GCC Elite 21
There are three versions of the Elite 21. The DN version that we tested has a built-in duplex function to enable double-sided printing. The next model up has double the memory at 64MB, the same duplex feature plus a 4GB hard drive for holding spooled print jobs. The real bargain though is the base model that doesn’t include the duplex or other features, but costs just £999. It can still print at a healthy rate, but you don’t pay for frills that aren’t needed. The claimed speedy printing is fast. At a rate of 21 pages per minute, the sheets fly out. If you’re used to printing on a colour laser this will be a shock, as most colour lasers are sluggish even when only printing in monochrome. If you currently use an ink-jet printer, the speed will spin your head. Colour lasers often forget the mono needs of a user. The Elite 21 has enhanced half-toning that makes even photographs look good in monochrome. GCC also has an A3 printer, though not quite as fast as this model.
The DN version of the Elite 21 has a duplex unit attached, which makes it ideal for the small- to medium-sized office. The speed is enough to satisfy most busy offices, and fast enough that graphics pros won’t hold up the print queue. I’d still recommend looking at colour options depending on what you want from your printer. Home offices may well be better off with a sturdy ink-jet printer, and the graphics crowd might push for a colour. But for just about every other office, the Elite 21 DN will fit the bill.