Xerox Continues to Target SMB with new ColorQube Printers

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Xerox announced this morning the addition of two new solid ink printers to its ColorQube lineup, but this time the new products are aimed at smaller businesses looking for affordable color in an environmentally friendly package.

Xerox has been the front runner in the solid ink market for the past 20 years and is currently the only major manufacturer releasing new products in this category. The ColorQube brand itself was only recently launched in 2009 with the ColorQube 9200 series as the “world’s first high-speed solid ink multifunction printer.”

The new models, the ColorQube 8700 and ColorQube 8900, offer a much smaller footprint and price point than the original ColorQube 9200 models and will be replacing the 8560 MFP and the 8860 MFP in Xerox’s lineup, respectively.

Both models will continue to offer customers saving through the Xerox Hybrid Color Pricing Plans, a plan that only charges customers for what they print based on a three tiered pricing plan: Black Plus Useful Color, Everyday Color and Expressive Color. The idea is that most customers will be performing at least 70% of their daily printing in the first two cheaper areas, bringing down the total cost to run the ColorQube printers. For a better understanding of this system, check out the Xerox Cost Saving Calculator.

Other features include a 17% savings in energy usage over the long run when compared with laser MFPs in the ColorQube class as well as 90% savings in waste thanks to the solid ink cartridges.

The ColorQube 8700 series consists of three configurations – the 8700S, 8700X and 8700XF – offering print, scan and copy functionality as well as print speeds up to 44 ppm, a print resolution up to 2400 dpi, 1.33 GHz processor with 1GB of memory standard, a monthly duty cycle up to 120,000 pages, automatic duplexing, 50-sheet duplex automatic document feeder, 100-sheet multipurpose tray, a 525-sheet paper cassette, convenience stapler, built-in networking and a one-year on-site warranty.

The 8700X and 8700XF offer fax functionality and the 8700XF includes two additional 525 sheet paper trays, an 1800-sheet high-capacity feeder and 650-sheet finisher.

The ColorQube 8900 series only consists of one configuration at this writing, the 8900X. It features print, scan, copy and fax capability as well as print speeds up to 44 ppm, a print resolution up to 2400 dpi, 1.33 GHz processor with 1GB of memory standard, a monthly duty cycle up to 120,000 pages, automatic duplexing, 50-sheet duplex automatic document feeder, 100-sheet multipurpose tray, a 525-sheet paper cassette, convenience stapler, built-in networking and a one-year on-site warranty.

Customers can get all the options found on the 8700 series with the 8900 series.

The ColorQube 8700 and ColorQube 8900 series are available now through Xerox direct sales and authorized resellers and dealers for the suggested starting price of $2499 and $4999, respectively.

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