Feature Story: Xerox Updates ColorQube MFPs With Improved Controller and Security, Faster Print and Scan Speeds, More

9300 Series

Xerox has updated its solid-ink ColorQube color MFP family with its new 9300 Series, which is based on the 9200 Series Xerox introduced in 2009, but features more powerful controller, faster print and scan speeds, improved security, and more.

As with the 9200 Series, the new 9300 Series consists of three models. Upgrades versus the previous 9200 Series include: 

  • Print speed for two models is faster. The mid-range 9302’s black print speed has been increased from 50 ppm to 55 ppm, while the flagship 9303’s print speed has been increased from 50 (black/color) to 60 (black)/55 (color) ppm.
  • Scanning is also faster–84 (black)/60 (color) originals per minute (opm) versus 75/51 opm for the 9200 Series.
  • New scan to and print from USB memory drives via USB convenience port.
  • The systems’ Smart Controller has also been upgraded with a 1.5 GHz CPU versus the 9200 Series’ 1 GHz CPU. Xerox also upgraded the systems’ hard drive, which now features 160 GB of memory versus 80 GB. It also says improved controller design allows for true multitasking, enabling users to copy, print scan, and fax while other jobs are being processed.
  • New security includes AES 256-bit data encryption (meets current FIPS 140-2 requirements), and user permissions. With user permissions, administrators can control print features by user, group, time of day, day of the week, and application. For instance, an administrator can specify that all Microsoft Outlook e-mail messages are always printed in two-sided duplex mode and in black, not color. Also new is the ability for users to to convert scanned files into password-protected Adobe PDFs that require a password to open, so that only authorized users can view them.
  • With Xerox Online Support, there’s searchable, online help at the MFPs’ control panel and touch screen. Administrators and users have access to the same information that Xerox service personnel have access to when resolving issues such as error codes, print quality, software installation, etc.
  • There also a new cleaning unit with a 65-percent higher life/yield (330,000 pages versus 200,000 pages), which Xerox says will reduce customer interventions and replaceable units in half (from four to just two replacements) for the average ColorQube 9300 Series customer making 1 million impressions over four years.
  • Reduced power consumption–energy consumption has been reduced by 17 percent versus the ColorQube 9200 Series.

 

  • Also new is the addition of Xerox’s Color by Words utility (above), a color-management software utility that Xerox had previously introduced, and which makes it easy for users to adjust printed colors with simple tools such as a drop-down menu containing instructions such as make “yellow colors a lot more yellow,” and “red colors a lot more red.” 

Pricing for the new ColorQube 9300 Series is also slightly lower—the three models in the 9200 Series list at $23,900, $26,900 and $29,900, while the three models in the new 9300 Series list at $22,299, $25,299, and $28,299. 

 

As with the 9200 Series, the 9300 Series uses Xerox’s solid-ink color imaging technology. As its name implies, solid-ink imaging technology is based on non-toxic solid blocks of ink (above), as opposed to other office ink-imaging systems that use liquid or gel inks. With solid ink, there’s no cartridge—the user simply unwraps the ink block and slides/drops it into one of the four keyed ink receptacles (cyan, yellow, magenta and black).  In order to produce images, the printer heats the ink block, melting the ink into liquid form, and the droplets of the molten ink form the image on media. Xerox has emphasized solid ink’s environmental-friendliness, and these solid-ink consumables do have a definite advantage over toner-based systems in that department:  unlike toner-based systems, there’s no photoconductors, developing units, etc., that must be disposed of (and may wind up in landfills), and packaging for the solid-ink blocks is minimal compared to packaging for toner-based systems. More minimal packaging also equates to less energy consumed for transportation costs. Xerox’s solid-ink MFPs also consume considerably less energy than comparable laser-based systems. Xerox rates average power consumption at 750 watts; many small desktop laser printers consume up to 500 watts, with many color laser MFPs consuming up to 1,500 watts at slower print speeds. The 9300 Series is also Energy Star-certified.

  

Each color ink block (cyan, yellow, magenta, black) is uniquely shaped so that it only fits into its correct slot, preventing users from installing the wrong color ink block in a slot.

As with the 9200 Series, there’s secure mobile printing from any e-mail-enabled   smartphone, tablet, or laptop without downloading print drivers, software, etc., and without searching for printer information. After the user sends a print job from a mobile device, the ColorQube sends the user a confirmation code. To print the job at the ColorQube’s touch screen, the user selects Mobile Print, enters their print confirmation code, and then selects the document and the print settings for it.

List pricing for the ColorQube 9300 Series starts at $22,299, and the systems will be distributed through Xerox direct sales, resellers, agents, and Xerox’s Global Imaging Systems.

 ColorQube 9300 Base Specifications 

  ColorQube 9301 ColorQube 9302  ColorQube 9303

 List Price

$22,299 

$25,299 

$28,299

Standard Functions

 

Network print, copy, network scan, scan to e-mail 

Network print, copy, network scan, scan to e-mail 

Network print, copy, network scan, scan to e-mail 

Print/Copy Print Speed

 

Color: up to 38 ppm
Black: up to 50 ppm 

Color: up to 45 ppm
Black: up to 55 ppm 

Color: up to 55 ppm
Black: up to 60 ppm 

Flexible Print Speeds

 

Color: 31 – 60 ppm
Black: 32 – 85 ppm 

Color: 35 – 70 ppm
Black: 36 – 85 ppm 

Color: 38 – 85 ppm
Black: 38 – 85 ppm 

Network Connectivity

10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet 

10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet

10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet 

Maximum Monthly Volume

Up to 150,000 pages  per month

Up to 225,000 pages per month

 

Up to 300,000 pages per month

 

Recommended Average Monthly Volume

 

15,000 to 75,000 pages/month 

15,000 to 75,000 pages/month 

15,000 to 75,000 pages/month 

  For complete specifications, visit Xerox’s Web site here.

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