The two requirements of a workgroup or small-departmental laser printer are high-speed and expandability. Xerox’s Phaser 4600V/DN targets both these requirements and aims to be fine as a stand-alone printer, but also as the heart of a much more capable machine, when optional trays and collating devices are added.
The Xerox Phaser 4600V/DN is large for an A4 printer, and although the slightly rounded front edges combined with the blue and white colour scheme soften its lines, it will be better on a separate stand than hogging half of somebody’s desk.
Standard paper handling includes a 550-sheet tray at the bottom, with a fold-out, multi-purpose tray above that. You can install two further 550-sheet trays or a bulk feeder of 2,000 sheets, to give a total of 3,750 in the fully expanded configuration. A 500-sheet finisher and 50-sheet stapler are also available, as is a 400-sheet, four-bin mailbox, giving considerable flexibility in a variety of office layouts.
The well laid-out control panel runs most of the width of the Phaser 4600V/DN, with a backlit, bitmapped LCD display to the left, navigation controls in the centre and a number pad further right, enabling secure print by PIN entry.
In our test machine, which we connected via USB, the display kept showing a DHCP server error. While this didn't affect the functionality of the printer, it's annoying to be continually reminded of something irrelevant. Standard connections are USB and Gigabit Ethernet, and a wireless adapter is optional.
There are two consumables, each with comparatively long duty cycles. The drum unit, which slides down deep into the heart of the machine, should give 80,000 pages and the toner cartridge is available in capacities of 13,000 and 30,000 pages. The toner unit slides in on top of the drum.
Software is fairly straightforward, though both PCL6 and Postscript Level 3 drivers are provided as standard and there's network management available via Xerox's CentreWare software.