WORKCENTRE 6505 PERFORMANCE
Setting up the WorkCentre 6505
Xerox includes a visual installation guide that takes users through the basic installation steps: unpack printer, prime toner, load paper tray, choose a connection, connect fax line and connect power.
Xerox also includes an interactive Easy Setup Navigator on the provided CD that will take users through these exact same steps, including getting your printer connected to your network, if you choose that option.
Once the printer is powered on and connected, the wizard will install the drivers. There are two separate drivers to be installed – print and scan. Even with that additional step in the setup, the entire installation took less than 30 minutes.
Ease of use
The WorkCentre 6505 is very easy to use as a standalone device thanks to the 35-sheet ADF, front side USB port and intuitive four line LCD. I had no problem navigating the menus or using any of the devices via the quick keys.
I do wish the manual feed slot could hold more than a single sheet, I think it would be much more useful for businesses that want to print labels, envelopes, etc.
If you want to scan to your PC, you’ll need to install the scan driver found on the driver CD as well as consider the Scan to PC Desktop software found on a second provided CD for editing, etc. You can also scan-to a USB flash drive if you want to avoid the additional installs on your personal computer.
What did annoy me about the USB front side feature is that you can only print certain files like JPEGs or PDFs but not word docs. As a writer, I am constantly working with word docs whether I’m writing a review or if someone is sending me a contract or press release. And I doubt I’m the only professional using this technology – it would be nice if I could walk up to the printer and print any file on my flash drive. I noticed this same quirk on the Lexmark C792de we reviewed last week.
We sent and received faxes using the WorkCentre 6505 with no problem. I find ADF’s particularly useful when faxing because very rarely do I fax a single sheet.
I’m not going to lie, I sort of prefer having some form of toolbox, home center, whatever you want to call it where users can access all the software included with the printer or MFP. Xerox does not provide this for the WorkCentre 6505, but they also don’t bog users down with a bunch of unnecessary software. Everything is installed individually based on the user’s preference.
And if you decide not to install anything but the print driver, you can still adjust settings, get real time printer status updates, access troubleshooting, check your address book, track the job list and more using the CentreWare embedded web server.
As always, users can adjust individual job settings using the print properties/preferences menu found in your word document or web browser.
Print speed and quality
During our print tests, the WorkCentre 6505 printed our 40-page black and white text document in just under two minutes with a first page out in about 12 seconds and an average print speed of 24 ppm.
I tried printing our 40-page black and white text document in draft mode and I got almost identical speed results with the entire document printing out in less than two minutes and the same average print speed.
Add in color in either the standard print mode or draft print mode and still the print speeds stayed consistent. The WorkCentre 6505 does not job discriminate.
I did notice that the WorkCentre 6505 has a refresh cycle that runs every so often; most of the time it’s after the job finished but twice during our tests it paused at the end of the job for about 30 seconds or so. That slowed down the overall print time.
The print quality was excellent with glossy, bold text and color and good detail. When printing in draft mode, there is a noticeable difference in boldness so I would think that users would see that pay off in toner savings, but the text is still very readable. I would recommend using the draft mode for any text document that is not essential.
The configuration of the WorkCentre 6505 we received, the 6505dn, does include automatic duplexing. You will see a slight slow down on print speeds with printing double sided but nothing considerable. I did notice a few times during our review, I selected 2-sided printing in the properties menu and the printer did not print double sided and I have no idea why. Both times it happened, I printed the job a second time and it worked just fine.
The WorkCentre 6505 is Energy Star certified so when it’s in sleep mode or ready (idle) mode the energy use is fairly low. In ready mode with the LCD on, the WorkCentre 6505 pulls about 16 W of energy. In sleep mode with the LCD dark, the WorkCentre 6505 pulls about 10 W of energy. Not the lowest we’ve seen from a multifunction laser class product but still good.
When printing, warming up or refreshing, the WorkCentre 6505 energy use is much higher and fairly inconsistent. We saw a wide range of energy readings from as low as 50 W to as high as 1100 W of energy at any given time. The highest spike was just over 1200 W during our tests.