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Xerox WorkCentre 6015N review

Simon Handby
15 Nov 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
246
inc VAT

This is a competent colour MFP with good all-round performance. While its running costs are reasonable for a laser, however, they're significantly undercut by the best comparable inkjet MFPs

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Specifications

Single-pass colour LED, 15ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 337x410x389mm

If you're looking for a robust colour multifunction peripheral (MFP) for a home or small business, you might be surprised that a budget of just £250 lets you consider laser-printer-based models as well as inkjets. Xerox's inexpensive WorkCentre 6015MFP range comprises three models, all based on the same 1,200 dots-per-inch laser that can deliver a claimed 15 black pages or 12 colour pages in a minute.

Xerox WorkCentre 6015N

The base 6015B is a simple printer, scanner and copier with a USB connection, while the two more expensive network models can also send and receive faxes. The mid-range 6015N reviewed here has a wired Ethernet port, while the 6015NI adds support for 802.11b/g/n wireless networks. All three are built to print a maximum of 30,000 pages per month, making them suitable for a fairly busy small office, but it's worth noting that the extras such as duplex printing or additional paper cassettes are not available.

In off-white and blue, the 6015N is a contrast from the grey and black that dominates affordable printers. Its plastics do feel on the thin side, particularly around the scanner lid and ADF assembly, but there are some quality touches, such as stiff hinges that hold the lid open and a generously big, clear mono LCD screen. We're not keen on the stingy 150-sheet paper tray, however, which looks cheap and has no dust cover.

Xerox WorkCentre 6015N open

Tested over a 100Mbit/s Ethernet network, the 6015N fell some way short of Xerox's claimed speeds, but it was still quicker than we'd expect at this price. Its speed of 6.3 pages per minute (ppm) in colour is quite reasonable, but it would have been faster were it not for a long job preparation and spooling delay before printing actually started. We wondered to what extent the network connection was responsible; repeating the test over USB reduced the delay and improved the speed to 8.3ppm. We encountered some problems when printing envelopes - they came out slightly crumpled, but we've got no other complaints about the 6015N's strong all-round print quality.

Xerox's scan interface is reasonably basic, with no automatic document detection or auto exposure, but it's simple to use and the results are fine for office work. Colours were captured faithfully, and a slight lack of sharpness evident at low resolutions only became problematic softness at the maximum 1,200dpi. Scan speeds were good for a network device, although our 1,200dpi photo scan, which typically produces more than 90MB of image data, was predictably slow.

Xerox WorkCentre 6015N controls

Entry-level devices are often let down by expensive consumables, but despite the absence of high-capacity toner cartridges the 6015 range is quite reasonable. When printing in black only it's cheaper than many competing lasers and inkjets, although most inkjets will be cheaper to run in colour. It's a good choice if you're set on a laser, but the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4535 DWF inkjet MFP is faster, much cheaper to run and produces better copies and scans.

Basic Specifications

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Maximum native print resolution1,200x2,400dpi
Max optical resolution1,200dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A415ppm
Quoted speed, colour A412ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.044s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.052s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet
Optional printer interfacesNone
Size337x410x389mm
Weight15.0kg
Noise (in normal use)50dB(A)
Duty cycle30,000

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight163gsm
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity160
Maximum paper inputs2
Maximum paper input capacity160
Duplex (code, cost if option)No

General

Printer technologySingle-pass colour LED
Language(s)host-based
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.5 or later, various Linux distributions
Maximum printer memory128MB
Other laser features and optionsNone

Buying Information

Price£246
Price per colour A4 page10.7p
Price of 2nd paper cassetteN/A
Warrantyone year onsite
Supplierhttp://www.printerbase.co.uk
Detailswww.xerox.co.uk

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview10s
A4 document at 150dpi14m 0s
A4 document at 300dpi22s
6x4in photo at 600dpi35s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi2m 4s
Single 35mm negative at 2400dpiN/A

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.032s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.044s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.01m 10s

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Copier zoom range25-400%
Max mono copy resolution600dpi
Max colour copy resolution600dpi

Fax Features

Fax modem speed33.6Kbit/s
Max mono fax resolution400x400dpi
Fax memory (maximum mono pages)114