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HP LaserJet M3027 Review
For mid-sized offices or classrooms that need an all-in-1 multifunction printer that can handle up to 6,000 pages a month, HP has the 2008 HP LaserJet M3027MFP. The M3027 offers the copying, scanning, printing, and optional faxing all in a single package. Ethernet built in, this network-ready MFP has 1200 x 1200 dpi printing, with scanning and copy speeds up to 27 pages per minute.
Starting at 68 pounds, the LaserJet M3027 is more comfortable on a sturdy table than sitting on your desktop. The 22” height does bring this multifunction to a comfortable height for someone standing next to it manually making copies or scanning. The control panel gives a person full control of copy and scanning features without the need to install special HP software on their computer.
Using HP’s instant-on fuser technology, print can start in less than 10 seconds with print speeds up to 27ppm. Printing in monochrome, the native 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution keeps text and fine line drawings sharp, and photographs clear.
In addition to the standard USB 2.0 interface, the M3027 has built-in Ethernet for high-speed networks. Starting with 256MB of memory that can be expanded to 512MB, the M3027 can easily handle any print job or quantity from a networked workgroup.
This HP has some decent paper capacity. The two paper trays are able to each hold to a ream of paper, from sizes up to 11” x 14”. Having dual trays is a nice feature in an office or classroom where two different sizes of paper are used constantly. Non-standard sizes from 3” x 5” to 8½” x 14”, up to 100 sheets and 53# bond can be placed on the multi-purpose flip-tray on the side of the copier.
Understanding the printing needs of today’s businesses in providing support for the major software applications, HP has installed print emulators that should satisfy the most offices. Emulators include HP PCL5e, PCL6, and PostScript3. Additionally, the M3027 offers 80 scalable TrueType typefaces.
The M3027 uses an 11.7” x 14” platen to support scanning up to legal-size single documents and books. The duplexing automatic document feeder (DADF) allows for two-sided scanning of 100 originals, in sizes up to 11” x 14” Legal.
As a copier, the multifunction has different exposure modes & resolutions. The magnification can be automatically or manually changed from 25% to 400%, and up to 999 B&W copies can be made at 27 pages per minute.
While a monochrome copier and printer, the M3027 can scan in color as well as in 220 grayscale. Items can be scanned using the DADF or directly on the glass platen. Items can be saved in the popular PDF, JPEG, and TIFF formats. This multifunction also can send it directly as e-mail or through software installed on your computer.
As a network printer, HP has a great web-based administrator utility that allows an administrator to easily monitor and manage all of the printer’s functions and security, using any web browser to access the printer’s IP.
Normally HP designs their LaserJets where base models can get all of the options that come standard on the higher sub-models. For some reason, they made the M3027 the exception. If you want to have fax and duplex printing, it is only available on the M3027x sub-model.
Practically silent in idle, the M3027 is quite noisy when printing and copying. At 56dB, the multi-purpose is louder than a room full of people talking. But since the M3027 will likely be stationed in a copy room and not be plopped down inside someone’s office, the noise should not cause a disturbance with co-workers.
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