Tally Genicom sells a wide range of mono and colour laser printers, as well as label printers and all-in-ones. The 9035, a workgroup mono laser, has several interesting features, including twin paper trays as standard. As with most workgroup printers, one of the main features you’re paying for is speed. A typical personal laser will print at around 16 pages per minute, while the 9035 is rated at 34ppm.
This is a large printer for a mono laser – bigger than some colour lasers we’ve tested. Part of this is due to the second paper tray that’s integrated into the body of the machine. The main tray holds up to 500 sheets, while the second one, which can also be used for special media, can take a further 150.
Print jobs all exit to the top cover and there’s a big drop from the output slot, so you can print substantial runs without running out of room. There’s a little mound to support pages coming out and another that houses the status display. This is a two line by 16 character display, but like so many others, suffers from not having a backlight.
The control panel comprises nine buttons and three indicator lights and uses a hierarchical menu system, as do most printers of this type. Unusually though, the diamond of arrow keys moves through the menu in odd ways. The up and down arrows select previous and next options, while the left and right arrows are for return and select, respectively. This is the opposite way round from most other printer controls and takes some getting used to.
At the rear are sockets for USB 2.0, parallel and Ethernet networking cables. As you might expect for a workgroup printer, this machine supports networking as standard.
If the 9035N looks a bit familiar, it could be because this machine is a rebadged Brother HL-8050N. This needn’t be a disadvantage. In fact, having two sources of consumables can be a distinct bonus, as you can pit one against the other. If you find a source of Brother toner cartridges cheaper than the Tally ones, there’s no reason not to use them. From our investigations, though, it appears both printer and consumables are cheaper in their Tally Genicom versions, with the printer itself nearly £100 less than its Brother sibling.
Installation is as simple as lifting a hatch on the top surface of the printer and sliding the drum and toner cartridge down inside. The Tally software installation is nearly as straightforward, though you have to be careful to pick the correct version of the driver for the model you have. Here, we’re testing the 9035N, but there’s a PostScript version available, too.