It doesn't excel in any respect, but Xerox's WorkCentre 3315 is a good choice for cost-conscious small businesses
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.
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’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.
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.
|Maximum native print resolution
|Max optical resolution
|Output bit depth
|Quoted speed, mono A4
Tested Print Speeds
|Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.1
|Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.0
Physical and Environmental
|Standard printer interfaces
|USB, 10/100 Ethernet
|Optional printer interfaces
|Noise (in normal use)
|Maximum paper size
|Maximum paper weight
|Standard paper inputs
|Standard paper input capacity
|Maximum paper inputs
|Maximum paper input capacity
|Duplex (code, cost if option)
|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
|Other laser features and options
|Consumable parts and prices
|Price of 2nd paper cassette
|one year onsite
Tested Scan Speeds
|Full scan area preview
|A4 document at 150dpi
|A4 document at 300dpi
|6x4in photo at 600dpi
|6x4in photo at 1200dpi
Tested Copy Speeds
|Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0
|Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0
|Maximum number of copies
|Max mono copy resolution
|Max mono fax resolution
|Fax memory (maximum mono pages)