Xerox 8900 Printer Review
Even though solid ink printers have been around for many years, they are still not as widely used as other technologies. The Xerox ColorQube 8900 aims to change that as an affordable color printer with impressive speeds of 44 pages per minute, both in black and color. Users get all the benefits and savings of Xerox 8900 printer ink for a low upfront cost.
The 8900 doesn't just print. It also scans, faxes, and copies. Even better, the copy speed mirrors the 44 pages per minute printing speed, and the 50-sheet automatic document feeder is ready to handle large documents very quickly, whether scanning or copying. A flatbed platen is also available for individual copies of materials that aren't compatible with the feeder.
One of the major benefits of the 8900 is its 2400 dpi resolution, which is double that of many comparable laser models. This is made possible by Xerox's FinePoint technology, and uses the ColorQube 8900 ink system to create smaller dots and greater clarity.
An 80 GB hard drive is included for digital document storage, incoming faxes, and user mailboxes. The standard paper capacity is 625 sheets, and buyers can upgrade the unit to as much as 3,475 sheets if they have the need. The first page out time is a bit slow, at 16 seconds, but this is due partly to the need for Xerox 8900 ink sticks to melt properly.
Speaking of printer ink, the cost of ColorQube 8900 ink sticks tend to be lower than competing models with a similar page yield. One of the major benefits of solid ink, however, is that all of the Xerox 8900 ink is consumed, eliminating the waste of cartridges, which often end up in landfills.
Whether buyers choose the Xerox 8900 for its fast speeds, its reduced environmental impact, or its sharp resolution, they should be very happy with the purchase. The device is an excellent value and a great way to step into an emerging print technology.