Print manufacturer Tally, which has long made products for Fortune 1000 companies and government institutions, now wants to be your printer manufacturer.
Under the leadership of President Alan Pinsonneault, Tally has set its sights on the mainstream color and monochrome laser printer market. And they’re jumping in with a vengeance: nine new offerings: five monochrome printers from 12 to 21 pages per minute and four color models with speeds of 6 PPM (color) and 24 PPM (monochrome). There’s Mac support on all models, although no specific mention of OS X.
The Xpress T9412c, Xpress T9412i and Xpress T9412n laser printers offer 12 pages-per-minute (ppm) engine speeds. They come with 4MB of RAM standard, these printers offer twice the memory of other products in this class (16MB on the Xpress T9412n network model), Pinsonneault said. They offer print quality with 1200 dpi resolution and up to 200 levels of gray scale. The printers can handle up to 1200 sheets, and PostScript Level 3 comes standard on the T9412n. Prices range from US $299 to $599.
The new Xpress T9021i and Xpress T9021n workgroup lasers from Tally offer the first and only 21 ppm with standard auto-duplexing and 1200 DPI resolution, Pinsonneault said in a statement. They can handle workloads to 100,000 pages per month and provide a time to first page of less than 12 seconds, he added.
The units boast an Ethernet 10/100Base-T interface as standard on “n” and optional on “i” models. Both models include high-speed bi-directional parallel ports, 16MB of RAM, a 500-sheet paper cassette and a 100-sheet multi-purpose feeder for custom paper sizes. Total paper input expands to 1100 sheets with an optional second 500-sheet bin. PCL6 is standard and PostScript Level 3 is available as an option. The T9021i is $899, and the T9021n is $1,099.
The T8006 and T8306 have engine speeds of six ppm (color) and 24 ppm (monochrome). They’re 50 percent faster than the market leader in both color and monochrome, Pinsonneault said. Both models accommodate a wide range of media including transparencies, thick stock, envelopes and even T-Shirt transfers.
For letter or legal size paper, the $1,299 T8006 has a maximum input capacity of 750 sheets, while the $2,999 T8306 prints on up to 13 x19 inch media with a maximum capacity of 1,250 sheets. Auto-duplex printing is optional for both models. Both have color-coded, snap-in cartridges.
The $2,199 T8106 and $3,699 T8406 deliver all of the speed, paper handling, print quality, ease-of-use, and low-cost operation of the T8006 and T8306, plus true Adobe PostScript 3 and PCL5c, said Pinsonneault. They pack a 200MHz processor and co-processor. For graphic design applications, these laser printers provide color matching with support for ICC profiles and PANTONE colors. There’s also optional automatic two-sided printing, custom paper sizes, and high-capacity paper handling.
“A common characteristic of any Tally printer is low-cost operation,” Pinsonneault said. “This benefit — imperative for high volume, mission critical printers — continues with the personal and professional lasers. Monochrome lasers offer a cost per print of 1 cent on the 21 PPM and 1.5 cents on the 12 PPM, in some cases less than half that of popular competitive offerings. With a cost per page of 5.9 cents, Tally color lasers save users from 10 percent to 54 percent on consumables.”
When configured with an Ethernet 10/100Base-T interface, Tally’s color and monochrome laser printers can access the utility, Tally Network Printer Manager. Compatible with the industry standard HP Web JetAdmin and accessible via any Web browser, this utility allows remote printer installation, status monitoring, configuration, firmware flash updating and troubleshooting over intranets. Tally Printer Manager includes e-mail notification of printer errors, printer status, and job completion. This utility also features WebPanel, an “on-screen” printer control panel that functions exactly like the one installed on the printer, but is accessible from the user’s desktop across the room, or around the world.