A big colour laser printer for a small office should have a good turn of speed and plenty of paper capacity, so it can be left to its own devices for weeks on end. Epson's Aculaser C4200DN aims to do both these things, with a claimed top speed of 35ppm and room to load up to 700 sheets at a time.
This is a big machine, which sits tall on the desk and may be best sited on a separate stand. It's not just the height, though, as it's 588mm deep and it's a definite two-man lift at nearly 35kg. Part of the depth is down to the four toner cartridges, which sit in a horizontal line beneath a large grey plastic cover at the back, making them more easily accessible than perhaps any others in a desktop colour laser.
In front of the cartridge section is the paper output slot and at the front of the machine is a simple, but effective, control panel. This features a bitmapped, backlit, multi-line LCD panel; a ring of navigation controls; and start and cancel job buttons.
Below the controls is a 50-sheet, multi-purpose tray, which folds down from the front, and at the bottom is the 550-sheet main paper tray. An optional, second 550-sheet tray is also available, as is a wireless adapter to supplement the USB and 10/100 Ethernet sockets at the back.
Fold down the whole of the front section and you have easy access to the photoconductor drum, fuser unit and transfer belt, all of which need replacing periodically, but at very high yields. Again, the machine is designed for long service life and minimum maintenance.
Software installation takes little time and involves a full Adobe PostScript L3 driver; slightly strangely, PCL 5 and PCL 6 are options. There's support for both Windows and OS X on the supplied CD and Linux and NetWare drivers are available to download.