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Xerox Phaser 3600VN review: Xerox Phaser 3600VN

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The Good Very fast print speed; Great quality text output; Low running costs; Impressive performance with graphics.

The Bad Some slight banding on large blocks of grey.

The Bottom Line The Xerox Phaser 3600VN is one of the fastest and cheapest monochrome printers to run. It also produces great quality text and graphics output, making it a wise buy for busy offices.

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8.8 Overall

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Sometimes all you want from a printer is for it to reliably churn out page after page and not cost you a fortune in ink while doing so.

If this is the type of model you're after, then the Xerox Phaser 3600VN looks like a pretty good option. Priced from £310 online, it promises to quickly rattle off pages, while delivering very low running costs. So does it make good on its promises?

Design

In a world full of boring black business laser printers, the white and dark blue colour scheme that Xerox has used on the 3600VN is a refreshing change. Other than this, the design is quite traditional, as it's essentially a tall square box with a paper-in tray at the bottom and a paper-out tray at the top.

The right-hand side of this model houses a simple two-line monochrome display, along with just six buttons to navigate the menus and cancel or start print jobs. The screen is very small, but the menus are quite flat, so they're easy to find your way around. Anyway, you mostly control the printer using its software panel on your computer.

The cassette-style paper-in tray at the bottom can handle up to 500 sheets at a time, while pulling open a flap just above this reveals a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray, which is handy for printing envelopes and other odd-sized items.

The paper-out tray is formed from a cutaway at the top of the machine and can cope with up to 250 sheets at a time. There's also an additional 500-sheet feeder available as an add-on, so this model can grow with your needs.

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It won't win any design awards but at least it's not another identikit black box.

Installation

Set-up is pretty straightforward. Before you can power-up this model, you need to remove the toner cartridge from its bag, give it a little shake to evenly distribute the toner within the cartridge and then slide it into a slot found behind a flip-up panel at the top of the printer.

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