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Xerox WorkCentre 6605N Colour Multifunction Printer review

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6/10
by Tony Hoffman, 05 Dec 2012Reviews
Xerox WorkCentre 6605N Colour Multifunction Printer review

The Xerox WorkCentre 6605N Colour Multifunction Printer (which retails at £690) is the same as the Xerox WorkCentre 6605DN Colour MFP, except that it lacks the latter's auto-duplexer. That makes it a good workhorse colour laser MFP designed for small workgroups, and it provides good output quality when you use its default PostScript driver. The printer's PCL driver has to be installed separately, and although it’s faster, it's no match for the PostScript driver in terms of print quality.

The 6605N can print, copy, fax, and scan. It has a front-facing USB port so you can plug in a USB stick to print from or scan to. You can scan to email or network folder, and it offers LAN faxing from your PC or walk-up faxing using the printer's control panel. These functions are controlled via a 4.3in colour touchscreen. A 50-sheet reversing automatic document feeder (ADF) lets you scan, copy, and fax multipage documents.

The white-and-blue 6605N measures 430 x 528 x 560mm (WxDxH), in other words it’s too large to put on a desk, and it weighs 32kg. It has a standard paper capacity of 700 sheets, split between a 550-sheet main tray and a 150-sheet multipurpose tray. An optional second 550-sheet tray is available, to bring the maximum paper capacity to 1,250 sheets.

PostScript and PCL drivers

During setup, you're offered two printer drivers (PostScript and PCL6), with checkboxes next to each. The PostScript driver is marked as recommended, and the box next to it is already checked. The PCL driver's box is empty, so to install it, you have to check the box beside it yourself. If you install both drivers, the PostScript driver will be set as the default, though you can change that later.

The 6605N provides USB and Ethernet (including Gigabit Ethernet) connectivity; an optional Wi-Fi adapter is also available. I tested it over a wired network with its drivers installed on a PC running Windows Vista.

Printing speed

I ran our official tests using the PostScript driver, as it is both the recommended driver and the only one that installs automatically. (We do our testing using default settings, as in our experience they are the ones that users are most likely to use). That said, I also did some testing using the PCL driver.

As is typical for printers with those two drivers, the PCL was faster (I timed it in simplex mode at 9.1 pages per minute), but its output quality, for photos and especially for graphics, was inferior to the PostScript driver. Although the PCL driver may be suitable for quickly printing drafts of documents in situations where output quality is unimportant, Xerox clearly did the right thing in making PostScript the recommended and default driver.

On our business applications test suite (using QualityLogic's hardware and software for timing), I timed the 6605N using the PostScript driver at 5.7 pages per minute (ppm). Its rated speed, based on printing text documents without graphics or photos, is up to 36 ppm (our test suite includes text pages, graphics pages, and pages with mixed content).

I timed the Lexmark X548dte, rated at 23 ppm, at 8.2 ppm in duplex mode, and the Xerox 6605DN using its PostScript driver in duplex mode at 4.8 ppm. (As the 6605N lacks an auto-duplexer, it can be used in simplex – one-sided – mode only).

Output quality

The 6605N provides an above average level of output quality overall, with average text, above-par graphics, and slightly above-par photo quality. Text is fine for almost any business use short of desktop publishing applications that require very small fonts. Graphics are fine for PowerPoint hand-outs, including ones intended for people you want to impress, and even basic marketing materials. Photo quality is fine for company newsletters, and maybe for basic marketing materials, depending on how picky you are. When I switched to the PCL driver, output quality for both photos and graphics suffered, as I’ve already mentioned.

Xerox's claimed running costs for the 6605N, including toner and other consumables, are 2.9 cents (1.8 pence) per monochrome page and 15.3 cents (9.5 pence) per colour page. The Dell C3765dnf's claimed running costs, based on a similar set of consumables, are 1.5 cents (1 pence) per monochrome page and 10 cents (6.25 pence) per colour page, with the Lexmark X548dte coming in at about the same cost as the Dell.

Verdict

The Xerox WorkCentre 6605N provides good output quality and boasts all the features of the Xerox 6605DN except the auto-duplexer. If you know you won't need the duplexer, buying this model will save you some money. It is worth a close look for workgroups needing a colour MFP for PostScript use, though its speed was unimpressive. If you don't need PostScript, there are faster choices, like the Dell C3765dnf, that provide good output quality.

Specifications

Manufacturer and Product

Xerox WorkCentre 6605N Colour Multifunction Printer

Standalone Copier and Fax

Copier, Fax

Printer Category

Laser

Direct Printing from Cameras

No

Rated Speed at Default Settings (Colour)

36 ppm

Rated Speed at Default Settings (Mono)

36 ppm

Print Duplexing

No

Color or Monochrome

1-pass colour

Technology (for laser category only)

Laser

Connection Type

USB, Ethernet, Wireless

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