Panasonic has become the latest vendor to blur the lines between A4 and A3 devices, with the launch of the DPMB500 series of mono MFPs.
Combining the low cost and high speed of an A4 MFP with the ability to print/copy in sizes up to A3, the DP-MB500 series represents a signifiant introduction for Panasonic as it continues to strengthen its position in the printer market, which it re-entered last year after an absence of five years.
In particular, it enables the company to target both A4 and A3 users with the same machines.
There are two models in the range, the DP-MB545 with print/copy speeds of 45 pages per minute (ppm) and the 36ppm DP-MB357.
Both models print on two sides of the page at their rated speed, have a paper capacity of 1,750 sheets, long-life consumables and a maximum monthly print volume of 150,000 pages, including up to 2,000 A3 pages per month.
Useful features include WiFi connectivity, support for printing from mobile devices and password-protected printing to maintain document security.
Sam Saunders, marketing and communications manager of DMC Business Machines, a distributor of the new printers, told PrintIT sister publication
PrintIT Reseller that the DPMB500 series fils a big gap in the market.
He said: “What excites us at DMC is the versatility of these products. You have small, super-quick desktop devices that are A4 in footprint size but A3 in capability. It plugs a huge gap in our portfolio.”
According to most estimates, A3 output currently accounts for less than 5% of pages printed in offices. With the DP-MB500 series, small businesses and workgroups with limited A3 printing requirements no longer have to buy separate A4 and A3 devices or spend extra on a bulky A3 MFP. They can cover all their needs with one compact, affordable device.