Xerox WorkCentre 3220DN review

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  • Pros

  • Compact design
  • Decent print speeds, quality
  • Helpful features
  • Cons

  • Initial cost
  • Lack of menu navigation report

Xerox introduced two new WorkCentre printers – the 3210 and 3220 – in mid June as the perfect new models for the professional individual or a small workgroup.  With print, copy, scan, fax and e-mail functions, print speeds up to 30 ppm, and a monthly duty cycly up to 50,000 pages, it’s not hard to see why.

We recently got our hands on the WorkCentre 3220DN and decided to test the new model to see whether it will live up to all the hype.  Read on to find out!


  • Standard functions: print, scan, copy, fax and e-mail
  • Print speed: up to 30 ppm
  • Print resolution: up to 600×600 dpi
  • First page out: as fast as 8.5 seconds
  • Automatic duplexing
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 50,000 images
  • Standard paper capacity: 250 sheets, upgradable to 500
  • 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder
  • Network filing, front side USB port
  • 360 MHz processor with 128 MB memory standard
  • PDL: Adobe PostScript 3, PDF 1.4, PCL 5e, PCL 6
  • Connections: 10/100BaseTX Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Energy Star qualified


The WorkCentre 3220DN is a compact machine considering it’s a multifunction laser.  The dimensions are 17.5 x 16.2 x 15.6 inches; I currently have it sitting on my desk and it takes up about as much space as my laptop and docking station.  It’s also pretty lightweight for a laser printer; I could easily carry it around by myself.

But my favorite part about the WorkCentre 3220 is its design.  The actual machine is all round edges giving it a trendier look but it’s done in the traditional gray and blue of Xerox machines so it’s still professional looking.  All of the functions flow together well and the control panel has interesting quick keys, including a direct USB key for using the front side USB port.

The LCD is a tad small for navigating the complex menus (the WorkCentre 3220dn gives uses PLENTY of options) but I guess that’s the tradeoff for such a compact design.  Unlike some of the other laser printers I’ve reviewed, I could not find a report printout that gave a rundown of all the menu options.  The closest I came was a configuration report that gave me the status of all the options but not in menu order.

The paper trays are centrally located; the multipurpose tray is above the cassette on the front of the 3220DN. The cassette has a paper monitor on the outside to give users a quick idea of how full the tray is at any given time and for users needing to print larger documents, the paper tray slides out to accommodate A4 and legal size documents.

Installing the toner cartridge is fairly simple since the WorkCentre 3220DN is a monochrome unit.  Just open the front panel and slide the cartridge in.

Since the 3220DN is fax capable, there are two phone jacks along with the Ethernet port, USB port and second tray port located on the back of the machine.

For a more in depth visual look at the 3220DN, check out our hands on video below.



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