Best Buy
  • Price: 2699 . 2899 . 3244 . 4299

  • Company: Xerox

  • Pros: Top-notch output; fast.

  • Cons: Finicky driver.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 9 out of 10 We rate this 9 out of 10

New A3+ laser printers for designers appear less often than they used to: makers focus on bargainous A4 models for undemanding office workers. It’s easy to see why Xerox’s Phaser 7500 sparked our interest, especially as it’s the successor to the Phaser 7400, a model we once used here at Digital Arts.

The 7500 offers fast, exceptional output and is the best on the market, though it’s not without idiosyncrasies, and one of its headline features is only indirectly relevant to you.

New A3+ laser printers for designers appear less often than they used to: makers focus on bargainous A4 models for undemanding office workers. It’s easy to see why Xerox’s Phaser 7500 sparked our interest, especially as it’s the successor to the Phaser 7400, a model we once used here at Digital Arts. The 7500 offers fast, exceptional output and is the best on the market, though it’s not without idiosyncrasies, and one of its headline features is only indirectly relevant to you.

As you’d expect from an A3+ model, the Phaser 7500 is as small, light and aerodynamically designed as a fridge. It’s available in configurations from the base N model to the top-of-the-line DX model with more trays than your local Burger King. You can keep it to yourself by attaching it by USB, or you can stick it on your network using gigabit ethernet.

And then there’s the printing. Pages appear rapidly, and the quality from the 1,200 x 1,200dpi print engine is incredible for a laser printer. Colours are accurate and there’s a wide enough colour gamut for creating ‘near-enough’ proofs of many Pantone colours. It’s fast too, with type rendered swiftly by a true – rather than emulated – Adobe PostScript
3 engine.

One unusual feature is Print By Words, which lets you modify the colours in the printer’s output using words from dropdown lists, so for example, you can make skin tones ping. This is useful if you work alongside non-creative types who their presentations pepped up, as you can point them at Print By Words and let them do it themselves.

One downside is that the auto-tray system can be stroppy, so you’ll need to mark specific trays for specific paper sizes and create presets for them.

Overall, though, the Phaser 7500 is a truly excellent laser printer, and well worth investing in.