Xerox Phaser 790 – Thin Wallets Are Too Common

by garrett on March 12, 2009

A friend of mine who works with the developmentally disabled recently asked me to review the Xerox Phaser 790 printer. Her agency is pretty small so they don’t have a lot of capital to invest in office equipment. What I found is that this model has been discontinued but can still be found in refurbished or off-lease condition from some online retailers. I also discovered the Xerox Phaser 790 toner is excellent and wallet-friendly.

I found that one of the biggest assets for my friend was the cost of the 790. Purchasing a refurbished model with extended warranty would allow more of their meagre budget to go directly towards the clients.  The quality of worksheets created is very important to this agency, but it is sometimes forced to take a backseat to budgetary realities.

Reading the literature I found that the print speeds are not laser fast, but they are more than adequate for the needs of the agency. The Phaser is rated at 6 colour and 11 PPM black and white. Since the printer would mainly be used to create eye-catching worksheets for lessons that was suitable for this location.

Another feature in the Phaser 790’s favour was the fact that it has a 400 page capacity, allowing staff to focus their time on working with the individuals they are supporting, rather than refilling the print trays. As anyone who has ever worked for a non-profit knows, the only thing that employees have less of than money is time.

The ability to store commonly accessed documents was listed by my friend as being important. This would allow for informational pamphlets and marketing materials to literally be at the fingertips of staff. The standard 6 GB hard drive of the Phaser provided staff with the ability to store documents on the printer for multiple or delayed printing. This is also handy for when a client loses a worksheet, so that learning is not overly disrupted by staff having to leave the group unattended to reprint materials.

The Phaser’s network connectivity would have been groundbreaking in its day, but by the current standards it is woefully lacking. The only inputs are from an internal NIC and serial port. The Phaser has no USB ports or PictBridge support. Although, not common uses for my friend’s agency these features are becoming necessary by most businesses.

The other major con faced by the Phaser was the fact that it could only be purchased as used or refurbished. While this created a pro in the area of cost, receiving service would be difficult and costly. If the agency bought off of an inscrutable dealer or got a defective model the costs could quickly overtake the savings.

Ultimately, I chose to recommend the Phaser 790. The reason for giving my approval was because I knew the printer was going to be a short-term salve to carry the agency through until a long-term solution could be found, and because a local electronics refurbished had a very discounted price on the printer as well as the toner for the Phaser 790. For more information, check out our site http://www.qtoner.us.

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