IBM 12 Printer Review
The IBM Infoprint 12 is a low-cost solution for small workgroups in need of a reliable device to handle their daily monochrome printing needs. The 12 won't be able to handle more than low volumes, however, because its maximum output speed of 12 pages per minute is on the slower end of comparable laser units. Slow speeds happen to be one of this printer's only downsides, which means buyers that don't mind waiting a little longer for jobs will benefit from its nice variety of connectivity, ample paper handling and affordable Infoprint 12 printer toner.
The 12 should be easy to set up and use, with a warm up time of under a minute and providing drivers and software that can quickly be installed onto a user's computer. This software will be necessary to access editing tools and menus since the printer doesn't incorporate a versatile control panel, including only a power button and an LED light notification system for alerts on errors, paper and IBM 12 toner levels. Users can connect it to a computer via its standard USB and parallel ports, but the addition of an ethernet interface option means multiple individuals will be able to share it on a network.
The 12's upgradable design helps make it stand out among competing models, providing users the option to increase the built-in RAM of 4 MB to a maximum of 68 MB. Users will also have the ability to increase the standard paper input of 350 pages by purchasing an optional media tray that will allow the device to support a total of 900 pages.
The 12 is targeted toward professional printing needs like reports, proposals and spreadsheets, but due to its monochrome design, it isn't able to support color jobs. The device can print sharp text characters that are easy to read with a sharp and precise resolution of 1200x1200 dpi using Infoprint 12 toner.
One of the reasons this device is an affordable option for small workgroups is its print system, which only uses one IBM 12 toner cartridge rather than multiple toners. What is noteworthy is its IBM 12 toner cartridge's longevity, printing up to 6,000 pages before needing to be replaced.
Buyers won't see the versatility of all-in-one models with the 12, but it isn't nearly as expensive as such units and is efficient at what it's designed to do: print sharp and professional-looking monochrome documents. This printer is a solid pick among similar single-function units for users on a budget, providing the option to connect to a network and upgrade its paper handling.