Xerox Phaser 6010 colour laser printer review

High-quality budget colour laser for small business
Photo of Xerox Phaser 6010 colour laser printer
£119

The Xerox Phaser 6010 colour laser printer is pitched into a touch market. For small businesses and home office users wanting to save every penny they spend on essential office equipment, there’s a wide range of choices – which means manufacturers have got to produce something really eye-catching to stand out from the herd.

Design
The Xerox Phaser 6010 looks like it could have been made by Apple a few years ago, with its almost entirely cream exterior and minimalistic controls. It will fit comfortably on a small desk, taking up only 394x304x233mm (wdh) of space, and weighing just 10.7 kg. It’s also both PC and Mac compatible.

The drop-down input tray at the front holds a maximum 150 sheets of A4, and just above it sits a removable light blue plastic bypass tray for a further ten sheets – especially useful for printing envelopes, labels and recycled paper without having to do a manual change over. A similarly shaded fold-down output tray on the top will allow for 100 sheets at a time, which should be more than sufficient for normal print jobs. Unfortunately there’s no auto-duplex facility.

Connection is via USB lead to your computer, or via Ethernet to your network – there’s no Wi-Fi option. Controls are centred around a two-line 16-character black text LCD which you use to scroll down the various menus, although it’s more likely that you’ll organise your output from the PC software as it’s quicker and easier to set up. Finally, the four toner cartridges feed in smoothly via the right side panel, and use a combination of Xerox’s Hi-Q LED print engine and EA Eco toner technology.

High quality print
Two of the top features you expect from a printer are fast print times and high quality – and in both respects, the Phaser 6010 performs admirably. The claimed best speed for black text documents is 15 ppm, and we averaged around 14 ppm. Xerox suggests 12 ppm for colour documents, and we actually managed to achieve closer to 12.5 ppm, with draft quality for both mono and colour naturally paler, but around the same speed.

Quality is exceptionally good, with strong blacks and colours very closely mimicking those of the originals. The only negative – and it’s a hefty one – is the price of the toner cartridges, which currently stand at around £62 for black (lasting for 2,000 pages) and £43 for each of the three colour cartridges (lasting 1,000 pages each) amongst online retailers – giving a huge total cost of 16p per page for colour prints.

Company: Xerox

Website: http://www.xerox.co.uk/

Contact: Xerox on 0800 169 6343

Positives
  • High print quality, decent speed.
Negative
  • Very pricey toner cartridges.

Verdict

The Xerox Phaser 6010 looks cool, is very compact, works comparatively fast and produces excellent quality documents but it's let down by the heavy cartridge cost and lack of any auto duplex capability.