Tektronix Phaser 850

Started Mar 26, 2001 | Discussions
Gregory T. Contributing Member • Posts: 533
Tektronix Phaser 850

Does anyone have experience with the Phaser 850? Does it produce sharp, accuate photos?

I am in the market for a better/faster printer than my current line of Epson's that is not inkjet. My current choices are the Phaser 850, Kodak 86x0, Fuji Pictography 3000/3500 and the Sony printers. I am not as familiar with the Sony line, but have seen and heard that it is a good printer.

The Phaser would suit my budget better with its cost and consumables (free black). While the Fuji prints look excellent, its price is high, plus I have seen posts that it may fade (never checked back to the posts to see why).

All help is appreciated. If you know of other printers that might work, please feel free to inform me.

TIA,

Greg

jcg New Member • Posts: 7
Re: Tektronix Phaser 850

Hi Gregory

We just put in a Phaser 850 on our network, primarily to handle our inhouse color printing at (hopefully) a savings on consumables. Xerox gives you the printer(free shipping, duplexing tray and network card) if you buy your supplies from them. Currently, the ink sticks are about $35 each (free black ink) and you have to buy a maintenance kit every 10000 prints ($81). Your company or organization must agree to print a minimum of 2000 pages per month and you have to submit a monthly usage report. If you are interested in receiving information from Xerox, send me your email address (to cgeorge@wresa.org) and I will forward it to them. (We get a $50 gift certificate if you decide to participate in the program).

Now, as to the printer: it uses a solid ink system. The ink sticks (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) are sort of like big crayon blocks. The printer melts the sticks and sprays the ink onto the medium. It is absolutely the fastest color printer I have seen. We have two HP Color Laserjet 5Ms and numerous Epson 600s in our building. By printing most of our transparencies, brochures, presentations,etc. on the Phaser we anticipate cutting our ink costs in half.

Quality is better that the printers we use now, but no where near the quality of the Epson 1270 that I use at home for photos. But beware...THESE ARE NOT DURABLE PRINTS. The image is created by depositing wax on top of the paper surface. It can be scratched with a fingernail.

For office use I think the printer is great. The documents we produce are VERY vibrant, color is great, speed is fantastic and longevity is fine for our purposes.

Gregory T. wrote:

Does anyone have experience with the Phaser 850? Does it produce
sharp, accuate photos?

I am in the market for a better/faster printer than my current line
of Epson's that is not inkjet. My current choices are the Phaser
850, Kodak 86x0, Fuji Pictography 3000/3500 and the Sony printers.
I am not as familiar with the Sony line, but have seen and heard
that it is a good printer.

The Phaser would suit my budget better with its cost and
consumables (free black). While the Fuji prints look excellent,
its price is high, plus I have seen posts that it may fade (never
checked back to the posts to see why).

All help is appreciated. If you know of other printers that might
work, please feel free to inform me.

TIA,

Greg

Steve Mason Senior Member • Posts: 1,221
Re: Tektronix Phaser 850

I can't speak for the 850, but my experience with older versions of the Phasers, is quite good. For office printing. Fast, reliable, great output for charts, graphs, but I seriously doubt the the output would be anywhere near as good as the Epson/HP inkjets for photos.

Steve

Gregory T. wrote:

Does anyone have experience with the Phaser 850? Does it produce
sharp, accuate photos?

I am in the market for a better/faster printer than my current line
of Epson's that is not inkjet. My current choices are the Phaser
850, Kodak 86x0, Fuji Pictography 3000/3500 and the Sony printers.
I am not as familiar with the Sony line, but have seen and heard
that it is a good printer.

The Phaser would suit my budget better with its cost and
consumables (free black). While the Fuji prints look excellent,
its price is high, plus I have seen posts that it may fade (never
checked back to the posts to see why).

All help is appreciated. If you know of other printers that might
work, please feel free to inform me.

TIA,

Greg

Pete Biro Veteran Member • Posts: 3,798
Re: Tektronix Phaser 850

They are wax, and not cheap... and cannot be laminated as the heat will melt 'em...

If A4 size will do, I'd go for the Olympus P400 as the photos are way better.

Kevin Regular Member • Posts: 308
Re: Tektronix Phaser 850

I have the 850 at home. I got it through Xerox and the free printer program. My advice is do not use this program unless you are sure you will print the minimum amount as stated in the contract. I estimated about 3000 sheets a month and 20% of that being in color. I use certain programs for my work, including the USPS Stamps.com program. This is where I would print most of my estimated sheets. After months of tech support with both the USPS and Xerox, it was determined that the program will just not work with the printer. Well, that shot about 70% of my estimate. I contacted Xerox to bring my estimate down and they refused. Now, I get charged $107 a month because I do not meet the min.

As far as quality...It sucks...For photos. The printer itself is great. It is fast and the quality of color documents is wonderful, but photographs are not even near photo-realistic. There is a setting for photo quality, but it just does not compare to the Epson.

My advice, is to go with InKJet.

Kevin
http://www.firestorm.com

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