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Affordability has finally caught up with performance in laser printers. Does that make you "it"?

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Twenty minutes. That's how long it took to get going--fromopening the box until we were printing a test sheet from theSamsung ML-1651N networkable laser printer. Not too shabby. You canexpect to get a good degree of user-friendliness when dealing withmost of the lasers on the market, even when you take the extra stepof tying them into your network. Congratulations, you're onewire away from sharing a printer.

The days of working in an office that looks like an inkjet ranchor spending a Bill Gatesian ransom on a laser printer are gone.Growing businesses can now choose from a herd of affordablemonochrome lasers to meet their workgroup printing needs. Benefitsof going this route include low consumables costs, fast printoutsand robust duty cycles. One disadvantage is lack of color, butthat's still not a requirement for most business printing. Forthe sake of comparison, the one exception in this (rticle is theXerox Phaser 8200. We'll give you more on that later. No matterwhat, a good laser will look like Charles Atlas compared to youraverage inkjet.

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