Xerox Phaser 6200DP

Summary: The Phaser 6200DP's fast colour print speeds and useful features would appeal to any busy office, but its print quality falters at anything more complex than presentation graphics.

  • Editors' rating:
    7.2
  • User rating:
    0.0
  • RRP:
    USD $3,017.00
    GBP £2,320.00

Pros

  • Quick print speeds;
  • easy setup;
  • Web-ready management;
  • automatic two-sided printing;
  • excellent documentation.

Cons

  • Fair colour output;
  • photos look grainy.

Xerox's new Phaser 6200DP breaks the speed barrier for colour lasers, printing all four colours in one pass instead of the usual four. Add to this its useful features for a busy office, from built-in Ethernet to Web-based management tools, and the Phaser 6200DP would seem like the ideal text/graphics workhorse. But we've seen other printers sacrifice quality in the name of speed, and the Phaser 6200DP struggled with the same issues.

Installing the Phaser 6200DP is surprisingly easy, assuming you have someone to help you lift this 36kg printer out of its box and into place. The cyan, magenta, yellow and black toner cartridges, as well as the imaging unit, load without a hitch. And it's simple to replace the other imaging components (such as the transfer roller and the fuser) via the printer's front panel. If the two-page installation poster isn't enough to get you started, a more detailed setup and quick-reference guide is provided. You'll also find the installer, the drivers, basic utilities (such as a font-download tool) and extensive electronic documentation on two CDs. One of the discs supplies advanced management tools such as CentreWare Web, which lets you manage the printer through an ordinary Web browser.

The Phaser 6200DP's £2,320 (ex. VAT) price is competitive for what you get. A 500-sheet paper tray and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray come standard; high-volume users might opt for the 1,000-sheet, high-capacity feeder (£690 ex. VAT). Standard connections include USB 1.1, parallel and Ethernet. The front-panel LCD is easy to navigate; one button brings up contextual help to explain each menu function or message. The printer supports automatic two-sided printing and comes with a generous 128MB of memory, which is expandable to 512MB.

The benefit of the Phaser 6200DP's single-pass design showed in our labs' tests. It delivered mixed text and graphics at 6.4ppm (pages per minute) and full-colour pages at 6.3ppm -- two to nearly three times as fast as its competitors respectively. With text, which all printers do in one pass, its speed averaged out at 10.5ppm.

Although it's an impressive performer, print quality could be disappointing. Both text and mixed text/graphics pages looked good overall, even though letters lacked sharpness and images appeared faint in spots. The real problems arose when printing photos and other complex colour images. Output appeared grainy, and while the colour matching seemed good, blacks appeared faded and splotchy. The Phaser 6200DP will do fine on everyday business documents with a few charts and graphs but nothing more complicated.

Xerox's standard support for the Phaser 6200DP is adequate, and extended service plans are available. The Xerox Web site includes updated drivers and management software, online user manuals, FAQs and a searchable knowledge base. The Phaser 6200DP has a lot going for it, including fast printing, versatile connectivity, broad OS support and an intuitive, menu-driven interface. However, the proof is in the printing, and the Phaser 6200DP falters at anything beyond basic business graphics. That may suit mainstream office users, but in-house publishing departments and graphics professionals will need a printer that can handle complex images better.

Specifications

General
Packaged Quantity 1
Printer Type Workgroup printer - laser - color
Printer
Print Speed Up to 16 ppm - B/W - 2400 dpi
Up to 16 ppm - color - 1200 dpi, Up to 16 ppm - B/W - 2400 dpi
Up to 16 ppm - color - 1200 dpi
Built-in Devices status LCD
Connectivity Technology wired
Interface Parallel, USB, LAN, Parallel, USB, LAN
Max Resolution ( B&W ) 2400 dpi, 2400 dpi
Max Resolution ( Color ) 1200 dpi, 1200 dpi
Automatic Duplexing Yes, Yes
PostScript Support standard
Language Simulation PCL 5C, PostScript 3
Fonts Included 136 x PostScript
54 x PCL 5, 136 x PostScript
54 x PCL 5
Processor
Processor PowerPC 500 MHz
RAM
RAM Installed ( Max ) 128 MB / 512 MB (max), 128 MB / 512 MB (max)
Media Handling
Media Path Type curved
Media Type CD/DVD labels, cards, coated paper, envelopes, labels, plain paper, transparencies
Max Media Size (Custom) 8.5 in x 14 in, 8.5 in x 14 in
Media Sizes A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), Statement (5.5 in x 8.5 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in), B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), Folio (8.5 in x 13 in), JIS B5 (7.17 in x 10.12 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
Total Media Capacity 600 sheets
Media Feeder(s) 1 x autoload - 100 sheets - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
1 x autoload - 500 sheets - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), 1 x autoload - 100 sheets - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
1 x autoload - 500 sheets - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Duty Cycle
Monthly Duty Cycle (max) 60000 pages, 60000 pages
Cartridge / Printhead Included Qty 4
Telecom
Modem none
Networking
Networking Print server - plug-in module, Print server - plug-in module
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
Copier
Copier Type none
Expansion / Connectivity
Connections 1 x parallel - 36 pin Centronics
1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type B
1 x LAN - RJ-45
Power
Power Consumption Operational 100 Watt
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 25 Watt
Software / System Requirements
Software Included Drivers & Utilities
OS Required Apple MacOS 8.0, Microsoft Windows XP, Novell NetWare 3.x, Novell NetWare 4.0 or later, Red Hat Linux 5.2 or later, SunOS 4.1 or later, SunSoft Solaris 2.4 or later, Apple MacOS 9, Apple MacOS X, Apple MacOS X 10.1, HP-UX 11.x, IBM AIX 4.2 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0, Microsoft Windows 95/98, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Yes
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 50 °F
Max Operating Temperature 89.6 °F
Humidity Range Operating 10 - 85%
Sound Emission 70 dB
Dimensions & Weight
Width 17.3 in
Depth 23.2 in
Height 17.5 in
Weight 79.4 lbs

Topics: Printers, Hardware, Reviews

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