Launched on Monday, November 7th the Xerox Phaser 7800 range is aimed at office environments demanding high productivity and quality colour reproduction, and at professional creative services such as graphic designers and advertising/ marketing agencies. The Phaser 7800 prints at a maximum speed of 45 pages per minute in both mono and colour and comes with a standard paper capacity of 620 sheets, rising to 3,140 sheets on the 7800DX. A range of finishing options means that the Phaser 7800 can be configured for various tasks up to and including booklet making, which makes it suitable for producing short runs of high-quality drafts, proofs etc in-house.
All three printers in the range come with a built-in duplex unit as standard, and will duplex print on paper up to 256gsm, with the option to increase this to 300gsm by adding a media kit. The Phaser 7800 will actually handle paper up to 350gsm through tray 1 as standard and print on media up to 320 x 1,219mm. Print resolution is up to 1200 x 2400dpi and, for users who are serious about colour matching and calibration, the PhaserMatch 5.0 software (standard on the 7800GX) allows for an unprecedented level of control and consistency over the colour production process.
In today's world, the environmental impact of a printer is just as important as its performance and the Phaser 7800 has a number of features designed to keep its carbon footprint as small as possible. The EA toners use low-melt technology which means that that fusing temperature is up to 20 degrees Celsius lower than in conventional toners, the induction heating fuser uses considerably less power in standby than standard fusers and the Hi-Q LED print engine uses minimal energy while printing.
On paper, at least, the Phaser 7800 looks like a a major improvement on the Phaser 7760, with faster print speeds, more memory, a faster processor, bigger hard drive and so on and so forth. It also seems to stack up well against some of its nearest rivals like the HP CP6015 and Ricoh SP C821, although, at the time of writing, we haven't yet got our hands on one to put it to the test. The Phaser 7760 was a solid and reliable performer so we're optimistic about the potential of the Phaser 7800, although we will be taking a keen interest in how it gets on.
by Anthony Morgan