- Editor's Rating
- Excellent quality prints
- Easy to load ink, paper
- Wastes ink when turned off
- Loud printing
Quick TakeThe ColorQube 8900 solid ink MFP gives a solid performance.
The Xerox ColorQube 8900 touts itself as a more environmentally conscious solid ink printer that’s relatively affordable for small-to-medium sized businesses. It features print speeds up to 44 pages per minute, a 7-inch color touchscreen, a 50-sheet duplex automatic document feeder for double-sided printing, scanning, copying and faxing, and a standard paper capacity of 625 sheets.
While it’s true that the ColorQube 8900 leaves less of a carbon footprint than its cousins, the Xerox ColorQube 9200 series, it’s still a mammoth of a machine. In its review, PrinterComparison calls the ColorQube 8900 “a beast” — one that, while fine enough for businesses, isn’t exactly designed for cubicles or smaller surfaces. In fact, PC recounts the ColorQube 8900 being “heavy enough that it took two people to lift it out of the box and maneuver it on to the desk” upon unboxing the device.
Once you get past its bulky frame, however, the ColorQube 8900 reveals itself to be a plenty capable machine. The fact that it utilizes crayon-like solid ink sticks over toner cartridges keeps things more eco-friendly than is typical with printers this big. The switch to solid ink betters overall print quality too, as PC deems the ColorQube 8900’s black and white prints to be “bold and crisp,” and its color ones to be “excellent with glossy color and good detail that you wouldn’t find on the laser-class competition.”
While the process of printing on the ColorQube 8900 may be uniformly excellent, it’s pretty loud as well. According to PC, even coworkers and colleagues who are used to heavy duty printers may be distracted by the noises the ColorQube 8900 will make while working its magic.
But besides such gripes, the ColorQube 8900 is an overall solid machine. It’s still very much “heavy-duty,” but it has an eye for the environment, solid speeds, and great image quality. At the price of $4999 at the time of review, it’ll still be somewhat of an investment for smaller businesses, but the ColorQube 8900 may just be worth it for the right group of people.