Why you should know the duty cycle of your printer

I often get asked to explain what the term ‘duty cycle’ means and why it’s important to keep it in mind when choosing a printer. Duty cycle is a number that’s based on the stress testing of a printer. It represents the absolute number of pages that can be printed per month at rated print quality of a machine. In other words, the duty cycle is intended to show how…

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3 practical insights to help you choose the right multifunction printer

Ask any manager and they are likely to acknowledge that there are very few straightforward procurement decisions in business. And choosing the right multifunction printer (MFP) is no different. It can sometimes be a complicated process owing to the variety of choice on the market and the continuing and rapid evolution of technology. Identifying a practical selection criteria as well as understanding the opportunities and challenges in buying and managing…

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A general guide to the main security features of Ricoh desktop printers

Information security may be a top issue for the management teams of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), but when it comes to choosing a new desktop printer, how many managers really know what security features they should look for? I have, therefore, put together a list of the main security features in Ricoh’s desktop printers that business and IT managers of smaller enterprises should know about. Although this is not a comprehensive list, I hope it provides a…

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Total Cost of Ownership – key factors to consider when buying a printer

Looking for a new printer or multi-function device (MFD) can easily become a time-consuming undertaking. There are many issues that you should consider in order to find the most suitable device for your needs. And as part of your research and selection process, it’s also likely that you will end up using a variety of information sources such as product reviews, comparisons, opinions about vendors and their customer satisfaction ratings to help you arrive at…

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Common MFP software licensing pitfalls that IT managers must avoid

Software licences and maintenance comprise 20 per cent of IT budgets as a general rule, yet the management of licences is often neglected and falls far behind that of hardware assets. By paying more attention to this important area, IT managers, particularly those in medium-sized and smaller enterprises, can make substantial savings as well as avoid implementation and usage problems when it comes to the licensing of software used on…

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