Hump Day Hardware: Laser Printers

May 20, 2009

In the last two weeks I’ve covered desktop ink jet printers and photo printers. Today I’m going to focus on laser printers. Well, almost. The printer I recommend works very much like a laser, but it is really a thermal wax printer. The reason I recommend it is because the cost per page is much lower than a laser printer. I’ve been using variations on this printer for well over ten years and I’ve been very happy with the speed, quality, cost and results that I’ve gotten.

The Xerox Phaser 8560/N is the low end of the line. Most of the guts are the same, it just doesn’t have as many features as the more expensive models in the line. Yet it is still a great printer for under $700. While it does cost more than most ink jet printers, you would soon recoup the extra cost of the printer if you run a reasonable volume of pages through it.

One step up is the Xerox Phaser 8560/DN which adds duplexing. For those who need to print automatically on both sides of the paper, give this printer a long look. It is just over $900 and is a real workhorse. Want an extra paper tray, check out the Xerox Phaser 8560/DT. For the top of the line in the series, go for the Xerox Phaser 8560/DX.

Want to add copying, faxing and more to the printer? Then look to the Xerox Phaser 8560 MFP/N. If you have a very high number of prints each month, the Xerox Phaser 8860/DN can pump out pages even faster for a little over $2000.

Xerox also includes the same thermal wax technology is the ColorQube 9200 Series of printers they recently announced. It provides a small digital press for a little over $20,000. That’s a lot less than many digital presses, but it isn’t made to output as many impressions per month as the bigger presses.

Check out these printers and I think you’ll find one of the models will fit right in to your office.

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