Review: Xerox ColorQube 8700/X solid-ink color multifunction printer

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Xerox’s ColorQube product line, including the $ 2,799 (because of 12/05/2012) 8700/X multifunction (copy/fax/print/scan), is made for business employ inside busy workgroups, yet it’s not a laser. The ColorQube technologies utilizes blocks of crayon-like strong ink, instead of an inkjet printer’s fluid ink or perhaps a laser printer’s toner particles. The happen is not a muss, no hassle, along with a great deal of fun sliding the ink blocks down their small chutes. With the ink layered about top, like a laser printer, rather of absorbed into the paper, because with an inkjet printer, output is superior regardless what type of media we put inside the tray. The ColorQube 8700/X can be pricey, nevertheless it has a lot of administrative qualities plus capability updates which create it a extensive step up from color laser multifunction models inside lower cost ranges.

The ColorQube 8700/X weighs 90 pounds plus is sturdily built. It comes with 1GB of memory (not upgradable), and an 80GB difficult drive for storing jobs–a need whenever you’re providing secure printing for a big workgroup.

Software setup for the ColorQube 8700/X is easy through either USB or ethernet. The printer ships with PC motorists for Postscript, PCL 5 plus 6, in addition to XMS. The software is minimal, yet efficient, with a good scanning system.

The ColorQube 8700/X is controlled through a spacious, 7-inch touchscreen control panel. However, the device is complex to understand. The countless high-end qualities which come with this business unit–administrative accounts, many choices, secure printing, metering, as well as the like–are terrific. But having all choices about 1 screen is quite daunting whenever we start, though simpler when you learn the interface. Also, the touchscreen wasn’t because sensitive because we’d like, requiring more stress than expected to work.

Mild gripes apart, there are a couple of clean software features: Print Around, that enables the printer to continue printing queued jobs whether or not there’s a issue with among the jobs inside the queue. The challenging job is paused, when the others print by. Additionally, color correction is performed inside plain English, or Color by Words, because Xerox calls it. We could choose a certain set of hues to change, including reds all together, or specifics like “foliage-green colors” or “sky-blue hues.” Then you’re asked how much you need to change it—a small or perhaps a lot; as well as the kind of change, like bright, dark, or contrasty. For the average consumer, it’s a lot simpler to receive great results this means than by dragging sliders to change CMYK percentages.

Paper handling is substantial, because befits a business machine. The base capability is 625 sheets: a 525-sheet leading input tray, along with a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray which folds out within the side of the printer. The output tray holds 350 sheets of standard paper. Duplex printing plus scanning are both automatic. The duty cycle is 120,000 pages monthly, however, Xerox’s suggested use is 1,000 to 6,000 sheets monthly.

There are a host of expansion choices plus accessories accessible for the ColorQube 8700X: a Wi-Fi adapter costs $ 219, along with a Smart Card access kit costs $ 199. To add paper ability, there’s a 1,800-sheet, bottom-mounted feeder for $ 1,249, a 525-sheet feeder for $ 299, along with a finisher with a 20-sheet stapler for $ 699. Maximum ability with the trays is 3475 sheets. A cheaper ColorQube 8700 model costs $ 2,499 plus omits fax capability. A $ 4,999 Color Qube 8700/XF, with fax, is configured to the maximum 3,475-sheet ability.

Performance is a ColorQube 8700/X highlight. Monochrome pages print at 16.9 per minute (ppm) found on the PC plus 17.1 ppm found on the Mac. Snapshot-size (4-by-6-inch) color images print at 2.5 ppm to plain paper plus 1.5 to glossy laser paper. A full page pic printed within the Mac takes just 37 seconds, or 1.6 ppm. Copy speed is good at regarding four.5 ppm.

Output standard straddles a comfortable center ground between laser plus inkjet standard. Plain, black printed text is precise, when somewhat foggy about carefully spaced fonts. Grayscale pictures look a small pink. Printed color pictures will err found on the excessively vivid side, plus there is a normal dottiness inside the background which, to be fair, neither inkjets neither lasers have been capable to eliminate completely. Both monochrome plus color copy standard was surprisingly good, yet scan standard had been a small hazy.

Affordable supplies are another highlight of the ColorQube 8700/X. A 4200-page two-pack (2 cubes) of the cyan, magenta, or yellow costs $ 160, or 3.8 cents per page, per color. The 4500-page black two-pack is $ 110 or 2.4 cpp, when the 9000-page four-pack functions out to a more fair 1.8 cpp. There are moreover $ 59.99, 10,000-page plus $ 99.99, 30,000-page repair kits, that, when changed, add 0.6 or 0.3 cents to the expense of every page.

Melissa Riofrio

If the workgroup is frequently printing many 1000 pages a month, a greater deal inside the extended run will be the $ 4999 (base model) ColorQube 8900. It is physically identical to the ColorQube 8700/X, however it ships with different firmware plus has cheaper ink: a half-cent per color plus 1.5 cpp for black.

The ColorQube 8700/X carries a one-year, on-site warranty. There are, naturally, myriad updates, however they’re not cheap: $ 549 for 1 extra year, $ 999 for 2, $ 1459 for 3, plus $ 1869 for an more 4 years.

The Xerox ColorQube 8700/X is a good high-workload multifunction. It’s rapidly, it has all attributes we may desire, plus it produces advantageous documents about any kind of paper. For a workgroup whose amount is a bit more moderate, a step down inside cost plus attributes which remains a robust machine is the Lexmark X548dte.

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