WorkCentre™

3045

Monochrome multifunction printer

  • Print, copy, scan, fax
  • Print up to 24 pages per minute

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WorkCentre 3045

Product Reviews
WorkCentre 3045 2.4 5 13 13
disappointing Print quality is fine, and the scanning function works well once it's configured. But there are quite a few drawbacks to this unit. As a retired systems administrator, I was not impressed that I had to blow a long evening doing setup for this unit. It wasn't apparent from the manual, but it looks like you can't actually use the wired LAN connection - only wireless. Maybe there's a way, but I ran out of evening before I found it. Scanning is an adventure, because unless you connect using the USB connection, you must enter e-mail addresses to which the unit sends the scans. I imagine this is standard for any LAN-connected scanner, but it really seems deflating that you get your shiny new printer home, finally get it printing via wireless, and then determine the easiest way to scan is to connect a wire to it! I expected that I'd run a utility on the PC to establish a connection to the scanner, then the next scans would appear on the PC; nope. The user interface isn't particularly intuitive. Approximately weekly, the printer appears to go to sleep. You invoke a print job via wireless; nothing happens. There's a power button on the printer, you poke it. It doesn't print, even with print retries. There's a button in the form of a printer; you poke it, and it's now expecting to print from a memory card - you still can't print from a PC. Cycling the power does the trick; there may be better ways, but I've had a variety of network printers that don't need manual attention, and this unit is below my standards. Being unable to print every week or so, and having to cycle the power to fix the issue, I'm going back to my old printer (non-MFC). It's a different brand which was always 100% reliable. It may well be that if I memorized the user/setup manual I could overcome all issues, but I've never had to do that with any of the other printers I had, and I refuse to donate more time to this enterprise. Oh, and my favorite computer store won't accept returns on this unit, sigh. I'll be recycling this one shortly as I've wasted enough hours on it and have no desire to attempt to demo it to some local user - for whom the demo might go poorly. Overall, I expected much better from Xerox, even for an economy MFC. August 24, 2014
Great Printer There's so much functionality in this machine that it deserves to be installed carefully. Otherwise the trolls will get upset and say the machine is bad etc, as it happened here. If you take your time, read the manual, then its easy to setup. I'm running this wireless off a Mac OS 10.6 and a Windows 8.1 update 1 fine. Pushed the button on the router, and the printer detected and authorized. Then the installer software picked it up. Anyone clueless about I.T. will need help of course and they would need help with any wifi setup for any devices, anyway. It's getting old though, and so far, I've failed to get the software (PaperPort, etc.) to work with it even connected as required with usb). I haven't called it in yet, maybe I'm doing it wrong. It happens. However, that being said, no biggie. Why? WIndows 8.1 has a great scanner that works with it, and moreover, you can simply setup the scan folder and scan wirelessly. There's even a webpage for setup on this thing. It actually does a lot of what the big iron machines (1000$+) do, like scan to email, ipad/android print, etc and that's outstanding good value. The cost per page, overall price and roi is completely unbeatable. Prints well too. Just take your time to install it properly. It does so much more than your average printer. May 18, 2014
Don't buy this Looking good... but my computer didn't recognize drivers or was in comflict with my Epson drivers. Then quality was poor from beginning... after not buying anymore original toner, that was like much worse. And stuff is old only 8 months, used in office of small business. Lost of money... rather buy other like HP, Epson, Canon... Wifi doesn't work, USB doesn't work, and has some other features that doesn't work. And I was traying to switch to other one... but no... coz I didn't use original toner... Wifi, usb and other stuff doesn't matter what kind of toner is in it... So don't buy this peace of junk. May 4, 2014
bad unit wifi doesn't work or recognize scanner - it's a whole nightmare... win 8/1 doesn't recognize April 9, 2014
Fantastic device for the price I've been reading the existing reviews, and perhaps there may be inconsistency between units or I've been lucky, as my one is just perfect. I haven't been using wireless connection, as I had the luxury of connecting the network cable straight into my ADSL router - so cannot comment on WiFi. Other than that, the installation CD picked up the printer on the network first time, installed and i had a test page out within 5 min. The software comes with lots of bloatware and unnecessary utilities which load on startup and pollute the RAM, so most would be best off installing the bare-bone driver and print/scan from other programs. The printouts are fine. I've seen better, but this is perfectly adequate for the price. After a few dozens printouts, no signs of any misfeeds whatsoever. Apart from polling the scan, the device has 'scan to e-mail' and 'scan to USB stick', which are really useful features for small businesses, and otherwise only found on more expensive models. It also supports printing from a USB stick, which is helpful if one needs to print from a tablet (doesn't look like it's Google print compatible). Because of so many features, the ease of use is not the greatest - it perhaps takes too many clicks to get somewhere - which is OK for a savy IT guy, but not for an average user who just want to copy a page. March 12, 2014
Don´t buy this printer ! This printer is not a good deal ! Despite having a good price, not worth it.The whole time the printer does not recognize the paper in the trail and may need to disconnect and connect it so it starts printing. I would definitely not recommend this equipment and I would have read the reviews about this product before I bought it !! I am extremely unsatisfied with this purchase. February 13, 2014
Worst printer It is a box , not useful for any thing. for a single printout gets heated and printing stops. December 18, 2013
Worst Printer Wifi is hard to setup; Paper misfeeds every time; won't come out of sleep - need to switch of at plug every time before printing. Not impressed. August 25, 2013
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