Ink toner cartridges are expensive, wasteful, and energy-intensive. That’s why Xerox’s new ColorQube 9200 printers are so innovative. Instead of using traditional cartridges, the printers use solid blocks of ink that melt when heated. Xerox claims that its $23,500 machine–meant squarely for corporate customers–can cut printing costs by 60% and eliminate 90% of all waste. And because solid ink sticks don’t have shells, there aren’t empty cartridges to deal with when the ink runs out.
This isn’t the first time Xerox has launched a solid ink–capable printer. In 2004, the company unveiled the $999 Xerox Phaser 8400. But the printer received poor ratings, with PC World claiming that solid ink scratches off more easily than plastic toner. Since then, Xerox has completely revamped its solid ink system to deliver faster performance.