Printers: It's A Colorful World

Networked color printing for the office keeps getting cheaper and simpler, putting it within reach of even small businesses and tiny workgroups within enterprises. The best low-cost entry choice is the Xerox (XRX ) Phaser 8200, starting at $1,669 (net of a $230 rebate) with built-in networking.

The Phaser 8200 uses solid ink rather than the plastic toner used in laser printers. The resulting print can have a slightly waxy feel, but colors are more vibrant than on lasers. The 8200 prints 16 pages per minute in either monochrome or color.

The Xerox Phaser 6250, starting at $2,299 for a networked version, prints 26 pages per minute in color or monochrome. The similarly priced HP (HPQ ) LaserJet 4600 is 35% slower. If you can settle for less speed, the HP LaserJet 2500, starting at $1,399, offers 16 pages per minute in monochrome and 4 ppm in color. This market may be shaken up later this fall when Samsung enters with the CLP-500, which is expected to be priced aggressively.

By Stephen H. Wildstrom

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