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.