Xerox took their solid ink line a step further today with announcement of the Xerox ColorQube 9200 series, “the world’s first high-speed solid ink multifunction printer.”
The ColorQube 9200 uses Xerox’s solid ink technology instead of traditional laser technology involving messy, sometimes toxic toner. The non-toxic solid ink sticks -made from resin – resemble large crayons (for more information, check out our solid ink article or Xerox Phaser 8560 review) and can reduce waste by 90 percent compared to a laser printer using toner cartridges. The sticks are also specially designed for easy loading.
Xerox also estimates that the ColorQube 9200 series “uses 9 percent less lifecycle energy and produces 10 percent fewer greenhouse gases” based on a study done by the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Beyond the environmental impacts, the ColorQube series is offered with new Hybrid Color pricing plans that reduce color page costs by up to 62 percent since customers will pay for only the amount of color they use per page. Documents using only a small amount of color will cost the same as if it were in black (one penny), while documents using a medium or full amount of color will cost less than 10 cents a page.
Xerox set up a new site with the launch of this series so that customers can compare their current costs to what the ColorQube might cost them.
The new ColorQube series is available in three models: the 9201, 9202, and 9203. The top model – the 9203 – is a five function device that features print and copy speeds up to 50 pages per minute (ppm) in black and color, a 300,000 page monthly duty cycle, built-in duplexing and is network ready.
Other features across all three models include: a large color touch screen, standard paper capacity of 3,300 sheets, 100-sheet ADF, front door access illuminated by LED lights, Intelligent Ready system that cycles the series into sleep modes, PANTONE color and advanced security features.
The ColorQube 9200 series starts at $23,500 and Xerox is taking orders for the new machines in North America now.