Color Lasers Get Affordable
- Dell Color Laser 3000cn
- Brother HL-2700CN $841.00 (Lowest Price) via Amazon.com Marketplace
- HP LaserJet 2550L Laser Printer (20 PPM, 600x600 DPI, Color, 64MB, PC/Mac)
- Konica Minolta Magicolor 2450
- Konica Minolta Magicolor 2430DL
- Oki Printing Solutions C5200N Laser Printer (24 PPM, 1200x1200 DPI, Color, 32MB, PC/Mac)
- Lexmark C522n
- HP Color LaserJet 3600dn
- Xerox Phaser 6120/N
- HP Color LaserJet 2600n Laser Printer (8 PPM, 600x600 DPI, Colour, 16MB, PC/Mac)
Xerox Phaser 6120n
The Xerox Phaser 6120n is priced low at $499, and delivers better graphics quality than the very similar Konica Minolta MagiColor 2450, which costs $200 more. Like the 2450, the 6120n supports PCL and PostScript. The two models' speeds were nearly identical.
In our tests the 6120n printed text quickly at 14.7 ppm. However, its color graphics speed was a disappointing 1.6 ppm.
Print quality was also a mixed bag. Text was very heavy, with blotchy edges. Color graphics displayed appealing contrast and accurate color, though they were marred by some fine banding. On glossy paper photos appeared somewhat grainy and hazy; however, they remained fairly attractive overall.
The 6120n has a 200-sheet paper tray; you can add a second 500-sheet tray for $299, though it handles only letter-size paper--you have to load envelopes and legal-size paper in the main tray. An optional duplexer will cost you $399.
Xerox rates the life of the 6120n's imaging drum more conservatively than Konica Minolta does for that of the 2450, which contributes to a higher estimated cost per page, for the 6120n, of 2.5 cents for black and 12.7 cents for color.
Installation was quick and easy, thanks in part to Xerox's thorough documentation. The control panel has a two-line LCD for setting networking and paper-handling options.