Solid-ink printers are designed to compete with color lasers, offering laser-like speed and output quality. They’re pretty much exclusive to Xerox, whose latest, the Phaser 8560MFP/D, is among the more impressive laser-class all-in-ones I’ve seen.
Solid-ink printers are best for an offi ce that can keep the printer running all night so that the ink stays melted. The 8560MFP/D is a whiz at paper handling, with a standard 625-sheet paper capacity and a 1,675-sheet maximum with optional trays. It also has a built-in duplexer.
The 8560MFP/D went through our business applications suite in 10 minutes 31 seconds, faster than the fastest color laser AIO I’ve tested. It also prints photos quickly, averaging 23 seconds for a 4-by-6 and 36 seconds for an 8-by-10.
The 8560MFP/D’s output quality is superb. Text is a bit below ideal. Graphics were good enough for any internal business need. Photos were superior for a laser-class printer, good enough to pass as true photo quality at arm’s length.
If you’re looking for a color laser AIO, don’t rule out a solid-ink unit. The Xerox Phaser 8560MFP/D offers an effective balance of speed, output quality, and features for a small to midsize office.PriceXerox Phaser 8560MFP/D: $2,000 streetCheck This Out:HP Officejet Pro K5400dtn Color Printer: Laser-Class Ink JetCanon Pixma Pro9000: Photo Prints Fit for FramingSony Picture Station DPP-FP90: Snapshot Printer Deluxe