

“Where productivity meets affordability”
Xerox WorkCentre 4250X

Aimed at the larger office or workgroup, Xerox’s WorkCentre 4250X all-in-one monochrome photocopier, printer, scanner and fax is where productivity meets affordability. A simple icon-driven user interface controls the WorkCentre 4250’s numerous functions, many of which are available across the office network. Crystal-clear 600dpi copies and prints are produced at 43 A4 pages per minute and the standard 500-sheet paper capacity can be doubled if required. The WorkCentre 4250 maintains Xerox’s enviable reputation for low energy consumption, speed and reliability and is backed up by a one-year total satisfaction guarantee.

3. OKI MB491

“One of the fastest in its class”
OKI MB491

With a warm-up time of less than a minute, OKI’s MB491 mid-volume multifunction black and white photocopier can print up to 40 A4 pages per minute. It boasts of a 1200dpi print quality, flexible media handling and automatic double-sided printing. With document encryption, secure print and the ability to automatically forward received faxes to anyone with an email address, the MB491 is more than your average mid-volume multifunction copier. In fact, it’s one of the fastest in its class and offers the lowest running cost of all of OKI’s business machines.

4. Sharp MX-M453N

Sharp MX-M453N

“A multifunction machine with advanced performance and capacity”

Sharp’s multiple-award winning MX-M453N is a mid-volume black and white photocopying powerhouse aimed at larger, busier workgroups. It’s a multifunction machine with advanced performance and capacity. The MX-M453N produces an impressive 45 monochrome A4 copies or prints per minute in ultra-crisp 1,200dpi resolution. Automatic duplexing and file storage are provided as standard, whilst fax is an optional extra. A healthy 1100-sheet paper capacity can be increased to a massive 5,600 sheets and the MX-M453N is fully networkable with industry-leading security ensuring the protection of your sensitive documents.

5. Canon iR 3245N

“Perfectly combines high productivity and cost-effective, multifunctional performance”
Cano iR 3245N

For busy offices or departments, Canon’s iR3245N all-in-one mid-volume monochrome photocopier perfectly combines high productivity and cost-effective, multifunctional performance. Speedily producing detailed black and white copies and prints at the rate of 45 pages per minute, the iR3245N has WiFi connectivity as well as conventional Ethernet networking, professional document finishing, enhanced security features, automatic duplexing and a wealth of flexible add-ons, providing a flexible and reliable photocopier that’s able to cope with virtually any document production task thrown at it.

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6. Toshiba e-STUDIO 4540c

“A fast, fully configurable and exceptionally secure networked all-in-one document scanning, copying and printing device”

Toshiba e-Studio 4540C

If an affordable, future-proof and environmentally sustainable multifunction colour photocopier sounds too good to be true, think again. Toshiba’s latest technology has been bundled in a fast, fully configurable and exceptionally secure networked all-in-one document scanning, copying and printing device—the e-STUDIO 4540c. It delivers monochrome or full colour A4 prints at 45 pages per minute, A3 documents at an impressive 22 pages per minute. Printing and scanning both benefit from a high 600dpi resolution, and a variety of document finishing options are included as standard. The e-STUDIO 4540c’s large and intuitive LCD touch panel can quickly finish complex tasks, making this an excellent all-round productivity-boosting photocopier.

7. Konica Minolta bizhub C452

“Proof that functionality and aesthetically pleasing design can be combined”
Konica Minolta bizhub C452

The Konica Minolta bizhub C452 is proof that functionality and aesthetically pleasing design can be combined . This multifunction colour photocopier produces rapid, razor-sharp full colour copies and prints. A4 documents, whether black and white or full colour, zip out at 45 pages per minute, whilst the rate for A3 prints is 23 pages per minute. The bizhub C452 is an all-round machine, with an impressive set of features, from a large paper capacity to various security and document finishing options. Its enhanced software suite and intuitive user interface enables busy offices and workgroups to quickly maximise the Bizhub C452’s productivity.

8. Xerox ColorQube 8900

“The definitive 21st century multifunction A4 colour photocopier”

Xerox ColorQube 8900

Xerox’s ColorQube 8900 is the definitive 21st century multifunction A4 colour photocopier for larger offices and workgroups. It promises unbeatable total cost-of-ownership, and boasts of superior colour printing, complete control over print jobs, fast results and a range of productivity-boosting features and functions that can easily be expanded. Colour or black and white copies and prints are produced at 44 pages per minute, and double-sided printing features as standard. The 525-sheet paper capacity can be optionally quadrupled to handle larger photocopying tasks. The ColorQube 8900’s functions are also fully networkable and benefit from industry-standard security, thus maximising productivity across the business.

9. Ricoh Aficio MP C4502AD

“A versatile, practical and cost-effective choice of multifunction photocopier”

Ricoh Aficio MP C4502AD

As befits the very latest model in Ricoh’s range of multifunction photocopiers, the mid-volume Aficio MP C4502AD complies with a host of international security, energy-saving, environmental and safety standards without compromising on productivity or quality. It produces both black and white and full colour copies at the rate of 45 pages per minute. You can set the resolution up to a finely detailed 1,200dpi. The Aficio MP C4502AD has an easily programmable user interface. You can also choose from a wide range of additional security, document finishing and paper-handling functionality for modular expansion. This machine is truly a versatile, practical and cost-effective choice of multifunction photocopier.

10. Sharp MX-4112N

Sharp MX-4112N
“A cutting-edge mid-volume all-in-one office machine”

Sharp’s newest mid-volume multifunction colour photocopier benefits from a revolutionary ‘finger swipe’ user interface, a feature more commonly associated with smartphones. Simplicity itself to use, each of the MX-4112N’s powerful print, copy, scan, fax and file functions is accessible and fuss-free. Productivity is the byword for this machine. It copies and scans 41 A4 pages per minute and 19 A3 pages per minute. The MX-4112N is also one of the most eco-friendly photocopiers in its class, with every aspect geared towards minimal energy consumption and running costs. Scanning and faxing functionality is as outstanding as you’d expect from a cutting-edge mid-volume all-in-one office machine, and network capabilities maximise productivity office-wide.


Author - Nigel Vaughan

Nigel has over 10 years experience in digital marketing, and loves tech and all kinds of electronics. A keen cyclist and cycle-tourist, he has cycled through 25 countries worldwide.

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