A photocopier can be an extremely important piece of equipment for any small business, but there are so many different types out there than the seemingly simple task of buying (or hiring) one for your office can become quite a challenge. There are lots of different elements to consider, each one depending on your particular set up.

On the other hand, if you’re tired of dealing with printer and photocopier problems, there are many businesses out there which provide managed print services but here are some of the very best printers on the market today.

  • Kyocera ECOSYS M2535dn Mono Multifunction Printer

This particular unit only copies in black and white, so if that’s all you need then it’s ideal since you won’t be paying extra for the colour option that you’re just not going to use. It uses standard A4 paper, and as well as copying it can also scan and fax, allowing it to take the place of three machines which allows you to save space in your office (and money on your budget). Furthermore, its compact design also gives you even more room to move around it. With a print speed of as much as 35 pages per minute and super low printing costs, this is an all-round useful copier to have.

  • Ricoh Aficio MP2000

This machine has a print speed of up to 20 pages per minute on A4 paper in black and white. What makes it stand out is that its standard resolution is 600 x 600 dpi and it has a paper capacity of 1,600 pages. Therefore, although it may take longer to produce a copy than some of the other copiers on the market, it does so in a higher quality, meaning that the end result is something people are happy to wait for.

This unit is a green one as well, automatically printing two sided where possible to save paper. Although this function can be overridden, if you want to save the environment – and your printing costs – it’s best to leave the function alone.

  • Canon i-SENSYS MF5980dw Mono Multifunctional Printer

This copier is a slimline one, allowing it to fit in almost any office neatly. That’s one bonus, and the fact that it is a multifunctional machine is another one. It’s great for busy offices as it has a top print speed of 33 pages per minute, and the first page should print within eight seconds of hitting the print button, which will save a lot of time overall. If you’re extra busy you can even add more paper storage cassettes, giving the machine another 800 pages of capacity if required. Not only that, but the Canon i-SENSYS MF5980dw is a great energy saving device with one of the lowest energy consumption figures, and it can all be controlled over Wifi.

  • Sharp MX-M250

If you have a need to copy pages that are bigger than A4, the Sharp MX-M250 is a great unit to choose. It can copy and print up to A3, giving you that extra flexibility if need be. It can also store 2,100 sheets ready to use, so in a busy office (or in an office where no one quite remembers to refill the printer/copier) it can certainly save a few problems. Print quality is exceptional at 600 x 1200dpi, and since it can scan from multiple locations (including desktop and USB), this machine has everything a small-medium business could need.

  • Toshiba e-Studio 3055c

This is another multifunction printer which has an exceptional load of functions to help a small office fulfil all of its duties. It can print up to 30 pages per minute and scan as much as 73 per minute, so you can get your jobs done quickly and efficiently. Not only that, but it can do so in colour as well as black and white, giving you a lot of choice.

This printer is perhaps the best option for a small business as it is more cost effective and less disruptive than having three or four separate machines.