The size and price of the colour laser printer continues to reduce and the Phaser 6125, from Xerox, patrols new frontiers on both. At £120 and less than the size of many workgroup mono lasers, this SOHO machine offers the pleasures of business colour print to companies with little to spend on new print equipment.
If any colour laser printer can be described as cute, the Phaser 6125 is it. In Xerox's clean, white case colouring, with the deep blue control panel highlight, the machine seems hardly deep enough to take a sheet of A4 paper. This is because it isn't, and has the end of its paper tray protruding out the back, where you can't see it. The design strives all the time to make the machine appear smaller than it is and in most areas, it succeeds.
The moulded paper output tray has a flip-open extension, but this is largely for US legal paper and if you're printing A4, you'll be able to leave it closed. There's a 250-sheet paper tray, with a single-sheet, multi-purpose feed slot directly above that. There's no way of expanding the paper handling with an additional tray, though, either to increase the paper capacity or to run more than one paper type at once.
The control panel is well featured for an entry-level colour laser. It has a two-line by 16-character, backlit LCD display, with large, attention-getting green and red LEDs indicating status. Menus are controlled with a diamond of arrow keys, though as with several printers we've seen recently, the conventions of moving up and down the menu hierarchy with the up and down arrows and flipping through options with the left and right arrows doesn't work here; it's the other way around.
Even though the machine is very much entry-level, it has a network connection as standard, and there's USB as well, of course. A wireless adapter as an option, as is extra memory to boost the 64MB fitted as standard to this host-based machine. It doesn't use a page description language such as PCL or Postscript, but specific drivers are available for Windows, OS X and at least five versions of Linux.
The photoconductor drums, toner cartridges and fuser are all pre-installed on the machine, though you have to remove tapes and paper and lock each toner cartridge into position before you can start using the machine. Instructions are clear and installation only takes 10 minutes.