Xerox Phaser 860N
At a Glance
The 860N is part of the Tektronix line of printers. In an effort to persuade monochrome laser users to make the leap to color, Tektronix began providing free black ink for the life of the printer several years ago, and Xerox has continued that policy since acquiring Tektronix's printer division. Monochrome users may also be persuaded by the 860N's text quality, which is clean, dark, and even.
The main paper tray doesn't hold legal-size paper, and the auxiliary tray, which can process legal-size, is the hand-fed, single-sheet kind. The 860N has one of the most baffling control panels we've seen--hierarchies have no discernible organization, and the same items sometimes appear under more than one menu. Finally, both color and gray-scale images show a dotty texture and poor detail, while narrow parallel lines overlap and drop out; the prints look like they were made on a low-cost ink jet.