The introduction of five new devices sees Ricoh UK bolster its colour capable MFP range. The new machines allow businesses of any size to produce cost effective colour documents in-house.

This latest announcement extends the reach of Ricoh's present range to provide black and white output speeds of between 24 to 45 pages per minute as well as a colour output range from 10 to 35 pages per minute. The extended range offers more users the benefits of colour without sacrificing the speed or cost advantages associated with mono machines.

"Traditionally, access to colour on MFPs has been limited to a handful of devices providing little choice or flexibility, especially for smaller businesses," commented product manager, Eddie Hall. "Previously, many companies had to opt for the expensive alternative of outsourcing their colour requirements, often ordering larger batches than necessary 'just in case' extra copies were needed in the future. The ability to create these documents in-house now means that businesses can print on-demand, keep costs lower and reduce the amount of space taken up by surplus documentation."

Ricoh has also recognised the needs of heavy duty users by extending its range upwards and introducing faster output speeds. The Aficio 3245 provides cost-effective access to mono and colour output speeds of 45 and 35 pages per minute respectively.

The new MFPs all offer a range of sophisticated standard features including comprehensive security capabilities, which have previously been unavailable to small user groups. Using their existing Windows network login infrastructure, businesses can prevent both unauthorised machine use and restrict colour usage. In addition, organisations can avoid information leaks by encrypting all data communication to and from the MFP or installing Ricoh's Data Overwrite Security software to erase any data left on the device's hard disk drive overnight.

As with all Ricoh devices, the MFPs have been developed with the environment in mind. Not only do the new devices boast the Energy Star logo for energy efficiency, but they all use polyester x polymerisation toner which requires less energy to produce particles than its conventional counterparts, significantly reducing the device's carbon emissions.

Hall believes that Ricoh's colour capable range now provides a solution for to suit the needs and budgets of all companies:

"With more and more businesses demanding colour output, the uptake of colour capable devices across all sizes of business is growing. By expanding our range, we are bringing all the benefits of such technology to a much wider audience and proving once again that Ricoh is pioneering the colour capable market."

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