Printer Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2009: Solid Ink

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Solid ink is an unusal style of printing solely based on the fact that only one manufacturer – Xerox – currently has solid ink products on the market.


But not only does Xerox support solid ink printing, they announced a revolutionary new product, the ColorQube series, that has changed the way customers pay for color.

Stocking stuffers

Solid ink, paper, and cords

Stuff their stockings with the necessary supplies so they’ll be off and printing. Solid ink, paper, USB cables, Ethernet cables are just a few possible options. Looking for free or discounted supplies? Join Staples Rewards program and earn money back on everyday printing supplies.


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$800 – $5000

Xerox Phaser 8560DN

The Xerox Phaser 8560 is the entry level seriesinto the solid ink line and starts at $799 for the base model, the8560N. We reviewed the next step up, the 8560DN, earlier this year and really feelin love  with solid ink. No mess, no waste, and great prints. Not to mention that you can color with the solid ink sticks and they come in funky shapes for easy loading.




Xerox Phaser 8860 MFP

The Phaser 8860 series is the next step up in the solid ink line. We chose to highlight the 8860 MFP since the 8560DN was a single function printer. The 8860 MFP is 4-in-1 printer with print, scan, copy and fax capabilites as well as print speeds up to 30 ppm, built-in networking, and a maximum duty cycle up to 120,000 pages a month. The Phaser 8860 MFP is available for the estimated price of $3,999.



$5000 +

Xerox ColorQube series

The Xerox ColorQube series consists of three multifunction solid ink models – 9201, 9202, 9203. The intial cost is hefty; the line starts at$21,299 but this series is meant for large workgroups functioning on a sliding cost scale for color prints. Basically, while you’ll pay up front, over the long run the ColorQube series is meant to save you money on all printing.




Keep in mind that this list doesn’t include every solid ink printer currently available on the market. This section of our buyer’s guide merely highlights some of the recent solid ink printers we’ve reviewed that our editors think deserve your attention. Check back soon for new additions throughout the holiday season!



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