Xerox Phaser 7100N review

30 Jan 2013

An affordable A3 colour laser with nippy speeds, reasonable running costs and exceptional colour quality

Xerox Phaser 7100N
Price when reviewed 
899
Buy it now for 
5

When it comes to low-cost A3 laser printing, Oki is king of the hill – but now Xerox wants a piece of the action. The latest Phaser 7100N delivers high-resolution, large-format colour printing for less than £800.

It beats Oki’s C822n for speed with a faster 30ppm for colour and mono A4 prints. Xerox doesn’t quote A3 speeds, but we clocked it in the labs at 18ppm – that’s 5ppm faster than the C822n.

Printing costs are similar, with A4 colour and mono pages costing 8.1p and 1.8p – but check out the PagePack contracts, which offer fixed quarterly charges based on your estimated usage and cover consumables and maintenance too.

We like the new toner cartridges: they’re compact, less messy than Oki’s combo units, and much easier to fit. As for capacity, there’s a 250-sheet tray to start with, which can expand with up to three more 550-sheet trays (£254 exc VAT each).

Xerox Phaser 7100N

The 7100N performed well in our speed tests, although you have to be careful which way the paper is stacked. With the long side facing the paper path, a 30-page Word document returned 30ppm; turning the paper through 90 degrees saw this drop to 24ppm.

Our 24-page DTP-style document was produced in Standard mode at 30ppm. Changing the PostScript driver to Photo mode didn’t harm speed; the time to first page for all tests was rarely more than ten seconds.

Output quality won’t disappoint, either. Text was pin sharp across a wide range of font sizes; mono photos delivered high levels of detail; and colour quality was exceptional, with smooth gradients across complex colour fades and no banding in photos.

The 7100N costs £65 more than Oki’s C822n, but this gets you faster print speeds and superior colour quality. With very similar running costs, we have no hesitation in recommending the 7100N as our new favourite A3 colour laser.

Details

Price ex VAT £749
Price inc VAT £899
Performance 6
Features & Design 6
Value for Money 5

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 1200 x 1200dpi
Rated/quoted print speed 30PPM
Maximum paper size A3
Duplex function no

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page 1.8p
Cost per A4 colour page 8.1p

Power and noise

Dimensions 500 x 538 x 406mm (WDH)

Performance tests

Mono print speed (measured) 30.0ppm
Colour print speed 30.0ppm

Media Handling

Input tray capacity 250 sheets
Output tray capacity 150 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? yes
Bluetooth connection? no

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