Xerox VersaLink B605 and B615 MFP Review

Good: Flexible and scalable configurations, very low operating costs, mobile and cloud printing features.
Bad: The VersaLink B605 / B615 series doesn't support 11" x 17" paper.
Bottom Line: New series of scalable MFPs that includes strong features and are designed for companies with limited IT resources.
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Xerox
VersaLink B605/B615
$2,278-$4,155
Large, Enterprise
Speed Black:
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58 ppm / 65 ppm
Not applicable
1.05 GHz
2 GB

Product Overview

In 2017, Xerox debuted its new VersaLink printer and MFP line that’s designed to help businesses that has limited IT resources work with an easy-to-use and secure printing device. Each VersaLink printer includes a wizard that guides the user in setting up the device and connecting it to their servers. The printer also integrates with mobile devices and cloud accounts. The new VersaLink B605 and B615 MFP series are new high-volume multi-function black and white printers. Each series consist of a base model and four additional configurations.
  • The B605/X ($2,278) is the base model that prints and copies at up to 58 ppm, includes duplexing and networking, and offers standard printing, copying, and scanning functions
  • The B605/X ($2,845) includes standard faxing functions
  • The B605/SF ($2,847) is the print/copy/scan configuration and includes a standard 500-sheet finisher
  • The B605/SP ($2,847) is the print/copy/scan configuration and includes a standard four-bin 100-sheet mailbox
  • The B605/XF ($3,414) includes faxing and a standard 500-sheet finisher
  • The B605/XP ($3,414) includes faxing and a standard four-bin 100-sheet mailbox
  • The B605/XTF ($4,155) includes the 2,000-sheet high-capacity feeder and a standard 500-sheet finisher
  • The B605/XTP ($4,155) includes the 2,000-sheet high-capacity feeder and a standard four-bin 100-sheet mailbox
 
  • The B615/SF prints and copies up to 65 ppm, and includes standard printing, copying and scanning features as well as a 500-sheet finisher
  • The B615/SP is the print/copy/scan configuration and includes a standard four-bin 100-sheet mailbox
  • The B615/XF includes faxing and a standard 500-sheet finisher
  • The B615/XP includes faxing and a standard four-bin 100-sheet mailbox
  • The B615/XTF includes the 2,000-sheet high-capacity feeder and a standard 500-sheet finisher
  • The B615/XTP includes the 2,000-sheet high-capacity feeder and a standard four-bin 100-sheet mailbox
Both sets of MFPs come with a 1.05 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory, and a 250 GB hard drive. Printing languages supported include PCL, PostScript, direct PDF and XPS. USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity are standard. The B605 and B615 Series support mobile printing. Users can print from a variety of apps, such as Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Xerox Print Service Plug-in for Android and Near Field Communication (NFC) devices. The printers also include a 7″ color touchscreen with a touch-and-swipe user interface that resembles mobile devices. They also comes with access to the Xerox App Gallery so users can download specific apps to help customize one-touch printing tasks that reflect their workloads. The B605 / B615 MFPs support printing from and scanning to these following cloud accounts: Microsoft OneDrive, DocuShare, Google Drive and Dropbox. More features on these devices is in our Features section below. The VersaLink B605 and B615 MFP Series provide strong features for companies that need multifunctionality but doesn't require color output. We especially like that they have an easy set up, very low operating costs and are adaptable for a mobile office.

Features

Standard paper handling for the B605 / B615 MFPs start with a 550-sheet tray and a 150-sheet bypass. Depending on the configuration selected, Xerox offers up to four additional 550-sheet trays and a 2,000-sheet high-capacity feeder. Each tray support paper size up to 8.5″ x 14″, however, the high-capacity feeder supports letter-sized (8.5″ x 11″) paper. The maximum paper capacity is 3,250 sheets. Duplexing is standard. There is also the 100-sheet duplex automatic document feeder. Standard output is a 250-sheet tray. Xerox optionally offers a 500-sheet finisher that includes 50-sheet stapling, as well as a mailbox that consists of four 100-sheet bins. Depending on the configuration selected, the finisher and the mailbox are standard. The maximum duty cycle is up to 250,000 pages per month on the B605 and up to 275,000 pages per month on the B615. Scanning features include scan to email, to USB, and to network. File formats supported are PDF, PDF/A, XPS, JPEG, and TIFF. Faxing features include LAN fax, direct fax, and fax forward to email. Xerox includes many standard security features, such as secure print, user authentication, network authentication, IP address filtering and access controls, to name several. There is also the Simple ID feature, where users access commonly-used apps on the home screen. The user is assigned a dedicated ID and password, which they enter only once. Xerox has a few options in terms of its aftermarket print cartridges: standard-capacity, high-capacity and extra-high-capacity. For our purposes, we calculated the cost per page based on the extra-high capacity cartridge (46,700 pages). The cost per page is just below a penny, which is extremely low. Businesses can also keep costs down by taking advantage of Xerox’s environmentally-friendly features, such as duplexing and/or choosing its Earth Smart settings as default for printing jobs.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The VersaLink B605 / B615 Series doesn’t support paper up to 11″ x 17.” Also, companies that want color output can check out our reviews on the VersaLink C605 MFP.

About

Since the invention of Xerography 75 years ago, the people of Xerox have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done. Today, Xerox is the global leader in business process and document management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they can focus on their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., more than 140,000 Xerox employees serve clients in 160 countries, providing business services, printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations.

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