Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:02

Fuji Xerox Docuprint CM315 – printer or multifunction (review)

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With 10 days left before the business tax write-off period is over, small to medium business may want to consider the Fuji Xerox Docuprint CM315 laser series as these can do a lot of what you may have sent out for printing.

The review focuses on the multi-function print, copy, scan, email and fax CM315 z (printer only version is CM315dw) which are part of a new breed of DocuPrint devices.

FX 315For example, 28 pages per minutes (both colour and mono); up to 1GB memory (no more out of memory when rendering PDF or Postscript files); high duty cycle (up to 52,000 pages per month); cloud, mobility, USB, and NFC print; a Smart@Work interface; duplex scan and print, tower cabinet for multiple paper feeds; and some of the lowest print costs from high capacity toners for a device of this capability.

But above all, it can print commercial offset 2400 x 1200 DPI quality onto bond and coated stock using a CCSLED technology that gives some of the crispest lines/letters, and true blacks and colours.

Print quality

The printer was put through its paces using 80gsm bond and a mid-weight (approx. 125gsm) coated stock. Forms, photos, spot colour, and advertising leaflets were tested as well as an n-ups book mode (A4 folded to A5).

The results on bond were extremely good — even colour, no banding — as a laser should be with the coated stock adding a certain matt finish. As good as you could expect from offset printing.

The spot colour was a London metro map with dozens of colours and different line thicknesses – again very crisp and indistinguishable from the original.

A full A4 photo had a good tonal response on bond but the colours were a little more vibrant on the coated stock. It would have been great if the device had done borderless prints but such is the construction of a laser that it cannot.

Summary: faithful, true to original colours, very crisp lines and letters, and high registration.

Build

FX 315 fullI have been a fan of Fuji Xerox printers for some time – they tend to be over engineered and well made.

This is commercial grade with a metal chassis and ABS panels. The scanner has good sized rollers. It can be kitted up to a tower with an extra bin and cabinet.

Print sources

It will accept print from AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, NFC for Android, is Mopria certified, has Wi-Di and USB print.

You can set up repetitive jobs on icons and rearrange the Smart@Work screen menu to suit.

 

FX 315 screen

Awards

  • Winner of the “Outstanding Colour MFP for Small Workgroups” by the BLI Buyers Lab, the leading independent global document imaging product test lab
  • Winner of the “Good Design Award” in Japan, an award based on excellence in function and performance, high quality and ease-of-use
  • Winner “Best SOHO Colour Laser / LED MFP” in Singapore, based on print speed and connectivity

Price and availability

Officeworks has the 315 z MFP at $899 (RRP $1186.90). This is amazing value for what it provides. Printer Supermarket has it for $847 plus freight and a bonus 3-year warranty (ABN and purchased by 30 June)

If you shop around you will find a four pack of the 6000-page genuine toner (B/C/M/Y) for well under $1000. This equates to under 3 cents per page mono and under 10 cents per page colour.

Drums and the waste toner bottle cost under $55.

Summary

Well made, well priced, good print costs, does everything an SMB needs.

Specifications

Item

DocuPrint CP315 z (printer only is 315 dw)

Print Speed

Up to 28 ppm (A4), monochrome and colour

Duplex Print Speed

Up to 18 ppm (A4), monochrome and colour

Print Resolution

1200 x 2400 dpi

Fuji Xerox Imaging Technology

First-page-out-time

<9.2 sec colour

<8.2 seconds mono

Warm-up

38 seconds

Duty Cycle

52,000 pages/month

Memory

1GB (512MB printer only)

Processor

ARM Core 733MHz

PDL

PCL6, PCL5e, Postscript® 3 Compatible

Scanner

50 sheets, auto duplex, 32/15 ipm mono/colour, 600DPI, scan to email, network, USB, PC etc; 2-in-1 copy, ID card copy

Fax

All usual fax functions

Duplex print

Standard all modes

Management

4.3” colour display and shortcuts; confidential print, papercut count software,

Connections

Ethernet

Wi-Fi N

Supported OS

PCL6 Driver

Postscript 3

Windows 10 and MacOS (and earlier)

Citrix XenApp 7.6

Linux PDF driver provided (most versions)

Paper Size

Standard Tray

A4/B5/A5/A6, Letter/Legal/Folio/Executive/COM10,

Monarch, DL, C5, Postcard (4x6), Postcard (5x7),

Custom Size

Width 76.2 to 215.9mm

Length: 148 to 355.6mm

Bypass Tray

Width: 76.2 to 215.9mm

Length: 127 to 355.6mm

Optional

550-sheet Feeder

Width: 76.2 to 215.9mm

Length: 190.5 to 355.6mm

EL500292

Paper Weight

60 to 220gsm all trays

Media Input Capacity

Bypass Tray: 50 Sheets

Standard Feeder: 250 sheets

Optional Feeder: 550 sheets

Output

150 sheets face-down

Dimensions

420 (W) x 480 (D) x 347 (H) mm

Weight

23.7kg plus toner cartridges

Toner

3000-page version – CT2 2606, 2607, 2608, 2609 (B, C, M, Y)

6000-page version – CT2 2610, 2611, 2612, 2613

This uses the new EA-ECO toner running at lower temperatures

Drum

50,000-page versions – CT3 1100, 1101. 1102, 1103 (B, C, M, Y)

30,000-page Waste toner bottle – EL50 0293

Brochure

https://info.fujixeroxprinters.com.au/hubfs/CP315dw_CM315z/Fuji_Xerox_Printers_DocuPrint_CM315_z_CP315_dw_brochure.pdf


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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