The company's ColorQube printers use environmentally friendly solid ink blocks.
Print solutions specialist Xerox announced the release of two solid
ink color printers, the ColorQube 8570 and ColorQube 8870. The
ColorQube 8570 starts at $699 and is designed for small businesses that
need to make an impact with high-quality color. Priced at $2,499, the
ColorQube 8870 offers pricing plans that reduce color page costs:
Customers who print high volumes pay only for the amount of color they
use on a given page.
A solid ink printer or multifunction printer uses solid sticks (or
blocks) of no-mess, non-toxic ink instead of toner or inkjet
cartridges. These feature Color by Words, a color-editing tool, Adobe
Postscript3 and PANTONE color-approved simulations and advanced color
matching capabilities and 2400 FinePoint image quality.
Green benefits of the ColorQube 8570 and ColorQube 8870 include Earth
Smart print driver defaults for two-sided printing, proof print,
recycled paper and draft mode, an Intelligent Ready feature that learns
usage patterns and moves to low-power mode when the printer is least
likely to be in use and GreenPrint software that automatically
highlights unnecessary pages such as those with only banner ads or
logos, prior to printing.
An internal Xerox study found that the ColorQube 8870 uses 30 percent
less lifecycle energy and has a carbon footprint that is up to 30
percent smaller than comparable desktop color laser printers. The
results were primarily driven by the design of the solid ink printer,
which does not require a cartridge for the ink, according to the
report. "Due to this fundamental difference in technology, the solid
ink printer produces less waste in the customer environment, uses less
energy, and contributes less to global warming than a similar laser
printer over its life cycle," the report concluded.
Earlier this month, the company introduced the WorkCentre 7545 and
WorkCentre 7556 color MFPs (multifunction printers), starting at
$19,398. The MFPs come equipped with advanced security features
including hard disk encryption, image overwrite to electronically
"shred" data, fax isolation to prevent unauthorized access to data and
network authentication to restrict access to scan, e-mail and fax
Four green benefits of the WorkCentre 7545 and WorkCentre 7556 include
Earth Smart print driver defaults that can be set to include two-sided
printing, sample print, no banners and 2-up printing, Xerox's Emulsion
Aggregate Ultra Low-Melt toner and induction heat fusing that reduce
equipment energy use and an LED scanner that consumes one-third less
power than traditional scanners.
The printers also offer a host of productivity features, including
walk-up print and scan USB port located on the front of the MFPs, scan
to network, mailbox or PC to automatically route documents to a
predefined file for fast retrieval text-searchable files to find and
search scanned documents and the company's EIP (Extensible Interface
Platform) technology to design customized workflow applications.