Xerox WorkCentre 6515 Color MFP Review

Good: Variety of apps for mobile printing, PANTONE solid color simulation feature, choice of three sets of aftermarket toner cartridges.
Bad: Ledger-size (11" x 17") paper not accepted, no finishers offered, not intended for larger offices.
Bottom Line: A series of scalable color MFPs for the small and medium offices.
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Xerox
WorkCentre 6515
$439
Small, Medium
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30ppm
30ppm
1.05GHz
2GB

Product Overview

The WorkCentre 6515 Color MFP, along with the Phaser 6510 Color Printer, is Xerox’s latest entry in its color lineup geared toward small and medium businesses. The MFP series, which consists of three scalable devices, print and copy at 30ppm in both black and color. They include a first-print-out time of 12 seconds and a monthly duty cycle of 50,000 pages.

This series of devices include standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing.

The three devices are:

  • The WorkCentre 6515N ($439) is the base model that includes standard Ethernet connectivity.
  • The WorkCentre 6515DN includes standard automatic duplexing.
  • The WorkCentre 6515DNI includes standard wireless connectivity.

More details are found in our Features section below.

The WorkCentre 6515 Color MFP has strong features, such as low operating cost (and a choice of standard, high and extra-high capacity toner cartridges), wireless connectivity and mobile printing and secure printing.

Features

The WorkCentre 6515 starts with a 1.05GHz processor and 2GB of memory that’s not expandable. PCL and PostScript are supported as well as USB and Ethernet connectivity.

Wireless connectivity is standard on the 6515DNI model but are optional on the other two devices. These devices also support mobile printing. The Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print apps are standard, while the Mopria Print Service Plug-In and Xerox Print Service Plug-in for Android apps are free to download onto mobile devices.

We also want to point out that Xerox has a new Mobile Link App that will be available in early 2017. This app will allow users to print data saved on the cloud from a Xerox printer. Also, available in Xerox’s MFPs only, users can scan, fax and email documents from their mobile devices with this app.

Standard paper supply starts with a 250-sheet tray and a 50-sheet bypass. There is the option to add a 550-sheet tray for $199. Maximum paper capacity is 850 sheets. All trays accept up to 8.5″ x 14″ paper size.

Automatic duplexing is supported; it’s optional on the 6515N but standard on the other two models.

Paper output is a 150-sheet tray; there are no finishers. All devices include a single-pass duplex 50-sheet automatic document feeder.

Other printing features include the PANTONE solid color simulation (for the ability to make color corrections to the material before printing), watermarks, fit print to page and saved print, to name a few.

The scanning function supports scan-to-email, scan-to-network, scan-to-USB and LDAP, to name a few. File formats supported are JPG, TIFF, PDF and searchable PDF.

The faxing feature utilizes the 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression. Fax forwarding and secure fax are supported.

Xerox offers a choice of three types of aftermarket toner cartridges: standard, high-capacity and extra-high-capacity. We’ve calculated the cost per page based on the high-capacity black cartridge (5,500-page yield) and extra-high-capacity color toner cartridges (4,300-page yield for each color): 2.2 cents in black and 13.4 cents in color.  The calculations doesn’t include the drum cartridges (48,000-page yields for each four cartridge). According to Xerox, based on an average number of printing per month (approximately 800 pages) the drum cartridges wouldn’t likely need replacing during the life of the device.

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

Shortcomings

The paper trays doesn’t accept ledger-sized (11″ x 17″) paper. There are no finishers offered, even as an option. Also, these printers are not intended for larger offices.

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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