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Xerox ColorQube 8570ADN review



Our Score



  • Very high duplex speed
  • Low overall energy footprint
  • Highly expandable


  • Noisy paper feed mechanism
  • Long start of day warm up
  • Dark blue/green print by default

Review Price £593.99

Key Features: Solid ink printing; Prints on wide range of papers; Drop-in ink replacement; Very high optional paper capacity; High rated print speed

Manufacturer: Xerox

Office printing is divided into two main technologies: laser, in which we include LED, and inkjet. There is a third system, though, known as solid ink printing, which should perhaps be added to the inkjet category as a variant. Solid ink is a bit of a misnomer, as the ink is melted before being squirted onto the paper; it’s more like 'hot inkjet'.

The technology was pioneered by Tektronix, but the company was bought be Xerox 10 or more years ago. Xerox has continued to develop solid ink and markets a range of printers using the technology, in parallel with its laser printers. The ColorQube 8570ADN is at the lower end of the range, but is still intended as a high-speed workgroup printer, with plenty of expansion potential.

This is a big machine, all decked out in white with a deep blue control panel as a highlight. It has an unusual shape, with its top surface forming two small ‘waves’. Paper feeds out from the rear of the front wave and comes to rest on top of the one behind.

The control panel has a layout similar to those on Xerox’s laser printers, so there’ll be minimal relearning required, if you already have the company’s page printers in the office. It has a five-line, bitmapped and backlit LCD display, with six buttons for menu navigation and job control.

At the front, the main paper tray can take up to 525 sheets of paper. A pull-down, multi-purpose tray offers a further 100 sheets and you can add up to three more 500-sheet trays as options. Fully expanded, this machine can feed up to 2,125 sheets.

At the back are sockets for USB and gigabit Ethernet networking and these sit behind a pull-off cover, which also hides the mains power socket and smart switch, which doesn’t allow a switch off without a proper shutdown cycle.

The printer uses solid blocks of ink, one for each of the four primary colours, and you drop these into slides, beneath a hinged top cover. Each block is shaped to fit only the hole at the top of the correct slider, like those baby toys for posting blocks into a tub.

The block at the front of each line is heated inside the printer, melting the ink at around 100°C. Xerox recommends leaving the printer on overnight, but if it’s turned off, it’ll take a few minutes to warm up at the beginning of each day, before you start printing.

Drivers are provided for Windows and OSX and offer genuine Adobe PostScript L3 and PCL5 in emulation.

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March 29, 2011, 8:41 pm

There are two potential issues to watch for.
(1)Turning the unit completely off, and later turning it back on. This can use up a lot of ink; Xerox has made a lot of strides in keeping this to a minimum. But in some small office were they want to save on energy cost, they will power products down over the weekend. Once this type of unit is turned on it must on 24 / 7 / 365 or you can go through a lot of ink just from power cycling.
(2)Moving the unit may not seem like a big thing because in most cases once it is installed it stays in place. But some maintenance personnel not familiar with this unit may just unplug the unit and move it right a way like they would a laser or inkjet product. This could damage the unit as the liquefied ink could spill inside the unit. This unit must not be moved right away to allow the ink to cool down and congeal.


November 19, 2013, 2:20 pm

Ink changes colour overtime. Sometimes get fuzzy spots around the texts. Difficult to get Pantone colours, even after adjusting cmyk on software - illustrator. - Printer used for printing stationery

Small Office

January 30, 2014, 2:56 pm

This looked like a good printer on paper and we may have just bought a lemon but this printer has had issues from day one. Didn't want to accept the ink that came with it, hangs up when turned on, says that Initialization complete but just sits there until it is turned off and back on again. When it works the out put is good, very good quality and speed. Cost per page is rather high, the solid ink cartridges and maintenance kits are way too expensive. And yesterday it died after printing less than 50,000 pages. Xerox wants to send a repairman out at a cost of $300 for first 1/2 hour, plus parts. About the cost of a new unit one on Amazon. I think we are done with Xerox, back to HP.

Mark Collins

June 3, 2014, 9:47 am

I wouldn't buy one again! 3000 pages later and it's died ! £500 printer £180 ink and it's a Lemon.. Xerox know about a factory fault with these machines made on the cheap in China " Power Pack " item number 112E01180 a known FAULT! the printer if turned off over the weekend or a break to save electricity will not then power back up DEAD! Xerox don't want to know and speaking with the sales man at the printer supplier quote " HP are on the ball now. They had cleaned up a lot of angry Ex Xerox owners because of this known Fault. so much so they are offering a 3 year warranty on their products to make sure customers know they are safe with HP. Personally I think Xerox have rested on their good name in recent years and it's come back to bite them " I totally agree with him i am 3 Xerox printers in, and this has hardly lasted ! I'm so gutted and Xerox customer service to date has been poor! they offer a repair service that's more than the cost of the machine! And the part which prob cost them $25 they want Euro's 275!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TAXI for Xerox your out of here!!!!! never ever again. You have ripped me off!

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