The Bottom Line
- Excellent color graphics
- Networking printer
- Fast enough
- Fairly large footprint
- Not cheap
- Color laser printer
- Color: up to 19 ppm; black: up to 21 ppm
- Maximum paper capacity: 500 sheets
- First-page-out time of as fast as 13 seconds in color
- 400 MHz processor
- True Adobe® PostScript® 3™
- Windows (including Vista) and Mac compatible
- Maximum duty cycle of 40,000 pages per month
Guide Review - Xerox Phaser 6140 Color Laser Printer: Pretty Fast, Pretty Cheap
But this is meant for small offices and it offers some advantages for office users. It has a duty cycle of up to 40,000 images per month; 500-sheet paper capacity; secure printing; and a 400 MHz processor, which is pretty powerful. It doesn't offer a built-in duplexer, however (there's an optional one available for $149 through Xerox), and of course since it's not an all-in-one, there's no scanner or copier. One thing I really liked was the "Run Black" feature which would allow the printer to print in monochrome mode when a color toner cartridge is empty. As obvious as this sounds, it's not always the case.
Prints came out looking quite excellent. Some laser printers heat up copy paper so much that it comes out curled; the Phaser didn't have that problem. Most impressive of all was how it handles colors. The printer has four toner cartridges (which come already installed in the printer, to save set-up time--thank you, Xerox!) and graphics looked crisp and the colors very true to the originals. Even an 8.5 x11 photo printed on the cheapest paper available looked pretty respectable, meaning that brochures and presentations will look top-notch after printing.
The printer does have a fairly large footprint compared to its consumer cousins--it measures 15.8 x 18 x 16.3 and probably weighs in at over 20 pounds. The Phaser 6140 didn't come with built-in support for Windows 7, so set-up required a new driver to be downloaded and installed. That was a pretty easy process, though keep in mind it means you'll need admin rights during this process.