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Xerox Phaser 6128MFPV/N review

Kat Orphanides
21 May 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
467
inc VAT

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Specifications

four-pass colour laser, 12ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 585x425x507mm

Xerox's Phaser 6128MFPV/N is a bulky workgroup MFP with a maximum duty cycle of 40,000 mono or 10,000 colour pages per month.

When we first turned it on, a handy configuration screen prompted us to confirm the date, time, network, fax and paper settings. Driver installation was incredibly simple, and the installer scanned our network and detected the printer immediately before installing its emulated PCL6 driver.

The sheer number of buttons and functions on the front panel was confusing at first. Its built-in menus provide control over everything from paper types to power saving. We were disappointed to find that not all these options were available from the printer's web administration interface. It focuses on network settings, and lets you control which IP addresses are allowed to print as well as features such as error notification.

You can't use your PC as the host device to control scans over a network, which prevents you from making scans from within applications. To do so, you must connect to the 6128MFPV/N via USB, an irritating limitation in a network device. However, this is unlikely to affect users who just need to make quick scans. The printer can be configured to save scans to a shared directory on your network, an FTP server or an email address.

Over a USB connection, the TWAIN scanner driver is basic, lacking features such as auto-cropping, but it's easy to use and remains open between scans. Scan quality was generally good, with fairly accurate colour and shading, although 1,200dpi scans were slightly banded at full magnification.

Print quality was excellent, with sharp text and vivid, smooth colours in our business document prints. Mono print speeds were a little slow at 9.9ppm, but colour prints emerged at a relatively swift 5.6ppm. Photo-quality images were smooth and detailed but suffered from a pink tint, particularly in pale areas.

Toner costs are typical for a laser at 10.5p per mixed-colour page, but other parts can be expensive and hard to come by. The drum has a lifetime of 30,000 images. Xerox doesn't consider it to be user-replaceable, but you can get spares from specialist retailers for around £250.

The 6128MFPV/N produces attravailable, professional-looking prints but its total cost of ownership is higher than most similarly priced colour laser MFPs. It'll cost you £741 for three years' light use and £1,954 for three years' medium use. Epson's Aculaser CX21NF costs a little more to buy, but is cheaper to run.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Maximum native print resolution600x600dpi
Max optical resolution1,200dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A412ppm
Quoted speed, colour A416ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.01m 24s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.01m 17s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet
Optional printer interfaces802.11 b/g wireless network adaptor (097S03741), £222
Size585x425x507mm
Weight29.0kg
Noise (in normal use)62dB(A)
Duty cycle40,000 pages
Power consumption standby19W
Power consumption idle21W
Power consumption active997W

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight215gsm
Standard paper inputs250
Standard paper input capacity1
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity250
Duplex (code, cost if option)No

General

Printer technologyfour-pass colour laser
Language(s)host-based
Supported operating systemsWindows 2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003, Mac OS X 10.3+, Linux
Maximum printer memory384MB
Other laser features and optionsthree year extendeed onsite warranty, 6100ES4, £35, 3,100 page black toner 106R01455,£64, 2,500 page cyan 106R01452, 2,500 page magenta 106R01453, 2,500 page yellow 106R01454, £70 each, 30,000 image imaging unit 675K69240, £263

Buying Information

Price£467
Price per mono A4 page2.10p
Price per colour A4 page6.3p
Price of 2nd paper cassettenone
Warrantyone year onsite
Supplierhttp://www.kikatek.com
Detailswww.xerox.co.uk

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview16s
A4 document at 150dpi23s
A4 document at 300dpi46s
6x4in photo at 600dpi42s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi2m 32s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.024s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.026s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.01m 1s

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Copier zoom range25-400%
Max mono copy resolution600x600dpi
Max colour copy resolution600x600dpi

Fax Features

Fax modem speed33.6Kbit/s
Max mono fax resolution400x400dpi