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Xerox Phaser 6121MFP/N - Colour Laser MFP review



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Xerox Phaser 6121MFP/N - Colour Laser MFP
  • Xerox Phaser 6121MFP/N - Colour Laser MFP
  • Xerox Phaser 6121MFP/N - Colour Laser MFP
  • Xerox Phaser 6121MFP/N - Colour Laser MFP
  • Xerox Phaser 6121MFP/N - Colour Laser MFP
  • Xerox Phaser 6121MFP/N - Colour Laser MFP
  • Phaser 6121 Laser Multifunction Printer - ColourDesktop (Fax, Copier, Scanner, Printer - 20 ppm Mono - 5 ppm Color - 1200 x 600 dpi - 128 MB - 200 sheets Input Capacity - USB - Fast Ethernet - 33.6 Modem Speed - PC, Mac)


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Laser multifunction machines aren’t cheap, but Xerox’s Phaser 6121MFP/N is one of the least expensive on the market. It’s designed for the small and home office and provides fax facilities, as well as the normal print, scan and copy.

The machine has very modest dimensions that are governed by the scanner, including its 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) coloured all in white. Except for its dark blue control panel, it looks modern and presentable.

The controls include a number pad for fax dialling, though there are no one-touch presets and the four-line by 16-character LCD display could do with a backlight and needs good overhead lighting to see easily. A large control ring handles navigation and three large buttons, with a multi-colour indicator set between two, handle scan and copy job start and cancel.

There's a USB socket further down the front panel, but this is restricted to storing scanned images and can't be used for walk-up printing – a missed opportunity.

Immediately below the control panel is the slot from which printed pages emerge and at the base is a pull-down flap, which becomes the bottom of the machine’s 200-sheet feed tray. There's no multipurpose feed to the printer, so any special media will have to be loaded in this one tray.

It has a clear plastic cover, so you can see paper status at a glance, but it's unusual in a machine of this size to have the trade projecting like this, where it can get knocked. A second, 500-sheet tray is available as an option, as is a duplexer unit, which is provided as standard on the Phaser 6121MFP/DN.

Connections at the back comprise USB and Ethernet and there are sockets for phone line and a third-party phone handset.

The four toner cartridges come pre-installed behind a second pull-down flap on the front panel, which gives access to the carousel. They are easy to load and replace and you'll need to do this every 2,600 pages or so.

Software installation is straightforward, and consists of printer and scanner drivers, as well as the Scan Dashboard, which offers simple document handling. Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X.


March 17, 2010, 7:48 am

This Xerox looks identical to the Konica Minolta Magicolor1690 except for the color

The data from what I see is also the same.

Over the last few years it seems like the so-called “competition” between companies trying to get the best product out there is becoming less and less a reality. As they all seem to be using either parts from other companies; for example some HP fusers I believe are made by Canon, or complete products just renamed like the Kyocera FS-C1128 is made by Ricoh; Simon you even said that Under the skin of the AcuLaser M2000DN looks suspiciously like the Kyocera Mita FS-1350DN.

The Epson M4000n looks just like the Konica Minolta pagepro4650. I could go on and on and on but I wont.

Maybe they should just get it over with and merge into 4 or 5 very big companies. That way we will at least know who to complain to as if it would make any difference.

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