Fuji Xerox Australia Xerox WorkCentre C2424
- 1675 maximum sheets, excellent Web-based network software, colour laser
- Expensive, low print quality
The WorkCentre C2424 is a full-featured colour laser multifunction printer that can handle the traffic of a big office, but it produces mediocre output.
Price$ 4,275.00 (AUD)
Fuji Xerox designed the WorkCentre C2424 as a multifunction printer that could handle the heavy work flow of a large office. It's very expensive, but for the money you get more features, more flexibility and more network functionality than most competing colour laser MFPs offer.
Installing the WorkCentre on a server-based network was quick and straightforward. First I hooked the C2424 to an Ethernet hub and installed the software and drivers on a server running Windows Server 2003. After setting up the IP address, I could access the network management Web page, from which I could reach the drivers and easily install them on a client running Windows XP.
Xerox includes excellent Web-based network management tools on its server, including an alphabetised index and links to all of the functions. Its Web pages provide information about the paper trays, the output tray, page count, supplies status and routine maintenance. You can also retrieve detailed records of various jobs, print a configuration page, set up scan configuration and save user profiles. The unit's general system management exists in public folders, but you can configure the Web pages as either public or private folders, setting up passwords and assigning administrative tasks to a folder accessible to authorised users only. You can also do troubleshooting, retrieve diagnostic logs, and view a comprehensive guide offering tips on how to boost print quality and resolve printing issues.
The C2424's biggest weakness is its print quality. This model uses a solid-ink system instead of toner, and it produced somewhat grainy and muted prints during testing. In particular, the C2424 produced thick text with slightly jagged edges, and narrow parallel lines were a mess of overlapping light and dark sections. The test greyscale image had fairly good contrast, but it was so grainy that its otherwise smooth transitions appeared choppy. Colour graphics looked muted and colours were off--for instance, the slightly orange skin tones made people look like they were suffering from heat exhaustion.
Its scanner was better than its printer. A scanned test image, when viewed on-screen, had bright colours and more-accurate details than the many of the competition could manage. When scanning from the console, you can choose whether to send your scan to the server or to the client. Once scanned, the image appears in the Xerox Scan Utility, and you can open it in a particular application or save it anywhere on the system.
You can copy from a button on the console; reduce or enlarge; lighten or darken; set the number of copies; and choose from such copy options as create booklet, copy from multiple pages onto a single page, and include blank separators. Unfortunately, the unit's copy output was no better than its print output. During our tests, the C2424 copied a page of text so lightly that thicker letters didn't print completely. It copied the page in 4.1 seconds.
The print driver provides an option for notifying you when your job is complete, settings for secure printing, and a troubleshooting section highlighted by PrintingScout, a tool that alerts you if any issues arise in your print job before you send it. The standard configuration has two paper trays with a total capacity of 625 sheets, and you can add two more paper trays, for a maximum of 1675 sheets.
Join the newsletter!
Brought to you by Norton Symantec
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 ASUS FX503 review: An ROG Notebook By Any Other Name
- 2 HP Envy x360 (Ryzen 5) review: Power over portability
- 3 Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- 4 Oppo R11s review: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve
- 5 Blackberry KEYone Black Edition review: What the original KEYone should have been
Latest News Articles
- Epson Launches First Double-Sided A3+ 4-In-1 Inkjet EcoTank Printer
- Epson launches new Expression Premium Photo Range
- Epson Australia Unveils New Expression Home Range of Printers
- Epson launches new high-speed Enterprise inkjet printer
- When life gives you a 3D printer, make a house
PCW Evaluation Team
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
- Picture Perfect: OPPO prepare their boldest smartphone yet
- Gigabyte AERO 15: Full, in-depth review
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: A predictably-exellent flagship uplifted by a standout camera
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTBusiness Process BAOther
- FTSenior iOS Software EngineerOther
- FTMedication Management Support - PermanentQLD
- FTSenior SAP IS-Retail LeadOther
- CCApplications EngineerNSW
- FTSenior Insight AnalystOther
- FTSenior iOS Software EngineerOther
- TPService Assurance ManagerQLD
- FTJava DeveloperOther
- CCChange Analyst-TransformationNSW
- TPTechnical Project Manager (HRIS)WA
- FTInfrastructure Project Manager - PermanentOther
- CCDigital DesignerNSW
- FTBusiness Analyst- Continuous Improvemen/Productivity SpecialistOther
- FTData Reporting AnalystOther
- FTSAP Ariba Project ManagerOther
- FTL&D ConsultantOther
- TPProject Support OfficerQLD
- FTStorage Operations ManagerOther
- CCDeployment ManagerACT
- CCMaster SchedulerNSW
- FTApplication Support Analyst- SMSF AdministratorOther
- FTProject Manager - ERP implementationOther
- FTSAP IS-U and SAP EWM Greenfield implemenationVIC