Pros: Great quality, very solid. We bought it largely to print calendars with big color photos on bright white, heavy, plain paper, and we are very impressed. We won't be working it hard until Christmastime, but so far so good. We got aftermarket toners that work great and are very economical. Network setup was very easy. If we ever need to use PostScript, it's there.
Cons: For my uses, I have no complaints, but it's a brute, which might be a con for some people. For a home printer, it's very heavy, and, as others have reported, when it prints the lights dim. Also, like most printers I've seen, it appears that the list price is inflated for the purpose of making you think you are getting a great deal when it goes on sale. Seriously, these should only be purchased at half off or better. And OEM toner is outrageous.
but it is really working great. We use it at my wife's childcare business
27 July 2014
Summary: I got SO tired of buying ink. Then you try buying knock-off ink and it spills all over the place. This is my first color laser, but it is really working great. We use it at my wife's childcare business, and the staff prints off lots of coloring pages for the kids, and all kinds of color marketing material. I have no complaints at all. This thing is very heavy, and I actually like that. Sturdy. Plasticky ink jet printers always feel like junk.
Summary: Very nice printer, easy to install and get working. The toner isn't prohibitively expensive to replace unlike some units. The picture quality is excellent for a printer in this price range. I also like the paper feed bypass, and the internal duplexing which has worked perfectly. Unlike an ink jet printer, this printer can sit for a long period, then start up and produce perfect copies without needing the heads cleaned or replaced. It's fast too.
Summary: - I was fed up with paying for ink-jet refills, so I did some research and bought this for the family for Christmas and started using in January 2013. -- With two school age children, an adult in a Master's program, and an engineer we go through a fair amount of ink (toner now). -- I replaced the first cartridge early this year: the black cartridge. - I actually saved the entire cost of the printer in NOT buying ink for the ink-jet.
Summary: Be mindful, this is a heavy printer. Check to make sure your table can handle the weight ... the double sided printing of this unit saves gobs of time!
Pros: I took this out of the box (two sets of hands required!) plopped it onto the table, zipped the shipping tabs out (and there were LOTS!), powered it up, set it up for the network and phone system and POOF! I was up in running, Total install time, 20 mins. Setup was intuitive. If you are doing this on your own, BEND YOUR KNEES when lifting, it is rather heavy. It does great on pictures and BW.
Summary: Linux Compatibility: Works with Linux/CUPS. I was a little hesitant since this printer wasn't listed on openprinting.org, and similar listings didn't have a "works perfectly" rating. This is probably because Xerox's printer utility programs don't run on Unix/Linux. It doesn't matter however since all printer functions can be viewed and configured through the web interface or on the LCD panel. As with all postscript printers under Linux, no driver is required.
Summary: If I were stuck with using the Xerox brand of ink refills, I might have a different overall opinion. Those Xerox refills are 4 X the cost of the aftermarket brand.
Pros: Nice copy. Fast enough for small office. Reliable. Great price when on sale. (I bought two of them.) Cheap refills available, so the cost of operation is reasonable. No need for repair so far, and I have been using them a lot in my office for about 9mos.
Cons: Heavy and a bit noisy when running. Doesn't do wonderful color photo printing.