The Xerox VersaLink C500/DN Color Printer ($769) deploys light-emitting diode (LED) arrays, instead of actual lasers, to etch print pictures on to newspaper before applying toner. The C500/DN is shut in printing speed, print quality, and continuing running costs into the lower-priced Editors’ Choice Brother HL-L8360CDW, in addition to the pricier Dell Color Smart Printer S5840cdn, the following of our best choices. (Both of the Brother and Dell models utilize real lasers.) Nonetheless, it is a bit more expensive to get and use than a few of its competitors, maintaining it from making an Editors’ Choice nod. Nevertheless, the Xerox C500/DN is a superb standalone shade laser-class printer for medium-size offices and workgroups that will need to print tens of thousands of pages every month.
Feature-Rich and Customizable
Xerox provides two variations of this VersaLink C500, both the C500/N as well as the C500/DN. The main difference between these is the latter, that lists for yet another $100, comes with an auto-duplexing print engine that reproduces files automatically. Xerox delivered me the duplexing version.
The C500/DN includes a 120,000-page highest monthly duty cycle plus a recommended monthly print volume of 8,000 pages. That is double the quantity of this Brother HL-L8360CDW, but 30,000 pages fewer compared to the Dell S5840cdn. Additionally, it comes packaged with 2GB of RAM for rapid imaging.
Installation and configuration are managed from a 5-inch color touch display, which includes the whole control panel. The panel itself is customizable in a lot of ways, including the capacity to make and/or download workflow profile programs. Xerox supplies preconfigured programs for many situations, downloadable from Xerox App Gallery.
Other cellular printing attributes are Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Printing, Mopria, Xerox Printing Service Plug-in for Android, Xerox Printing Direction and Mobility Service Program, and Xerox Print Control and Freedom Suite.
Some safety attributes require add-ons. Smart Card Enablement, by Way of Example, requires the Organization’s External Card Reader using RFID ($199). Then, also, there is a characteristic Xerox calls for the Productivity Kit, which is made up of a 250GB hard drive ($199), the tough disk, among other things, functions as a print server for queuing up printing jobs in the order they are submitted to the printer.
Quick and Dependable
The Xerox C500/DN is among the quickest LED printers I have seen. Xerox rates it in 45 one-sided pages per minute (ppm). Because this and other Xerox versions default to two-sided printing, as do many Canon and Dell laser printers, we now additionally report and time its own rate whilst printing in duplex mode. I analyzed over Ethernet in our regular Intel Core i5 testbed PC running Windows 10 Professional. When printing our 12-page Microsoft Word text file, I booted the C500/DN in 35.9ppm, which is commendable for two-sided printing.