IT Pro Verdict
There's a lot to like about the ColorQube 8900 and the solid ink system at its heart. The printer is capable of excellent, rich graphics, has low running costs and is paired with what appears to be a quality scanner. We were frustrated by the driver issues we experienced prevented us getting the best from it. The modest review score reflects our experience, but with a working installer and scan interface it's likely that we would have awarded at least another star.
Xerox ColorQube 8900
Xerox ColorQube 8900
Xerox describes the ColorQube 8900 as a desktop printer, and although it fits onto a desk it's not as compact as a consumer device. Packaged printers arrive on a pallet weighing 72kg. Even the unpacked device weighs 46kg, making the installation a two-man job, although thoughtful recesses do make handling easier.
The 8900 is similar in physical appearance to the cheaper 8700, but is sold with Xerox's PagePack managed print services covering consumables and maintenance.
The 46kg weight means installation is a two person job
There's an impressive solidity to the MFP's body, with Xerox's white and blue plastic feeling thick and resistant to flex. Good build quality is evident in the main 525-sheet paper tray, which glides out smoothly and is fitted with easily-adjusted paper guides. These feel robust enough to stand up to ream after ream being loaded in.
The standard models have a 625-sheet input capacity. This can be expanded to a maximum 3,475 sheets and a cabinet stand is available to convert the unit to a floor-standing model. Other paper handling options include a 650-page office finishing unit with 50-sheet stapling capability.
The input capacity can be upgraded to 3,475 sheets with attachments
After a brief career in corporate IT, Simon Handby combined his love of technology and writing when he made the move to Computer Shopper magazine. As a technology reviewer he's since tested everything from routers and switches, to smart air fryers and doorbells, and covered technology such as EVs, TVs, solar power and the singularity.
During more than 15 years as Shopper's long-time printer reviewer, Simon tried, tested and wrote up literally hundreds of home, small office and workgroup printers. He continues reviewing smart products and printers for a variety of publications, and has been an IT Pro contributor since 2010. Simon is almost never happier than when surrounded by printers and paper, applying his stopwatch and a seasoned eye to find the best performing, best value products for business users.