Xerox may be closely associated with photocopiers, but copier and laser printer technologies are very similar, so it's not a surprise to see Xerox making an impression in this market with the Xerox Phaser 6180. Visually, the Xerox Phaser 6180 is very much a corporate product, and looks and feels as if it could be much more expensive. The packaging, the supplied manual and the software similarly look as if they've been put together with some thought.

The Xerox Phaser 6180's build quality is solid. The styling isn't outstanding, but it's a step up from most of the competition, and the vertical format gives the Xerox Phaser 6180 a smaller footprint than average. There are plenty of thoughtful touches, such as a door at the rear that makes it easy to add more memory, and a clever damper on the front door.

The Xerox Phaser 6180's drivers provide a minimal selection of extra tools, but include ColorConnection - a template pack designed to work with Xerox paper - and a remote management utility called PrintingScout. The on-printer features are limited to a two-line LCD that indicates toner levels, plus a pair of LEDs to indicate running status and errors.