Xerox Phaser 6280 review

Workgroup printers tend not to be the friendliest-looking peripherals, but the Xerox is more welcoming than most. From the crisp cream casing and rather elegant design (tall rather than wide, it gives the impression of being lighter and slimmer than the other models here, despite weighing a not insubstantial 29kg).

It has plenty of features, which means lots of wading through menu options on the two-line control panel to find them. Network managers can exercise significant control over who uses the printer and how.

The Xerox Phaser has impressive paper-handling facilities. There are 250-sheet main and 150-sheet multipurpose paper trays; a 550-sheet optional input increases the total capacity to 950 pages. The Xerox’s deep output tray allows up to 300 sheets to be collected, too. The monthly duty cycle of 70,000 sheets should be sufficient.

A 256MB memory allocation is adequate for most tasks, although Xerox allows you to upgrade to as much as 1,280MB. Networking is covered by an ethernet connection, while WiFi can be added for £203. PCL and PostScript languages are supported, as are a range of operating systems – including Linux.

The Xerox churned out text-only pages at 20ppm in our tests, which fell to 14.3ppm in duplexing mode – only the Canon was faster here. The text quality is excellent – dark, but still very sharp – and the Xerox performs well with all detail levels and font sizes.

While the Xerox is a very pleasing text printer, graphics printing is less impressive. It managed just 9.1ppm in our tests, and also struggled with our two-page PDF. The initial settings produced images that were too light and soft, but by adjusting the settings, we managed to obtain accurate images, with a balanced colour palette that brought out most of the details.

OUR VERDICT

Xerox’s one-year warranty is onsite, and the company doesn’t let itself down on running costs. Its 1.7p mono and 8.4p colour prints aren’t the cheapest here, but they’re not the most expensive either.

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