Xerox Phaser 8200N Colour printer

Xerox is aiming its freshest group of printers -- the Phaser 8200s -- at small to medium-size businesses. The Phaser 8200N is an affordable choice for workgroups that need a full-featured, networkable colour printer. This solid-ink printer ships with software that detects IP addresses automatically -- a time-saver for businesses with few (or harried) IT staff.

The $5200 Phaser 8200N uses blocks of waxy ink that taper to a V at one end to ease insertion and removal. Hot waxy ink has been known to emit pungent odours during large print jobs, but that didn't happen in our tests with the 8200N. Xerox's inking technology involves spraying melted ink onto a drum once be­fore transferring it to the page. Theoretically, this process is faster than the one that four-pass colour laser printers use.

In our speed tests, the Phaser 8200N produced text documents a bit pokily, at only 7.5 pages per minute. On the other hand, graphics zipped out at 2.9 ppm -- faster than some pricier colour laser printers we've tested. Unfortunately, the 8200 didn't produce consistently high-grade text. In some cases, it wasn't a lot crisper than a good-quality inkjet's output. The 8200N did deliver vivid colours in its prints, but it missed a few details, such as a strawberry's tiny speckles in a cropped close-up photo. Still, it printed without smears, even after producing a series of pages containing lots of colour.

This printer is not for businesses that print large quantities of text-heavy documents or for those that need excellent colour prints. But if you print a lot of colour drafts with both text and graphics, take a look at the Xerox 8200N.

Xerox Phaser 8200N

Offers helpful features and prints graphics speedily, but slow text printing and less-than-precise image detail undermine this business printer's overall performance.

Price: $5200.

Phone: 1300 369 519.

URL: www.officeprinting.xerox.com.au.

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