Xerox has released details of its new entry level colour MFP, the Phaser 6121, which replaces the Phaser 6110 and will be available from September. The 6110MFP has been the printer of choice for small business and home users who want the flexibility of a multifunction device on a budget. The question that 6110 users will be asking is, why should they upgrade to the 6121?
It's faster. Print speed has been increased from 4 pages per minute colour and 16ppm mono to 5ppm colour and 20ppm mono. First page out time is up to three seconds faster in mono and five seconds faster in colour.
Security features. The 6121MFP features CWIS password protection, scan to e-mail with authentication and secure memory receive for the fax; handy for small workgroups, not so much for individual users.
Duty cycle. The 6121MFP has a maximum duty cycle of 35,000, compared with 24,200 for the 6110MFP. However, maximum duty cycle means little in the real world, so Xerox have kindly included the much more useful Average Monthly Print Volume, which is 1500 pages.
Duplex option. An automatic duplex comes as standard on the 6121 MFP/D and as an optional extra on the 6121 MFP/N; there was no duplex option at all on the 6110MFP.
Quality. 1200dpi print and copy resolution, as opposed to 600dpi on the 6110.
Media handling. The 6121 will handle up to 209gsm media compared with 163gsm for the 6110. The N and D configurations also allow the addition of a second paper tray to increase handling capacity to 700 sheets, against the 6110's 400 sheets.
Scan and fax features. The N and D models feature a LAN fax, which allows fax forwarding to an e-mail address, and scan to e-mail with LDAP, which allows scanned documents to be sent to e-mails in the printer's address book.
Design. The 6121MFP is smaller and lighter than the 6110MFP and features a larger user interface, which should make it easier to use.
On paper, the 6121MFP seems like a good entry-level colour MFP and has several genuine improvements over the 6110MFP, the most notable of which is the option of an automatic duplex unit. If you're thinking of upgrading from a 6110, the 6121 is at least worthy of serious consideration. Whether you take the plunge will probably depend to a large extent on the pricing and we will keep you updated once we have this confirmed from Xerox.
by Anthony Morgan