Reviewers say the Xerox Phaser 6010/N is a basic yet solid color laser printer that's ideal for those with light printing needs. Its small size makes it welcome in personal or home office settings. While it lacks the extras of more expensive printers, the 6010/N offers output that's easily good enough for most business purposes.
Quality output for the price. While reviewers' opinions may slightly differ, they agree that the Xerox Phaser 6010/N color laser printer offers performance that's overall pretty good, considering its price category. Even the harshest critics say that the output is fine for most personal and even business uses. Others go so far as to say that printout quality is fairly impressive. Its rated printing speeds -- 12 pages per minute (PPM) for color, 15 PPM for black and white -- are slow compared to most color laser printers. The small input tray (150 sheets) and the lack of features such as automatic duplex printing also limit its appeal for busy offices or other settings where larger printing jobs are commonplace.
Delightfully compact. Compared to other color laser printers, the Xerox Phaser 6010/N is quite compact. At 15.5 inches by 9.2 inches by 12 inches, it's small enough to fit on a corner of a desk or table, and is light enough at 23.4 pounds to be moved by just one person. While color laser printers aren't exactly known for style, its curved edges and decorative wave streaked across its front side suggests a welcome aesthetic for most rooms. The control panel is straightforward, and reviewers add that the menu system is easy to use. Pantone-approved color simulation lets users match Pantone (PMS) colors as closely as possible, something that's particularly useful when printing marketing materials like company logos. The Xerox Phaser 6010/N lacks Wi-Fi capabilities, but it can be networked via Ethernet.
Built to last, but expensive to run. Despite its relatively compact size, reviewers say the Xerox Phaser 6010/N color laser printer is strong and sturdy. Its relatively quiet operation is also well liked. While its maximum duty cycle of 30,000 pages a month is a little on the low side, it's sufficient for long-term personal and home office use. Like many color laser printers, the 6010/N is Energy Star-certified, and reviewers say it's exceptional in that it uses only 180 watts of power. That's more than offset by the high cost of this printer's toner cartridges -- the biggest downside in most reviewers' eyes. The 6010/N is backed by a one-year warranty.
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M. David Stone says that the Xerox Phaser 6010/N is a good color laser printer if you don't print much. The review concludes that while text quality is a bit below par, it's more than good enough for most internal business needs. Stone particularly praises the 6010/N for its Pantone color-matching feature, a useful addition that's most appreciated by graphic designers.
Review: Xerox Phaser 6010/N, M. David Stone, May 16, 2011
2. PC World
The Xerox Phaser 6010 (identical to the Xerox Phaser 6010/N but missing the latter's Ethernet connection) receives a solid 3 stars out of 5 from PC World's Jon L. Jacobi and Melissa Riofrio. Overall they are impressed and describe black text as sharp and smooth, with colors that appear natural and precise in detail. The potentially high toner costs are discouraging, however.
Review: Xerox Phaser 6010 Offers Mighty Compact, Mighty Expensive Color Printing, Jon L. Jacobi and Melissa Riofrio, Feb. 22, 2011
Simon Williams awards the Xerox Phaser 6010/N 6 points out of 10, stating that it's a quiet, convenient and well-designed printer. He adds that the Xerox printer is good for black text printing, though the cost of replacement toner cartridges may make color printing prohibitively expensive.
Review: Xerox Phaser 6010 Review, Simon Williams, July 17, 2011
4. Computer Shopper
Jonathan Rougeot reviews the Xerox Phaser 6010/N for ComputerShopper.com, giving it a rating of 3.5 points out of 5. The review covers performance, design and features. Rougeot says that the printer is very fast for its class. He describes text quality as above average, with fonts crisp and clear even down to 5-point type. As in other reviews, the cost of the printer's consumables is cited as a negative.
Review: Xerox Phaser 6010 Review and Ratings, Jonathan Rougeot, Aug. 10, 2011