PHASER 6010 PERFORMANCE
Setting Up the Phaser 6010
The Phaser 6010 comes with an Installation Guide that takes users through the basic setup: unpack and choose location, choose printer connection, connect power, load paper, select language and install drivers. Once you pop in the CD with the print driver and software, Xerox provided a Flash based Easy Setup Navigator that will take users through a step by step product setup (I skipped this since the Installation Guide was fine) and then to software installation.
You’ll need to confirm the installation type; we chose the network installation. The wizard will search for printers on the network, bringing up a list of available options. I selected the Xerox Phaser 6010 and also selected that the printer could be shared with other computers on my network.
The wizard will then allow you to choose to install all, some or none of the provided software (which consists of a User’s Guide and the Utility Launcher). I installed both for the purposes of this review. After that, the wizard is complete, but it will ask you to restart your computer.
Ease of Use
The Phaser 6010 is a single function, entry level LED printer so it’s fairly easy to use. As a standalone printer, users can navigate through four basic menus, use the bypass tray for labels or envelopes, cancel a current job or access the paper path for any potential paper jams (we didn’t experience any, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen).
As I mentioned in our recent Dell 1355cnw review, I have noticed that several manufacturers have been replacing actual paper drawers with fold out paper trays on their SMB models (Xerox, Dell and HP to name a few). Functionally, these makeshift trays are fine, but they usually offer a smaller paper capacity than traditional paper drawers. Of course, it makes slightly more sense on a small single function unit like the Phaser 6010 than on a MFP like the 1355cnw.
Xerox provides basic software for the Phaser 6010, but I like it because it’s user friendly. A utility launcher opens whenever you log into Windows (this can easily be turned off by selecting settings) that gives users access to PrintingScout, the Printer Settings Utility and Troubleshooting.
PrintingScout is the basic status monitor with real time status updates, estimated toner levels and access to the user guide. The Printer Settings Utility is more in depth and would be the software of choice for basic maintenance, printer diagnosis and an overview of the printer settings.
Xerox includes the CentreWare embedded web server with the Phaser 6010 when it’s set up over a network connection. You can get all the same basic information from CentreWare that you would get from PrintingScout and the Printer Settings Utility: real time status updates, consumables info, jobs info, support and printer setting info. You can also adjust print settings using the print properties menu.