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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pitney Bowes IM 3510

The Pitney Bowes IM3510 is an attractive prospect for the mid-sized business, with a good set of features that covers most bases. Priced to compete in a competitive market, it does perform well, and is worth the investment.

While there are many mono laser multifunction’s on the market, they don’t come as well specified as the IM3510. Not every business has the need for full-color printing, so this is an excellent alternative. It can handle printing, scanning, copying and faxing, and performs them all with ease.

There are three ways of connecting the device, USB, Ethernet and parallel. The USB option is the easiest to set up, but offers slower transfer speeds than Ethernet. Networking the printer was simple, with it appearing on the network soon after switching it on.

The control panel is well designed and simple to operate. There are large buttons that allow you to select copy, scan and fax and the bright gray LCD shows you what you’re doing, and what’s going on.

The output quality is good, with documents coming out at 45 pages per minute at up to 1200 dpi. The text was excellent on all our tests with crisp edges and no jagged edges. Grayscale was evenly spread and images was very good overall. Scans were of a good quality, but the software is a little thin on options. It has everything you need to get started but none of the value-add options of some of the other manufacturers.

The fax is standard, offering good print quality matched with a decent turn of speed. There is the usual speed-dials, memory functions, fax broadcast, fax from desktop and secure faxing features, as well as a full dialing keypad on the control panel.

Paper is held in a couple of 250 sheet capacity drawers at the front, with the option of adding more. Toner can be changed quickly with only a panel to remove. Replacement cartridges can produce 25,000 pages, which is excellent considering they can be had for less than $50.

For mid-sized workgroups who need a multifunction device will do well to consider the IM3510. It’s stuffed full of features and produces documents of a standard suitable for almost any situation. The consumables are available and affordable enough to make the cost of owning one economical enough to be attractive to many organizations.