We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Mono laser printers Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Xerox Phaser 3250/DN review

£236.52 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Xerox

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Xerox Phaser 3250/DN monochrome laser printer could fit well into a small office or home office. It is inexpensive, requires little effort to set up and maintain, and has enough helpful features to offset its handful of drawbacks.

The Xerox Phaser 3250/DN monochrome laser printer could fit well into a small office or home office. It is inexpensive, requires little effort to set up and maintain, and has enough helpful features to offset its handful of drawbacks.

The Xerox Phaser 3250/DN posted midrange scores in our speed tests. Xerox promises a print speed of up to 30 pages per minute - and on plain-text pages it got close, hitting 27.7ppm (although just 7ppm on graphics pages). As commonly happens with monochrome lasers, it delivered superb text quality and mediocre graphics quality, with a limited range of grays and some horizontal banding through the darker parts of the images.

Boxy and squat, the Xerox Phaser 3250/DN has a basic design. The control panel consists of one button and a couple of LEDs. Although the absence of word labels makes these items inscrutable (especially as regards blinking lights), the printer's web-based status monitor more than compensates by offering a wealth of information onscreen.

Business IT reviews and advice

The Xerox Phaser 3250/DN's included automatic duplexer is an especially nice feature on such a low-cost printer. The PDF-based documentation is excellent, too, and includes animated troubleshooting support.

Unfortunately, the Xerox Phaser 3250/DN is saddled with one of the worst paper-tray designs we've seen. Despite having some metal reinforcement, the 250-sheet main tray still has a lot of flex. You can extend it to fit legal-size paper, but to do so you have to locate discreet tabs in the bottom of the tray.

Printer reviews and printing advice

The horizontal guides are even worse: they move in easily, but we had to exert an unusually large amount of force to move them outward, even with the release lever depressed. If you regularly print on media in an array of sizes, you'll be far better off using the single-sheet feeder.

The Xerox Phaser 3250/DN's consumables costs are a bit above average, but not unreasonably so. The machine ships with a 2,000-page starter cartridge. Replacements come in two sizes: a 3,500-page regular cartridge and a 5,000-page high-yield cartridge. Replacing the cartridge is easy: you pull open the printer's front panel, and the rectangular cartridge handle is obvious. There is only one way to slide in the replacement, and it locks into place with no resistance.

NEXT PAGE: our expert verdict >>


Xerox Phaser 3250/DN Expert Verdict »

Total Media Capacity: 250 sheets
Workgroup printer, laser, monochrome
Monthly Duty Cycle: 30,000 pages
Min Media Size (Custom): 76x127mm
Max Resolution (B&W): 1200x1200dpi
1-year warranty
Max Media Size (Standard): Legal, A4
USB, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
32MB (160MB)
AC 230V
250-sheet input tray, 1-sheet multipurpose tray
400MHz processor
EPA Energy Star
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Despite its disagreeable paper tray, the Xerox Phaser 3250/DN offers impressive value for the price. Its speed and print quality are good enough for most home users, and the included automatic duplexer helps make the workplace greener. Busier offices with heavier printing demands may be happier with the Phaser 3250/DN's big brother, the Xerox Phaser 3600/N.

  • Xerox Phaser 3600N review

    Xerox Phaser 3600N

    Like most other expensive monochrome laser printers, the Xerox Phaser 3600N is built to churn out text pages fast.

  • Xerox Phaser 6180 colour laser printer

    Xerox Phaser 6180 colour laser printer

    Xerox may be closely associated with photocopiers, but copier and laser printer technologies are very similar, so it's not a surprise to see Xerox making an impression in this market with the Xerox Phaser 6180.

  • Xerox Phaser 6128MFP review

    Xerox Phaser 6128MFP

    The Xerox Phaser 6128MFP colour laser multifunction printer could be a good choice for low-volume users who have exacting colour needs. It sells for a nice, low price and produces high-quality output - but it does so slowly, and at a high consumables cost.

  • Xerox Phaser 6700DN review

    Xerox Phaser 6700DN

    The Xerox Phaser 6700DN is a workgroup colour laser printer with good speed, paper capacity, and features. Here's our Xerox Phaser 6700DN review.

  • Xerox Phaser 6130 review

    Xerox Phaser 6130

    Xerox's Phaser 6130 is a colour laser printer designed for small workgroups or personal office use.

IDG UK Sites

6 best gaming PCs 2015: What's the best gaming PC you can buy in the UK?

IDG UK Sites

Three of the most expensive Limited Edition games ever made: Who's buying a $1,000,000 game?

IDG UK Sites

The future of Microsoft Surface: What to expect from the Surface Pro 4

IDG UK Sites

Best Mac: Apple Mac buyers guide for 2015: iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and...