Xerox claims speeds of 23ppm for both black and colour print from the Phaser 6500V/DN. Our 5-page black text test returned 11.1ppm, less than half the claim, but this rose to 18.5ppm on a 20-page document. The 5-page black text and colour graphics test gave 12.0ppm, so a mixed set of results, but overall reasonable speeds for a small office machine.
The printer handles duplex documents as standard and our 20-page test printed as a 20-side, 10-page duplex test took 1:29, equivalent to 13.5 sides the minute. This is a good speed for double-sided print, and you could set the printer to default to duplex without losing much time.
Prints produced by the machine are well up to Xerox’s high standard for laser print. Black text comes through sharp and clean from the 600dpi print engine, with headings and bold print looking dense and dark. Colours are bright and solid with little sign of banding, while registration of black text over colour is precise.
Reversed text is also clean and thin ascenders and descenders come through solid, with no signs of break-up. Even a full-colour photo does better than most, with more natural colours than we've seen from many laser printers. There's very slight banding in areas such as skies, but photos aren't normally a major task for colour lasers.
Xerox claims that under normal use, the only consumable this printer will need during its service life is toner. Assuming this is true and using the higher yield colour cartridges, we calculate running costs of 3.4p for an ISO black page and 13.6p for a colour one. These are a little on the high side for a printer in this price bracket, but broadly comparable.
It’s worth noting, though, that they are a lot higher than from some of the small-business level inkjet machines now available. Epson’s Workforce Pro WP-4025DW, for example, has equivalent costs of 1.7p and 4.7p and a purchase price not much more than half the Xerox machine’s, though the Epson only manages about half the print speed.
The Xerox Phaser 6500V/DN is an easy-to-use colour laser printer with a modest footprint - despite a bulge at its back - and good speed for its size and price. It's useful to have a serviceable duplex mode on a printer in this price bracket and print quality is well up to scratch on both text and graphics.