Selecting a printer, whether for home or small office use, can be overwhelming, especially with the wide range of functions and features they come in. There is also the price factor that many tend to base their decision on.
These days, inkjet printers are the printers of choice; they are affordable and feature-packed. However, who is to say that laser printers aren’t equally as affordable when it comes to cost of ownership. This month we look at the Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP115w – a single function color laser printer that is full of surprises.
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LEVERAGING ON LEGACY
You will often hear about Fuji Xerox if you’re familiar with the enterprise imaging segment; they are one of the best when it comes to providing high volume multi-function printing solution. It was a pleasant surprise for us at PC.com when a fairly compact printer from the brand arrived.
While its design is nothing to shout about, it has a small footprint – comparable with inkjet printers targeted to small office, home office (SOHO) users. This is a printer that is suitable to be used in a retail store back-end office, seeing as it is compact, and provides crisp and clear output.
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The DocuPrint CP115w also has wireless connectivity, which allows for easy setup. If your router has a WPS button, it is easily paired using this function. We did have a little problem setting up initially, but it was resolved as quickly as it cropped up. Set-up was almost pain-free, suffice to say.
More often than not, we print text-heavy documents in the office, and this DocuPrint CP115w is the perfect machine to do it. Since they were mostly monochrome, the printer churned out our single pages at lightning speed. Even when it was full-color, the laser printer churns it out with ease.
On this end, laser printers will have more advantage comparatively to inkjet printers – the former is faster, produces better quality and probably less noisy when printing color.
If you’re in a hurry, laser printers also ensure that you’ll be able to grab your print-out without having to wait for it to dry. The chances of smudging are close to none.
We’ve had our fair share of print-and-dash moments in the office, and the DocuPrint CP115w saved the day when our own office laser printer was down.
The only downside to using the DocuPrint CP115w is its manual duplex function. In our effort to save paper in the office, we do try to print on both sides.
With this particular model, you would need to manually flip and place your one-side printed pages for it to print on the other.
Unfortunately, when you’re in a hurry, the meme of ‘ain’t nobody got time for that’ is closer to the truth.
AMAZING COST OF OWNERSHIP
That said, even with this minor (and in all honestly, attributed by our laziness) issue, the DocuPrint CP115w is a great buy.
Comparing to the Canon image CLASS LBP7110Cw and HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw, the DocuPrint CP115w’s performance falls somewhere in the middle – a perfect balance in output capacity and functions.
The huge advantage is that its RRP of RM847 is unbelievably affordable in its class, making it far more accessible to be used at home or in a small-to-medium enterprise. As a reference, the RRP for the Canon and HP.
MEASUREMENTS (L X W X H): 394 x 304 x 234mm
PRINT SPEED: 10ppm Colour, 12ppm Monochrome
FIRST PAGE OUT: 17.3 seconds Colour, 15.0 seconds Monochrome
MEMORY STANDARD/MAXIMUM: 128MB
DUTY CYCLE: 30,000 pages or 5 years
PRINT RESOLUTION (DPI): 1200 x 2400 dpi (Fuji Xerox Imaging Technology)
IMAGE PROCESSING: 525MHz
Auto 2-sided Printing (Duplex): Manual
MEDIA SIZE: PAPER TRAY: A4, B5, A5, Letter, Executive, Folio (215.9 mm x 330.2 mm), Legal, Envelope (Com-10/Monarch /DL /C5). Custom size width 76.2 to 215.9mm. Length 127 to 355.6mm 60-163gsm
PAPER INPUT CAPABILITY: 150 sheets
PAPER OUTPUT CAPABILITY: 100 sheets face-down