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High-quality printing and very fast text printing at an excellent price. Small footprint and good design; supports PCL.

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This model prints text fast, but letters looked fuzzy and graphics were dark. Compact design has letter-size paper limit.

Price when rated: $799

Pros

  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Color graphics were too dark
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Very compact model lacks integrated networking and compromises on paper handling. Supports PCL.

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At a Glance

Features and performance are similar to the Xerox Phaser 6120n, but graphics output was lackluster. Has PCL and PostScript.

Price when rated: $699

Pros

  • Front USB port

Cons

  • Graphics printing is slow
  • Text output was heavy and fuzzy
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At a Glance

Performance was above average, and estimated costs per page are competitive. PictBridge support is standard.

Price when rated: $499

Pros

  • Low cost per color page
  • Direct-print (PictBridge) port

Cons

  • Photos looked yellowish
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Delivers high-quality text and fast graphics printing. Toner replacement is easy. Estimated cost per color page is low.

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At a Glance

Unit delivered good performance at a low price. Toner cartridges are easy to replace. Supports both PCL and PostScript.

Price when rated: $499
Lowest price: $300.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Good performance at a low price
  • Text quality was good overall

Cons

  • Glossy photos looked washed out
  • Color graphics printed light and grainy
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At a Glance

Speedy graphics printer generated slightly thin-looking text. Easy to use and maintain, and offers reasonably priced options.

Pros

  • Competitive costs per page
  • Small footprint

Cons

  • Text output looked a little thin
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Graphics quality was better than on most competing models, though pages printed slowly. Supports PCL and PostScript.

Price when rated: $499

Pros

  • Better graphics quality than most lasers
  • Supports PCL and PostScript

Cons

  • Text was very heavy, with blotchy edges
  • Optional duplexer costs $399
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At a Glance

Small model is best suited for low-volume printing. Text looked very sharp. Estimated costs per page are high.

Pros

  • Compact footprint

Cons

  • Lagging print speeds
  • High costs per page
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