Xerox Phaser 6128MFPV/N review

Xerox’s Phaser 6128MFPV/N is a bulky workgroup MFP with a maximum duty cycle of 40,000 mono or 10,000 colour pages per month.

When we first turned it on, a handy configuration screen prompted us to confirm the date, time, network, fax and paper settings. Driver installation was incredibly simple, and the installer scanned our network and detected the printer immediately before installing its emulated PCL6 driver.

The sheer number of buttons and functions on the front panel was confusing at first. Its built-in menus provide control over everything from paper types to power saving. We were disappointed to find that not all these options were available from the printer’s web administration interface. It focuses on network settings, and lets you control which IP addresses are allowed to print as well as features such as error notification.

You can’t use your PC as the host device to control scans over a network, which prevents you from making scans from within applications. To do so, you must connect to the 6128MFPV/N via USB, an irritating limitation in a network device. However, this is unlikely to affect users who just need to make quick scans. The printer can be configured to save scans to a shared directory on your network, an FTP server or an email address.

Over a USB connection, the TWAIN scanner driver is basic, lacking features such as auto-cropping, but it’s easy to use and remains open between scans. Scan quality was generally good, with fairly accurate colour and shading, although 1,200dpi scans were slightly banded at full magnification.

Print quality was excellent, with sharp text and vivid, smooth colours in our business document prints. Mono print speeds were a little slow at 9.9ppm, but colour prints emerged at a relatively swift 5.6ppm. Photo-quality images were smooth and detailed but suffered from a pink tint, particularly in pale areas.

Toner costs are typical for a laser at 10.5p per mixed-colour page, but other parts can be expensive and hard to come by. The drum has a lifetime of 30,000 images. Xerox doesn’t consider it to be user-replaceable, but you can get spares from specialist retailers for around £250.

The 6128MFPV/N produces attravailable, professional-looking prints but its total cost of ownership is higher than most similarly priced colour laser MFPs. It’ll cost you £741 for three years’ light use and £1,954 for three years’ medium use. Epson’s Aculaser CX21NF costs a little more to buy, but is cheaper to run. Basic Specifications Rating

*** Maximum native print resolution

600x600dpi Max optical resolution

1,200dpi Output bit depth

24-bit Quoted Speeds Quoted speed, mono A4

12ppm Quoted speed, colour A4

16ppm Tested Print Speeds Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0

1m 24s Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0

1m 17s Physical and Environmental Standard printer interfaces

USB, 10/100 Ethernet Optional printer interfaces

802.11 b/g wireless network adaptor (097S03741), £222 Size

585x425x507mm Weight

29.0kg Noise (in normal use)

62dB(A) Duty cycle

40,000 pages Power consumption standby

19W Power consumption idle

21W Power consumption active

997W Paper Handling Maximum paper size

A4/legal Maximum paper weight

215gsm Standard paper inputs

250 Standard paper input capacity

1 Maximum paper inputs

1 Maximum paper input capacity

250 Duplex (code, cost if option)

No General Printer technology

four-pass colour laser Language(s)

host-based Supported operating systems

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003, Mac OS X 10.3+, Linux Maximum printer memory

384MB Other laser features and options

three year extendeed onsite warranty, 6100ES4, £35, 3,100 page black toner 106R01455,£64, 2,500 page cyan 106R01452, 2,500 page magenta 106R01453, 2,500 page yellow 106R01454, £70 each, 30,000 image imaging unit 675K69240, £263 Buying Information Price

£467 Price per mono A4 page

2.10p Price per colour A4 page

6.3p Price of 2nd paper cassette

none Warranty

one year onsite Supplier Details Tested Scan Speeds Full scan area preview

16s A4 document at 150dpi

23s A4 document at 300dpi

46s 6x4in photo at 600dpi

42s 6x4in photo at 1200dpi

2m 32s Tested Copy Speeds Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0

24s Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0

26s Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0

1m 1s Copy Features Maximum number of copies

99 Copier zoom range

25-400% Max mono copy resolution

600x600dpi Max colour copy resolution

600x600dpi Fax Features Fax modem speed

33.6Kbit/s Max mono fax resolution


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