Personal laser printers are becoming more affordable as the market becomes saturated with quality offerings. While the technology is only really suited to document printing, image reproduction can be surprisingly good. The NEC SuperScript 870 is such a printer.
It is a nice compact unit, that is very simple to install. Once unpacked, the toner fits right into its slot, fill it with paper and it’s ready to go. The drivers are straightforward and will have you running in a few minutes. The only thing the printer lacks is an Ethernet connection, there isn’t any built in.
As this printer is geared towards SOHO setups it shouldn’t make too much difference, but if business expansion was a possibility then this may not be the printer for you. NEC have plenty of larger or more scalable devices in their stable that may be more suitable.
Print quality is excellent for text and good for images. Text was finely detailed with very straight edges. Image quality was clear and accurate, certainly good enough for office needs. The grayscale was evenly distributed but some large shaded areas looked a little fuzzy. The detail was still there and the picture was as clear as day.
It prints at a respectable 8 pages per minute and is quiet when working. Paper is fed in from the top and output at the bottom. The capacity isn’t the largest in the world, but adequate for a small or home office. Toner is accessed through a flap at the front and are easy enough to get to, and replace. Prices are reasonable, with a toner lasting for around 6000 pages, and a drum which is good for 20000.
As this is pointed firmly at home or small office users who don’t print a lot of documents, this is a well priced device. The NEC brand is solid one, and they produce some good quality equipment. There is no reason why the SuperScript 870 should be any different.