first time here, first question.
So I'm looking to buy a printer for a workspace where many people will be able to print from one machine,
therefor I'm looking forward to know who is printing and how much, is Card-based user identification a solution for the cost friendly phaser 7800 ? or another model is better ?
let me know,
in the end of your email, I got the impression that you are not decided which printer model to purchase. You did mention the Ph7800, so I can only assume you have something in mind.
If this is 1 device only to accomodate a office, with business like operation, I would concider a multifunction device.
Regarding the print management solution, there are different ways to achieve what you are asking, but surely, having a print management solution would deliver the control and reporting you are looking for. Using a card reader would benefit accessibility to end-users, but this is not the only way to authenticate at devices.
In the case of a Ph7800, I believe you would need additional hardware to complement the USB card reader.
Regarding the solution, I would recommend having a look at Xerox Workplace Solution. This can be delivered at Cloud or On permises flavours, depending on your preferences and infrastructure availability. Also this solution has very attractive commercial position.