Conclusion

October 4, 2012 by Sarah Meyer Reads (9,436)
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

Energy Use
The ColorQube 8900 is Energy Star certified so when it’s in sleep mode or ready (idle) mode the energy use is fairly low. In ready mode with the LCD on, the ColorQube 8900 pulls about 80W of energy. When it drops into a low power mode, the energy use is close to 20W. This is higher than laser-class competitors but it keeps the ink from hardening and being dumped.

Plus, users can choose from a variety of eco-friendly modes that fit their office style keeping the printer in the lowest possible energy use for the maximum amount of time in nonuse.

When printing, the ColorQube 8900 energy use is much higher around 300-500W depending on the job and these reading are better than what we’ve seen on competing laser-class models.

The highest energy use during our tests was during warm-up where we saw spikes as high as 900W.

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
  • 80GB hard drive
  • 1.33GHz 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

Conclusion

I have always really enjoyed using solid ink printers because the print quality is excellent, but also because it gives customers a choice. They don’t have to sacrifice vibrant color quality and eco-friendly features because they want speed and low cost per page options.

That’s not to say that solid ink is for everyone, especially when the business is investing $5000 into a printer. You are going to want to consider that it can be loud when printing, that energy use will be lower when printing by higher in power saver mode and that it’s slow to warm up or process changes when it comes to power to keep the ink from hardening.

And there is no denying that there are cheaper laser printers that may be more cost-efficient over the long run (including other Xerox products). But the real question is going to be about the needs of your office. Do you want an environmentally friendly printer that can still offer excellent print quality, fast print speeds and a bevy of business features? If so, you should seriously consider solid ink and the ColorQube lineup.

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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