Summary: If you're looking for a capable, nicely-optioned laser in this price range, avoid this as there are much better and more reliable options out there. We replaced our two failed 3250s with Oki B411dns, which despite costing slightly less have proven to be better in every way.
Pros: Relatively cheap, fast (when it works), comes with both networking and automatic duplexing, fairly-priced consumables
Cons: Not durable at all. We had two of these where I work in light-duty areas (under 500 pages per month average) and both failed before they were two years old. Not long after buying these, I learned I'd been had - these are just cheap Samsung lasers rebranded by Xerox, and in my experience, Samsung's cheaper printers are terrible.
Summary: I have 8 of these running, and will order more as needed. The ethernet setup is easy (for me), it first leases a DHCP address out of the box, then has an intuitive and complete web-based setup from there. These printers just work well, not one failure or problem encountered.
Pros: Quiet, fast, easy setup, reliable. Print quality is perfect. Supplies (toner) is reasonable.
Cons: Very minor quibble: each comes with a piece of plastic supposed to be a duplex cover . . . I've not bothered to learn where it's supposed to go.
Pros: Duplex, good quality copies, toner cartridge price OK
Cons: I purchased 2 of these printers. Both died after about 6k copies when the fuser went bad. I had several toner cartridges so I had to get one fixed at a cost of $200. If you develop a grinding noise you will know its done. The gears in the fuser mechanism disintegrate. Too bad, a nice printer otherwise.
Summary: This $350 Xerox looks strikingly similar to the Samsung ML-2851ND that occasionally sells for under $100. All the core specs are identical. Time will tell, but if that is what it is, then shame on Xerox. We've then been duped. People pay a premium for a Xerox for a reason, not to get an entry-level Samsung. The Samsung is no reliability champ from the reviews here at Newegg. So far, our 3250DN has worked flawlessly.
Summary: Looks extremely similar to the Samsung ML-2851ND (which occasionally sells for under $100). I can't imagine Samsung selling a re-branded Xerox machine for that price. More likely the other way around if that is what is going on.
Pros: Hopefully, this model carries the legendary support that Xerox is famous for with its bigger boys. If so, then the price premium for the Xerox nameplate is worth it. It has all the other Xerox pluses, with strong driver support. We have the DN version of this model, and so far it has been flawless.
Cons: Is this actually made by Xerox, or a re-brand from another maker? See below thoughts.
Summary: This is honestly the worst laser printer I've ever used. It might be okay for personal users (read: people who never have to print more than a couple pages at a time and never more than one thing from the manual tray), but from a business standpoint this thing is near-useless. The manual tray is the absolute worst part of this printer. If you ever do printing involving envelopes or multiple sheets from a manual tray STAY FAR AWAY from this printer.
Pros: *It prints...sometimes.
Cons: *Can only feed one sheet/envelope at a time in manual tray *Jams often *Wrecks direct-printed envelopes, seals them shut (?!) *Lower Tray can be hard to open, manual click-to-open tray pops open whenever you try to open lower tray *Prints from manual tray often come out skewed
Summary: Extremely configurable. Ethernet printing works easily with minimal configuration. The diagnostics printouts (what you get when you hold down the button for a few seconds) have tons of information, including the important stuff like IP and subnet mask.
Pros: Excellent print quality, double-sided printing, looks very clean (no paper trays sticking out), modules plug in easily and look like part of original device. Runs quiet compared to most laser printers. Can handle a several hundred pages at a time without pausing or overheating.
Cons: If you're set up for double-sided printing, the printer will suck pages back in and then out again even if nothing needs to be printed on the back. Also, high-capacity toner carts are pretty expensive (~$105) and there aren't many generic versions available (as opposed to HP brand toner).
Summary: Was a great little printer while it lasted. Fast, clean prints, easy install, I just expect products from both NewEgg and Xerox to perform longer than about 8 or 9 months, especially under very low volume.
Cons: Indicates it requires service in less than a year. The red LED light is illuminated, and won't turn off. I replaced the toner cartridge, changed drivers, etc. The "help" is very limited in what it will tell you is wrong with the printer. A solid LED indicates either a paper jam, no toner, or a critical error. Would have been nice to know it was a critical error prior to purchasing a replacement toner cartridge.
Summary: I work as an IT administrator and have had exposure to many brands over the years. Xerox machines are zero-nonsense. Despite the slightly higher price tag, they are simply the most reliable, durable, and adherent to standards.
Pros: The toner is affordable. The machine is built solidly. At home, I've printed thousands of pages over several months without paper jams or issues. Its double-sided (duplex) printing is wonderful. Networking is robust and Linux and Mac OS X auto-discover the printer instantly. Printer status can be viewed and settings are optionally configurable through a nice web-based configuration interface. Full PostScript 3 and PCL support means that this printer is compatible with...
Cons: Slightly higher price-tag than other printers with similar specs.