Xerox printers have a good reputation for robust, reliable office work and even the company’s budget machines, like the Phaser 6140V/N, have a solid feel to them. Perhaps it’s the bold white, rather than safe beige of the case; perhaps it’s the small footprint, high-rise case design; or perhaps it’s the 'calibration' message, which probably should read 'warming up'.
The printer’s small footprint is possible because the colour laser engine is arranged vertically inside the case, with paper feeding from the 250-sheet paper tray at the bottom or the single-sheet multi-purpose feed to the top surface of the machine. The printer is so shallow from front to back that there’s a pull-out paper support at the rear to stop pages flopping off the back. A second, 250-sheet tray is available as an option.
The control panel is a little strange. It starts out OK, with a good 16-character by 2-line, backlit LCD display and adds in twin LED indicators for data and error conditions, which are large enough to see from across an office. Buttons are few, though the logic of the menu navigation ‘cross’ is a little confused.
Most printer makers use the up and down arrows to move up and down the menu tree and left and right arrows to select options. Here, it’s the other way around and the Menu and Return functions are squeezed onto the same button, too.
At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet connections and Xerox sells an optional wireless adapter, if you want to dispense with cables.
The only consumable quoted for the Phaser 6140 is its four toner cartridges and, unusually, these clip in at the right-hand side, behind a hinged door. The front panel also swings down to reveal the transfer belt, but this access is mainly to handle any paper jams. The individual photoconductor drums clip in behind the belt.
Xerox provides a genuine Adobe Postscript L3 interpreter, as well as PCL 6 in emulation. It’s quite rare to see a non-emulation Postscript in a printer at this price and support is provided for Windows, OS X and Red Hat and Suse Linux.