BERTL Awards Panasonic MFP20 Jul, 2004
BERTL Awards Panasonic MFP
The Panasonic WORKiO DP-1820 MFP has received the BERTL's Best Spring 2004 Award for "Best 15-19 ppm Monochrome MFP." The independent test lab granted its award based upon its combination of high standard functionality, simple operation and reasonable price.
Citing her company's evaluation report on the DP-1820, BERTL CEO Carmel Rowley said, "The Panasonic DP-1820 packs a lot of value into a small footprint (and small price). The device offers a very cost-effective way for workgroups to centralize their operations on one device, without sacrificing quality output or functionality in the process." Rowley added, "Panasonic's WORKiO DP-1820 soundly beat the competition in the 15-19ppm Monochrome MFP category."
The WORKiO DP-1820 features Panasonic's new "Double Exposure" mode, which allows end-users to copy double-sided documents such as ID and insurance cards, drivers licenses, checks and receipts onto one sheet with the touch of a button. This is an important feature especially in busy healthcare, banking and financial environments.
Featuring a "wingless" design that eliminates external output trays and protruding paper trays, the DP-1820 carries an MSRP of $2,995.
The powerful copier-network printer also offers ledger-size capability even with compact dimensions of only 22"(w) x 21.9"(d) x 18.1"(h). The DP-1820 can accommodate up to four paper trays, increasing paper input capacity from 550 to as much as 2,200 in addition to its standard 50-sheet bypass tray. An automatic document feeder (ADF) and an inverting automatic document feeder (iADF) are available as options to accelerate copying of multi-page originals.
The DP-1820 connects to an office LAN via the standard 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet interface to serve as a high-speed, high-quality laser printer. This standard connectivity allows all the PCs on a LAN to take advantage of the printing capabilities and cost savings afforded by the WORKiO DP-1820. A fast USB interface is also provided as standard equipment for directly connecting to an individual PC.
The DP-1820 delivers crisp copies with true 600 x 600dpi resolution and 256 level gray scale. Key copier features include: 2-in-one copying saves paper by fitting two reduced images on one sheet; Image Rotation delivers accurate copies regardless of the position of the image on the original; and Panasonic's "Digital SkyShot" saves toner by eliminating the black areas caused by making a copy with the cover open.
Other features of the DP-1820 include:
-- Standard Panasonic Document Management Software (DMS) allows desktop users to archive, edit, manipulate and merge scanned documents, and includes the ability to save documents as PDF (portable document format) at no extra charge
-- Standard Ledger/A3-size copying, printing, scanning and faxing
-- Standard electronic sorting and rotate sort
-- Optional Internet fax and scan-to-desktop/scan-to-FTP push scanning upgrades (include LDAP integration)
-- POP before SMTP network authentication for security-conscious environments comes standard with the scan-to-email option
Image quality is further enhanced by the DP-1820's ability to monitor and automatically adjust for room temperature and humidity conditions.
According to BERTL's evaluation, "The Panasonic DP-1820 can help offices streamline their digital imaging operations, getting rid of old, dedicated desktop printers, copiers and fax machines (which all require different consumables and servicing) and replacing them with a single device capable of handling the needs of the entire workgroup.
"This can save companies money spent on consumables for three or four different types of machines, as well as reducing servicing costs and time taken to train employees."
Electronic preventive eMaintenance is another cost-saving feature that virtually eliminates and/or reduces downtime. The "Check & Call" feature automatically reports toner-level status and various mechanical issues to a service center. In addition, the DP-1820 supports Panasonic's Remote Diagnostics System, which enables technicians to diagnose problems from a remote location without physically visiting the device.
In addition to the WORKiO DP-1820, the DP-1520 is the second offering in the new series. The DP-1520, with a MSRP of $2,595(1), provides an affordable copier and network printer solution, but does not offer a fax or scanning option. With a few exceptions, the DP-1520 boasts most of the features of the DP-1820 and also has a low total cost of ownership. Both MFPs feature separate components that allow the user to configure as needed.