Panasonic DP-3030 Review
The Panasonic DP-3030 is not only a powerful piece of core hardware, but one of the most expandable small units money can buy. With a full line of additional hardware available for the device, users are able to customize the printer for their specific needs and therefore truly maximize the productivity that this device can offer.
With 30 pages per minute of print and copy speed, the Panasonic DP-3030 keeps up with the times regardless of the model’s age. It comes complete with networking and a built in duplexer, and has a range of customization options that extend all the way down to its 4 MBs of flash memory that can be doubled to 8 MBs.
A hard disk is available that allows for internal storage of documents. These documents, whether scanned in or loaded from a computer, can be printed with the touch of a few buttons on demand without ever accessing a PC. This makes the unit a stand alone printer as well as copy machine, fax machine, and scanner. An inner or outer exit tray can be added to the device, as well as a full on 1 bin finisher that helps to keep output organized and separated properly.
Basic memory options include totals of 16 MBs, 64 MBs, or 128 MBs. Higher amounts of RAM memory are required to operate the internal hard disk and, in turn, the hard disk is required to use such features as the optional accounting system.
A network scanner can be added which opens up the option of a DD server system or a document distribution system being added as well, along with the obvious ability to scan over a network (which can not be done without this accessory).
The unit accepts ledger sized material and is equipped with a large format 50 sheet automatic document feeder that is capable of inverting. This means that, in conjunction with the built in duplexer, double sided material can be inserted into the device and double sided duplications will come out without additional user intervention.
With a first copy out time of only 4.5 seconds, the unit operates at industrial speed when it comes to making single page reproductions. A variety of copy functions can be found in the device such as zoom ratios of 25 to 400% and the ever useful 2 on 1 and 4 on 1 tools. Copy resolution tops out at 600 x 600 dots per inch, which is acceptable within the scope of the hardware.
Well, like any old piece of hardware, the Panasonic DP-3030 is slowly creeping into obsolescence. The software it requires for operation is old, and it is not equipped with the easy to use large touch screens that one would find on a mid sized document handling machine in stores now. You will find that the fact that it does not work with Bluetooth, was not designed for Windows 7, etc., causes some rifts in current PC technology in use and the device itself. The unit comes from a simpler era and is better suited for simpler tasks.