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The price of a mono laser printer is linked to one thing above all others: speed. As the speed increases, the price rises steeply, so if you need 30ppm or above, you're likely to have to pay £200 or so. Xerox's 33ppm Phaser 3435 is over £100 more than that, though, so what does the extra buy?
Decked out in midnight blue and cream, the printer has conventional, if slightly sharper, lines than most of its competitors. A raised, blue collar around its top holds a simple control panel with a backlit, 2-line by 16-character LCD display and a circular pad of six buttons, for job control and menu navigation.
Set into the front panel is a multipurpose feed that can take up to 50 sheets of paper at up to 163gsm, or envelopes. Below this is a 250-sheet, A4 paper tray, which seems a rather low capacity for a machine designed to print fast and with a duty cycle of 80,000 pages. A second paper tray is available as an option, but this also has a capacity of 250 sheets, so the printer can take a maximum of just 600 sheets.
At the back are three data sockets, for USB, 10/100 Ethernet and legacy parallel connections.
As standard, the Phaser 3435 comes with both PCL 6 and Postscript Level 3 page description languages, making it suitable for a wide variety of applications, but it also supports a good range of operating systems. In addition to Windows and OS X, Xerox can provide drivers for Linux, in Fedora Core 1-4, Mandrake 9.2-10.1, Red Hat 8-9 and SUSE 8.2-9.2 varieties.
Unusually the Xerox installer asks that you connect the machine before running the software. Installation goes smoothly though and the printer was running within a few minutes of connection.