- Good range of expansion options
- Secure printing via number pad
- Front panel USB socket
- Noisy when printing
- A lot more expensive than rival
- Software installation not always straightforward
- Review Price: £1200.00
- Very high print speed
- 275,000 page duty cycle
- Low TCO with high-yield consumables
- Well-featured control panel
- Fast duplex print
You wait ages for a super-fast mono laser printer and then two come along at once. Having reviewed the https://www.trustedreviews.com/samsung-ml-6510nd_Printer_review Samsung ML-6510ND last week, the Xerox Phaser 4620V/DN shouldn’t come as much of a shock, as it bears more than a passing internal resemblance to the Korean machine.
It doesn’t bear much resemblance to its price, though, coming in at £1,200, compared with the Samsung machine’s £780, so is there sufficient difference to account for the higher cost?
Xerox doesn’t try to hide the size of this substantial machine, which weighs in at 35kg and is a definite two-person lift. It’s white and dark blue livery, if anything, emphasises its mass and the heavy duty-cycles it’s aimed at.
The deep well in its top surface means it could easily service a good-sized workgroup where many different jobs will be coming through from different people. The front panel folds down and a multipurpose tray folds out to provide 100 sheets of special media feed, while below this is the main paper tray, which can take up to 550 sheets.
That’s by no means the limit, though, as you can add up to four more trays of the same capacity, as well as a bulk feeder taking a further 2,000 sheets. On the output side, you can add a 4-bin sorter and a finisher/stapler for complete office document production.
The control panel features a four-line, bitmapped, backlit LCD panel, an easy to navigate, five-way menu diamond and a numeric pad for secure print. This means you can send secure print jobs to the machine and only release them to print by entering a PIN from the control panel.
Sockets at the back of the printer cater for USB and a gigabit Ethernet connection, while wireless is available as an option. The high-yield consumables are a two-part fitting, with the drum unit lowering into the heart of the machine and the toner cartridge slotting in on top, all through a comparatively small flap in front of the output tray.
We connected via USB, but still had problems getting the machine to recognise the printer and install the drivers. In the end we used the Windows setup utility and aimed it at the software CD to install them. Both PCL6 and PostScript drivers are provided, with support for Windows and OS X. Drivers are also available for Linux and other platforms.
Xerox claims a top speed of 64ppm for the Phaser 6510V/ND, but printing our five-page text document only showed 25ppm. On the longer, 20-page test, however, this rose to 42.9ppm. This is a bit faster than from the Samsung machine, which gave 38.7ppm.
The story repeats with the 20-side duplex document, where the Samsung produced 26.7ppm, but was pipped by the Xerox at 28.6ppm. Both machines took 9s to print a 15 x 10cm photo on A4. The Xerox printed a similar image from its front panel USB socket in 18s.
The quality of prints from the big Phaser is very good. Despite the high-speed, text from the 600dpi print engine is sharp and well formed. Even emboldened headings come through crisp and densely black. Greyscale graphics are also well reproduced, though the range of greys translates some colours to very similar shades.
Our test photo came through a little dark by default, but detail was good and the lightness could be adjusted.
There are three consumables in the machine, an 80,000-page drum, a 150,000-page maintenance kit and toner cartridges in either 13,000-page or 30,000-page capacity. With these high yields, maintenance time should be short and working through the typical online prices gives a page cost of 2.0p, including 0.7p for paper. This is a good price, but still 0.4p higher per page than the Samsung.
If we hadn’t recently looked at thehttps://www.trustedreviews.com/samsung-ml-6510nd_Printer_review Samsung ML-6510ND, we would have been more impressed with the Xerox Phaser 6510V/ND. As it is, although the Xerox printer is marginally faster, it’s more expensive to run and in virtually all other respects there’s little to choose between them. Since the Samsung machine is around £420 (35 percent) cheaper, it’s hard to find a reason for going the Xerox route.
Score in detail
Print Speed 10
Print Quality 8
|Connection Type||Ethernet, USB|
|Extra Features||High speed, duplex, secure print|
|Number of Catridges||2|
|Sheet Capacity||550 sheets + 100 sheet multi-purpose tray|
|Print Resolution (Dots per inch)||600 x 600dpi|
|Rated Black Speed (Images per minute)||62ipm|
|Max Paper Weight||Not stated|
|Print Without PC||Yes|
|Scan Resolution (Dots per inch)||n/adpi|
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