Xerox Phaser 3300MFP/X Review
This mid-level multifunctional network ready laser printer, the Xerox Phaser 3300MFP/X, offers a well rounded set of standard features suitable to meet the document handling needs of a small office, while throwing in one or two Xerox only perks that add some extra appeal to the package.
Users of the Xerox Phaser 3300MFP/X will find that fumbling through an extensive manual is virtually a thing of the past thanks to the device’s exceptionally user friendly operating setup. Printing, faxing, scanning, and making copies has truly never been easier thanks to the intelligent design that is synonymous with the Xerox name.
As far as raw performance goes, the Xerox Phaser 3300MFP/X’s 30 page per minute print speed is more than enough to keep your small business moving when dealing with medium print volumes. Its 25,000 page per month maximum monthly duty cycle, while not eye popping, is still also sufficient for most users.
Interestingly, the memory on board the Xerox Phaser 3300MFP/X consists of two chips standard including 64 MBs of on board memory that is accompanied by a 32 MB card in the DIMM slot. The smaller chip can be swapped out to make room for larger ones, though the machine only accepts a total of 320 MBs.
While expandability is not the Xerox Phaser 3300MFP/X’s main strong point, an additional paper tray is available for purchase. The unit’s 300 sheet capacity can be expanded by an additional 250, resulting in a 550 sheet machine with 3 trays total.
Print and copy functions are fairly straightforward, while the machine’s faxing abilities could certainly be considered high end. The device can send faxes in color, be programmed for speed dial, and send a secure fax.
Scan functions are also exceptional thanks to the units 4800 x 4800 true dot per inch scan resolution that is accompanied by an interpolated scan option for even larger scans. Character recognition software is included with the device so hard copies can be scanned into editable documents, while the unit’s network scanning abilities allow it to cooperate with more than one PC.
Basic print quality of the Xerox Phaser 3300MFP/X is nothing to write home about, topping out at true 600 x 600 dots per inch. The enhanced image quality mode replicates a 1200 x 1200 dot per inch print, but results in loss to overall print speed.
There is a problem with the Xerox Phaser 3300MFP/X’s scan to e-mail function that is a result of its dated inability to scan to an SSL account. Most current e-mail providers, such as Yahoo, have switched to this type of secure system and therefore the unit’s scan to e-mail function is highly obsolete and not upgradable through firmware. Network scanning is possible, but not directly from the machine; only by way of PC.
While the unit does offer a complete set of office ready features, the overall price makes it less than a bargain. Other multifunctional units are available for considerably less that can offer almost identical performance, if not better.