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Panasonic KX-MB2030 review

£260 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Panasonic

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Panasonic KX-MB2030 is a monochrome laser printer with added fax, copier and scanner functionality.

The Panasonic KX-MB2030 is a monochrome laser printer with added fax, copier and scanner functionality

On the face of it, £260 for a mono laser multifunction device doesn't seem such a great deal. For this price you can get a good colour model. But it's the wide-ranging multifunctional nature of this Panasonic KX-MB2030 that merits the price tag. And you won't find much under £200 that can hit as many spots as this most business-oriented of devices.

There's the Panasonic KX-MB2030's fax facility, and the 33.6kbps capabilities make it well placed to usurp the traditional standalone fax machine.

The 10/100Mb/s ethernet connection is another addition that, all too frequently in business products, remains optional. The automatic document feeder is a nice feature that tends to accompany fax (and enhances the scanner), even if its 20-sheet capacity isn't the most impressive.

The Panasonic KX-MB2030's feature set is well-represented by the extensive panel of buttons on the front. Almost every feature can be controlled without needing a PC, and while the panel feels cluttered, the large lettering and clear captions help resolve any difficulties of working out what to press next.

The Panasonic KX-MB2030 is relatively compact given its wide range of features, and the subtle tones of its casing will help it blend into the background of the typical office. The 250-sheet tray will allow you to keep it well-stocked with paper, and its easy feed mechanism makes it fine for sizeable print jobs.

The software included with the Panasonic KX-MB2030 is much in keeping with the Panasonic's functional but slightly old-fashioned approach.

From programs that closely monitor the activities of the device, to a viewer that makes it easier to check the contents of files before you print them, the Panasonic's utilities cover most of the basics. You also get ReadIris 7 included for strong optical character recognition (OCR) support.

Panasonic quotes a print speed of 23 pages per minute. In practice, the real figure from the Panasonic KX-MB2030 is a few pages down on this; we were getting no more than 18.75 pages per minute.

Nonetheless, this turn of pace is very decent. The text is clean and well-defined. Characters are fairly thin, and while we've certainly seen bolder output before, the results are very pleasing to the eye.

Running costs are very acceptable, and the Panasonic KX-MB2030's 2,000 sheet toner cartridges keep the cost at just over 2p a page.

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Panasonic KX-MB2030 Expert Verdict »

Multifunction mono laser printer/scanner/copier/fax
600x600dpi maximum print resolution
600x1,200dpi optical scan resolution
33.6Kbps Super G3 fax
32MB RAM
quoted print speed B=23ppm
actual print speed B=18.75ppm
USB 2.0, 10/100Base-T ethernet
250 sheets standard paper input
20 sheet ADF
toner costs B=£41
print life (pages) B=2,000
420 x 432 x 305mm
12kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Panasonic KX-MB2030 isn’t a spectacular MFD. It’s not particularly cheap, and it mostly works well yet without being stunning in any single department. However, with its inclusion of fax facilities and network support, this still stands as a solid deal for those who need both of those features.

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