Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CM315z

Anthony Caruana
19 October, 2017
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Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CM315z

Fuji Xerox, www.fujixerox.com.au/

Pros 

Easy set up, print quality, lots of connectivity options

Cons 

Consumable costs, no app connectivity for scanning

$899

Reviews

Paperless office – if there’s been a bigger pipedream during the information age, I don’t know what it is. When the iPad hit the market, before it supported printing, we hoped that lightweight and easy-to-use tablets would result in printers disappearing from our homes, offices and schools. Instead, we print more documents than ever before. Which means that rather than a printer, what you really want is a tool that helps you manage information. The Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CM315z, which looks like your ordinary multi-function device, can help tame the paper storm.

Tale of the tape

The CM315z is a printer, scanner, copier and fax that supports double-sided printing and scanning in a single pass. The paper bins hold 300 sheets, with 250 and 50 sheet trays so you can load the larger tray with regular paper and the smaller one with specialised stock, meaning you don’t have to swap paper all the time. The output tray holds 150 sheets.

You can print wireless over Wi-Fi – it supports AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, as well as USB and Ethernet connections. Toner cartridges are easy to change through a door on the front of the device. Just twist and pull a cartridge and then slide a new one in. No more calling the IT guy to switch inks or getting messy toner on your hands or clothes.

All the settings and other configuration items are easily managed using an intuitive touchscreen.

Using the CM315z

Fuji Xerox rates throughput at 24 pages per minute. I printed a variety of documents for different types from various applications, from a Mac, iPad and iPhone, with barely a couple of seconds of wait time before the first page was coming out. Every print job I threw at the CM315z came through quickly with complex documents using different typefaces and images printed clearly on plain paper.

Copy performance was great, although copied photos were a little grainier than the originals.

The CM315z lets you scan to a network location or computer over USB. You can scan a document and send it to a shared folder. If there is a way to direct the scans to Evernote or some other application, I couldn’t find it.

Macworld Australia‘s buying advice: At $899, the Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CM315z isn’t cheap. Consumables cost around $190 for black cartridges and $280 for each of the magenta, cyan and yellow cartridges. Each of those gives a yield of about 6000 pages. And that’s where I’m stuck. Print and scan quality were excellent but the sticker shock if I have to replace all the timers at once will hurt.

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