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Our requirements are:

1. Three paper trays, multiple sizes
2. 1000-2000 Sheet tray
3. 256-512 mb RAM
4. HDD Cache
5. Four color
6. Network 10/100 (though Gigabit would be nice)
7. Duplex all paper sources
8. Heavy weight paper (110 lb index at least)
9. Letter, Legal, (oversize 12x18 would be nice)

Not so exact requirements:

1. Fast, fast, fast
2. Reliable
3. Laser (although really high quality LED should work)
4. Production quality (laser should imply that, but you never know)
5. Cost is, of course, always a factor - though not as much as one would think in this case - I need
   something that works!
6. Since I'm the NetAdmin (bofh), I have to deal with this thing afterwards (see #5)

Have tried the HP 8500C, but not happy with speed. Have tried the OKI 9400, but not happy with color output quality.

There's got to be a solution to this. Has anyone else out there had really good experience with a particular printer?
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Only one choice: the Xerox Phaser 7700

The quality is the best of any laser on the market. Very fine halftoning, with a subtle gloss. It runs up to 1200 dpi, but best photo quality is at 600 x 600, with 256 spot sizes.

It is FAST (22 ppm Letter/A4) with a 500 MHz processor. I have seen it process 190MB and print a duplexed A3 page in 1'13". Standard RAM is 128 MB. I do not recommend anything above 256MB (max is 512) as you'll just be wasting money without any visible improvement (this is a PostScript printer and does not suffer from RAM issues like PCL). It supports up to 4 trays (max 2500 sheets plus Multi Purpose Tray) and a Stacker/Stapler if you want it.

As standard it duplexes (from all trays except the MPT). It comes with 10/100BaseT and handles up to 220 gsm (don't know how that compares to US weights - they're way too complex for mere mortals). It handles up to 13x18" (I think - oversize anyway). Hard disk is standard - useful mostly for collating multi-page, multi-copy jobs.

It is, of course, 4-colour, Pantone certified and has a number of built-in colour corrections. For the best possible match to a press, get the PhaserMatch colour management system - it's an option.

Network installation is supremely simple: run the Installer. It will find the printer on the network and do the rest for you. For administration point your browser at the printer. Among other things it includes a Job Log that stores details of up to 5000 jobs: user name, file name, number of pages, paper size, date and time, toner used, etc. You can also store print jobs on the hard disk and reprint them later
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Thanks for the recommendation! That was actually one that was on my list to look at - I'll look at that one first now. Thanks again.
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