Color and mono per page cost is the same - a little-known and costly surprise.
2 December 2013
Summary: I bought a 6180 several years ago and then started wondering why I was going through colored toner cartridges so fast, since most of my output is mostly or all black. In a call to Xerox tech support I learned that if the printer properties are set to color, the printer uses all 4 toners to create color, or at least that is what they said. In order to get the lower black cost per page, I had to set the printer property to black only.
Summary: I've owned this printer for nearly 3 years. I served as my home office printer for graphic design and photo editing. The output is marginal and if I print something even mildly toner-intensive (i.e., the block letter title of my son's science fair project) the paper jams at the fuser output. This happens nearly every time I print medium to high toner use pages. 18 months ago I moved into an office proper and bought an Oki C610.
Summary: The main reason I purchased this printer was to save on printing cost compared to my inkjet printer and because it was much faster. I've figured that the inkjet was about $0.26 per page when printing flyer/programs for school. I know all about how print capacities vary from page to page, but with the standard cartridges saying 2000 pages per cartridge I figured at 2000 pages X 4 cartridges at roughly $100 per cartridge this would save a little money at $0.20 per page.