Xerox Phaser 4400N

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  • Editors' rating
    8.5 Excellent
  • $1,319.00
  • Average user rating

Pros

  • Solid text and graphics output;
  • simple setup;
  • clear documentation;
  • wide range of drivers;
  • more affordable non-network model available.

Cons

  • A bit pricey.

As monochrome laser printers go, the 1,200dpi Xerox Phaser 4400 is a heavy-duty, networkable printing machine. It churns out professional-quality text and graphics at lightning speeds, and it requires little or no knowledge to use -- its high-capacity toner cartridge is particularly easy to replace. Also, ample drivers and clear documentation allow companies, with or without IT support, to set up and operate this printer across a multitude of PC and network platforms. This printer can handle large, busy corporate environments, yet it doesn't take a network administrator to master its simple menu-driven user controls. This simplicity makes it ideal for small, networked businesses -- as long as they can swing the expense.

As monochrome laser printers go, the 1,200dpi Xerox Phaser 4400 is a heavy-duty, networkable printing machine. It churns out professional-quality text and graphics at lightning speeds, and it requires little or no knowledge to use -- its high-capacity toner cartridge is particularly easy to replace. Also, ample drivers and clear documentation allow companies, with or without IT support, to set up and operate this printer across a multitude of PC and network platforms. This printer can handle large, busy corporate environments, yet it doesn't take a network administrator to master its simple menu-driven user controls. This simplicity makes it ideal for small, networked businesses -- as long as they can swing the expense.

Design
Behind the Xerox Phaser 4400's light-beige case and gentle lines hides a serious business printer. This heavyweight can support a duty cycle of up to 150,000 pages per month, but its uncomplicated setup means that no network administrator is required. To install the printer, just pop in the print cartridge, load the paper tray, attach any optional devices and connect the cables; then install the drivers and the application software for your operating system. The 4400N/DT/DX models provide a parallel port and a USB 2.0 port for local connections, as well as an Ethernet port for network operation (the 4400B model offers everything but the Ethernet port). An installation poster walks you through the general setup, and a 37-page setup and quick-reference guide delves into more detail, although you may not need it. Should you require assistance, the Phaser 4400 ships with three CDs containing documentation, drivers and network management to help you install the printer on just about any standalone PC or network. Estimated retail prices for the 4400 range from £780 (ex. VAT) to £1,870 (ex. VAT), depending on the selected model. The 4400N reviewed here retails for £900 (ex. VAT) -- hardly a problem for high-volume corporations, although the price might deter some network-ready small businesses.

Features
Since Xerox designed the 4400N to be a powerful workhorse, the printer doesn't come stuffed full of fancy features and extras. The 4400N has a 550-sheet paper tray by default, but you can expand the printer's paper-handling capacity by adding two 550-sheet trays for a total of 1,650 sheets, along with other options such as a 500-sheet stacker (with offset to separate jobs). That done, the printer can simultaneously handle print jobs from a variety of sources on the network and keep those jobs separate for each user. The unusually deep paper-output tray will easily hold a full ream of paper -- impressive. The printer's user-friendly control panel is a four-line menu on the unit’s small LCD. You control the printer with just three main keys (Up, Down, and OK). Graphics workers will appreciate the 4400N's Adobe PostScript 3 (with PCL 5e and 6 emulation) support, which provides precise image and text rendering. The Phaser 4400 runs on a single, easy-to-install, black toner cartridge; you can replace an exhausted cartridge in less than 30 seconds and continue printing without a hitch. Simply open the front panel, and exchange cartridges. Both 10,000-page (£104.91 ex. VAT) and 15,000-page (£129.18 ex. VAT) toner cartridges are available, although the latter is the better value. Many other high-yield toner cartridges fall within this price range.

Performance
In our performance tests, the 1,200dpi Phaser 4400 acquitted itself well. It delivered squeaky-clean text output at a perky 19 pages per minute (ppm), although not all of the lettering came out perfectly crisp and sharp. Printing mixed text and graphics results took a little longer, at 12.5ppm, but the results looked equally attractive. Sharp images achieved great contrast; the images contained a little flaking that was scarcely noticeable to the naked eye. In short, the 4400 is fast and clean enough to handle whatever printing demands you throw at it. Compared to other laser printers ZDNet has reviewed, the 4400N is the fastest performer so far. But keep in mind that, until recently, we have primarily reviewed non-networkable laser printers, and the performance most likely reflect this. As we publish more reviews of low-cost workgroup printers, you'll see more balanced performance across the board.

Service & suppport
Xerox backs its Phaser 4400 family with a full, one-year on-site warranty that you can extend for an additional two (£175 ex. VAT) or three (£258 ex. VAT) years. Xerox also provides free telephone support, which is free under warranty; after the warranty expires, you must pay a fee per incident. The three included CDs also provide a wide variety of help. The Interactive Documentation CD contains a setup video to help get you started, along with a number of PDF guides such as Setup, Features, Trays & Paper, Networking, Troubleshooting and Support. The Printer Installer And Utilities CD contains drivers for most operating systems, including Windows 9x/ME, Windows NT 4.x, Windows 2000/XP, Mac OS 8/9/X 10.1 and Novell NetWare 3. x/4.x/5.x/6.x. The Advanced Printer Management Tools CD provides a series of resources, such as Xerox CentreWare Printer Management for Microsoft, Novell and Unix; CentreWare Internet Services; and CentreWare Web Administrator, designed to help system administrators configure and manage the 4400. The Xerox Web site offers extensive product support for the 4400, including updated drivers and software, as well as a knowledge base and a FAQ that can resolve many common issues. An online PhaserSMART diagnostic tool uses the unit's IP address to automatically verify your printer's network connection and run a set of basic diagnostics. A selection of PDF manuals, guides and instruction sheets cover topics from setup to troubleshooting. There's even a selection of Macromedia Flash videos to walk you through common installation and setup procedures.

Specifications

General
Printer Type Workgroup printer - laser - monochrome
Form Factor Desktop
Power Device
Voltage Required Margin ± 6%
Type power supply
Nominal Voltage AC 120 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 525 Watt
Form Factor integrated
Printer
Technology laser
Print Speed Up to 26 ppm - B/W
Built-in Devices status LCD
Connectivity Technology wired
Interface Parallel, USB, LAN
Max Resolution ( B&W ) 1200 dpi
Media Type bond paper, cards, envelopes, labels, plain paper, transparencies
Media Sizes 3 in x 5 in, A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), Statement (5.5 in x 8.5 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in), B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in), A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in), Folio (8.5 in x 13 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), JIS B5 (7.17 in x 10.12 in), Folio (8.5 in x 13 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), JIS B5 (7.17 in x 10.12 in), Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Statement (5.5 in x 8.5 in), Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
PostScript Support standard
Language Simulation PCL 5E, PCL 6, PostScript 3
Total Media Capacity 650 sheets
Fonts Included 39 x PostScript
81 x PCL
Printer Features optional duplex
Type workgroup printer
Max H-Document Size 8.5 m
Max V-Document Size 14 in
Min Media Weight 60 g/m2
Max Media Weight 216 g/m2
Networking
Networking Print server - plug-in module, Print server
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
Connectivity Technology wired
Processor
Processor 266 MHz
Clock Speed 266 MHz
Power
Compliant Standards CSA, UL
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 20 Watt
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 525 Watt
Miscellaneous
Color White
TAA Compliant Yes
RAM
RAM Installed ( Max ) 64 MB / 256 MB (max)
Installed Size 64 MB
Max Supported Size 256 MB
Hard Drive
Type none
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
ENERGY STAR Yes
Printing
Max Resolution B/W 1200 dpi
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm) 26 ppm
System Requirements
OS Required Apple MacOS 8.x, Apple MacOS 9.x, Novell NetWare 4.x, Novell NetWare 3.x, Novell NetWare 4.x, Novell NetWare 5.x, Novell NetWare 5.x, Novell NetWare 6.x, SCO Unix, Novell NetWare 6.x, SCO Unix, SGI Irix, SGI Irix, SunOS, SunOS 4.1 or later, SunSoft Solaris 2.4 , SunSoft Solaris 2.4 or later, UNIX, Apple MacOS X 10.1, HP-UX 11.x, IBM AIX 4.2 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP, Linux, Microsoft Windows 95/98, Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0, Microsoft Windows 95/98, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Novell NetWare 3.x, Microsoft Windows XP
Media Handling
Max Media Size (Custom) 8.5 in x 14 in
Media Weight 60 g/m2 - 216 g/m2
Max Media Capacity 1750 sheets
Media Type Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, cards, bond paper, Envelopes, labels, plain paper, cards, bond paper
Total Media Capacity 650 sheets
Media Sizes Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in), A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in), Folio (8.5 in x 13 in), JIS B5 (7.17 in x 10.12 in), Statement (5.5 in x 8.5 in), 3 in x 5 in
Duty Cycle
Monthly Duty Cycle (max) 150000 pages
Cartridge / Printhead Included Qty 1
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Humidity Range Operating 15 - 85%
Sound Emission 67 dBA
Copier
Copier Type none
Document & Media Handling
Media Type Class envelopes, other, film / transparencies, other, plain paper, plain paper
Media Size Class A4/Legal
Max Media Capacity 500 sheets
Header
Brand Xerox
Product Line Xerox Phaser
Model 4400N
Localization English
Country Kits United States
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility Mac, PC, Unix
Interface Required
Connector Type 36 pin Centronics, 4 pin USB Type B, RJ-45
Type LAN, USB, parallel
Total Qty 1, 1, 1
Office Machine
Type printer
Functions printer
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class) 100,000 pages and more
Monthly Duty Cycle (max) 150000 pages
Printing Technology laser
Printing Output Type monochrome
Dimensions & Weight
Depth 17.3 in
Width 16.6 in
Height 16.3 in
Weight 55.12 lbs
Expansion Bays
Type internal
Total Qty 1
Free Qty 1
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Expansion Slots
Type memory
Total Qty 1
Free Qty 0
Type expansion slot
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty, technical support, technical support
Service Included phone consulting, web knowledge base access
Full Contract Period 1 year
Location on-site
Slot Required
Type none
Software
Type Drivers & Utilities
Printer Output
Max Speed 26 ppm
Output Quality B/W
Printer Media
Media Load Type automatic, automatic
Media Feeder Qty 1, 1
Media Feeder Max Format Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Media Feeder Capacity 100 sheets, 550 sheets
PC Connectivity
PC Connection LAN, USB, parallel
Printer Fonts
Font Included Type PCL, PostScript
Fonts Included Qty 39, 81

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