The two major differences among printers are how many functions they can perform. A printer that just prints in color is considered a one function printer. A model that has a fax machine, copier, and other add-ons would be considered a multi-function machine. Here is some information on the multi-functioning Xerox 6180 toner based printer…
So how many features does this model include? Well, it has the ability to print in both color and in monochrome. It has a full scanner on board that can scan at a high resolution. The fax machine is integrated and can be hooked up relatively easily. This printer also acts as a copier with a resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. It is essentially a one stop workstation for an office. There is no sense in buying all of these office electronics when you can get them all on one unit.
The average speed for color prints is 21 pages per minute. This number might not jump out at you but for a multi-purpose printer it is respectable. The amount of pages you can print in monochrome go up to roughly 31 pages per minute. The two main trays that come with this unit can hold 400 pages total. You do have the option of upgrading with an additional 500 page tray if you feel the need to.
What powers the Xerox 6180 is a 400 MHz processor that is matched with a very highly rated 384mb of RAM. This amount of RAM can be upgraded to well over a gigabyte if you need the extra save space on the printer itself for large scanning and copying jobs. The maximum duty cycle is rated at 60,000 pages per minute which is a decent number for most office settings.
Everything connects and works easily with this Xerox model and it is compatible with both computers and MACs.
The network is easy to set up with a server, the fax machine is very user friendly, as a copier it works just like a normal copier would, and the scanner can scan directly to your email, computer, or save onto the printer. This makes the 6180 a very versatile a user friendly machine for an office network. Having multiple computers and people working off this one machine is what it is meant for, and you can expect low maintenance and a very durable machine in the long run considering its warranty and duty cycle.