Xerox Phaser 6280N review

Kat Orphanides
25 Feb 2009
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single-pass colour laser, 30ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 473x400x490mm

Xerox's Phaser 6280N is a single-pass workgroup colour laser printer.

It has native PostScript 3 support, a maximum monthly duty cycle of 70,000 pages and a standard paper capacity of 250 sheets in the main tray and 150 sheets of up to 220gsm paper in the special media tray. It also has Ethernet and USB connections. The default PostScript driver took only a few seconds to install.

You can configure the printer using its built-in menu system, but we prefer a web interface to fiddling around with menu buttons and a tiny LCD display. Unfortunately, not all the options are replicated in the web interface - including such basic features as the length of time before the printer switches into power-saving mode. There are, however, some great security features, such as the ability to restrict access to the Phaser by IP address.

The 6280N has a blistering mono print speed of 25.9ppm and flawless text quality. Colour document prints were slower at 8.8ppm, which is slightly slower than many of the printers in our last colour laser group test (Labs, Shopper 250), but the quality didn't disappoint. Business documents, graphs and illustrations were vibrant and eye-catching, with excellent shading. Red tones were slightly stronger than in our original images, but this actually helped many documents make more of an impression. Even our photo- printing tests produced good results with fine detail.

A range of upgrade options is available for the Phaser 6280 series. These include an automatic duplexer, extra memory, an additional 550-sheet paper tray and a 40GB hard disk. The hard disk can be used to install additional fonts, buffer large printer jobs, and store logs and data about the printer. However, these add-ons are often less economical than buying a printer that comes with these features as standard.

The 6280N uses a minimum of consumables, with toner and OPC drums combined into single units for each colour. High-yield cartridges produced print costs of 9.1p per mixed colour page. Most of this comes from the 7.4p colour costs, while a mono page costs a fairly average 1.7p. This isn't too bad, particularly when you consider that toner prices have increased slightly since our last colour laser group test. The total cost of ownership is low, at £2,284 for three years' heavy use (72,000 mono and 36,000 colour pages), and a reasonable £350 for three years' light use (2,400 mono and 1,200 colour).

This excellent business printer can produce great-looking mono text, colour documents and business graphics. However, it can't quite rival the low costs and fast colour print speeds of Epson's Aculaser C2800N.

Basic Specifications

Maximum native print resolution600x600dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A430ppm
Quoted speed, colour A425ppm

Tested Speeds

Mono page from sleep time 1.025s
Time for two 10x8in photos 1.055s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.01m 25s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet
Optional printer interfaces802.11b/g wireless (0095205230581), £144
Noise (in normal use)51 dB(A)
Duty cycle70,000
Power consumption standby3W
Power consumption idle14W
Power consumption active890W

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4
Maximum paper weight220gsm
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity400
Maximum paper inputs3
Maximum paper input capacity950
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes


Printer technologysingle-pass colour laser
Language(s)PostScript 3, PCL5e emulation, PCL6 emulation
Supported operating systemsWindows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OSX 10.3-10.5, Linux
Standard printer memory256MB
Maximum printer memory1.25GB
Other laser features and options40GB hard disk 097S03967, £293, three year onsite extended warranty 6280ES4, £180

Buying Information

Price per colour A4 page7.40p
Price of 2nd paper cassette550-sheet 097S03744, £202
Capacity of supplied black toner2,200 pages
Capacity of supplied colour toners2,200 pages
Capacity of supplied drum(s)replaced with toner
Estimated colour TCO - three years medium£878
Estimated colour TCO - three years heavy£2284
Warrantyone year onsite
Price per mono A4 page1.68p

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.055s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.01m 25s