Xerox Phaser 8860

Xerox Phaser 8860

Xerox says it has a “green” ink that can print color copies at the same cost as black and white ones. The Phaser 8860 is the first printer to use Xerox’s cartridge-free solid ink technology. The crayon-like ink sticks are simply unwrapped and dropped into trays. A stick of black ink costs $216 and red, yellow, and blue will run you $72 a peg. Each is good for about 14,000 pages. Xerox says it’s the first time a machine has been able to produce color documents as cheaply as black and white, and that the cost is two times less expensive than the competition. Also, the ink sticks require far less packaging, and can be shipped more efficiently. The machine generates 90 percent less waste than comparable laser printers. Xerox recommends the machines for any business with print volumes between 1,000 and 10,000 pages per month. The Phaser can kick out about 30 pages per minute in color and black and white. A two-sided printing option can help reduce paper use. Base pricing for the Phaser 8860 starts at $2,499.