Fuji Xerox DocuPrint M205b

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


7.5
CNET Rating
4.3
User Rating


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.

Performance

The backlit LCD is rudimentary, with three buttons at the side to cover the on-screen menu functions. It certainly works, but it's not a particularly flash solution. The toner cartridge for the DocuPrint M205b comes pre-installed, but requires a turn of a lock panel to activate; if you fail to do this (as we did) you'll initially be told that there's no toner cartridge installed. Otherwise, the installation of the DocuPrint M205b is absolutely stock-standard stuff, and we hit no other obstacles prior to printing.

In terms of printing, we were very pleased with the quality of the DocuPrint M205b's output, and page speeds were close enough to Fuji Xerox's claimed speeds to be acceptable. A single, very warm, page was printed in 9.6 seconds. A full minute's printing churned through 19 pages, which is only slightly below the manufacturer's claim. Given how far short so many printers fall from the "up to" speeds that vendors love so much, that's actually quite an achievement, even if it does fall short.

Conclusion

The low-end laser printer market is rather glutted at the moment with entry level models, but it's relatively rare to see a multifunction laser at this kind of price point. The flipside to that cheap arrangement lies in the lack of networking. If you're a sole printer operator, it's a fine purchase, but those who need to share it will need to factor in the costs of running a PC to keep it shared.

Previous Story

Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP205

Printers
Next Story

Dell V715w



Add Your Review 6


* Below fields optional


Post comment as
 

RonaldJ posted a comment   
Australia

Never buy this. Once the jamming occurs then you need to reassemble the printer. Back door opening and removing jammed paper is not working.

Patcj
6
Rating
 

Patcj posted a review   

The Good:Multi-functional, can scan to usb drive

The Bad:Noisy Paper Roller, Paper feed a little problem

I bought a FujiXerox M205b for home use. Overall, I am pleased.
It scans to USB Drive, prints, and photostates.
Only issue is that the paper roller is rather noisy.
I wonder anything is wrong with it or will be wrong?
I think I better call the vendor to find out while it is under warranty.

Yes, I am beginning to find some paper feed problem after 3 pages.
Thankfully, I dont print lots at home ..

 

anil14 posted a comment   
Australia

Hi Scanner only save the documents as pdf
even if you chose for color (Photo)
I don't know why so many options are made on screen
special color (photo) means the format must be jpg at least

ilovetech2012
2
Rating
 

"Spoil on first day"

ilovetech2012 posted a review   
Singapore

The Good:Has size reduction for photocopying

The Bad:Feeder is major issue. A lot of returns

I bought a Fuji Xerox M205B on 11/4/2012 and was happy with it. Cost me S$125 or about A$96

It can't feed paper. Not even one when I did a test print. Absolute waste of my 3 hours trying to trouble shoot a new printer. I had to try all kinds of paper to confirm that the brand new printer simply do not feed paper. I was so upset, and panic when I couldn't get to Fuji Xerox for servicing. Finally I gave up, I rang American express to halt payment, for purchase insurance to kick-in and went back to the shop to ask for refund. Never buy Fuji Xerox M205b!!

Fuji xerox is just not good for small office version is a far cry from their giant office types. I will stick with my canon which I bought for S$130 which I used for 5 years. Laser ones going for about same price as Fuji Xerox and cheaper.



Installation on my MAC was difficult. User guide cannot be read on MAC, so I downloaded it.

janet2012
1
Rating
 

"Complete lemon. DO NOT BUY THIS PRINTER!!!"

janet2012 posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Nothing

The Bad:Lasted less than a month

I bought this from Officeworks for $88 and one month later I was trying to get hold of someone at Fuji Xerox to discuss replacing it due to an error saying "NO PAPER" (it had paper, which I reloaded a million time to no avail). No one would call me back when I logged an online support request, and while logging the request I saw that my particular error code was considered a "fatal error". After no reply from FX I rang Officeworks who said they were happy to exchange or refund it if I still had my receipt (which I did). I took it back to the store where the salesperson who did the refund (and recommended a better printer) said that I was lucky to get a month's use out of it before it died. He said most of the ones returned to the store so far lasted less than a week. He said (off the record)that they are a "total piece of junk,but for $88 what do you expect?" I now have a $300 HP which is going well. DON'T BUY A FUJI XEROX DOCUPRINT M205B!!!

corms1
8
Rating
 

"Excellent value for money. Not for large scale enterprises."

corms1 posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Good quality for a cheap price, pleasant design.

The Bad:Large footprint, no ADF, no networking, no fax.

Just picked one of these up today at Office Works for $88 and I am quite impressed. The price point compares very favourably with competitor mono laser printers. The unit has a large foot print so you will need a reasonable amount of desk real estate to house it, there is no document feeder, fax or networking so sharing will need to be done via a computer or USB print server (which I plan on getting from eBay). It does take around 8-10 seconds to warm up and print the first page, however subsequent pages are printed reasonably quickly.

This device would suite small office or home use, the lack of ADF and networking rules it out for large scale environments. However for $88 you really can't go wrong and I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of printing, copying and scanning.




Sponsored Links
CNET's latest

User Reviews / Comments  Fuji Xerox DocuPrint M205b

  • RonaldJ

    RonaldJ

    "Never buy this. Once the jamming occurs then you need to reassemble the printer. Back door opening and removing jammed paper is not working."

  • Patcj

    Patcj

    Rating6

    "I bought a FujiXerox M205b for home use. Overall, I am pleased.
    It scans to USB Drive, prints, and photostates.
    Only issue is that the paper roller is rather noisy.
    I wonder a..."

  • anil14

    anil14

    "Hi Scanner only save the documents as pdf
    even if you chose for color (Photo)
    I don't know why so many options are made on screen
    special color (photo) means the format must be jp..."

CNET Speedtest

Recently Viewed Products