Print Speed and Quality Tests
One of the only noticeable flaws I found with the Phaser 6010 was the advertised print speeds. During my tests, the Phaser 6010 never reached print speeds up to 15 ppm when printing in black and white. The fastest print speeds we saw during our tests were 13 ppm in black and white and color which is actually slightly faster than the advertised color speeds. When printing our 40-page black and white text document in the default print mode, the Phaser 6010 printed 13 ppm with a first page out in about 12 seconds for an overall print time of about three minutes and 15 seconds.
I saw no difference in print speeds when printing our 40-page black and white text document in draft mode, not that I expected any since that usually happens with inkjets more than laser or LED printers. However, there was a noticeable difference in shade darkness between the default and draft modes so it might be worth considering in order to conserve toner.
I also didn’t see any real difference in print speeds when printing color. I’m not sure if I missed something in the settings but when I printed a color brochure of the Xerox Phaser 6010 (a mixture of images, color and text as you can see below), the print speeds were nearly identical to when I printed our 40-page black and white text document. I thought the color prints came out great – very true to the original images and documents that I printed.
The energy use was on par with what I’ve seen from other LED printers – higher than an inkjet when printing but consistently lower across the board than many laser printers in their class. I saw the highest energy spikes during warm up and printing, near 700 W being pulled sporadically but for the duration of printing, the energy use was closer to 100-400 W of energy.
When in Ready mode, the energy use was between 8 and 9W. When the Phaser 6010 dropped into sleep mode, the energy use was about 4W, which is fairly low. Plus, the Phaser 6010 warms up from sleep mode very quickly.
- Compact footprint
- Great print quality
- Ease of use
- B&W print speeds slightly slower than advertised
- Manual duplexing
It was hard to find a flaw with the Xerox Phaser 6010 because it is what Xerox advertises: a compact, easy to use LED printer that provides quality prints for a solid initial price tag. The things I mention in the cons list are minor; the monochrome print speeds didn’t hit 15 ppm in our tests and there is no automatic duplexing option, a fairly common feature found on business models.
I would definitely recommend this unit to professionals who work from home or to small businesses looking to add color to their workflow for a reasonable price. It fits on the smallest and messiest of desks, it’s easy to set up and use, and provides great print quality.
But a larger business or even a small business with a high color print volume might want to consider a different model since the color cost per page is about 21 cents compared to the Phaser 6280 that offers a color cost per page of about 12 cents.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The Xerox Phaser 6010 is available now through Xerox Direct or authorized resellers for the suggested retail price of $299. Supplies and accessories are available thorugh the Xerox website as well; a standard capacity set of toner cartridges (CMYK) will set a business back $249.96.
The Xerox Phaser 6010 comes with a 1-year Quick Exchange Warranty with Xerox Total Satisfaction Guarantee.