Xerox makes a wide range of desktop laser printers and the Phaser 6500V/DN sits above its entry-level, personal offerings, which use an led print engine, and the heavyweight workgroup and departmental printers, where you pay for high speed. This machine is for small workgroups and majors on ease of use and some cost savings.
At first glance, it appears to be a surprisingly modest machine, with a small footprint traded off against a tall body. In fact, though, a large square bulge around the paper tray at the rear means it doesn’t quite achieve the small footprint. Short customers might find it a bit awkward to use on a standard height desktop.
The design is otherwise conventional, with a feed tray – in this case for 250 sheets – feeding up to an output tray formed by the dark blue, top surface of the machine. There's a slot in the front of the paper tray for a single sheet of special media and an optional second 250-sheet tray can be added for extra capacity. The front panel folds down to give access to the paper path in case of jams, though we saw none during testing.
The control panel is simple, with a circle of navigation buttons and four others to work through the two-line menu, which appears on a backlit LCD screen. This is an alphanumeric display, but with special characters, such as those needed to display approximate toner levels.
Unusually, the toner cartridges themselves slide into place behind a hinged door on the right-hand side of the machine, which is quicker and simpler than for most laser printers. At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet, though a wireless connection is only available through an optional adapter.
The software bundle is fairly basic, comprising a well laid out driver and standard utilities for ordering supplies.