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HP LaserJet 3050 Review
When HP introduced the LaserJet 3050 in 2005, they added just about everything any small business will ever need in an all-in-one. A combination monochrome laser printer, fax, scanner, and copier, the 3050 has large memory capacity, high printing resolution, and PostScript support.
At 22 pounds, the all-in-one copier has a footprint of 17 x 17.5 inches and a height of 18 inches. Unlike many all-in-ones that use a flat glass platen for scanning and copying, the LaserJet 3050 has a top-load paper feed. The nice thing about a top loader over a platen is when you have a single sheet you won’t forget to pick up the original.
Although a USB connection is required to run the printer, the control panel allows for the LaserJet 3050 to also function as a walk-up standalone machine for the other features. Scanning, faxing and copying controls to be performed without the need for a computer interface. Features include 10-number address book, redial, and a phone keypad for manual dialing of fax numbers.
The LaserJet 3050 can hold up to 250 sheets of letter-sized or legal-size paper up to 20 pounds paper weight. Above the 250-sheet paper tray is what HP calls their “priority input slot” for envelopes and transparencies up to 80 pound paper weight. It named “priority” that because any media placed in the slot will immediately be used for the next print job, eliminating the “manual start print control” normally required when using multipurpose trays.
As a printer, the 3050 connects to your Mac or PC through USB 2.0. Having a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi, the LaserJet prints excellent high-resolution monochrome text and graphics at speeds up to 19 pages per minute. Understanding the printing needs of today’s businesses and the software applications and suites they often use, HP has installed PCL 5e, PCL 6, and PostScript 3 emulators.
While prints and copies are in B & W, the 3050 can scan in straight black-and-white, 256 grayscale or in 24-bit color. The optical resolution is only 600 dpi, but the included software can enhance it to a much higher resolutions. The scanning feature has software support for TWAIN, STI, and Microsoft’s WIA protocols.
The top-loading automatic document feeder allows for 30 single-sided originals up to 8.5” x 12”. The LaserJet 3050 can make up to 99 copies at the rate of 19 monochrome pages per minute. Copy magnification ranges from 25% to 400%. Copy quality can be set either manually, automatic adjustment of contrast, text or photo modes.
The Fax mode has all of the features an office needs. Auto-redial, ad-hoc group faxing, speed-dialing, 100-number distribution lists, delay faxing, and polling can all be performed using the controls on the front panel of the LaserJet 3050. Faxes can be sent and receive grayscale images up to 300 x 300 dpi resolutions. If the 3050 is printing or copying while a fax is being received, the LaserJet will store the fax in 4MB of Flash memory until the machine is available again. Another nice feature is fax-blocking to reduce junk faxes and billing codes for auditing fax usage.
HP equipped the 3050 with a surprising 64MB of memory. There is no expansion, but 64MB can handle just about any single print job, and can handle the additional workload if the LaserJet is configured to be as a shared printer over the network.
With all that memory, it’s too bad a 10/100 Ethernet port wasn’t part of the LaserJet 3050’s package. Considering the noise level this printer makes (63 dB), a network option can keep it from having to be tethered to someone’s desk computer.
HP’s top loading document feeder has one drawback--if legal-sized copies or scans are being made, the originals can only be loaded one page at a time to prevent the feeder from jamming. This can be a real deal-killer for real-estate and other offices that heavily scan and copy legal documents.
The only other item that would have made this the perfect all-in-one would have been if the automatic document feeder could scan 2-sided originals and print in duplex.
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