Hesiod's Theogony labeled Zeus as "Father of Gods and men". Ricoh Corporation is set to launch "Zeus" (engineering name) their first (home grown, one member of the P4P'er is claiming Lexmark, I'm thinking no to the Lexmark thingy) color A4 multifunctional device within weeks. Over at the Print4Pay Hotel forums there's been quite a bit of talk about these new systems. Word at the Hotel is that there will be four different models. The Aficio MPC300 and the MPC300SR (Finisher) will be 30 page a minute color A4 devices, and then the MPC400, and the MPC400SR (Finisher) will be 40 page a minute color devices.
It's been a few years since I attended a meeting at Ricoh to discuss the emergence of A4 devices and what type of effect they were having on the market place. Almost three years from the anniversary of that meeting Ricoh will officially enter the color A4 market with a Segment Two and Three system.
I'm hoping that Ricoh does not follow the likes of Sharp, Samsung and KonicaMinolta when it comes to cost per page pricing. For years I've been touting that what we (Sales) need in the field is an A4 device whether color or monochrome that has an A3 cost per page model. If this goal is to capture additional clicks then why even lower cost A4's to market with higher cost per pages than A3 models. The one downfall of the A4 MFP's is the lower hardware cost, which means lower profits (hey, I thought no one made a profit on the box and it was the supply revenue), which in turn means everyone will have to sell more boxes to maintain current profit levels! We'll see, I'm hoping for a kick butt Cost Per Page, but I'm not betting the ranch here.
A few questions about the new Zeus:
- Where will the cost per page be for color and monochrome?
- Will it be manufactured in China or elsewhere?
- Will it have an ARDF and not and not an ADF?
- Will it have additional Paper Feed Units?
- Will it work with APP2ME?
- Will it have a Document Server?
- Will it print from an SD Card or USB?