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Xerox Phaser 6010 Review


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  • Good speed for class
  • Crisp black text and bright colours
  • Low noise for laser-style printer


  • Toner cartridges far too expensive
  • Small footprint only when closed
  • Dark print tones tend to black

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £123.00
  • Small footprint for colour printer
  • Easy and infrequent maintenance
  • 10/100 Ethernet connection
  • 10-sheet multi-purpose tray
  • Integrated paper tray cover

Colour laser printers are still seen as big and cumbersome when compared with their inkjet equivalents. So they are, but there’s a new technology being increasingly used in low-cost colour printers which reduces their size significantly. Xerox’s Phaser 6010 is a SOHO machine with a small desktop footprint, which relies on LED technology for both its print and its small size.

Like it’s slightly cheaper counterpart, the Phaser 6000, tested a while back, the Phaser 6010 is all encased in Xerox white, with a translucent blue output tray, which flips up from the top of the machine.

Xerox Phaser 6010 - Open

When you pull down the front panel, which then becomes the 150-sheet input tray, there’s a pull-out paper cover in the same translucent blue, which can also take up to 10 sheets of special media, giving the machine a low-cost multi-purpose feed. The cover is a good extra, in comparison to some low-cost lasers, as it means you can leave the printer open, without getting dust and spills onto the paper.

The control panel comprises four buttons, a navigation ring and a backlit, two-line by 16-character LCD display. They work together to give a very straightforward, easy-to-use control scheme.

Xerox Phaser 6010 - Controls

Software is basic but adequate and includes Xerox’s PrintingScout, CentreWare and drivers for Windows, OS X and several Linux distributions. The four toner cartridges plug-in very easily behind a cover, set into the right side panel. Changing them is very quick and they have capacities of 1,000 pages for colour and 2,000 pages for black.

Differences between the Xerox Phaser 6010 and the Phaser 6000 include the 6010’s Ethernet connection and a slight increase in speed. Xerox rates it at 15ppm for black and 12ppm for colour, as opposed to 12ppm and 10ppm, respectively.
When we tested the 6000, we measured top speeds of 8.8ppm and 6.8ppm for black and colour and with this machine we saw 10.3ppm and 7.7ppm, so about the same increase, proportionately and not too far off those rated figures. A 15 x 10cm photo on A4 paper took 29s. These speeds are good for a colour printer at this price.

Xerox Phaser 6010

The quality of prints from this 600dpi printer is well up to equivalent laser images. Text is sharp and shows no fuzzy edges and colours are bright and eye-catching. Greens and blues print a little darker than they should, but text registration over colour is good and there’s little sign of haloing. Our colour photo print looks a bit seaside postcard-ish and some dark detail is lost, but overall the output is very reasonable.

It’s worth mentioning how quiet this printer is. Partly due to the relatively low speeds it runs at, we measured peaks of only 59dBA at half a metre. This may not sound much lower than the 63-65dBA bracket many tested lasers fall into, but remember noise levels are measured on a logarithmic scale and an increase of 3dBA is equivalent to a doubling of sound intensity.

Xerox Phaser 6010 - Cartridges

When we reviewed the Phaser 6000 and the Dell 1250c, which relies on the same print engine, we got very exercised about the costs of its toner cartridges, the only consumables. In those machines we saw page costs for black text of 3.7p and 3.9p, with corresponding colour costs of 18.3p and 17.7p, all including 0.7p for paper. The cheapest sources we can now find give costs for the Phaser 6010 of 3.7p and 21.4p. The colour cartridges have suffered a price increase which now puts the cost of printing a colour page over the 20p mark.

Compare these costs with those from a typical ink-jet costing just £80 to buy. The http: HP Officejet 6500A Plus costs 3.1p for a black page and 9.7p for a colour one, which means you’d gain over 11p per page printing on that machine, compared with the Phaser 6010.


It’s such a shame, when Xerox has virtually everything right about this machine, that it should hamper it with over-inflated consumable costs. It’s a quiet, convenient, well-designed printer, which would be ideal in many a small and home office. If you rarely print colour, it’s a viable choice, if not, you’re looking at over £1 for every five pages.

Xerox Phaser 6010 - Feature Table

Xerox Phaser 6010 - Speeds and Costs

Trusted Score

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Score in detail

  • Print Speed 8
  • Features 7
  • Value 4
  • Print Quality 8


Networking Yes
Card slot No
Connection Type Ethernet, USB
Extra Features None

Physical Specifications

Height (Millimeter) 233mm
Width (Millimeter) 394mm
Depth (Millimeter) 304mm
Weight (Gram) 10.7g


Type Color LED
Duplex No
Paper Size A4
Colour Yes
Number of Catridges 4
Sheet Capacity 150 sheets
Print Resolution (Dots per inch) 600 x 600dpi
Rated Black Speed (Images per minute) 15ipm
Rated Colour Speed (Images per minute) 12ipm
Max Paper Weight Not stated
Print Without PC No


Scanner No
Copier No
Fax No


Scan Resolution (Dots per inch) N/Adpi

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