Make your home office a smart office with the Panasonic KX-MB1500
The KX-MB1500 features a space saving and extremely compact body designed for
home offices with limited space and includes standard print, copy and scan
functionality. All basic operations are performed from the front and this design
allows you to place the unit just about anywhere in your office
Easy to use:
The KX-MB1500 allows you to print up to 150 pages without reloading the
paper tray. It also offers convenient copy functions; such as “Quick ID
Copy” which allows you to copy both sides of one or more ID or business cards
consecutively. The built-in color scanner also allows you to scan in any
document to a PC or Mac and save in full color in PDF, TIFF, JPEG or BMP file
formats. The scanned documents can then be easily attached to an e-mail for
distribution or saved on your computer.
No disappointments here in terms of speed--the printer took some
time to come out of its Power Save mode (about 30 seconds) but once it was
moving pages were coming out in under three seconds. That's right where a laser
printer should be. Panasonic estimates 18 pages per minute (A4) and 19 per
minute letter, and it's hard to disagree with that. Scans and copies took only a
few seconds to complete as well.
Quality and Extras
With a monochrome laser printer, quality should never be an
issue, and it was not for this printer. Texts were clear and sharp, and there
was a decent range of grays that made graphics look acceptable if not great. The
printer is printing at a 600 x 600 dpi resolution.
This little printer (it measures in at 360 mm x 380 mm x 203 mm and around 9 kg)
certainly doesn't take up much desktop space, which was surprising since it's a
multifunction printer--and these can be behemoths. Perhaps that's because there
are few bells and whistles that come with the printer.
Panasonic has a "slim back design" in which the power
cord is angled; that allows the printer to be put against a wall without having
the power cord in the way. That helps keep the printer compact. The control
panel is simple and while the the LCD screen is small and black-on-gray, the
panel itself is tilted to make it easier to see from any angle, which is
typically the flimsiest part of any printer (and which extends the printer's
depth by nearly a foot). Instead, pages come out inside the printer just above
the control panel. That's a handy space saver, though you need to pull those
pages out after a short time since they pile up in a small space pretty quickly.
While the printer is aimed at regular users, there's no word in the
specifications about what the printer's monthly duty cycle is. The toner
cartridge is rated for 2,500 pages; You couldn't find the price of a replacement