I have been in the market for a new printer for my small business for quite some time. I must admit, Xerox was not the first brand that came to mind. I was immediately taken back to my days in the classroom and the hours I spent standing in line waiting patiently for access to the furniture sized workhorse machine that everyone in the school needed to use at the same time.
Xerox you have come a long way. I was intrigued to learn about and try out their new line of printers that are targeted for small-to-medium-sized businesses like mine who have limited IT resources and need something powerful and efficient but don't have space for a massive machine and all that comes with it.
The Xerox Versalink C405 was delivered right to my door only a day after placing my order. I’ve had great time printing, faxing, scanning, and deciding if this little powerhouse machine is the right fit for my business and the teachers and schools I work with.
Here’s a quick rundown of what I discovered.
Set Up: You can’t beat it being literally right out of the box and ready to go! No difficult painstaking downloads, minuscule print manuals, or long online discussions. It was a no stress; no frustration process. Print, copy, scan, fax, email; the moment you take it out of the box.
Sync: Seamless out-of-the-box direct connectivity to Google Drive™ and DropBox™ as well as access to additional options through the Xerox® App Gallery. It’s a game changer for connected educators and busy entrepreneurs.
Screen: The touchscreen is beautiful hi-res color; easy to see and use.
Size: Slightly bigger than I anticipated…about the size of a small dorm room refrigerator, but it is compact enough to fit on a small desktop or nicely in classroom or office.
Design: (Yes looks matter!) Nice deep blue topped casing is a nice change from the all ivory/gray look of typical printers we were used to.
Speed: Fantastic—crisp, clear, and FAST —a matter of seconds. Double sided scanning in one pass too – Nice!
Quality: Best quality color laser prints I have ever seen.
Adaptability: The ability to connect and print from multiple devices is a must have for any business today.
Overall Cost: It is a bit more than I was thinking of spending, but not out of budget for a small business. Given its attributes, it’s definitely worth it.
Toner: Although the toner cost appears to be high and a potential downside, it’s actually very competitive for this class of product. The cost to print is better than most products in this class, which means the overall machine is a great value. The unit comes with toner for 2,000 color and 3,000 monochrome prints – which will vary based on what’s being printed. When it’s time to replace the toner, there are multiple options available to suit whatever budget exists.
WiFi: It is a little extra cost and work to set up the WIFI module if you need it. Once installed, connecting is a breeze and literally took seconds. No cables to fight any longer.
Paper: The printer doesn't support 11" x 17" paper. For me, this was not a game changer. However, this may be for others who may utilize the printer for tabloid documents.
I love the new Xerox Versalink C405!
It is a great upgrade from any printer I have used or owned to date.
It is a perfect addition to my home office and small business as it can accomplish the many and varied needs I have. I can envision it saving time and money; and increasing productivity for other educators and entrepreneurs who have similar challenges.
The best part for me is the versatility that comes with the freedom to work when, where, and how you want.
It makes me want to do more—because I can!