Xerox Phaser 7750DN
At a Glance
The Phaser 7750DN is Xerox's top-end model for graphics and production pros who need careful color management and who print oversize documents to create mock-ups--or for anyone who likes the fun of printing 12-inch-by-47-inch banners and can afford $6800 for a printer.
With its screaming performance, the 7750DN can easily replace a monochrome printer, even when using color: PC World clocked it printing text at 25.3 pages per minute, or about 60 percent faster than the test-set average, and graphics at 7.2 ppm, nearly double the average. Its text came out very black and very sharp--perfectly clean even on small fonts--and the printer also did a great job on narrow parallel lines, making them distinct and accurate. But we were not entirely satisfied with the output quality. Gray-scale photos showed some surprising moire patterns and looked posterized in places, although they otherwise had good detail and realistic shading. But color photos--that Achilles' heel of color lasers--looked muddy and lost detail in dark areas. However, experienced graphic artists may be able to improve color output by using the PhaserMatch and PhaserCal color-calibration software that Xerox bundles with the printer.
The 7750DN is big and somewhat awkward. Its single-pass paper path runs horizontally, so the printer covers a slice of desk 25 inches wide--or 36 inches with its auxiliary tray open. It's 28 inches deep but stands only 19 inches high (unless you add optional paper-handling equipment). Since you won't be able to move the 7750DN--it weighs about 200 pounds and sits on very sticky rubber feet--you'll have to set it up on a table. You'll want to set it up where it stands free so that nothing obstructs your access. For example, you'll need to open the side door to install the fuser. The sump (which collects excess toner) was tricky to remove and reinstall, and the imaging drums slide in at an awkward angle on a single rail. However, those are minor complaints. Other aspects of using the 7750DN deserve strong praise. For example, Xerox's signature control panel has a backlit LCD and a clear menu structure, which makes it easy to display help on the LCD. You can also print all sorts of tip sheets and guides. Xerox's WorkCentre printer management software installs itself automatically and provides a view of the printer's internal Web server, which allows you to monitor and control the printer through a Web browser.
Xerox sells several paper-handling options for the 7750DN that big offices might find useful, including a three-tray, 1500-sheet feeder for $999; a 2000-sheet feeder for $1249; and a 1000-sheet finisher that stacks and staples for $1499. The $6800 configuration that PC World tested includes a duplexer and a 20GB internal hard drive. Like other hard drive-equipped Xerox color lasers, the 7750DN driver offers password-protected printing, job-proofing, and collating.
The Phaser 7750DN is blazingly fast, but mediocre graphics quality doesn't justify its high price--unless the color-matching software is critical to your work.
Xerox Phaser 7750DN
Rated 35 ppm text/35 ppm color laser. 384MB RAM standard, 600-by-1200-dpi true resolution, 650 sheets input, 500 output.