Model: Fuji-Xerox Phaser 3125N
Rating: 8 out of 10
Price: $199 inc. GST

The Phaser 3125N from Fuji-Xerox is one of the few network-ready printers available for under $200 and although its styling is a bit plain, it has it all where it counts.

The 3125N is one of the faster models on the market rated at up to 24ppm (pages per minute) however in practice, it’s quite a bit faster than most of the competition. Using our 10-page text-only Microsoft Word document, the 3125N took just 32.22seconds to pump out all ten pages – more than 10seconds faster than most of the units we’ve recently tested.

It features 1200dpi print resolution and comes with 32MB of on-board memory, four times more than most budget models.

Unfortunately, our test unit came with two driver CDs but neither of them would install into Windows 7, necessitating the download of a 28MB driver file from the Fuji-Xerox website. While it is a bit pricey at $199, you’re getting Fast Ethernet connectivity along with USB and parallel printer port – this last one is about as rare as hen’s teeth these days.

Running costs are also impressive with a 3000-page toner cartridge setting you back around $112 or about four-cents per page, which is quite decent for a sub-$200 printer.

As for print quality, while text was as good as we expected, there was some minor banding on photo prints so wouldn’t be our first choice if that was high on your list of priorities. But for a small business looking for a networkable printer that’s cheap to run as it is fast, the 3125N would be a reasonable option.

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