The Xerox B215 is an entry-level to mid-range monochrome laser all-in-one printer designed for small to medium-sized offices. It prints amazing-looking text at reasonably fast speeds and offers low running costs compared with other printers in the market. The B215 comes with a 40-sheet manual-duplexing ADF, it means that it can scan and copy multi page two-sided documents, you must turn the original documents over manually.
You can control and configure, as well as perform walk-up tasks like scanning to the cloud or making copies, from the Xerox B215’s 3.5-inch touch-screen control panel or from its built-in web server, which, like the printer’s control panel, allows you to generate reports, monitor consumable levels, set security parameters and more.
The paper handling on the B215 consists of one 250-sheet drawer and a one-sheet override slot for printing one-off envelopes and other off-shaped media without reconfiguring and opening the main paper tray. The Xerox B215’s maximum monthly duty cycle is 30,000 pages and its recommended monthly print volume is 3,000 prints. For higher compatibility across the board with desktop publishing and other applications, the B215 supports the following page-description languages like HP’s PCL 5 and PCL 6 and Adobe PostScript 3.
The standard connectivity consists of Ethernet up to 100Mbps, WiFi and connecting to a single PC through USB 2.0. Although there is no WiFi direct for making peer-to-peer network connections to mobile devices, there are mobile connectivity options that you can use like Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria and the Print Service Plug-in of Xerox for Android, which allows you to print two-sided documents, release documents secured through PIN and more.
You can also scan to and print from USB thumb drives through a port located just below the control panel. Security features include automatic, self-signed certificate creation and trusted certificate authorities for secure coded printing, IP filtering, software verification, secure fax and disabling USB ports.
Like other Xerox printers, the B215 comes out of the box with its drivers set to print duplex pages automatically. In these instances, experts time and record not only the one-sided print speeds but also their two-sided or auto-duplexing scores. Xerox rates the B215 at 31 pages per minute in simplex mode and does not publish a duplex mode rating. From the Intel Core i5 testbed PC, overrunning Windows 10 Professional, Ethernet, it printed 12-page Microsoft Word text document on one-sided pages at the rate of 34.7ppm and two-sided pages at 13.6.
Experts timed the Xerox B215 as it printed a collection of Adobe Acrobat which is complex and Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint business documents that has a lot of elaborate charts, graphs and other kinds of business graphics. Then, experts combined the scores of these print runs with the results from printing the 12-page text file in the previous test, to come up with an inclusive score for churning out the entire suite of test documents. The Xerox B215 printed the whole set of documents in simplex mode at a rate of 16ppm.
The Xerox B215 churned out amazing-looking monochrome and grayscale output across the board. The text came out great and highly legible, with a near-typesetter-like appearance, right down to the smallest size that was tested which was 4 points. Also, the detail was respectable in the full-page Excel charts and graphs and PowerPoint handouts the experts printed, with barely noticeable streaking or banding.
Also impressive was the full detail and the lack of graininess in the grayscale pictures that were printed. The pictures were well above what you had seen from newspaper-quality images. Overall, the B215’s print quality is conducive to most business applications where monochrome output is acceptable.
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