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Xerox Phaser 3400N Review
Xerox's Phaser 3400N is a discontinued laser printer offering a featureset largely outmatched by newer models, making it a difficult sell for all but personal use (and even then, you're likely better off choosing a new model with less wear and easier part replacement, if needed later on).
The printer measures 20" by 18" by 20" and weighs a very manageable 35.5 lbs, making it easy to transport and easy to place alongside other equipment on a desk or another similar piece of furniture. If desired, it would also sit comfortably on a credenza or another similar working surface.
The printer produces documents at a resolution of 600 by 600 DPI or at 1200 DPI, consistent with most other black and white laser printers. Some newer models can produce documents at resolutions approximating 2400 dpi or higher, however.
The printer has a substantial paper input capacity of 650 sheets split across one 100 sheet bypass feeder and one 550 sheet tray, which can be expanded to 1200 sheets by adding another 550 sheet feeder. It also has a 100 sheet face up output and a 250 sheet face down output. This will allow you to install at least one ream of paper at all times, more than enough for most users of a model like this one on a daily basis given its slow print speed.
The printer includes support for CentreWare Printer Management as well as an Embedded Web Server, allowing for easy remote print management if needed when working in a network environment.
The printer includes a bi-directional parallel port as well as a USB port and a 10/100 Base-TX Internal Ethernet Card, making it easy to interface the printer either in workgroups, with newer PCs and Macs, or with legacy systems. Users with legacy PCs and no network environment may want to consider a printer like this one as it will allow for easy configuration on now-unsupported systems.
The printer furthers its legacy compatibility by including built-in support for PostScript 3, PCL6, PCL5e, Epson, and IBM ProPrinter emulation and including 45 scalable fonts and 1 PCL bitmap font resident. Users still working with DOS applications and in environments that need these will likely find this hugely useful, as this is a set of features not necessarily available on newer printers.
The printer offers support for N-up printing, watermarked documents, toner saving modes, booklet printing, and poster printing.
The printer is compatible with a variety of environments, including Windows from 9X onwards, Mac OS from 8.6 onwards, and various flavors of Linux.
The printer produces pages at a maximum speed of 17 pages per minute and with a first page out of 12 seconds, which puts it below the industry standard speed of 20 pages per minute and well below the speeds offered by newer models of upwards of 40-60 pages per minute. Users who produce large documents on a regular basis are bound to find this exceptionally frustrating, making this printer likely undesirable for any environment that would be putting it through its paces.
Automatic duplex printing is not available on this model, not are other sophisticated finishing modes that can be found on newer workgroup printers.
The printer ships with 16MB of RAM expandable to 80MB, well under what some newer models ship with and can be expanded to. If efficiency is a goal, again, this printer may not be your top choice.
Users of newer systems may need to seek out drivers online, as the included drivers disc likely will not include support for newer operating systems. Furthermore, the printer only ships with a power cord but not a data cable or an ethernet cable, requiring that you get one separately. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it is worth considering when getting ready to set up your printer.
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