- Review Price: £292.58
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(/centre)Xerox is known for its business laser printers and although some at the lower end of its range are suitable for use in the home, most are at least SOHO devices. The Phaser 6280 is a similar machine to the Xerox Phaser 6280V/DN, though this one has no duplex print and entry-level pricing – entry-level for a fast colour laser printer, that is.
First impressions of this machine is that it’s tall; so tall that if you’re short and you stick the printer on a desk you could have trouble reading its LCD display, particularly if you also invest in the optional 550-sheet extra paper tray. Given that it already has a 250-sheet main tray and a 150-sheet multi-purpose tray, which folds down from the front, perhaps there won’t be too many people adding extra feed capacity, though.
It would be a shame to have difficulty reading the display, as Xerox uses it intelligently to provide feedback and status information and, although it only has two lines of 16 characters, it’s backlit and easy to read. The rest of the control panel features four navigation buttons, a big Cancel Print button and an illuminated Wake Up button, which does just that; wakes the machine from sleep mode.
At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet and Xerox markets an optional wireless adapter if you want to cut the wires. Other options include extra memory and a 40GB hard drive if you’re installing the printer into a busy office.
One of the main reasons for the height of the Phaser 6280 is its colour print engine. Each drum and toner cartridge slots in above the next and a transfer belt attached to the inside of the front cover moves the paper past them as the machine prints. The cartridges are supplied installed, but you have to remove each to pull sealing tapes and paper wraps from them before starting.
Drivers for PCL in emulation and genuine Adobe PostScript Level 3 are provided on CD for both Windows and OS X, with Linux drivers also being available via download. There’s support for Pantone-approved colours, too, and PrintingScout is a network-enabled utility that can show the status of any installed Xerox printers.
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