by May 1, 2005 0 comments

The Phaser 3150 is a monochrome laser printer for small office users. It comes with both the USB and Parallel ports for connecting to a system.

The printer has two trays, which can hold 250 and 50 sheets respectively. The latter is a folding tray, meant for manual paper feeding. The printer has only 2 LEDs on its control panel to indicate power, paper jams and low ink. It supports a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi, and has a duty cycle of 15,000 pages per month.

The Phaser 3150 lived up to its rated print speed of 20 pages per minute in our tests. The smallest readable font size we got with it was 2 points. A single page printout of full text or text with small graphics takes 11 seconds to complete, which includes the printer’s warm up time. Full-page monochrome graphics took slightly longer at 14 secs for 300 dpi and 17 secs for 1200 dpi, and banding was visible in both. Line art prints were smooth, though we got some banding in curves printing. A few notable software-related features include fit-to-page, watermarks and poster printing. 

The Bottom Line: Overall, it’s a basic printer meant for everyday text printing needs of small offices, so don’t expect great monochrome graphics prints from it.

Sukhsagar Prajapati

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