If you want a fast color laser printer for Macs or PCs in a small office, reviewers say the Xerox Phaser 6360DN is your best choice. Testers do not dispute Xerox's claim that it can output about 42 pages per minute (ppm) -- some say it's the fastest color printer they've encountered. With that speed, however, comes print quality that's no better than average, reviewers say. Experts say it's expensive to run, with pricey replacement toner. The maximum monthly duty is 100,000 pages, more than double that of a one-person budget printer like the Dell Color Laser 2130cn (Discontinued), but still not up to the abuse of an office numbering dozens of employees. Included is a one-year onsite warranty -- a bonus since the Xerox color laser printer weighs nearly 80 pounds.
Better Buys For Business tests and reviews virtually every major-brand printer, and you can get a free online trial subscription to read its reports. We found good coverage at PCMag.com, and no registration is needed. PrinterShowcase.com is a retailer website, but the review is objective enough and makes some critical analysis. CRN.com, geared toward retailers, is also useful in getting a sense of the 6360DN's capabilities.
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Almost every major-brand printer, including the Xerox Phaser 6360DN, gets an individual report based on extensive testing. A subscription is required to see them, or you can buy the full report from the business-to-business publisher.
Review: Color Laser Printer & Business Ink Jet Printer Guides, Editors of Better Buys For Business
PCMag.com tests most major-brand printers, and the Xerox Phaser 6360DN gets an Editors' Choice award. The gist is that the print quality is slightly below average, but it's the "fastest color laser we've ever tested," reviewer M. David Stone says.
Review: Xerox Phaser 6360DN, M. David Stone, May 22, 2007
This is the website of an online retailer, which reduces credibility, because Printer Showcase doesn't review what it doesn't sell. But not every printer gets an Editor's Choice rating like the Xerox Phaser 6360 does. Despite its high rating, the Phaser 6360 gets dinged for high operating costs.
Review: Xerox Phaser 6360 Series, Editors of Printer Showcase, March 29, 2007
CRN.com publishes articles and reviews aimed at sellers of technology products. While the intention here is to give dealers an idea of whether to carry a product to sell, the reviews are substantively similar to reviews directly oriented to consumers. Print speed and quality are tested, but little information about quality is actually revealed in this review of the Xerox Phaser 6360DN. Comparisons are general.
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