Thu, 28 Jan 2010 Xerox Phaser 7500 review
A very capable A3 printer for both office users and creatives who want quality colour prints
- Manufacturer: Xerox
- Pros: Top-notch output; very fast
- Cons: Finicky driver
- Price: N version £3,171, DN £3,406, DT £3,811, DX £5,051
- Star rating:
New A3+ laser printers for creatives appear less often than they used to: as manufacturers focus on bargainous A4 models for undemanding office workers.
So it’s easy to see why Xerox’s Phaser 7500 sparked our interest, especially as it’s the successor to the Phaser 7400, a model we once used here at Macworld. The 7500 offers fast, exceptional output and is the best on the market. However, it’s not without its idiosyncrasies, and one of its headline features, Color By Words, is only indirectly relevant to you.
As you’d expect from an A3+ model, the Phaser 7500 is as small, light and aerodynamically designed as a fridge. It’s available in four configurations from the base N model to the top-of-the-line DX model, which offers more trays than your local Burger King and can hold up to 2,100 sheets. You can keep it to yourself by attaching it by USB, or you can stick it on your network using Gigabit Ethernet.
And so we come to the printing. Pages appear rapidly, and the quality from the 1,200 x 1,200dpi print engine is incredible for a laser printer. It prints on heavier media than some rivals (up to 280gsm) and up to banner size. Colours are accurate and there’s a wide enough colour gamut for creating ‘near-enough’ proofs of many Pantone colours. It’s fast too, with type rendered swiftly by a true – rather than emulated – Adobe PostScript 3 engine.
One unusual feature is the Color By Words colour control tool. This is a colour-matching technology that lets users modify the colours in the printer’s output simply by using words from drop-down lists, so for example, you can make skin tones warmer. This could be useful if you work alongside non-creative types who need their presentations pepped up, as you can point them at Color By Words and let them do it themselves.
One downside of the printer is that the auto-tray system can be a little temperamental, so you’ll need to mark specific trays for specific paper sizes and create presets for them.