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Panasonic Redefines A4 Laser MFP Market With Price Barrier Breaking KX-MB20008/3/2010
SECAUCUS, NJ -- 08/03/10 -- Panasonic today announced the release of three value-priced, high-performance A4 multifunction (Print/Scan/Copy/Fax) products featuring 24ppm(1) laser printing and copying, fully networked multi-format color scanning, Super G3 network faxing with incoming fax preview(2) and a robust suite of Panasonic office-enabling software.
Aimed squarely at the Home Office, Small Office and Remote Office market, the new compact KX-MB2000 ($129 MSRP), KX-MB2010 ($159 MSRP), and KX-MB-2030 ($189 MSRP)* models bridge the gap between slow, consumer-grade single-purpose inkjet printers and larger laser MFPs in the $399-$599 price range.
"When it comes to image quality, productivity and efficiency, laser printing and photocopying have been the unchallenged technology of choice for midsize to Enterprise-level companies for more than 25 years," said Bill Taylor, President, Panasonic System Networks Company of America. "From the SOHO market perspective, the challenge has always been making a feature-rich laser-process MFP that's cost competitive with generic ink-on-paper inkjet printers.
"With the under-$200 MSRP KX-MB2000 Series, Panasonic has broken the price barrier which historically has prevented small business owners and professional service providers from outputting the same precisely defined, pixel-perfect printouts as their larger competitors."
In addition to offering the quality and efficiency benefits inherent in laser printing, the KX-MB-2000, 2010, and 2030 are the first Panasonic MFPs in the sub-$200 category to include a 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet port for shared network printing and scanning.
Also included in the standard software bundle is the new Easy Print Utility which enables on-the-fly merging of multiple file types such as Microsoft Word and Excel into a single print job, or PDF file with a custom header, footer or watermark.
Weighing less than 30 pounds and cubicle-workspace sized at 16.5" (W) x 17.0" (D) x 12.0 (H), the KX-MB2000-series models are equipped with 250-sheet paper input trays and 20-sheet automatic document feeders (ADF) and incorporate numerous advanced features previously available only on much larger and more costly office machines.
Included among these enhancements is 9600 x 9600(3) dpi maximum resolution TIFF, JPEG or PDF-compatible color scanning to a local computer, networked PC, FTP server, Network Shared Folder or email address and Quick ID copying of both sides of a single card for printing on a single sheet of paper in 2-in-1, 4-in-1, or 8-in-1 configuration.
A 33.6 kbps Super G3 fax exclusive to the top-of-the-line KX-MB2030 is coupled to Incoming Fax Preview technology, enabling operators to minimize wasteful printouts by viewing stored incoming faxes on a PC and deciding whether to archive them, print them or delete them.
Continuing Panasonic's tradition of ergonomic and user-friendly engineering, all models in the KX-MB2000 series boast an easy-access front-facing maintenance and consumable loading bay. In addition, the angled control panels provide comfortable viewing while sitting or standing, and a Configuration Web Page that allows users to change settings and check device and toner status via a standard Web browser.(4)
About Panasonic System Networks Company of America
Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic System Networks Company of America, is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC). A comprehensive business-to-business solutions provider, the company develops and delivers reliable, affordable, and flexible solutions for communication, collaboration, security and productivity. The complete suite of solutions addresses home and business communications, security and surveillance systems, retail information systems, office productivity solutions, and high definition visual conferencing, keeping Panasonic customers connected informed, accessible and secure. Information is available at www.panasonic.com/psna. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.
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(1) KX-MB2000: 16.5" (W) x 17.0" (D) x 12.0 (H)
(2) KX-MB2010 and KX-MB2030 only
(3) Interpolated; 600 x 1200 optical
(4) Requires LAN connection
*Manufacturer's suggested retail price. Resellers must decide for themselves the prices at which our products are actually advertised and sold.
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