The Xerox Phaser 6180MFP is a higher-end colour laser MFP offering good performance and features. But it's not for the budget-conscious.

Xerox's Phaser 6180MFP closely resembles the Dell Multifunction Colour Laser Printer 3115cn, but it has a better overall design, faster text printing, and better-looking (though slower) graphics printing.

Unfortunately, the Xerox Phaser 6180MFP also costs more to buy and maintain.

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The Xerox Phaser 6180MFP's tested text speed of 28.3 pages per minute (ppm) left even its Dell near-twin in the dust. The results - deep black, precise - were lovely. The Xerox Phaser 6180MFP also copies and scans more quickly than the Dell does, and its results are equal or better.

Graphic images test the Xerox Phaser 6180MFP's mettle, as it managed just 1.7ppm printing a small high-resolution colour photo. Nevertheless, the output is worth the wait: colours stay fairly true, and pesky background patterns (which commonly develop when a laser tries to mix colours) are fairly unobtrusive.

The Xerox Phaser 6180MFP measures nearly 740mm tall and occupies a large footprint as well. The space is not wasted: the Xerox Phaser 6180MFP comes with a 250-sheet input tray and a 300-sheet output tray, as well as a 150-sheet multipurpose tray and a 50-sheet automatic document feeder.

Its 550-sheet optional tray comes with a pedestal base so the entire assemblage can stand on the floor; this thoughtful design is expensive, though. A duplex option will also cost, as will a standalone version of the Phaser 6180MFP with duplex included.

The layout and most of the button labels on the Xerox Phaser 6180MFP's control panel make sense. One confusing arrangement, however, gives the button for going back a step an icon label on the control panel but a word name in the documentation. The four-line monochrome LCD shows toner levels, menu items, and status. Some of the error messages that pop up are hard to decipher - and not all are documented.

A dual-panel front design reveals first the Xerox Phaser 6180MFP's multipurpose tray and then the printer's engine. The transfer belt is attached to the sturdily supported inner panel, which you must open to replace the consumables. (We're just waiting to drop a cartridge on this major part and damage it.)

The real pain with replacing the toner cartridges is the cost. The Phaser 6180MFP comes with standard-size cartridges, specifically a 3000-page black cartridge and three 2000-page colour ones. And running costs are high, even in a business setting.

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The Xerox Phaser 6180MFP is a higher-end colour laser MFP offering good performance and features. But it's not for the budget-conscious.

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Test results

Text Printing (Plain Paper, Normal Settings)


Tested Text Speed (ppm) 28.3
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 17.86
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 27.61
Text Output Quality Superior

colour Printing (Plain Paper, Normal Settings)


Tested Colour Speed (ppm) 1.7
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 14.88
One-Page Webpage (secs) 13.12
4 by 6 colour Photo (secs) 109.35
Colour Output Quality Good

Colour Photo Printing (Glossy Paper, Best Settings)


Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 0.5
Sports Action Shot (secs) 117.88
Colour Photo Quality Good

Grayscale Printing (Plain Paper, Normal Settings)


Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 1.5
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 40.38
Grayscale Output Quality Good

Lineart Printing (Plain Paper, Best Settings)


Tested Lineart Speed (ppm) 3.8
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 15.71
Line Art Output Quality Very Good

Scan Tests (in seconds)


Preview Scan, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 8.78
Preview Scan, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 8.62
Final Scan Time, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 9.66
Preview Scan, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 8.76
Final Scan Time, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 7.34
Preview Scan, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 8.62
Final Scan Time, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 8.84
Overall Scan Quality Good

Copy Tests


One-Page Copy (secs) 10.09
Copy Output Quality Very Good

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Xerox Phaser 6180MFP: Specs

  • 384MB RAM Installed (1408MB maximum)
  • 460x521x729mm
  • 40kg
  • B&W Pages per Min: 31
  • colour Pages per min: 20
  • Max. B&W dpi: 600-by-600
  • max. colour dpi: 600-by-600
  • language & emulation: PostScript PCL Emulation, PCL6
  • PostScript
  • parallel port
  • USB 1.1, USB 2.0
  • Ethernet
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows 2000/XP
  • Linux
  • maximum power draw (watts): 500W
  • Standby Power Draw (watts): 90W
  • multifunction printer specs: Scan Area (inches)
  • 8.5 by 14.0
  • Max. Scanning dpi: 600
  • Maximum Enhanced Scan Resolution (dpi): 9600
  • Scanning Image Sensor Type: ccd
  • Scanner Type: Flatbed/ADF
  • Maximum Scan colour Depth: 48
  • Maximum Scan Grayscale Depth: 32
  • Fax Resolution (dpi): 400-by-400
  • 384MB RAM Installed (1408MB maximum)
  • 460x521x729mm
  • 40kg
  • B&W Pages per Min: 31
  • colour Pages per min: 20
  • Max. B&W dpi: 600-by-600
  • max. colour dpi: 600-by-600
  • language & emulation: PostScript PCL Emulation, PCL6
  • PostScript
  • parallel port
  • USB 1.1, USB 2.0
  • Ethernet
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows 2000/XP
  • Linux
  • maximum power draw (watts): 500W
  • Standby Power Draw (watts): 90W
  • multifunction printer specs: Scan Area (inches)
  • 8.5 by 14.0
  • Max. Scanning dpi: 600
  • Maximum Enhanced Scan Resolution (dpi): 9600
  • Scanning Image Sensor Type: ccd
  • Scanner Type: Flatbed/ADF
  • Maximum Scan colour Depth: 48
  • Maximum Scan Grayscale Depth: 32
  • Fax Resolution (dpi): 400-by-400

OUR VERDICT

The Xerox Phaser 6180MFP is a well-designed machine with a few notable shortcomings. An office that needs to generate decent graphics should still consider it seriously - it's the best model we've seen so far at that task - but it's an expensive proposition otherwise.

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