Dell Imaging has unveiled five multifunction printers aimed at small, medium and large businesses, along with a collaboration-focused version of the Dell Document Hub software.
The Colour Cloud Multifunction Printer H825cdw, Colour Cloud Multifunction Printer H625cdw and Mono Cloud Multifunction Printer H815dw target SMBs with built-in Dell Document Hub. This enables users to scan documents directly to seven major cloud services, including Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and Salesforce.
A companion app for PC and mobile allows users to download, edit and print documents from these storage destinations, or search all seven at once using a single sign-on.
The three H series machines feature 4.3in capacitive touchscreens and Dell's one-click WiFi set-up programme. The H825cdw and H625cdw also include a single-pass duplexing automatic document feeder for double-sided scanning, plus NFC compatibility. Documents and images on a smartphone or tablet can be printed by tapping the device on the printer's control panel.
Meanwhile, the Mono Smart Multifunction Printer S2815dn and Colour Smart Multifunction Printer S2825cdn, both aimed specifically at medium and larger business, do not include cloud functionality.
Nils Becker-Birck, regional sales manager for Dell EMEA Imaging, told V3 this was due to security concerns from existing enterprise customers. However, they can directly access Microsoft's SharePoint on Premise service to print from and scan to on-site servers at no extra cost.
In addition, these S series MFPs support LDAP-enabled remote authentication, secure print release, SSL/TLS WiFi security and integrated OCR capability through PaperPort v14.
Furthermore, both S devices are equipped with an "intelligent" scanner that remembers the settings for up to eight previous tasks, and offers the option to reuse any of these settings when it detects paper being added to the scanning tray.
The H825cdw (£309), H2625cdw (£259) and S2825cdn (£289) will launch in the UK on 29 October. The H815dw (£259) and S815dn (£229) will launch on 17 December.
Dell, which announced a double-digit growth of its enterprise IT business earlier this year, stated that these five machines are designed to reduce the cost and effort of maintenance. One example given was their reworked mechanism for removing jams; unlike in previous models, taking off the access panel will also release pressure on the paper rollers, making it easier to pull out stuck sheets.
The three new colour printers - the H825cdw, H625cdw and S2825cdn - also use Dell's third-generation toner, which was revealed for the first time. Contained in a cylindrical cartridge which slides into a clearly colour-coded slot on the front of each printer, the new toner consists of smaller, more densely packed particles.
This will not result in noticeably better print quality than previous toners, but Dell claimed that it allows the particles to fuse at much lower temperatures, consuming less energy, while allowing the cartridges to take on a smaller form factor while maintaining the same capacity.
Product managing director Dave McNally later confirmed to V3 that third-generation cartridges will cost less as well, although he could not confirm specific prices.
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