Fuji Xerox DocuPrint M205b review: Fuji Xerox DocuPrint M205b

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The Good Inexpensive laser printing. Toner cartridge pre-installed. Not in "delightful" beige or grey tones.

The Bad LCD display is simple. No inbuilt networking at all.

The Bottom Line Fuji Xerox's inexpensive multifunction monochrome laser delivers pleasing printing results, but small businesses need to keep its lack of networking in mind.

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Design

There's usually precious little that we can say about the design aspects of a laser printer, largely because (with a few exceptions) printer vendors tend to assume that the buyers for such things want them for drab corporate offices, and as such, tones such as beige and light grey tend to rule the roost. Fuji Xerox's inexpensive DocuPrint M205b at least tries to escape the beige hole by being white and slightly curved instead. Otherwise, it's undeniably a multifunction printer, with a simple control panel that features a backlit LCD panel. At 8.9kg, it's actually surprisingly light for a printer of this size, although with dimensions of 358x197x208mm, you'll still need a solid amount of desk space set aside for it.

Features

The DocuPrint M205b is a multifunction monochrome laser printer at a relatively appealing AU$199 price point. Fuji Xerox rates its print speed at a relatively modest (by laser standards) 24ppm, but then this isn't designed as a whole-of-office monster printer but rather something you might pop onto your desk, presuming you had enough space for it. The scan resolution is 1200x1200dpi, and scanning to an attached USB drive or application on a host PC or Mac is supported.

What you won't find in the DocuPrint M205b is a host of connection options. We've perhaps become a bit spoilt in this regard, with many devices offering up Ethernet and Wi-Fi options, but the DocuPrint M205b is a USB 2.0-only zone. If you want to network it, you'll have to do so by sharing it from a host PC. Likewise, duplexing is a feature that's creeping into printers in this kind of price zone, but if you want the DocuPrint M205b to duplex, you'll have to do so manually.

Toner cartridges for the DocuPrint M205b come in either standard or high-yield varieties with claimed page outputs of 1000 and 2200 pages respectively. We found the standard cartridges online for around AU$59 and the high-yield for AU$99. If you got full-yield, that would equate to 5.9c per page for the standard cartridge and 4.5c per page for the high-yield cartridges.

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Fuji Xerox DocuPrint M205b

Part Number: CNETFuji Xerox DocuPrint M205b

Typical Price: $199.00

See manufacturer website for availability.