Multifunction Printer Review: Xerox WorkCentre 6505N - Page 2

By James Alan Miller
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Connectivity and Printer Consumable Costs

The WorkCentre 6505N's connectivity ports, including two for the telephone (faxing) line, are located in the back of the printer on the left side.  A second USB port, in the lower-left front of the flatbed scanner portion of the multifunction printer, lets you print documents from, or scan to, removable media.  This nice feature's becoming standard for these types of products.  It means you don't always need to be connected to a computer or network to use the WorkCentre 6505.

Like other printer manufacturers, Xerox does not bundle Ethernet or USB cable cables with the WorkCentre 6505. You do get the bowser cable, of course, and a phone cord.

Xerox rates the color cartridge output at 1,000 pages each, with replacements going for a $64.99 apiece. High-capacity versions of the cartridges rate for 2,500 pages, but sell for considerably more at $109.99. The black toner cartridge comes in at one capacity, 3,000 pages, for $105.99.

The cartridges are surprisingly compact and could easily fit in a desk draw, with room to spare. The Oki's cartridge output, by contrast, rate at 3,000 pages color and 3,500 black, but are much larger, just like that device itself.

Multifunction Printer Performance

As a scanner and copier, the Workcentre 6505 performed admirably and was easy to use; its front-side control panel and LCD are among the best and intuitive we've seen. But it's the print quality -- which affects nearly all the device's other functions -- where the WorkCentre 6505 really delivers.

Text was crisp and readable while colors nearly jumped off the page. We were particularly impressed by the printer's output regarding skin tones, which are notoriously difficult to render accurately. It is indicative of the device's overall excellence in matching what you see on the screen to the page.

The Workcentre 6505 pleasantly surprised us during speed testing. It wasn't quite as fast as the Oki, but it wasn't that far off either, and it blew the HP Officejet 7500A we reviewed  in January out of the water. Here's how the multifunction Workcentre 6505 did on variety of business tasks:

  • A single-page text document with a little color: 10 seconds
  • A single image- and color-rich page: 18 seconds
  • A five-page, mixed-media PDF with lots of text, pictures and graphics: 24 seconds
  • A six-slide PowerPoint presentation with a blue background:  27 seconds
  • A six-slide PowerPoint presentation with a white background: 24 seconds
  • A 58-page, mixed-media document: 2 minutes and 46 seconds

Those are excellent numbers that should meet the requirements of any small business.

Like other manufacturers, Xerox is pumping up its green credentials. With the Workcentre 6505, the company asserts its toner-only cartridges result in 80 percent less waste than comparable integrated print cartridges. Other than that, the Energy Star-compliant multifunction operates at a relatively low 375 Watts during normal operation, but powers down to a mere 65W in standby and 15W when in sleep mode.

Bottom Line

The Workcentre 6505 may not offer the larger paper capacity or monthly duty cycles of some other multifunction printers, but it does everything it's supposed to do well and, in a number of instances, better than many comparable models on the market. It's fairly fast, sturdy and compact, and it prints some of the best output we've seen at this price.

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This article was originally published on April 20, 2011
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