Office Copier Shootout- Kyocera vs Lanier

Kyocera TASKalfa7550ci vs LANIER LD375C

Choosing the right copier or Multi-Function Printer (MFP) for your business with the wide variety of available models can be a daunting task. We’ll try to help with a review of the top contenders in a head to head shootout over the next several weeks. This week we’ll review two worthy candidates from Kyocera and Lanier.

First up is the talented but sometimes overlooked contender from Kyocera. The TASKalfa 7550ci is a copier designed to meet the needs of virtually every office user; from the demanding office admins who truly know how a copier should work, to the corner office exec who’s needs to print an occasional document when no one else is there to help. This MFP takes care of the regular day to day document tasks as well as the more complex projects like brochures, flyers, or direct-to-consumer mail campaigns.  The TASKalfa provides standard network print, scan, copy, and fax with outstanding speed and reliability.  This business work horse also provides 75 ppm Black and 70 ppm Color output and am impressive 400,000 pages per month duty cycle.  Documents are produced with 600 x 600 dpi standard and 9600 x 600 dpi interpolated resolution with 8-bit color depth.  It has a maximum capacity of of over 4,000 sheets with size ranging from letter 8 1/2 x 11″ to banner sized 12 x 47″.  It includes full wireless networking and high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity.  Not the prettiest copy machine in the world with its slate grey finish but it gets the job done.

Next up is the LANIER LD375C.   This color copier is a work of art in design and performance.  The LD375C provides true MFP performance with copy. print, scan, fax, and document service functionality.  The work engine efficiently allows two-sided documents without impeding system performance.  This copier provides 75 ppm in Black and 70 ppm Color copies with advance security features like Windows authentication and user-code programming to prevent unauthorized access.  This Lanier comes with 1.5GB RAM and 320GB of hard disk capacity to handle multiple, large color print files.


Document Finishing

Both the Kyocera and Lanier provide outstanding document finishing features like collating, stapling, and hole punching.  However, the LD375C provides really complex features like six-position fold and ring binding as well.  When the Lanier is finished printing, all you need is an envelope to ship the Kinkos-like product to the end recipient – Fantastic!



Regardless of the type of copier your select, office supplies that allow them to produce slick documents, brochures, and presentations can’t be overlooked.  This intangible could add hundreds of dollars to the operating cost of the copier and make you second-guess your selection.  A quick way to estimate this expense is to calculate the cost of stocking the machine to produce its maximum output of product and then multiplying this by twelve to get an annual expense.


Bottom Line

This shootout leaves two worthy contenders to consider.  The Kyocera is truly a magnificent machine with proven reliability, capacity, and performance.  The Lanier is equally reliable and has front office good looks, capacity and performance.  After considering all available features and options – the Lanier is a close but worthy winner.

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