Xerox claims the Phaser 4600V/DN is capable of speeds ‘up to 52ppm’. While the machine certainly prints fast and the first page starts the feed within a few seconds, we saw nothing like these speeds under test.
Our five-page text print took 14s, equating to a speed of 21.4ppm, less than half the rated speed. Our 20-page document took 31s, increasing the speed to 38.7ppm, but you’d have to be printing a very long document or one with very little on each page to get over 50ppm.
Duplex print of our 20-page document completed in 48s, giving a speed of 25 sides per minute. This is again very reasonable for a workgroup/departmental printer, particularly one costing under £600.
Our five-page text and graphics test gave identical results to the text-only print and a 15 x 10cm photo on an A4 sheet at the printer's highest quality took 10s. In a busy office, the times this printer takes should mean very little waiting.
Even with these high speeds, the print quality is very high. The printer's native 600dpi resolution is enhanced in software up to 1,200dpi, giving very smoothly formed characters with no signs of jaggies, even at small point sizes. Greyscales are also good, with few signs of banding or blotchiness, and a reasonable number of different shades to represent colours in charts and diagrams. Our photo print showed a little banding in the sky and a significant loss of detail in the shadows, though.
As well as the drum unit and toner, you will need to buy a maintenance kit every 150,000 pages. Even taking all these consumables into account, we calculate an ISO text page cost of 1.9p, including 0.7p for paper. This is very cheap and, along with the low maintenance costs, should result in a competitive total cost of ownership. You can also obtain the machine on a Pagepack deal, which includes all servicing costs and consumables on a cost per page basis.
The Xerox Phaser 4600V/DN is a fast, robust workgroup laser printer, which produces quality prints in large numbers at low cost. While not as speedy as the spec sheet claims, it’s still one of the fastest machines we've tested. And with a starting price under £600, it could easily cover all printing needs in quite a large office.