Xerox ColorQube 8900 Review: Eco-Friendly Quality

by Sarah Meyer Reads (8,084)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Eco-friendly
    • Excellent quality prints
    • Easy to load ink, paper
  • Cons

    • Wastes ink when turned off
    • Loud printing

Quick Take

The ColorQube 8900 solid ink MFP gives a solid performance.


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 for review and we’ll be sharing the results of our full battery of tests. Could today be the day you switch from toner to more environmentally friendly solid ink? Read our review and find out!

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.


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