Xerox ColorQube 8900 Review: First Look

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Xerox introduced the ColorQube 8700 and 8900 earlier this Spring as a smaller, more affordable solid ink option for small and medium sized businesses.

Armed with quick print speeds, energy and waste efficient consumables and the Xerox Hybrid Color Pricing Plans, the new ColorQube models are definitely worth considering when pricing out their laser class competition.

We recently received the Xerox ColorQube 8900X in for review and we’ll be sharing our hands-on first look, chock full of build and design info, specs, pricing, availability and more today. And don’t forget to check back soon for the full review when we put the ColorQube 8900x through our full battery of tests.

Build and Design

Yes, the ColorQube 8900 offers a much more compact footprint than the ColorQube 9200 series, but it’s still a beast. I couldn’t get it into our light tent or on our scale. The ColorQube 8900 was heavy enough that it took two people to lift it out of the box and maneuver it on to the desk.

Having said that, it does actually fit on a desk and, despite its weight, would fit in most offices with no issue. You’ll also need to consider that the 100-sheet multipurpose tray pulls out from the left side, so you’ll want to have that side of the machine in open space.

Not only does the ColorQube 8900 print double sided documents automatically, it also scans, copies and faxes double sided thanks to the 50-sheet duplex automatic document feeder. Scan and copy features include: Scan to USB, Scan to email, Scan to internet fax, mixed-sized originals, ID card copy, scan and copy to mailbox, collation, etc. Offices with finishing needs can select a 20-sheet convenience stapler (standard) and 650-sheet offset stacking (optional).

The control panel is large with a 7-inch color touchscreen and customizable icons, help menu videos and neat features (like Color by Words) where users can select simple word modifications to bring colors closer to the original image. You’ll also find a few hard quick keys, an alphanumerical keypad and a front side USB port.

The ColorQube 8900 uses solid ink technology so customers will purchase solid ink sticks as opposed to toner cartridges. You save on waste and space with the environmentally friendly solid ink sticks which resemble a large crayon. The waste tray and roller are easily accessible from the front side of the machine.

The standard paper capacity for the ColorQube 8900 is 625 sheets, but businesses can purchase additional trays for a maximum paper capacity of 3,475 sheets.

All connections are found on the side of the device. The ColorQube 8900 comes with built-in Ethernet networking or customers can purchase an external wireless adapter.

ColorQube 8900 Specifications:

  • Solid ink 4-in-1: Print, Scan, Copy and Fax
  • Print speeds: up to 44 ppm
  • Print resolution: 2400 finepoint
  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • Front side USB port
  • Automatic duplexing
  • 50-sheet duplex ADF
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1.33 GHz possessor with 1GB memory
  • Hybrid Color Billings
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 120,000 images
  • Paper capacity: 625 sheets standard, 3475 sheets maximum
  • Finishing options: 20-sheet stapler, 650-sheet offset stacking
  • Connectivity: 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Operating systems: Mac OS, Windows, Linux, etc.
  • One-year on-site warranty
  • Energy Star qualified

Pricing and Availability

The Xerox ColorQube 8900 is available now through Xerox Direct and authorized dealers for the starting price of $4999.

Consumables and supplies are also available through Xerox Direct. A set of solid ink sticks (six per color) are $537.96 with the approximate page yields of 18,000 for the black and 16,900 for the color sticks.

Xerox offers a 1-year warranty with on-site service and their total satisfaction guarantee.

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