Xerox's Phaser 6128MFP: Just What the Workgroup Ordered

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The Xerox Phaser 6128MFP Color Laser, an all-in-one multifunction printer, brings color printing, operational efficiency and enhanced document management capabilities to workgroup settings.

Xerox is looking to help build up some drama and excitement with its latest iteration of the small workgroup printer by adding multifunction printer capabilities, as well as color and keeping prices down. For just $599, the Xerox Phaser 6128MFP copies, scans and faxes, and prints up to 12 pages per minute in color and 16 ppm in black and white.

The Phaser 6128MFP boasts enhance productivity features, including simultaneous printing and faxing, "Run Black"—which enables printing to continue with black if color cartridges run dry—and a 400MHz processor with 384MB memory, preventing complex jobs from slowing down the unit. Those on a green kick will appreciate that the Phaser 6128MFP warms up in just 27 seconds, meaning that sleep mode doesn’t hamper productivity.

The device uses single-pass technology, eliminating the gyrations that a typical four-pass color laser machine has to go through; the result—faster printing and lower energy consumption. Likewise, single-pass printing reduces the chances of paper jams. 

The Phaser 6128MFP installation and setup are straightforward. The printer features a small footprint for an MFP color laser, making it suitable for both a single user and a small workgroup. The Phaser 6128MFP features a large LCD panel that makes navigating the menus much easier and further eases setup, maintenance and programming chores.

The unit offers additional MFP productivity features, such as network scanning via FTP or SMB, secure printing, and device access controls. A nifty capability is "ID Card Copy," which allows office workers to copy two sides of an identification card on one side of a sheet of paper. LAN Fax is another feature worth mentioning, which allows users to send faxes directly from their computers.

Xerox uses Emulsion Aggregate High Gloss (EA-HG) toner, with smaller, more consistent toner particles that enable higher resolution and sharper image quality. Not only does that process increase resolution, it also reduces tone usage and needs less power during the fusing process—yet another nod to the green crowd. The Phaser 6128MFP is Energy Star-certified and also reduces the amount of waste created. Packaging and consumables are designed to use a minimal amount of disposable packaging, and toner cartridge recycling is available.

Users will be impressed by the output quality of the unit, which rivals more expensive print-only color laser printers. Printed photographs are crisp, and color-infused business documents are eye-catching. The unit does not feature a duplexer, but users can manually duplex documents by using an option offered in the driver. The device will print on one side of a document, and then a user can flip over the paper to print on the other side—a little bit of a hassle, but not too difficult to accomplish in practice.

Solution providers will find the unit easy to service and toner simple to change. A browser-based management console is available to remotely monitor the device and can be configured to notify the solution provider if consumables are needed.

With the Phaser 6128MFP, Xerox sure got all of its ducks in a row to offer a reliable, affordable color MFP that should be easy to sell as well as service.


Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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