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Don't get too excited: a not-so-intimate look at workgroup copiers and whether you should choose analog or digital

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This story appears in the March 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

There may come a time when Kinko's just won't satisfy you anymore. Someday you'll get tired of leaving the office to get copies made. You'll also come to terms with the fact that running off multiple copies means using up your printer's ink cartridges. And you'll watch your employees twiddle their thumbs while waiting for 10 copies of a report to finish. That's when you know it's time to invest in a dedicated copier.

Personal copiers are tempting because they're cheap (less than $500) and small, but they don't have the muscle power to handle high-volume demands or an office full of employees. So we're going to look at work-group copiers that are sized for businesses and used by small workgroups of employees. These aren't the horse-sized copiers of yore, but compact, networkable machines for low- and mid-volume use. The price tags continue to clock in at well over $1,000, but that's small change compared to the bigger machines on the market.

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