Xerox VersaLink C405 Color MFP Review

Good: Ease of setting up printer without IT involvement, reasonable operating costs, wireless and mobile functionality.
Bad: No finishing options offered, not intended for large businesses.
Bottom Line: New series of devices for small-to-medium businesses to help improve office productivity with efficient printing.
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Xerox
VersaLink C405
$879-$979
Small, Medium
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36ppm
36ppm
1.05GHz
2GB

Product Overview

Xerox debuted its new line of printers and MFPs targeted for the small-to-medium-sized businesses. Called VersaLink, this new line is designed to help those 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. It’s also integrates with mobile devices and cloud accounts.

One of those devices is the VersaLink C405 Color MFP series, which are the multifunction siblings of the C400 Color Printer series. The devices print at up to 36ppm in both black and color and has a first-page-out-time of 13 seconds in color.

There are two configurations: the base model C405/N ($879) that has networking connectivity and the C405/DN ($979) that includes standard automatic duplexing. They include standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing features.

The C405 comes with a 1.05GHz processor and 2GB of memory. Printing languages supported include PCL, PostScript, direct PDF and XPS. USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity are standard.

As mentioned above, the C405 supports mobile printing. Users can print from and scan to 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 MFPs also include a 5″ 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 C405 support printing from and scanning to these following cloud accounts: Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft 365, DocuShare, Google Drive and Dropbox.

More features on the C405 printers is in our Features section below.

The VersaLink C405 MFPs provide strong features for SMBs that don’t have IT resources and need an easy-to-use device. We especially like that they have an easy set up, reasonable operating costs and are adaptable for a mobile office.

Features

Standard paper handling for the C405 devices start with a 550-sheet tray and a 150-sheet bypass. Xerox offers an optional second 550-sheet tray for $299. The maximum paper capacity is 700 sheets. Duplexing is standard on the C405/DN model.

Output is only a 250-sheet tray. There is also a 50-sheet single-pass duplexing document feeder. There are no finishing options. The maximum duty cycle is up to 80,000 pages per month.

Users can scan to these following destinations: USB, email and network. File formats supported are PDF, JPEG, TIFF and XPS, to name a few.

The faxing function includes a 33.6kpbs modem, as well as LAN faxing, direct faxing to email and fax dialing.

Xerox includes many standard security features, such as secure print, user authentication, network authentication, hard drive overwrite, IP address filtering and access controls, to name several. Xerox offers its PrintSafe Software as an option.

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 cartridges (10,500 pages for black and 8,000 pages for each color). The cost per page for black is 1.9 cents and for color is 12.6 cents. It’s pretty remarkable, especially for an SMB market, where color cost per page averages about 13 cents or more.

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 series is not intended for large businesses or businesses that want a faster print speed. Also, the devices doesn’t include finishing options.

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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