A solid ink printer is a combination of various ink technologies. It uses solid sticks of ink (unique to the technology) with the consistency of candle wax that are heated into a liquid and sprayed onto a print drum. The print drum presses the ink onto the print medium.
Like laser and LED printers, the advantages include much quicker print speeds than you would get from inkjet or dedicated photo printers and low long term consumable costs. Unfortunately, solid ink printers also share the same disadvantage including high initial costs and higher energy consumption than its inkjet or dedicated photo printer competitors.
Solid ink printers do offer all the same features you can find on both laser-class printers and inkjet printers: Multifunction capabilities, built-in networking, automatic duplexing, front side USB ports, and large paper capacity and monthly duty cycles.
Xerox is currently the only manufacturer with solid ink printers on the market, and has continued to launch new solid ink printers following the success of the Phaser line and the newer Xerox ColorQube line.
The Xerox ColorQube 8900 solid ink MFP focuses on superior color quality while staying environmentally friendly. But can it replace your office's laser-class device?
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