8124 A3 Colour Laser full review

The TallyGenicom 8124 is aimed at the small- to medium-sized workgroup needing colour output up to A3 with bleed. There is growing competition in this part of the market, as more organisations take the production of short print runs of, say, brochures in-house. Tally Genicom, therefore, has a number of obstacles to surmount (not the least of which is last month’s group test winner, the Konica Minolta 8650).

On taking the 8124 out of the box, the first task is to load the toner cartridges, which need to be inserted before being locked into place by being rotated clockwise. The rest of the setup process is also less than straightforward. As it lacks Bonjour, the printer couldn’t be detected automatically by any of our network Macs, so we had to resort to its front panel LCD to configure the network settings before setting it up as an IP printer. While we were about it, we used the display’s Setup mode to enable the 8124’s USB 2.0 port, which is disabled by default.

That said, once the 8124 was set up, its built-in web server allowed us to access the printer from anywhere on the network using a web browser.

In operation, it felt like a solidly made piece of equipment likely to withstand the rigours of daily office life. We suspect that the IT department will also like it for the built-in castors on the base unit, which make for easy access.

Unfortunately, it can’t be said that the 8124 performed outstandingly on our standard set of tests, taking over four minutes to print 50 copies of a Word document. Colour output was disappointing too, with a slightly yellowish cast over the photo test, and an odd transposition of some of the bars of our greyscale test at A4 – though not, curiously, at A3.

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