19 seconds for a five page text document is a fair pace, a bit over 15 pages per minute, but still less than half the rated speed of 34ppm. All printer manufacturers are in the same game together; when one quotes speed for a draft text page with very simple content, they all have to follow suit or its printers look slower than the competition. Even so, it’s annoying that rated speeds bear little relation to what most people will see, when printing typical business correspondence in normal quality.
Graphics and photo pages also printed quickly, completing in 12 seconds and 13 seconds respectively. Getting four pages of photo prints from a laser within a minute is impressive.
Print quality is variable. Text print is clean and sharp and doesn’t look too heavy on the page. Graphics print, though, is marred by a noticeable striping, particularly in areas of constant tone. This is also reflected in photographic output, where there is visible micro-banding.
It isn’t just the print quality that marks out this printer, though. Noticeable roller bands mark the pages, running down their full length. This is on the standard 80gsm copier paper, which we use for all printer tests
The main consumable is a drum and toner cartridge, good for 17,000 pages at 5 per cent cover. A maintenance kit, which comprises a new fuser and feed roller, is also needed after 200,000 pages. If this were a small business printer, we might consider a service interval of 200,000 pages close to the lifetime of the printer, but the 9035 is rated as a one million page machine so, theoretically, you could use up to five maintenance kits during its life.
Even factoring in the maintenance kit, the 9035 returns a very competitive page cost of 1.72p per page. This is a very economical printer to run, and one that pretty much only stop for paper.
Tally Genicom’s 9035 appears, unusually, to be cheaper than the original Brother machine from which it’s rebadged. It prints fast, though the quality is not always there, and enjoys the added convenience of twin paper trays. You pay for speed, but for a network printer this may offer big efficiencies throughout an office.