Xerox WorkCentre 3315 review

It doesn't excel in any respect, but Xerox's WorkCentre 3315 is a good choice for cost-conscious small businesses

16 Nov 2012
Our Rating 
4/5
Price when reviewed 
263.26
inc VAT
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Specifications

mono laser, 31ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 417x424x422mm

This monochrome laser multifunction printer (MFP) from Xerox is aimed at workgroups and small businesses. Its features include a fax modem, network interface, automatic double-sided (duplex) printing, a high 31ppm print speed and a useful 3,000 pages recommended monthly duty.

It has a 250-sheet paper input tray that must be extended slightly to accommodate A4 paper, causing it to jut out at the rear. Above is a useful 50-sheet multipurpose feed.

Xerox WorkCentre 3315

The scanner sits atop the printer's 150-sheet output tray. The hinges allow for thick originals, but don't feel particularly strong. Both the print and ADF output trays have extendable plastic lips, but we didn't find these necessary to keep A4 pages tidy. The 3315 has a backlit, mono LCD screen and a selection of hard plastic buttons labelled only with icons. For the most part it's easy to use, but a couple of icons are hard to fathom.

Xerox WorkCentre 3315

Xerox's print driver is well laid out and simple to use, although we aren't sure why DL envelopes defaulted to portrait orientation and it took a few attempts before we were able to print one with the address the right way up. This is a quick text printer, producing a first page in just 11 seconds and going on to reach almost 27ppm over 25 pages. Graphical prints were quite a bit slower, however, with the printer falling just short of 14ppm on our greyscale test. The results were good, but graphics suffered from quite significant banding.

Scans were reasonably fast and exhibited sharp focus and good colour reproduction, along with a wide dynamic range that saw details preserved perfectly in very light regions, and quite well in the darkest areas. We were initially baffled by what appeared to be a scan interface with almost no options; in fact, a well-hidden button provides an easy and comprehensive interface. Copies were fast using either the scanner glass or the 50-page automatic document feeder, but the default contrast was far too dark.

Xerox WorkCentre 3315

Overall, the WorkCentre 3315 is only slightly above average, but low running costs help to make it more appealing: using Xerox's 11,000-page high-capacity refill, each page should cost just 1.3p or so. This, along with duplex printing, makes the 3315 a good choice for a small firm that prints up to six reams per month and wants to keep costs down.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Maximum native print resolution 600x600dpi
Max optical resolution 600x600dpi
Output bit depth 24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 31ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.1 24s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.0 29s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 417x424x422mm
Weight 14.4kg
Noise (in normal use) 52dB(A)
Duty cycle 50,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 220gsm
Standard paper inputs 2
Standard paper input capacity 300
Maximum paper inputs 3
Maximum paper input capacity 820
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes

General

Printer technology mono laser
Language(s) PCL 5e, PCL 6, PDF, PostScript 3 emulation
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Solaris 9, Solaris 10, Fedora Core, Redhat Linux
Maximum printer memory 384MB
Other laser features and options none

Buying Information

Price £263
Consumable parts and prices £147
Price of 2nd paper cassette £174
Warranty one year onsite
Supplier http://www.printerland.co.uk
Details www.xerox.co.uk

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 16s
A4 document at 150dpi 17s
A4 document at 300dpi 18s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 25s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi Fail

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 11s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 41s

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 99
Max mono copy resolution 600x600dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution N/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages) N/A

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