Xerox AltaLink B8000 Series Review

Good: ConnectKey technology with mobile and cloud printing/scanning, versatile paper trays and finishing options, partnership with McAfee for added security.
Bad: Not intended for small businesses or for companies that don't require high-volume printing.
Bottom Line: Scalable line of new high-volume MFPs with strong mobile and cloud connectivity.
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Xerox
AltaLink B8000 Series
$15,220-$39,145
Large, Enterprise
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45ppm-90ppm
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1.8GHz
4GB

Product Overview

In 2017, Xerox released 29 new devices with its new ConnectKey technology that goes beyond traditional printing. Each ConnectKey device uses mobile and cloud technology as well as a tablet-like interface to access workflows. The 29 ConnectKey devices is broken down into two groups: VersaLink for small-to-medium-sized businesses and AltaLink for larger companies.

We’ve reviewed several of the VersaLink devices, such as the C400 Color Printer. This review focuses on the AltaLink B8000 Series.

The AltaLink B8000 Series consist of five black-and-white MFPs with standard printing, copying and scanning features and optional faxing. They range in engine speed from 45ppm to 90ppm.

Here are the five MFPs:

  • The AltaLink B8045 ($15,220) prints and copies at 45ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 175,000 pages.
  • The AltaLink B8055 ($19,745) prints and copies at 55ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 200,000 pages.
  • The AltaLink B8065 ($25,245) prints and copies at 65ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 250,000 pages.
  • The AltaLink B8075 ($29,795) prints and copies at 75ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 300,000 pages.
  • The AltaLink B8090 ($39,145) prints and copies at 90ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 400,000 pages.

All five MFPs include a 1.8GHz processor, 4GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive.  There is also a 10.1″ color touchscreen with a touch-and-swipe user interface that resembles mobile devices. They also comes with access to the Xerox App Gallery so users can download specific apps to help customize one-touch printing tasks that reflect their workloads.

PCL and PostScript are supported. USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity are standard. The B8000 Series support mobile printing and scanning. Users can print from and scan to a variety of apps, such as Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Xerox Print Service Plug-in for Android and Near Field Communication (NFC) devices.

The B8000 Series support printing from and scanning to these following cloud accounts: Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft 365, DocuShare, Google Drive and Dropbox.

The AltaLink B8000 Series is a scalable line of MFPs for the large companies that are looking for high-volume machines that aids in improving productivity.

Features

Standard paper handling includes two trays of 500 sheets each, a 100-sheet bypass and a 3,600-sheet high-capacity tandem tray. There are a few optional trays, including a 3,300-sheet high-capacity feeder, a 50-sheet envelope tray and a 1,250-sheet high-capacity feeder kit. Note that the feeder kit is available only on the B8065, B8075 and B8090. Maximum paper capacity is 8,000 sheets.

There are several finishing options, depending on the device selected. First, there is the 400-sheet catch tray. Then, there is an office finisher available for all devices except for the B8090. This office finisher includes a 2,000-sheet tray, a 250-sheet tray, 50-sheet multiposition stapling and an optional hole punch kit. There is also another office finisher that includes a 60-page booklet maker with saddlestitching.

For the B8065, B8075 and B8090 devices, there is a high-volume finisher with a 3,000-sheet tray, a 250-sheet tray, 100-sheet multiposition stapling and an optional hole punch kit. There is a separate high-volume finisher that includes a 60-page booklet maker with saddlestitching.

There is also a Z-fold/C-fold unit and a postprocess inserter. And finally, there is a 50-sheet convenience stapler.

All devices include a single-pass duplexing document feeder that holds up to 200 sheets.

The scanning function supports encrypted PDF, searchable PDF and single-touch scanning. Users can scan to these following destinations: USB, email, mailbox and network. File formats supported are PDF, JPEG, TIFF and XPS, to name a few.

The faxing function includes a 33.6kpbs modem, as well as LAN faxing, direct faxing to email and fax dialing.

Xerox includes many standard security features, such as secure print, user authentication, network authentication, hard drive overwrite, IP address filtering and access controls, to name several. Xerox also has a partnership with McAfee for device and fleet security.

There is also the Simple ID feature, where users access commonly-used apps on the home screen. The user is assigned a dedicated ID and password, which they enter only once.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The AltaLink B8000 Series are not intended for small companies or for companies that don’t require high-volume printing.

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Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., more than 140,000 Xerox employees serve clients in 160 countries, providing
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