Xerox WorkCentre 3325 – Print Speeds
35ppm is an impressive top speed for a medium range laser engine so it was a little disappointing that under test we saw a speed of only 17.7ppm on our five-page text document, in both normal and toner save print modes. When we increased the page count for our 20-page test, however, the speed rose to 28ppm, not far off the claim and certainly speedy enough for most small offices.
A duplex speed of 13.8 sides per minute is also reasonable, though the single-sided, five-page text and graphics print speed of 12ppm was a little disappointing. Copy times of 9s for a single page from the flatbed and 22s for five pages through the ADF were both good and a 10-side, duplex copy took a respectable 1:06.
15 x 10cm photo prints took between 11s, from the front panel USB socket, to a combined upload and download time from a Samsung Galaxy SIII Android phone of 52s.
Xerox WorkCentre 3325 – Print Quality and Costs
The quality of prints from the machine is very good, with well-formed characters down to small point sizes and solid, densely-black headings. Grey-scale graphics are poor, though, with some banding and darker shades come out too dark by default. This is worse in photo prints, which lose quite a bit of detail, particularly in darker areas, which often print black.
The drum and toner cartridge is available in three capacities: 2,300, 5,000 and 11,000 pages. Using the highest of these gives a page cost of 2.2p, including 0.7p for paper. This is about right for machines in this price range and, given the ease of maintenance, will keep cost of ownership at reasonable levels.
Should I buy a Xerox WorkCentre 3325?
This printer has a lot going for it, but you should also consider the http://www.trustedreviews.com/kyocera-ecosys-m2030dn_Printer_review Kyocera ECOSYS M2030dn, which earned a recommendation in our recent review. The Kyocera machine costs £50 more than the WorkCenter 3325, is slower and doesn’t offer wireless connection, but it’s graphical and photographic print quality is noticeably better.
The Xerox WorkCentre 3325 is a neat machine with high throughput and useful duplex facilities. It’s wireless connection doesn’t include Wi-Fi Direct, which limits its usefulness with mobile devices and it’s graphic print quality is marred by over-dark reproduction. If its main use is for text print, though, it should be on your shortlist.
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