Enterprise Business Printers: HP, Canon, OKI Data Offer 2010's Best Printers for Small Businesses
With 2010 drawing to a close, it's time to take a look at the best printer options for small to medium-size businesses. Thanks to increased competition and a wider range of standard options on multifunction inkjet and laser printers, such as wireless connectivity, larger touch screens and green features designed to save businesses money on power and paper costs, midmarket companies have more choice than ever to find the printer best suited to their needs. In addition, many printers come equipped with advanced security features, including hard disk encryption; image overwrite to electronically "shred" data; fax isolation to prevent unauthorized access to data; and network authentication to restrict access to scan, e-mail and fax features. According to a recent IDC report, the third quarter of 2010 saw higher year-over-year growth for monochrome laser multifunction printers (MFPs) than color laser MFPs: 38 percent versus 21 percent, respectively. A growing market means growing selection for small and midsize businesses, so with that in mind, let's take a look at some of the best printer deals on the market as the ink dries on 2010.