Samsung Canada has announced a new refreshed series of ledger sized mfp products which will become available in early 2013. Consisting of a 25 ppm (CLX-9252NA) and 35 ppm (CLX-9352NA) colour group and a 30 ppm (SCX-8230NA) and 40 ppm (SCX-8240NA) mono group the new series of models feature some key differences to their predecessors.
Faster processors, quicker response, better image quality and better scan quality are all features which are touted for the new models. The original series of units were no slouches so the new models should offer excellent performance for users. The new dual core processors will make document processing faster and will permit handling larger documents with less delay.
The exterior of the units will be little changed from the previous models, however there are several mechanical, software and component changes which will enhance the performance and output from the devices.
Samsung Canada expects the colour devices to be available in early January and the mono devices to be ready in early February.
Samsung first introduced their own mfp lineup as letter/legal (A4) capable devices only. Offering easy to use touch screen interfaces, great print speed and a very competitive price point they have become a solid contender in this segment of the market. Many of the traditional copier based products have ended up chasing to get product designed and produced to meet this market area. With the introduction of their ledger (A3) capable product they have entered into the traditional market of all of the other manufacturers and they are having to work hard to fit into this segment. With this refresh they are keeping their product up to date and performing in a manner to ensure they can build a place in the ledger capable market as well.
I look forward to actually testing one of the new releases and seeing whether the changes move the product forward to a commanding position in comparison to competitive products. The Samsung brand is well known in the consumer electronics industry and this has helped them in their attempt to penetrate the business to business market. For many years they produced print engines, but as a supplier to OEM vendors who marketed their product under the OEM brands. One notable vendor who has carried several Samsung produced but OEM branded products is Xerox.