Copies of Nuance’s well-known OmniPage and PaperPort applications are provided, and handle network scanning as well as document management.
There are some nice touches in the way this machine works, which indicate the thought Xerox put into its operation and the workgroup nature of its intended market. Things like each print job being given a banner sheet with the name of the user, and the file printed help sorting the output, if there are several jobs on the output tray. The touch panel is also good at providing messages when jobs are held or processed out of order.
Print jobs certainly do fly out of the WorkCentre 4150V P, with our five-page text document completing in just 15 seconds, a full 20ppm. Even if you select duplex printing, things don’t slow much, with our 20-side text document printing at a real-world speed of 27spm. Taking into account the usual hike of claimed print speeds, this is still a very fast machine.
Partly due to its high speed, this isn’t a quiet machine; we measured it at peaks of over 60dBA. The only consolation is that, again due to the speed, it should be making that noise for less time.
Print quality is very high on the text side, with no noticeable spatter and clean, well-formed characters, even at small sizes. Pages printed on both sides aren’t exactly aligned though, with the reverse side coming out around 2mm higher than the front side. For most purposes, though, nobody will notice this.
Business graphics shows some stippling, partly due to the workaday resolution of 600dpi, which is also the resolution of the scanner. Circles are not as smooth and greyscale tints are not as clean as from some mono lasers we’ve looked at. The photo test image was poorly printed, with no real shadow detail and course gradations of tint in the sky.
Running costs are simple to calculate, as the device only needs toner every 20,000 pages and a new drum every 55,000. With a typical online price of around £80 for the first and £185 for the second, the page cost comes out at 1.19p, which is economical, but not exceptionally so. The £1,100 LaserJet 4350 printer beat it, at 1.14p, over a year ago.
There’s no doubt this device will cope with the workload of many a medium to large workgroup. It has appealing ease-of-use features for a machine which is to be shared between people and is very quick. However, the print quality of anything other than text is not spectacular and the cost is high. Look at the machine’s main competitors before making a final decision.
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