When Dell launched it entry-level colour LED printers last autumn, it let slip that they were built around a new print engine from Xerox. When we asked Xerox contacts if it would be releasing LED printers around the same engine, they tapped their noses in a knowing way. The Phaser 6000V/B is what they were tapping about and, at first sight, an asking price of £119 looks like something revolutionary for a colour page printer.
If Dell's printers are black, square cut and slightly sinister, Xerox’s are white, curvy and unexpectedly jolly looking. With a light blue output tray, which folds out from the top surface and a similar jaunty, translucent paper protector, which slides out from inside a pull-down front cover, this machine would be very at home in a trendy Internet bar.
Nine status indicator LEDs have been grouped together in a black disc to the left of the output tray and cover toner levels, paper jams and the usual attention conditions. Two buttons, labelled with OK and Cancel icons, are the only physical controls. At the back, a single USB socket provides the data connection.
The software CD offers drivers for Windows and OS X, and Xerox also supports Novell NetWare, Solaris and several flavours of Linux. There aren't many platforms this machine won't print from.