HP LaserJetM3035xs MFP review

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HP’s printing division has been busy of late. The end result is that it now has one of the most comprehensive multifunction printing portfolios available. The LaserJet 3035 range is the latest to join this extended family. The M3035xs MFP on review is aimed at small workgroups, comprising up to eight workers, looking for mono printing, copying, duplexing and faxing, as well as colour scanning.

HP LaserJetM3035xs MFP review

General build quality is good, as the combined scanner and ADF (automatic document feeder) unit is integrated neatly into the printer chassis. Printing costs depend on your choice of toner cartridge, with the standard version delivering a page for 1.3p and the high-capacity version dropping this to a modest 1p. The printer is equipped with 256MB of memory, but if you want to upgrade HP charges £394 for a second 256MB 100-pin DIMM, which, quite frankly, is outrageous.

An integrated analogue fax port is included, and note that the base model can’t be upgraded with either this or the stapler unit. Although integrated into the chassis, stapling operations are completely manual. Documents of up to 20 pages are fed into the slot at the side and the printer fires a staple into them.

Manual operations are aided by a clear, well-designed operator panel, which provides easy access to all functions. There are plenty of scanning options too. You can copy and print multiple pages using the ADF, scan and email as an attachment, and scan directly to a network folder or FTP site. To use the latter, you provide location and login details of the FTP site, and prior to copying a document just enter a filename for it. Using a Server 2003 domain controller running IIS, we tested this without any problems and were able to store test files as PDFs, JPEGs or TIFFs.

Scanning to email requires an SMTP server and recipient address and, as with FTP, we found this easy to set up and simple to use. Documents can be faxed from the printer using the control panel, and HP’s Send Fax driver enables you to send them directly from your PC. The hard disk is used to store documents and these can be sent to it either from the Windows driver or from the operator panel. In both cases, you can protect documents with a PIN.

For speed, the printer delivers the goods, whisking through a 33-page Word document at 600dpi in a shade under one minute. Our 24-page DTP document was also output in 46 seconds for an average of 31ppm, and duplexing the same document took 75 seconds. The PCL-6 driver panel offers a range of 1,200dpi options, although we could only see minor improvements to detail in photographs using the highest setting. Output quality for text is good, with the printer resolving the smallest fonts without blurring. Photographs displayed plenty of detail as well, although there was a noticeable banding on full-page pictures.

For sheer versatility, the M3035xs MFP scores highly because there’s little it can’t do. The price you pay is average print quality for graphics and photos, but as a general office printing gopher it has a lot going for it.

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