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This review is from: Xerox ColorQube 8570/DN Color Solid Ink Printer
Pros: I've had two years experience with Xerox products, in a high print volume business. A mistake people make when purchasing a Xerox product is not to check into their exclusive eConcierge service. In my office, there are an 8550DN, 8560MFP, and an 8570. Both the 8550DN and the 8570 have well over half-a-million pages on them. The 8550 was installed Aug, 2006; the 8570 was installed by me in Feb. 2012. The 8550 has 800,000 pages on it, and Xerox has been out to service it ONCE, and they did so for free because I was on the eConcierge program. I STRONGLY suggest you look into it. It's free, and they cover your printers for LIFE as long as you're under the program.
If you need a printer that can withstand print jobs whose magnitude is measured in REAMS for YEARS non-stop, then this printer is for you.
One of the ways that I judge a good printer is by the noises they make -- there should be no grinding, no clashing or smashing or otherwise clumsy movements -- every operation should be as graceful as a ballerina. You can hear how well designed this printer actually is, just by listening to it.
All the buttons are firm and well engineered. They're designed to be punched -- over and over and over again. They're actually pleasant to actuate.
Network compatibility is no-nonsense, half-duplex, full duplex 10/BASE-T 100/BASE-T and so on, A and B configuration -- it all works.
One of the things that people rarely mention in printer reviews is the speed of the print processor. If you're someone who sends serious print jobs to a printer, then this is DEFINITELY a factor. I've sent print jobs to this printer that go into the gigs, and it churns them out without a problem.
I've even logged into this printer through telnet and done the printer equivalent of the fuzzy-doughnut test -- postscript fractals -- the jobs I sent to that printer have crashed printers twenty times the cost of this one. It ray-traces like a HPC cluster.
Another nice thing about this printer is that the way it is built -- it's pretty much idiot proof. All the inks are colored and shaped like jigsaw puzzles, so it's pretty much impossible to put the wrong ink in the wrong slot. You can be really rough with the paper tray, too.
Earlier, I mentioned this printer is supported under the Xerox eConcierge program. It's the best thing since buttered bread -- google it.
Also, the print quality from these printers is the best print quality I've seen in my entire career as a technician. Flawless magazine-quality prints. Sharp text. It's perfect. If striping starts to happen, you can fix it by cleaning/enabling/disabling certain jets, too.
Some very specific pros:
-- Postscript compatible
-- Xerox eConcierge; they stand by their products
-- High-Page yield for each cube of ink
-- Pleasant noises while printing.
-- Nice buttons
-- Expandable memory
-- Good network support
-- fast processor
-- Idiot proof
Cons: There aren't very many cons to this printer, but the one thing I can say is that it is surprisingly heavy. It's so heavy that if you're going to be moving it for any extreme distance, you pretty much need a dolly. Stairs? Get another person to help you.
Another con to this printer is the cost of the ink. It's pretty expensive. Four sticks of black is $150, for a total of about 8600 pages of yield. and each of the colors is about $150 for two sticks. This printer also requires "Maintenance Kits" which are either $50 or $100 each, depending on which version you get.
Another con is that this printer is very expensive. This printer is the kind of printer you want to buy if you're finding yourself replacing printers often. The duty cycle for this printer boils down to about five reams of paper a day. The expense of this printer is perfectly justified if you're running a law firm or a doctors office.
Another con for this printer is not really a con, it's just something that people don't think about too often, these printers need to have their vents cleaned every so often to remove the dust.
That's about it.
Other Thoughts: I covered most of the facts in the pro and con section, but as an IT professional, it's critical that what I sell my clients actually does what they expect -- work forever. This is it.
I feel perfectly fine setting up doctors offices and law firms with just one of these printers for an office of 20, even if they're 200 miles away from me -- I know that I'm not going to have to go back out there and fix what I installed.
This is the printer you're looking for.