Demand for networked color laser printers continues to grow. They offer high-resolution, crisp text, and vivid colors, and are playing a greater role in businesses. But they face challenges: high-performance and lower cost inkjet printers and a weak economy that caused companies to look for ways to cut print costs or allocate those costs to departments. And there's still a big market for black and white printers. Most printers now meet Energy Star standards, which means energy efficiency isn't a
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The Xerox Phaser 7760/DX--which has two lower-priced siblings--targets enterprise users with color-intensive, graphics printing needs. The 7760/DN, which starts at $4,899 after $600 rebate, does not include built-in PhaserMatch 4.0 Color Matching software, although it is available as an option, and the 7760/GX, listing for $5,299 after $1,300 rebate, can manage up to 2,150 sheets of paper and includes the color-matching software. For its part, the Xerox Phaser 7760/DX includes the PhaserMatch color-matching and calibration software, and a black trapping feature to enhance the appearance of documents printed on dark backgrounds with light inks. CentreWare Internet Services network Web administration tools allow users to manage, configure, troubleshoot the device from any computer, and the printer learns when users begin and end their day in order to shut-down and restart to save energy, according to Xerox.
Price: $5,499 (after $1,400 rebate)
Paper capacity: 3,150 sheets
Paper trays: Two, optional three more
Duplex printing: Yes
Monthly duty cycle: 150,000
B&W print speed: 45 ppm
Color print speed: 35 ppm
Max. print resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi
Time to first page: 6 seconds
Environmental features: Energy Star
Designed for: Departments
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