Best Office Copiers of 2019: Ratings and Reviews

Submitted by Bryan Ammons on Thu, 12/ 20/ 18 - 10: 19 AM

 

Best Office Copiers

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Needing to find the best office copiers for 2019? You've found the most comprehensive article out there addressing just that!

Who would have thought there were so many office copiers out there? The reality is that copiers are viewed as a commodity for businesses and nearly every business has at least one. But are all copiers the same? And if they aren't the same, how do you decide which one to purchase?

With the help of our friends at Buyer's Lab, this article includes a breakdown of the 15 best office copiers on the market today! But before we get to that...

Everyone has a budget, but settling for the cheapest copier may not be the best bang for your buck and might be more headache than the few dollars per month you saved.

As a company who has sold nearly every brand of office copier on the market, including big names like Canon, Sharp, and Ricoh, business managers often turn to us and ask for our recommendation on the best office copiers (aka multifunction printer). So, we thought we should write about it!

In this article, we are going to break down the top office copiers (including ones better suited for small business) on the market for 2019. How did these copiers make our list?

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List of Best Office Copiers of 2019
Best Office Copier List Criteria

How We Created Our List
Best Color Copiers of 2019
Best Black and White Copiers of 2019
Other Considerations
Purchasing a Copier? Find One Here

List of Best Office Copiers for 2019

All of our data was compiled from our company's internal data throughout 2018, as well as heavily from Buyer's Lab, a trusted independent resource within the copier industry. If you would like even more detailed information on these machines, we recommend reaching out to Buyer's Lab for their full reports.

Note: take each ranking with a grain of salt because each business' needs vary greatly and place higher value on different features. As a result, we'll breakdown each model in detail, but if you're just looking for a starting point, here's the list:


Best Office Copier List Criteria

The criteria listed below are certainly not the only factors to consider when purchasing an office machine. Your company may have unique needs that are not covered in this review, so it is important to consult an industry professional before making a final decision.

  • Reliability - each machine ran the recommended number of impressions listed by the manufacturer and was assessed based on the number of mis-feeds that occurred during the test.

    For instance, a machine claiming an average monthly duty cycle of 200,000 impressions/prints would be tested by running 200,000 sheets through the machine.

  • Image Quality - rates how well the copier performs in the areas of:

    Color Print Quality (business graphics and photographic images)


    Black Print Quality (text, halftone range, halftone fill, line art, and solids)

    Print Density (measures density of a printed image with blocks of all solid colors based on the average of two readings each for cyan, magenta, and yellow, and four different locations for black output)

    Gamut Variance Readings (assesses the distance between colors)

  • Ease of Use - is the design and interface intuitive? This category is measured in the areas of print, scan, copy, job management, multitasking, and feedback.

  • Security - what features are included to secure data, including: network user authentication, biometric, ID card, common access, and more.

  • Features - the variety of apps and tools included with the device, as well as other hardware features like additional memory and hard drive capacities. This category is broken down into three criteria: specifications, solutions, and environmental. 

How We Created Our List:

Buyer's Lab is an industry resource for copiers, printers, scanners, and fax machines. Their database includes thousands of machines that are thoroughly and consistently tested. The factors we identified above were determined by Standard Office Systems as the most important to include in our ranking:

Reliability was listed as the most important factor. A machine with great features and image quality isn't that great if it's broken all the time. Therefore, only machines that received a reliability rating of 8.5 or more were considered for our list.

Reliability also makes up 50% of the total SOS Rating. The other four factors (image quality, ease of use, security, and features) were averaged and then added to the reliability score to create a total possible score of 20.

Broken down as a formula, it looks like this:

Reliability + [(IQ + EU + S + F)/4]
= SOS Best Office Copier Rating

It should also be noted that we only considered machines that had been lab tested by a third party, so it is possible that some high quality machines were omitted from this list. Unfortunately, we can't include a machine based on what the manufacturer claims on its spec sheets.

Below, we've broken down each machine's score so that you can see which areas of strength each copier has, as determined by Buyer's Lab. The machines are group by color and then by black & white.

Best Color Copiers of 2019

Color Copiers Over 50 ppm:

Canon imageRUNNER Advance C7580i II

Canon imageRUNNER Advance C7580Market Entry Year: 2018
Speed: 80 ppm
Dimensions: 48" x 27-1/8" x 37-1/8"

The C7580i II is about as good as it gets by office copier standards. Receiving high marks in every category, this machine is perfect for enterprise-level offices, high print volume requirements, and multi-user environments. Like most of Canon's copiers, its display screen is highly customizable to suit your preferences. If you're looking for a high-capacity machine with few weaknesses, this is a good option.

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 8.5 8.5 10 9

 
Total Score: 19/20



Canon imageRUNNER Advance C5560i II

Canon imageRUNNER Advance C5560Market Entry Year: 2018
Speed: 60 ppm
Dimensions: 47-2/7" x 24-3/8" x 29-1/4"

The C5560i II is designed for businesses with complex printing and scanning needs, with high image quality and fast print speeds for its class of copier. When compared to its predecessor, this machine offers a higher-capacity cartridge, more memory, and larger touchscreen, standard wireless, standard hard disk drive encryption, and a higher paper capacity. 

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 8.5 8.5 10 7.5


Total Score: 18.625/20



Kyocera TASKalfa 8052ci

Kyocera 8052ciMarket Entry Year: 2016
Speed:  80 ppm
Dimensions: 41.45" x 26.97" x 31.10"

The 8052ci serves as an alternate option to the Canon imageRUNNER Advance C7580i II in terms of speed, with a perfect features rating, but lower security, ease of use, and image quality rating. This machine is designed for large work environments that need a high-volume machine for printing in color. When compared to previous editions, this model boasts a faster warm-up time, more random access memory, and a faster monochrome/black & white print speed. 

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 8 7 9 10


Total Score: 18.5/20


Sharp MX-6070N

Sharp MX-6070NMarket Entry Year: 2016
Speed: 60 ppm 
Dimensions: 33" x 24" x 26"

The MX-6070N is a great choice for mid-sized and large departments. It's usability is at the top of the list in terms of ease of use, also boasting a high mark in reliability and security. Where this machine may lack a little in the image quality department, it makes up for in its functionality. 

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
9.5 7 9 9.5 6.5


Total Score: 17.5


 

Color Copiers 50 ppm and under:


Canon imageRUNNER Advance C3530i II

Canon imageRUNNER Advance C3530i II.jpgMarket Entry Year: 2018
Speed: 30 ppm
Dimensions: 45-1/5" x 22-1/4" x 29-1/4"

An ideal copier designed for legal, financial, healthcare, educational, and other high-volume (paper intensive) environments. Its durability and reliability makes up for its slower speed when compared to its big brother machines. When compared with previous versions of this model, an upgraded four key security feature comes standard, and also includes hard drive overwrite and encryption.

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 8.5 8.5 10 6.5


Total Score: 18.375/20



Xerox AltaLink C8030 w/ high-capacity tandem tray

Xerox AltaLink C8030.jpgMarket Entry Year: 2017
Speed: 30 ppm
Dimensions: 45"x 25.2" x 28.9"

The C8030 was designed for mid-size to large department use. Based on 110,000 impressions made, Buyer's Lab found that it only had one misfeed and required zero service. That's pretty reliable! Its ease-of-use is strong, but its feature options and image quality are a bit lower than other units. Still, this is a solid middle-of-the-pack machine.

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 7.5 8 9.5 7.5


Total Score: 18.125/20



Ricoh MP C4504ex

Ricoh MP C4504ex.jpgMarket Entry Year: 2017
Speed: 45 ppm
Dimensions: 27" x 23.1" x 37.9"

A solid copier for mid-sized offices or departments, the C4505ex boasts a robust security rating and high marks in usability. When compared to its predecessor, this machine features a built-in web browser so that users can capture online files and images without the need for a traditional computer.

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
8.5 7 8 10 7.5


Total Score: 16.625/20



Best Black and White Copiers of 2019

Black and White Copiers Over 50ppm:

 

Kyocera TASKalfa 9002i

Kyocera 9002iMarket Entry Year: 2018
Speed: 90ppm
Dimensions: 41.45" x 26.97" x 31.10"

An ideal monochrome laser multifunction printer for high-volume workplaces. This workhorse boasts an excellent reliability rating and a plethora of features. The 9002i includes the ability to accept paper weights of up to 166-lbs. Copy features include ID card copy, page numbering, and skip blank page options. Its many features make it slightly less user friendly and its image quality is not as high as other copiers featured on our list, but the speed and reliability are pluses for environments that aren't ready for a production printer but need a reliable, fast machine.

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 7.5 7 9 10


Total Score: 18.175/20


Canon imageRUNNER Advance 6575i II

Canon imageRUNNER Advance C6575i IIMarket Entry Year: 2018
Speed: 75ppm
Dimensions: 48" x 26-3/8" x 30-5/8"

An excellent overall performer, the 6575i II exhibits near flawless reliability. A perfect fit for users who depend on their machines having minimal downtime. Fast job stream speeds assist in multi-user environments where difference type of files and jobs are sent to machines, regularly. Designed to work seamlessly with mobile devices, cloud-based services, and Canon's third-party solutions, this machine boasts exceptional security, with limited extraneous features.

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 7.5 7.5 10 7.5


Total Score: 18.125/20


Sharp MX-M7570

Sharp MX-M7570Market Entry Year: 2018 
Speed: 75 ppm
Dimensions: 48" x 26" x 30-1/2"

A workhorse for large offices that require high volumes of black and white media, the MX-M7570 (the update to the MX-M754N) delivers exceptional reliability for office environments that need a dependable machine that can still deliver quality image results in a timely manner. It makes up for its more limited features by being great for businesses who produce monthly invoices or for other jobs that require a substantial amount of printing.

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 7.5 6 10 5


Total Score: 17.125/20


Canon imageRUNNER Advance 4551i II

Canon imageRUNNER Advance 4551i IIMarket Entry Year: 2018
Speed: 51 ppm
Dimensions: 47" x 23-1/8" x 29-1/8"

Weighing-in just barely in the 50 ppm and over class of our list, the 4551i II is a direct replacement to the 4551i and boasts a superior document feeder that enables faster scanning. Additionally, this machines boasts an improved warm-up time, more memory, and higher page-yield per toner cartridge.

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
9 7.5 8.5 10 6.5


Total Score: 17.125/20


Canon imageRUNNER Advance 8595i II

Canon imageRUNNER Advance 8595i II-minMarket Entry Year: 2018
Speed: 95 ppm
Dimensions: 49-1/2" x 58-3/8" x 30-3/8"

Features? What features? If you are looking for a machine that can make your coffee, then you might want to keep looking. Where this machine excels is in the speed and reliability department, as the 8595i II is the fastest machine on our 2019 Best Office Copier list. Paired with an exceptional image quality rating and you get a machine that is designed to produce results... and fast! 

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
9 8 7.5 10 5


Total Score: 16.625/20


Black & white copiers 50 ppm and under:

Ricoh MP 2555SP

Ricoh MP 2555SP-minMarket Entry Year: 2017
Speed: 25 ppm
Dimensions: 35.9" x 23.1" x 26.9"

A copier designed for work groups of up to 4,000 impressions per month, this small office or department copier boasts strong security and reliability. Like many of today's newer models, the 2555SP offers support for mobile and cloud printing from Google Drive, Dropbox, and the Ricoh Smart Device Connector app.

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 8.5 8 10 7.5


Total Score: 18.5/20


Sharp MX-M5070

Sharp MX-M5070Market Entry Year: 2017
Speed: 50 ppm
Dimensions: 33" x 24" x 26"

A machine designed for the workplace that needs 250,000 impressions or fewer per month, the M5070 is a highly reliable device that is strong across the board. Serving as a replacement to its predecessor (the M465N), this model boasts faster print (while still remaining in the 50 and under category) and scan speeds, with greater memory and hard drive capacity. With a high security and usability rating to compliment, this model exceeds in the some of the most important areas, but for a lower price than some of the copiers listed above it.

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
9.5 7 9 9.5 7.5


Total Score: 17.75/20


Sharp MX-M3070

Sharp MX-M3070NMarket Entry Year: 2015
Speed: 30 ppm
Dimensions: 33" x 24" x 26"

Designed for small to mid-sized work groups/departments, the M3070N is a highly reliable and secure multifunction device. With an excellent rating in its usability, this machine ties for the strongest rating in the Ease of Use category on our list (matching the Sharp MX-6070N), making up for some of its limits in image quality for users who are looking for a machine that does what they need it to do. 

Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
9 7 9 9.5 9


Total Score: 17.625/20

Office Copier Considerations

Purchasing a machine that's received great marks is, well - great - but when you decide to pull the trigger on purchasing your copier, you have to consider more than just the total score. 

After all, you wouldn't purchase a car just because it had great fuel economy and was the most reliable, right? Well, you're probably thinking, "Of course I would!" But what if you needed a vehicle that could transport large objects or pull a boat? You probably aren't going to purchase a Prius.

Your copier is the same way. If reliability is the most important factor, that's going to be a different copier than if image quality is a non-compromising factor. 

And what about security? On our list, Canon was the only manufacturer that got perfect security marks on every machine sampled. 

Finally, there's the dealer factor. One of our marketing representatives told me once that someone they spoke with said they only purchased copiers from a specific brand, claiming it was the only one that never gave them issues.

Keep in mind, a great machine in the hands of a poor copier dealer or manufacturer service team can become a very average unit. Inversely, an average machine serviced by a great team can become a great machine.

Deciding who to trust for your service is important and there are a lot of myths regarding copier dealer and manufacturers. Educating yourself is the first step toward getting the best machine that matches your needs and your budget.

If you made it to the end of this blog and you still have questions, we are happy to help. Yes, we've been in the industry for over 50 years, and yes we sell copiers, but we are more interested in helping businesses get the machine they need.

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Posted by Bryan Ammons


Bryan Ammons is the President and Owner of Standard Office Systems of Atlanta where he began his career as a part-time employee in 1973. SOS is a leading provider of office technology including managed IT services, copiers, printers, and business phone systems. Bryan has served on the board of the Copier Dealers Association for 11 years, including two as President. Additional, he served on the Dealer Advisory Councils of HP, Ricoh, Sharp, US Bank, and Great America Leasing.

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