Canon LBP 3000 

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When you hear the name Canon what do you expect, cameras, inkjet printers, scanners, multi function machines or even calculators well there is at least one more item they do.
Canon LBP 3000 Laser Printer

Giving this it's full name Canon Laser Shot LBP 3000 will probably help, it's a laser printer. It is quite small at 37x25x22cm and weights only 6.5kilos.

Unlike inkjet printers lasers produce pages at the speed they state or even slightly exceed it. The claim for this unit is 14PPM and using the normal method of ignoring the first and last page I got very nearly 16PPM. 15.6PPM to be exact and that was not only with the useless 200 word documents that inkjets require but also with 1500 word documents spread over four pages and perhaps most impressive a large database printed at 4 sheets to a page. In case you think this was some small amount of data it is five and a half thousand records three columns and forty four records per page.

While I doubt that you would print lots of graphics on a mono laser I printed four 13x9cm images on a single sheet and that operation took less than 10 seconds, a lot of graphics look really good in mono.

Installation of the driver was quick and did not require 100's of MB of hard disc space. If like me you turn the printer on when you want to print you will be delighted that the first page out is less than 10 seconds after switch on.

A lot of cheaper lasers do not have a dedicated paper input tray and as the one tray is multipurpose you could argue this does not but it is at the base (not the sit up and beg style) and has a cover so although open at the front the 150 sheets it can hold - face up - are well protected. The output is delivered face down on the top of the unit, this is stated to be up to 100, I think that is optimistic as before that I think you would have an overflowing mess, forty or even fifty maybe but one hundred I don't think so.

This is a USB2 printer (works fine with USB 1.1) and has 2MB of inbuilt memory that is - amazingly to me anyway - enough to print A4 page graphics without any problem. I found the output excellent, but for those who want to save that little bit extra there is a toner save option where as you might expect output is somewhat grey.

The printing tabs within Windows are clear and concise, the first tab is Page Setup that allows you to print up to 16 pages on a single page, and manual scaling of a page between 25 and 200%, you can also select number of copies 1-999 and portrait or landscape. The second tab is Finishing that either collates or not, you choose. Third tab is Paper Source where you select the paper type. Lastly is Quality where you select the type of item being printed Standard, Text/Lines or Web Pages. Under normal use you would probably only routinely change things on the first tab.

There is a very nice screen that comes up while printing accurately telling you how many pages out of 'x' have been printed and the document name, a simple page but something a lot of far more expensive units do not have. This was stated to be available at the end of May but as yet does not appear on the web site. The stated price is £119. The only place I can find it is where it's advertised for £97 + £8.70 delivery. If you are looking for a simple easy to use laser printer add this to your short list.

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