The FP-7781 is a speeded-up version of the Panasonic FP-7760 I've reviewed previously http://www.epinions.com/offc-review-3AE7-44BD247-3A078449-prod4
As a person who makes his living selling these, and other office imaging technology products to business, education, and government, I feel am uniquely qualified to speak about them, in a forum such as this.
As a salesperson, please don't think of me a biased here, it is highly UNLIKELY that you and I will ever engage in a real-life business relationship other than here on Epinions.com....so please take my advice seriously as I have NO axe to grind with you. I am NOT trying to make a sale to you! (In fact, after 23 years in this business, I am very candid with my own clients and prospective clients about these same issues....I have been very succesful doing so.) Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy.
The FP-7781 is a steroid injected, pumped up, high-performance version of the FP-7760SR model machine from Panasonic, again: http://www.epinions.com/offc-review-3AE7-44BD247-3A078449-prod4
and inasmuch, the shortcomings of it's 60 page per minute baby brother are only exacerbated when this unit is hopped up to 81 pages per minute!
The FP-7781, in my experience, has provided a lower level of customer satisfaction than the slower model, FP-7760SR. The shared stacking-finisher which I describe as somewhat Rube Goldberg-esque is prone to much more disastrous failure at 81 pages per minute, than at 60. The sorter trays are known to spontaneously break, where they connect to the actual mechanism, causing complete, and total stoppage of all copying processes until a Technician, with parts arrives! Make sure you have adequate maintenance coverage, you'll need it!
Unfortunately, the FP-7781 is ONLY offered with the stacking-finisher, a "character flaw" as it severly limits the reliability of this unit. It takes a somewhat high-strung design of the FP-7760SR, and pushes it to the max....not a great recipe for trouble-free service.
All in all, if you MUST have this technology, get the FP-7760SR and save a few thousand dollars. The speed you'll "lose" between the 81 and the 60 page per minute models will be made up in lower down-time of the 7760SR.
Or, better yet, take a look at the FP-D620 DIGITAL from Panasonic,
reviewed on Epinions, by yours truly.
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