Xerox WorkCentre XD-100 Review
Combining a flip top flatbed design with laser print capabilities, the Xerox WorkCentre XD-100 is a multifunctional unit that covers a wide range of functions. This long discontinued model can now be picked up for practically pennies, and is a laser print option for bargain hunters out there who don’t necessarily require the latest and greatest.
The Xerox WorkCentre XD-100’s platen glass measures a full 8.5 x 14 inches, making legal sized copying possible as well as letter sized. This 41 pound unit may be large, but its cubic design takes advantage of the space it uses well. The unit’s control panel consists of a numeric key pad as well as a series of comprehensive control keys.
Along with dedicated keys, the Xerox WorkCentre XD-100 is equipped with an LCD display that alerts users when errors occur, the paper tray is empty, or a paper jam is in progress. LED indicator lights also let users know when problems occur from across the room.
The printer’s paper tray offers no surprises with its fairly standard sized 250 sheet capacity. The main tray can only accommodate paper in the 15# to 24# range, but it is compatible with fairly small paper sized down to 5.5 inches long. On top of the main tray, the Xerox WorkCentre XD-100 boasts a single sheet bypass slot that is compatible with special media types such as post cards, card stock, transparencies, and most envelopes.
Though the Xerox WorkCentre XD-100 was produced in 1999, its power consumption actually registers lower than that of some laser printers currently on the market. Using only 20 watts of electricity, the device is actually quite good at energy conservation.
With a footprint of 20.5 x 18 inches, the Xerox WorkCentre XD-100 is obscenely sized in comparison to its modern counterparts. Its hardware set also relies on dated technology, such as its flimsy flip top lid that does not include an built in ADF.
The unit’s print and copy speeds are atrocious, with a maximum output rate of only 10 pages per minute. Any way you slice it, this print speed is absolutely unacceptable in today’s market. On top of horrible print speeds, the Xerox WorkCentre XD-100 can copy at a maximum rate of only 8 copies per minute, making the unit even more cumbersome in operation.
Additionally, this dinosaur of a multifunctional device does not even come complete with a USB port, much less built in network support. Potential buyers of this old unit had better be equipped with parallel port compatibility, or they will be out of luck when it comes to this machine.
Lastly, the Xerox WorkCentre XD-100 delivers poor print and copy quality in general. Topping out at only 600 x 600 dots per inch is well enough resolution for plain text, but copied or printed imagery will severely suffer due to this low dpi. Purchasing a Xerox WorkCentre XD-100, along with any other piece of electronics that was manufactured in 1999, should be done with extreme caution, if at all.