As the business world continues to swing from mono to colour machines, colour laser printers at all levels are getting cheaper. While mono printers have a place for fast, internal documentation, colour printers make more sense in lots of graphics-related businesses. Xerox's Phaser 6280V/DN is a workgroup laser printer, designed for speedy print in a busy office environment.
The machine sits very tall off the desk, as its in-line laser engine is configured vertically, with the four drum and toner cartridges positioned one above the other and a transfer belt running up the front of them.
There's a 250-sheet paper tray at the bottom of the machine and if you fold down its massive front cover, a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray swings into view. We continue to think 250-sheets is too low a capacity for a workgroup printer, as it means it will need frequent refilling. A 550-sheet secondary tray is available as an option, but this is what the standard capacity should be.
The control panel is simple, with a 2-line by 16-character, backlit LCD and the usual diamond of control buttons for menu navigation. There's a large red 'Cancel' button and another marked 'Wake Up', a quick way to bring the machine to life if it's in sleep mode. There's no USB socket for walk-up printing, which is a shame as this is an increasingly popular feature. Two large coloured LEDs, in green and orange, show the status of the machine, though most companies use a single, dual-colour LED to avoid confusion.
At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, but wireless connection is only available as an option.
The Phaser 6280V/DN is supplied with its four cartridges preinstalled, but you have to remove each in turn to pull out a sealing tape and remove a black paper covering, before you can start using the printer.
Both PCL 6 emulation and genuine Adobe Postscript Level 3 are provided with machine and there are drivers supplied for Windows, OS X and various flavours of Linux. There's also a Pantone swatch application for colour matching.