Fuji Xerox Phaser 3125/N review: Fuji Xerox Phaser 3125/N

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Compact design. Incredibly quick. Very readable, clear text.

The Bad Lacklustre styling. Printer is a bit rough on pages. Poor image quality.

The Bottom Line Even though it won't set hearts on fire with its bland exterior, the Fuji Xerox Phaser 3125/N will impress with its speedy monochrome laser prints and good print quality.

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7.7 Overall

As a small, portable monochrome laser printer for the home or small office, the Fuji Xerox Phaser 3125/N is a cost-effective proposition at AU$299, capable of delivering quality text prints. Even so, do be aware that image quality (like on many lasers) is fairly poor, and you'll have to live with the dull box-like styling sitting somewhere on your workspace.

The design of the Phaser is utilitarian — spartan, even — shaped more like a box than anything else. Encased in off-white plastic with a gentle indentation at the top, the 3125/N measures 35.8cm wide by 25.3cm high by 29.8cm deep and weighs a tiny 8.9kg. Its relatively small size means that it will sit comfortably on a desktop without intruding too much — though its rather plain exterior will probably put you off keeping it next to you on your desk.

There is very little else to mention about the design apart from the power switch, which is located on the right-hand side of the unit, next to the power cord, and the status light/ready button at the top right.

All consumables (paper tray, toner) are accessible from the front of the unit, with the paper tray extending out from the bottom of the printer.

Alongside the standard USB 2.0 and parallel port connectivity, the 3125/N is a network ready printer with 10/100Base-TX Ethernet. There's 32MB of internal memory inside the machine as well.

The input paper tray can hold up to 250 pages at a time, while the output paper tray at the top can hold 100 pages. Provided in the box is a quick installation guide, two CDs with print drivers for Windows (Vista/XP) and Mac, the printer itself, a series of power cables for different regions and a USB cable.

Fuji Xerox claims that the 3125/N can spit out 24 pages per minute at top speed — let's see if this claim holds up in our performance tests.

The initial set-up was a relatively easy process. The eight-step (printed) guide made light work of plugging everything in and getting the installation underway. As for the software, it took around three minutes to get everything installed and set up.

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