Here are the 8 Major brands/manufacturers of digital office copiers and what makes each one distinctive:
They invented the first copier in the 1950s, are the most well-known brand name, and without question, makes the best heavy-duty machines. A few years ago they confessed some financial issues that almost brought the company to it’s knees, but since then (plus a few new CEO changes), they have made a come back.
They are the most popular and best selling by far of all brands…for decades. They make great machines, but can often be over-priced compared to the others.
They make the easiest-to-use machines (by far) and the most innovative. They swing from most reliable to not very reliable at all (so check with the testing companies, like Buyer’s Lab, before you buy a newer model). They have more techs working to innovate the industry and thus have more patents than any of the others – even Xerox. This also explains the lack of reliability sometimes, because they are always pushing the envelop.
They make solid, reliable machines, and make the best office high-res, graphical color machines. Like Panasonic, they are also very innovative. They also bought the national dealership, Danka, in 2010.
They will often have the most 3rd-party awards of any other brand from the 3rd party testing companies. They also tend to be pretty easy-to-use.
Ricoh Family (Ricoh, Lanier, Gestetner, Savin)
They are often the lowest priced in any given area and they win a lot of government bids because of that.
They make very solid machines at a good price.
Kyocera Mita Family (Kyocera Mita and Copystar)
They make good machines and a good price.