Xerox Phaser 6120 Review
With one of the smallest footprints for a color laser printer, the affordable Xerox Phaser 6120 produces vibrant color detail in photographic images to rival photo inkjet printers.
Weighing in at 45 pounds, the color Phaser 6120’s 13.4” x 17.4” footprint size is similar to many monochrome printers. However you’ll need to add 9 more inches in depth for the legal-size paper tray.
In less than 25 seconds, the Phaser 6120 can print up to 22 black-and-white pages per minute. Typical of multi-pass color laser printers, it takes the Phaser 12 seconds to print a 4-color page. Having one of the highest resolutions for a color laser printer, images and photos at 2,400 dpi are brilliant and sharp as most inkjet printers (without the fear of running ink or the expense of buying photo paper). And when the cost per color page is only 5, color laser printing becomes that much sweeter.
The 6120 comes standard with a 200-sheet cassette tray that doubles as your multi-purpose tray, able to handle transparencies, labels, post cards, envelopes, 3” x 5” postcards up to 8.5” x 14” paper of various bond weights up to 60 lb. cardstock. An additional 500-sheet tray expands the total paper input capacity to 700 pages. A tool-less duplexer can be easily attached for 2-sided copies.
Having built-in Ethernet network support, parallel, and hi-speed USB, this printer is right at home either in the middle of an office floor or directly connected to a secretary’s computer. The built-in 128MB of printer memory can be expanded to 640MB, enabling the Phaser 6120 to easily handle heavier workloads as a network printer.
The control panel on the Phaser 6120 has a multi-line LCD Display, plus buttons that make manual control of the printer relatively intuitive. By default, it immediately shows you the toner levels for each color. The control panel, toner levels, printer information, configuration, emulation, and network settings can be performed.
Understanding the printing needs of today’s businesses in providing support for the major software applications, Xerox has installed a complete set of print emulators that should satisfy the most diverse office. Emulators include HP’s PCL5c, PCL5e, PCL6 and Adobe PostScript3.
The printer produces up to 53dB of sound printing, while idling at 35dB. To give you an idea of what that means: 60 decibels is the level of typical conversations and 30 decibels is the level of a quiet room. You don’t want to have this printer stationed in a conference room chugging away when a meeting is in progress. But, when placed in the copy room or in the middle of a busy office floor, any printing noises will blend in with the background.
One of the things you need to consider when you decide to get a color laser printer is if you want “multi-pass” color printing or “single-pass” printing. A multi-pass printer can give you screaming print speeds in Black and White, but will be 4 times slower printing in color because the paper has to pass through each toner one toner at a time. It’s similar in process to the way t-shirts and banners were manually silk-screened. In monochrome mode, the Phaser 6120 has competitive speeds to other B&W printers. But in color it can only print at five pages per minute (remember about multi-pass color printing?).
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