For true power users in home offices and small businesses, nothing beats a multifunction laser printer. HP's LaserJet 3050 multifunction printer doesn't just include the standard printing, copying, and scanning functions, it also includes a fax machine with an auto document feeder that is perfect for fast-paced business settings.
For small businesses that are moving a mile a minute, HP has unleashed the LaserJet 3050 multifunction laser printer. This laser printer specialises in black and white printing and, like similar devices that print only in monochrome, it can produce a respectable 19 pages per minute. This is on the high end of laser printers and if your business doesn't deal in printed photos, it's a great deal. HP rates the printer as having a monthly volume of up to 7,000 pages - more than enough for the average small business setting.
As a multifunction printer, the LaserJet 3050 not only includes the standard scanner and copier, but also fax functions. A true convergence device, this printer has a relatively compact footprint that will save you a great deal of desk space. If you aren't concerned with scanning documents on a regular basis, the HP LaserJet 3050 is a fantastic way to merge all of your office's essential functions into one machine. It prints pages quickly and the quality is extremely good, even for laser printers. The copier performs as you would expect it to, and the fax machine is capable. Other than the scanner, this is a solid business productivity machine.
Its multifunctions are alluring, but it should be noted that there is one significant drawback: the included scanner is not a flatbed scanner, instead using the printer's auto document feed to scan images and documents to your computer. This can result in lower quality scans in some scenarios, depending how well the document feeds through the scanner. Another concern is that while the HP LaserJet 3050 is perfectly compatible with Windows XP and Mac OS X systems, it is unable to scan documents under Windows Vista as well as Windows 7. The included software is simply not compatible with Vista and or Windows 7, so you'll have to use a computer with an older operating system to perform those functions. That can be a major deal breaker for many business users who have long since upgraded to Microsoft's latest Windows release.