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Is A Multifunction Machine Right For You? When To Choose An MFP Over A Standard Printer

November 27, 2012

Multifunction machines are a great option for everyone from small businesses to large corporations. With print, copy, scan, and fax capabilities all in one compact location, print jobs become easier and more convenient to manage. If you are shopping for office technology for the first time or are looking to update your existing suite of office technology, here are some things to consider when choosing between an MFP and a standard printer.

First, what are you hoping to achieve with this office technology? Think about how often you require the ability to scan, fax, and copy, as well as print. If a large part of your business is sending and receiving faxes, you may want to consider investing in a standalone fax machine. However, if you only occasionally send faxes or need to scan documents, a multifunction printer may be the perfect option because it offers the capabilities of four office machines, housed within one convenient piece of technology.

Next, consider your desired space savings. If finding space for a separate scanner, printer, copier, and fax machine is not feasible; browse Pacific Office Automation’s compact MFP offerings. A multifunction machine can be the perfect solution for those working around space constraints because most multifunction printers are condensed enough for home offices or small spaces.

Finally, consider the total cost of management. If you only require black and white or color printing services, a standard printer is your most cost-effective option. However, if you have already decided that you wish to increase print job capabilities, but would like to save money and energy, multifunction printing is the perfect solution because you can run one machine but reap the benefits of four. Cost savings accrued from managing one multifunction machine instead of four separate pieces of office technology really add up over time and maintaining one device is more cost-effective and energy efficient for most offices.

If you still have questions about the differences between an MFP and a standard printer, contact Pacific Office Automation today. Our customer service and sales team is standing by to help you decide which piece of office technology is right for you. Call us and schedule a free workflow analysis to get started today!

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