Laser-based multi-function devices start at under £200, so to ask over £1,600 for one, there have to be substantial differences. Xerox’s WorkCentre 4150V P has quite a few of these, not least of which is its weight – a massive 50kg; this is a definite two-man lift and you’ll want a substantial desk, or its own, optional, wheeled cabinet, to sit it on.
As the weight might suggest, this is a big device and geared for a busy office environment, where it will be in near-continuous use for most of its working life. You notice several things as soon as you unpack the WorkCentre and plug it in. First of these is the large, mono LCD, touch-screen display, which acts as both status display and the main control for the machine. This panel is used to set up copy jobs and monitor printing and scanning tasks.
At the top is a substantial Auto Document Feeder (ADF), which can take up to 50 sheets and scans fast enough to keep up with the print engine’s rated 43ppm. The touch-panel is bracketed on the left by menu selection and job-list buttons and on the right by a number pad and function keys to start and stop jobs. The WorkCentre 4150V P doesn’t include fax functionality, though this is available as an option and accounts for the number pad.
Below the control panel on the left-hand side is an aperture where printed sheets appear and although this is a common design for office multi-function machines, it doesn’t make print jobs particularly easy to remove. Below the paper-out tray is a maintenance panel which folds down to provide access to the toner and drum units, which last for up to 20,000, five per cent pages. On the right-hand end of the machine is a pull-down tray which can take up to 100 sheets of multi-purpose media, in addition to the main feed tray, which slides out from the front and takes a full, 500-sheet ream of paper.
You can stack up to three, extra, 500-sheet trays under the machine and add a finishing unit which will staple documents, making it the basis of a very expandable piece of office equipment.
The WorkCentre 4150V P is designed to be used as much in a standalone environment as it is as a network printer, but connection for workgroup printing is a simple matter, using either the USB or built-in Ethernet interfaces. If you connect via the network socket and run the Xerox driver, the software spots the IP location of both the printing and scanning parts of the machine and installs the appropriate drivers.