Xerox rates the Phaser 6180V/DN at 25ppm in black and 20ppm in colour. Our five-page text print completed in 19 seconds, giving 15.8ppm, but when we increased the job size to 20 pages, this went up to 20.7ppm, which is not far off the headline figure. Duplex print was slower, but the machine still managed 15.3ppm. Colour text and graphics print was slower still, at 12ppm, but again this was for a small, 5-page document.
Black text print from the Phaser 6180VDN is particularly fine, with no toner spatter that we could see and clean and well-formed characters looking almost like dry print. Colour output is also very clear and colours are bright and vivacious, ideal for spectacular graphs and charts in reports and brochures, but with some slight mis-registration of black text over colour.
Our photographic test print was unusually pastel shaded but this is no bad thing as photo prints from laser printers are prone to over-strong colour rendition from a limited gamut, resulting in rather artificial reproduction. Here the colour looks much more natural and is not that far off the output from a reasonable quality inkjet printer.
The only consumable costs are the drum and toner cartridges and at Internet prices these come out at around £115 for 8,000 ISO black pages or 6,000 for each of the colours. Standard yield cartridges of 3,000 and 2,000 pages are also available at around half these prices. Using the high-yield versions gives costs per page of 2.23p for black and 7.98p for colour print.
These costs are good for a general-purpose colour laser and they offset the relatively high purchase price of the machine. When combined with the low maintenance design of the printer, they give a very reasonable overall cost of ownership.
This is a good colour laser printer for workgroup use in an SME environment. It prints quickly and holds up well in duplex mode, too, where you can make paper economies simply by specifying the duplex option in the driver – you could set it as default. Having a PostScript interpreter as standard is also a cost saver and the twin paper trays, even though the multi-purpose tray is intended for occasional use, is better than the single-sheet feed offered by some competitors.