Xerox rates the ColorQube 8570ADN at 40ppm, which is very fast. Unfortunately, even when the printer is fully awake, and it takes a little longer to wake up than most, it doesn’t reach this speed in typical use.
Our five-page text document returned a speed of 12.5ppm though, surprisingly, the text and colour graphics document was 50 per cent faster, at 18.8ppm and the 20-page text test gave 24.5ppm. A very respectable speed, but a good way off the 40ppm on the spec sheet.
Where the printer does particularly well is printing duplex documents. The 20-page document printed double-sided gave a speed of 22.2 sides per minute, faster on a page-image basis than printing single-sided.
Prints are particularly clean and sharp, with bright colours and a slight sheen to the ink, which many people like. Blues and greens come through dark, though, and this is also reflected in loss of detail in dark areas of images.
A quick word about sound levels, which peaked at 79dBA from half a metre. This is very loud, a lot noisier than from any laser printers we’ve tested recently and a function of the fast paper feed mechanism. Best not to position the ColorQube 8570ADN next to anybody’s desk.
The main consumables are the solid ink blocks, though the printer does also need a periodic cleaning kit. Even so, the running costs come out at 2.6p for an ISO black page and 11.1p for ISO colour, both including 0.7p for paper. These are very competitive costs when compared with laser printers in the same price bracket.
This is a good, business printer for use in a busy office, but you have to wonder why you would choose a solid ink printer rather than a laser. The original solid ink machines were aimed at busy graphic designers and were often used for page proofs in publishing houses. Xerox pushes the low overall energy footprint of the machine, but this might not be enough to make the ColorQube 8570ADN your favoured choice…