Xerox WorkCentre 6515 review | TechSwitch

    Plucked from its WorkCentre vary, the 6515 is a modest multifunction Four-in-1, by Xerox requirements. It’s aimed on the small to medium sized enterprise and a small workgroup, and we predict it is rather generously specified for the duty.

    It definitely consists of all the key options an SMB may need, from quick duplex printing to cloud companies like iCloud obtainable for scanning and printing. However there are extra superior tips right here too, comparable to emailing a scan to your cellphone, or photocopying either side of a web page with out having to show the paper over. 

    Printing is quick, the decision is excessive (1,200 x 2.400) and so is the paper capability (300 sheets), however the factor that makes the Xerox WorkCentre 6515 stand out is its giant color touchscreen that appears and appears like a smartphone. It means all of these options are readily accessible on the printer, fairly than persevering with fiddly arduous buttons, or counting on a smartphone to entry them.

    The value varies extensively on-line for this mannequin, however at £264 (round US$349, AU$472), it seems to offer a whole lot of bang on your buck. The low price is may very well be defined by the setup cartridges that come equipped, which include solely sufficient toner for 1,500 mono prints, and 1,000 color, whereas an ordinary capability black toner cartridge for this mannequin has a 2,500 web page yield.


    We are able to’t actually name the Xerox WorkCentre 6515 compact, however the acquainted kind issue works nicely sufficient and it feels nicely made. Wherever you find yourself putting in it, the tilting touchscreen will be tilted to face you and it’s seen from a number of meters away.

    There’s an automated doc feeder (ADF) on the prime, which may maintain 50 sheets of paper. Beneath that’s an A4-size scanner mattress, which sits above an out-tray able to holding 150 printed sheets. And beneath that’s the physique of the printer housing the drum and 4 toner cartridges and a pull-down flap door that reveals a multi-purpose paper tray.

    Rear of printer

    That is the place you possibly can put as much as 50 sheets of headed letter paper or a stack of envelopes. Beneath it is a drawer that acts as the primary paper tray and might maintain 150 sheets of A4. If this isn’t sufficient on your wants, you should purchase one other drawer unit to face this one on, which is able to increase the overall capability to 850 sheets of paper.

    Ethernet, energy and USB connections are on the rear and since Wi-Fi is an non-obligatory further on this mannequin, it’s a must to join the wi-fi module your self. 

    Wi-Fi module

    It merely pushes right into a corresponding socket. Wi-Fi comes as commonplace on the 6515-DNI and is non-obligatory on the 6515V-DN.

    LCD display with test pages

    Spec Sheet

    Listed here are the total specs of the Xerox WorkCentre 6515:

    Sort: Multifunction color laser printer

    Capabilities: Print, copy, scan, fax

    Toner: Four cartridges (C, M, Y, BK) 

    Connectivity: Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB

    Information storage slot: USB

    Print velocity: 28 ppm (mono and color)

    Major paper tray capability: 250 sheets   

    Print high quality: 1,200 x 2,400 dpi

    Scan high quality: 600 x 600 dpi

    Apple AirPrint: Sure  

    Google Cloud Print: Sure

    App help: iOS/Android

    Consumables included: Four toner cartridges 

    Measurement/Weight: 500 x 420 x 506mm (HxWxD); 30.7kg


    The Xerox WorkCentre 6515 is a four-in-one that may do rather more than print, scan copy and fax. With the non-obligatory Wi-Fi module included, this MPF may print your emails, or electronic mail scans on to you. It will possibly additionally print from cloud companies like iCloud from the Xerox Print Portal app.

    It can’t solely print either side of web page, however scan either side of a doc with out having to show it over. There’s a entrance USB port for printing from, or scanning to a flash drive and an ADF that may take as much as 50 pages of A5, or A4, or something in between. 

    The print velocity is round 28ppm in single mono pages and the decision is sweet and sharp at 1,200 x 2,400dpi. The scanner decision is slightly low at 600 x 600dpi, however that’s superb for capturing paperwork with cheap readability. 

    One function that you just gained’t discover applied so nicely on one other printer is the tablet-style touchscreen interface. It’s not as delicate because the one in your smartphone, however the acquainted navigation system saves time spent standing subsequent to the printer.

    In contrast to the rather more costly Xerox VersaLink C7020, the WorkCentre 6515 doesn’t help the corporate’s Extensible Interface Platform, which incorporates the extra unique options such because the doc translation app. So whereas you should use the identical Xerox Print Portal iOS/Android app for each, solely the print capabilities will work right here. 


    Setup and operation

    The one difficult a part of the set up course of is lifting this 30kg printer out of its field. After that, you merely observe the printed step-by-step instruction within the person guide, which begins by eradicating all the orange transport tape. Our mannequin got here with the non-obligatory W-Fi module which plugs right into a port on the again. 

    Setup on touchscreen

    Earlier checks of Xerox machines have concerned lengthy cellphone calls with tech help groups to get them up and working, however this one labored straight out of the field. The massive touchscreen show, which has been designed to navigate like a smartphone, makes this mannequin significantly user-friendly. The setup wizard permits you to configure each a wired and a Wi-Fi connection and allows you to enter your personal electronic mail and SMTP deal with, so that you’re all set to print out emails or electronic mail scanned paperwork to your self.

    Touchscreen close up

    The touchscreen does away with the necessity for any had buttons, apart from the on/off change and makes day by day operation particularly simple. The touchscreen isn’t as delicate because the one in your smartphone, however it’s higher than that of the Canon Pixma TR8550. 

    Printer with test page


    The Xerox WorkCentre 6515 isn’t fairly as quick because the Brother MFC-L8690CDW, however it is rather clean and quiet in operation and extra constant in its output. Mono textual content paperwork are indistinguishable between the 2 machines, each being very precisely and calmly printed with no examples of smudged toner, or lacking toner that we might see.

    The Xerox machine does a barely higher job with color paperwork and images. The filling is clean and constant the place you will have blocks of color, fairly than grainy, which offer you a extra interesting end.

    How we take a look at printers

    Every printer we supply for testing is measured on our take a look at bench and the outcomes are critically in contrast with each different mannequin we’ve got reviewed. Moderately than counting on the producer’s quoted figures, we time the primary web page out and print speeds in single sheet and duplex mode utilizing an ordinary ten-page doc and a stopwatch app. To match print high quality, we print out the identical set of take a look at paperwork on each machine. These twelve take a look at pages embody textual content of various font sizes and colors, combined picture and textual content pages, a set of images and a collection of take a look at patterns designed to evaluate sharpness, color constancy, distinction and gray scale. 

    We additionally calculate working prices, examine performance and contemplate every product’s versatility, design and construct high quality. The general rating displays all of those parameters and total worth for cash.

    Pictures printed on plain laser paper endure from banding and an unnatural sheen, as with most laser printers, however the colors are a minimum of fairly pure and fairly nicely contained. It makes a barely higher fist of it than the Brother MFC-L8690CDW. Though it takes up a whole lot of house, the Xerox WorkCentre 6515 is an actual pleasure to make use of because of the massive touchscreen and quiet operation. 

    Remaining verdict

    The Xerox WorkCentre 6515 appears like a well-designed and complex laser MPF that features extra options and higher specs than your common small workplace machine. Duplex printing is crucial, however twin aspect scanning with out having to flip the doc your self, is a function that’s often reserved for dearer machines. Options like this and printing emailed paperwork, or scanning to the cloud are all made simple by the wonderful touchscreen LCD. Its tablet-style format can be acquainted to all, so you need to waste much less time attempting to determine it out. 

    It’s print high quality is above common too, with clear, crisp and evenly colored paperwork rising each time.

    This upright kind issue calls for a certain quantity of house in your workplace and is just too tall to take a seat on a desk. And given the dimensions, it’s a pity it might probably’t deal with A3 paperwork, or maintain greater than 250 sheets in its major paper tray. It’s not suitable with any of the EIP apps that Xerox’s premium printers help, so you can not add the doc translation app for instance. Pictures have a tendency to look banded the place shading is blocked collectively. 

    It is a subtle and really nicely featured MFP that can swimsuit a small workplace that has the house to accommodate it. It’s a pleasure to make use of, because of the tablet-style touchscreen, and has some neat tips, like scanning either side of a doc, whereas maintaining its print high quality above common. Pictures don’t look nice, as is commonly the case with laser printers, and the total retail worth is fairly excessive, however this premium machine can be an actual asset in any busy medium-sized workplace. 

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