Examining the HP LaserJet 3050 printer using HP LaserJet 3050 toner will reveal to one considering purchasing this fine multifunction (copy/scan/print/fax) Hewlett-Packard machine a model fully capable in all aspects. Given the range of capabilities this device demonstrates across the board, it is a little surprising that it’s only selling for between $180 and $350 retail and new in the box.
The attractiveness of all-in-one machines is that they can combine up to four different functions into one machine. By virtue of this, an entrepreneur or a businessperson will save at least a few hundred dollars by purchasing this single machine instead of four separate machines to handle the same tasks. And although a multifunction printer is actually somewhat of a compromise, it’s hard to see where the 3050 made any such compromises, as a matter of fact.
Still, it’s hard to dispute that this LaserJet 3050 is able to print a monochrome laser-based product, and quite a bit of it in a single month, featuring as it does a 7,000 impressions per month duty cycle. For purposes of discussion, understand that an impression is an image placed onto a sheet of paper, either from copying or printing. After hitting 7,000 pages, this printer will require normal maintenance.
When it comes to physical characteristics, this HP model continues to surprise, coming in at a relatively svelte 20 pounds and in fairly compact dimensions. It can sit on a desktop or near a computer as it only measures about 18 inches high and 17 inches in width. It is also quiet enough to carry out all of its tasks with little or no notice from anybody working near it.
Print speeds with this device come in at about 19 pages per minute, which actually exceeds the print speed most stand alone laser printers selling for this price can achieve. This makes the LaserJet 3050 an especially attractive candidate for those who need something that’s fairly durable yet speedy. Most of its competitors also don’t offer 1,200 dots per inch print resolution quality.
Storage of paper within its onboard trays is also excellent. This HP printer has a single 250 sheet input tray and it can also handle 100 sheets of output, either delivered from the fax machine or the included copier. A 33.6 kb per second fax modem handles the delivery and reception of any faxed material. As well, it can hold around 110 pages of received or sent material within its memory, which is an excellent number.
Most everything is connected from the computer to the printer via means of a standard USB port. Additionally, this HP printer can make use of several different operating systems, including Mac and Linux, as well as Windows platforms. Given all this ability, it’s no wonder that the 3050 is an attractive candidate when it comes to being able to not only run on an operating system, but also because of its 64 MB of standard memory, which is sufficient to handle just about all print jobs.
After spending a few minutes with the HP LaserJet 3050 printer, and giving its various functions a fair shake, one is only left surprised by the fact that it’s possible to purchase this multifunction printer new for around $180 from certain retail outlets. Even at its list price, one will be getting a machine that can handle most of its functions quite capably, which is certainly the most powerful attraction for anyone needing an affordable multifunction unit.
The LaserJet 3050 cartridges is also a major strong point with this printer, offering everything to the user that one has come to expect with HP toner cartridge. There’s little in the way to complain about with the cost of laser toner cartridge when a buyer does a little online searching for vendors.