Xerox Phaser 6125 Review
The Xerox Phaser 6125 offers a range of color laser printing functions with questionable performance and cost per page. While the device has several outstanding specifications to brag about, the unit is currently less than a bargain when compared to other devices in its class.
With a built in 333 MHz processor, the Xerox Phaser 6125 is a color printer that, for once, is actually designed to handle printing large color imagery. Its print times are not spectacular, but minimal slowdown will be experienced when dealing with complex projects thanks to the processing power, and, after all, what good is a color laser printer if it can’t print imagery?
With print speed of 12 pages per minute in color and 16 pages per minute in black and white, the Xerox Phaser 6125 falls below the average mark in the raw performance category, but was up to par the year it was released, making it a possibly smart second hand purchase if speed is not a priority.
A maximum monthly duty cycle of 40,000 pages per month is surprisingly high for a unit in this category, meaning that the device is not only user friendly but robust. Its first page out times, like print speeds, are not the best, but at 17 seconds for color and 14 seconds for black and white, could be considered acceptable for certain buyers looking to pick up a bargain.
Xerox comes through with its innovative multiple shade printing. The Xerox Phaser 6125 has a resolution that is technically only 600 x 600 dots per inch in quality, but can match or even outperform 1200 x 1200 dot per inch devices in many senses thanks to its 16 shade per pixel print capability.
With multiple shades of printing possible per pixel, the Xerox Phaser 6125 can more accurately match colors than devices whose pixels are either “on or off”. Multiple shade printing is also almost completely exclusive to Xerox devices, making this Phaser an even more unique choice when looking at mass color printing options.
The Xerox Phaser 6125 falls right into the awkward stage of color laser printing. Being released at a time when competitors were finding new ways to quickly and drastically reduce the price of color laser printers, the Phaser 6125 ends up with some considerable mechanical flaws as a result.
The device is known for its questionable reliability, and paper jams and print errors are common when using the unit. Cost per page is also considerably higher for those using this unit in comparison to those who own one of the sleeker, faster new color laser models.
Unfortunately, though only a few years old, the Xerox Phaser 6125 has quickly dated. The unit’s obsolescence is quickly approaching and, even as a second hand purchase, will probably leave buyers disappointed. Its multiple shade color printing is a great help for producing fine imagery but it is still, technically, a fairly low quality device for printing in color and would probably just barely, if at all, be suitable for photo quality prints.