Nowadays, practically all experts in the IT community underline the raise of the multifunctional devices' popularity. More and more users, mostly in the segment of small and mid-sized business, prefer the single devices with the printing, scanning and coping functionality to the printers, scanners and copiers in the view of space-saving and very often the money-saving opportunities.
The DP-180 is a universal device from Panasonic, offering its users the abilities to print, scan, fax and copy the documents with a single device. Moreover, Panasonic equipped its DP-180 with some options, like the duplex printing and the QWERTY keyboard, which are not typical for this class of multifunctional devices.
The Panasonic DP - 180 is connected to the computer with the help of a USB cable or through the Ethernet port. It should be noted that the functionality via the USB and Ethernet differs: the USB offers only printing features, and the complete functionality with faxing and scanning can be accessed only via the Ethernet connection.
The printing speed of the Panasonic DP - 180 is eighteen pages per minute. The device needs eighteen seconds to print the first page from a "cold start" after the initial turning on. The duplex mode or printing from both sides of the page will lower the speed to eleven pages per minute, since, the Panasonic DP - 180 provides the duplex printing in two passes of paper through the printing mechanism.
The scanning module offers the scanning with three hundred ppi resolution for the monochrome and six hundred ppi for the color documents This is quite enough for most of the office applications. The Panasonic multifunctional device allows to send the scans to the email, ftp-server or to a remote computer with the appropriate software. Here, the QWERTY keyboard is especially helpful as it permits inputting the e-mal address or address of the ftp-server from the device itself without the use of the computer.
Operating in the Copier mode, the Panasonic DP - 180 needs twelve seconds for one page coping and can produce up to eighteen pages per minute as the duplicator. The device grants its users a function of automatic coping. The only thing to do for the user is to place the documents for coping into a special feeder and the device will copy all the documents automatically. It is worth mentioning that the Panasonic DP - 180 supplies a diffuse filling to depict tones and halftones, when copying the documents with images or photographs, thus, the quality of pictures in the copier mode is higher than in the printer one.
The functionality of the Panasonic DP - 180, as a fax machine, is also among the best in its class. Along with the typical operations, like sending and receiving the faxes directly from the Panasonic DP - 180, the device can be a virtual fax machine in conjunction with a personal computer. The appropriate software is necessary to accomplish this function.
All in all, the Panasonic DP - 180 presents an expanded functionality, even for a multifunctional device, and will be a good complex solution in many offices.