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Xerox ColorQube 8570ADN - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

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.

Verdict

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…

jake120

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.

Lula0142

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!

beyond

December 15, 2015, 2:42 am

Or Xerox could design a better delivery system for the ink.

mwahahahaha

December 15, 2015, 2:54 am

Lies paid for by HP...

EDIT: Actually believable after further clarification - see comment below, with a tiny amount of skepticism :)

mwahahahaha

December 15, 2015, 2:58 am

Back to HP! Back to HP! Why not LexMark, Brother, Dell, Samsung....etc. Oh wait I know...

Mark Collins

December 15, 2015, 1:18 pm

mwahahahaha

Really!!! Lies Really ?... I will see you in court then...arm chair expert!

All the above is 100% true and because of this review by me. Xerox sent an engineer round to fix the machine. He in turn, spilled the beans.... the unit has a well known fault that Xerox know about.. basically because I put it out there in the public domain they came and fixed it..( surprised the hell of me when he turned up at the office out the blue! see you should fill out those extended warantee forms in the box. ) The replacement board that I have now is a fix to the main fault and to date the machine has been working perfectly. Restoring my faith back in Xerox. Would I buy Xerox again.. i would certainly look at it..

But to state this is Lies you are totally out of order.

mwahahahaha

December 21, 2015, 1:54 am

Fair enough. My original comment is due to my skepticism of most online reviews and comments due to the practice of paid for by companies commenting and reviewing. All it takes is one bad review to persuade a potential customer not to buy product. And many companies today are abusing online comments to do just that. Thank you for reassuring us that you are not one of those, and I'm glad Xerox was able to fix the issue to your satisfaction.

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