Xerox VersaLink C500/DN Color Printer

Posted Date 12/12/17

The Xerox VersaLink C500/DN Color Printer ($769) deploys light-emitting diode (LED) arrays, rather than actual lasers, to etch print images on to paper prior to applying toner. The C500/DN is close in print speed, print quality, and ongoing running costs to the lower-priced Editors' Choice Brother HL-L8360CDW, as well as the pricier Dell Color Smart Printer S5840cdn, another of our top picks. (Both the Brother and Dell models use actual lasers.) But it's a little more expensive to buy and use than some of its competition, keeping it from earning an Editors' Choice nod. Even so, the Xerox C500/DN is an excellent standalone color laser-class printer for medium-size offices and workgroups that need to print thousands of pages each month.

Xerox offers two versions of the VersaLink C500$612.03 at Amazon, the C500/N and the C500/DN. The primary difference between them is that the latter, which lists for an additional $100, has an auto-duplexing print engine that prints two-sided documents automatically. Xerox sent me the duplexing model. It measures 17.5 by 16.9 by 18.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 61 pounds. That's about 5 inches taller and 13 pounds heavier than the Brother HL-L8360CDW$323.35 at Amazon, and about 3 inches narrower but 21 pounds lighter than the Dell S5840cdn$999.99 at Dell.
Paper input capacity out of the box is 700 sheets, split between a 550-sheet cassette and a 150-sheet multipurpose tray. If that's not enough, you can increase capacity to 1,250 sheets by adding a second 550-sheet drawer ($299). You can also add a 2,000-sheet high-capacity sheet feeder ($650), for a total of 3,250 sheets. Also available is a combination cabinet/printer stand with casters ($249). By comparison, the Brother HL-L8360CDW holds up to 300 sheets by default, expandable to 1,300 sheets, and the Dell S5840cdn holds 650 sheets, expandable to 2,300 sheets.
The C500/DN has a 120,000-page maximum monthly duty cycle and a recommended monthly print volume of 8,000 pages. That's twice the volume of the Brother HL-L8360CDW, but 30,000 pages fewer than the Dell S5840cdn. It also comes packed with 2GB of RAM for fast imaging.
Setup and configuration are handled from a 5-inch color touch screen, which comprises the entire control panel. The panel itself is customizable in several ways, including the ability to create and/or download workflow profile apps. Xerox provides preconfigured apps for most scenarios, downloadable from Xerox App Gallery.
The control panel can also be configured to provide customized home screens and layouts per individual user, a feature Xerox calls Simple ID. Unfortunately, though, the C500/DN doesn't come with Wi-Fi and other features associated with a Wi-Fi radio, such as Wi-Fi Direct—not without the $49 wireless network adapter kit, anyway.
Connectivity, Security, and Upgrades
Default connectivity options consist of 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, USB 3.0, and near-field communication (NFC) Tap-to-Pair. Other mobile printing features are: Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Xerox Print Service Plug-in for Android, Xerox Print Management and Mobility Service App, and Xerox Print Management and Mobility Suite.
In addition to the Simple ID display configuration feature mentioned earlier, other notable security features are: Access Controls, Audit Log, as well as Self-Signed, Path Validation, and Revocation List certificate authentication methods. (Path validation denies or permits connections based on where the traffic is coming from, as does Domain Filtering and IP Address Filtering.) Additional security features include Port Filtering, Role-Based Permissions, Secure Print for controlling access to documents with PINs, and Smart Card Enablement, which restricts access to users bearing electronic ID cards.
Those last two security features require add-ons. Secure Print, for instance, requires what Xerox calls the Productivity Kit, which consists of a 250GB hard drive ($199), and Smart Card Enablement requires the company's External Card Reader with RFID ($199). The hard drive can also act as a print server for queuing up print jobs in the order they are submitted to the printer.

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