You wait ages for a super-fast mono laser printer and then two come along at once. Having reviewed the Samsung ML-6510ND last week, the Xerox Phaser 4620V/DN shouldn’t come as much of a shock, as it bears more than a passing internal resemblance to the Korean machine.
It doesn’t bear much resemblance to its price, though, coming in at £1,200, compared with the Samsung machine’s £780, so is there sufficient difference to account for the higher cost?
Xerox doesn’t try to hide the size of this substantial machine, which weighs in at 35kg and is a definite two-person lift. It’s white and dark blue livery, if anything, emphasises its mass and the heavy duty-cycles it’s aimed at.
The deep well in its top surface means it could easily service a good-sized workgroup where many different jobs will be coming through from different people. The front panel folds down and a multipurpose tray folds out to provide 100 sheets of special media feed, while below this is the main paper tray, which can take up to 550 sheets.
That's by no means the limit, though, as you can add up to four more trays of the same capacity, as well as a bulk feeder taking a further 2,000 sheets. On the output side, you can add a 4-bin sorter and a finisher/stapler for complete office document production.
The control panel features a four-line, bitmapped, backlit LCD panel, an easy to navigate, five-way menu diamond and a numeric pad for secure print. This means you can send secure print jobs to the machine and only release them to print by entering a PIN from the control panel.
Sockets at the back of the printer cater for USB and a gigabit Ethernet connection, while wireless is available as an option. The high-yield consumables are a two-part fitting, with the drum unit lowering into the heart of the machine and the toner cartridge slotting in on top, all through a comparatively small flap in front of the output tray.
We connected via USB, but still had problems getting the machine to recognise the printer and install the drivers. In the end we used the Windows setup utility and aimed it at the software CD to install them. Both PCL6 and PostScript drivers are provided, with support for Windows and OS X. Drivers are also available for Linux and other platforms.