Solid Ink printer, the most Eco friendly printer
What is it?
A standard printer that does not have any printer cartridges, it uses solid blocks of ink, like crayons, and leaves no waste behind.
What is the quality like?
Spectacular! Brilliant, vibrant prints, graphic designers have been predominantely using it, but it is now as affordable as a comparable laser printer.
How expensive is it?
The ColorQube is the lowest colour cost per page in the Australian and New Zealand market (Source IPR data 16/05/11).
How fast is it, what media can it use, is it easy to use?
Prints 40ppm colour and first page out as fast as 5s colour, very competitive.
Probably the best printer to print on a wide range of media making it the most suitable for different types of recycled paper.
It is very easy to use! and no mess / spillage because the ink is solid.
What are the health benefits?
The ink is vegetable / soy based and safe to handle. Kids can use the blocks of ink as crayons however this is not recommended because the price of the blocks is similar to a conventional printer cartridge which you know costs more than a crayon. It may also reduce headaches because it does not produce any nasty smells, this has not been independently verified.
What are the environmental benefits?
Spectacular! It produces 90% less waste than a typical colour laser printer, less energy and resources are used during manufacture due to its simplicity and there is no waste or recycling needed afterwards. It does use more power (watts) than a standard printer on standby however this is offset by the energy saved in its life cycle and can be further offset by renewable energy.
To download an information sheet on the environmental benefits of Solid Ink printers click here.
Fewer parts so there is less that can go wrong. No paper curling or wrinkling that often plagues inkjet and colour laser printers.
How do I get one?
EcoDirectory is selling the:
Fuji Xerox ColourQube 8570/8870 Solid Ink printers.
The 8570 is excellent for colour, and 8870 for high volume printing.
Suitable for home, small and medium businesses;
Fuji Xerox Phaser 8560 Multifunction (print/copy/scan/fax) Solid Ink printer.
Suitable for small and medium businesses; and
Solid Ink consumables and accessories.
To buy a Solid Ink printer or consumables click here.
For more information on Solid Ink technology and Fuji Xerox Solid Ink printers click here.