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When you introduce business graphics into your prints, things are still pretty passable. Although there’s a noticeable texture to colours rendered as greyscales through the printer's raster image processor (RIP), there's little apparent banding and the result is clear and well structured.
Graphic output suffers a little from the same dotty texture as business graphics and this can only be partly removed by switching to a 1,200dpi ‘class’ print, which appears to simply use a different dot pattern. Hiking up the output to a true 1,200dpi removes the dottiness, but puts a noticeable micro-banding in its place. A series of horizontal lines close together down the print detract from its otherwise reasonable quality. By default, the contrast is a little high, too.
The EPL-6200 is quite a noisy beast when printing. Epson claims a sound output of 54dBA but we measured the printer at peaks of over 60dBA. Subjectively, the sounds aren't that annoying, though, and reflect the mechanics of paper feed and print.
There are two components to the consumables in this printer: a photoconductor drum and a toner cartridge. The toner cartridge comes in two varieties; a standard capacity rated at 3,000 five per cent pages and a high-capacity producing twice that. The photoconductor drum is rated at 20,000 pages. Doing the maths with the high-capacity toner cartridge produces a cost per page of 1.92p, which is very reasonable for this class of device.
A service life of 20,000 pages on the photoconductor drum is quite reasonable on this class of printer, as you wouldn't expect to get through this number of prints in under two years. Even so, Epson gives the printer a duty cycle of a hefty 30,000 pages per month.
A fast mono laser printer, complete with a level 3 PostScript interpreter and reasonable upgrade potential is a good buy at the kind of street price the EPL-6200 now attracts. The print quality is above-average and although the printer is a little ungainly and could do with more than its standard 8MB of memory, it should be considered by anybody wanting a home or small business mono workhorse