Xerox AltaLink B8100 Series Review

Good: ConnectKey-enabled apps and digital workflows, 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: Black-and-white MFPs with robust features for improving collaboration and productivity.
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AltaLink B8100 Series
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Medium, Large
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45 ppm-72 ppm
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1.91 GHz
4 GB

Product Overview

The AltaLink B8100 Series, consisting of three black-and-white MFPs, is embedded with Xerox’s ConnectKey technology of cloud and digital workflows that helps users collaborate and work from anywhere. They have standard printing, copying and scanning features and optional faxing, and range in engine speed from 45 ppm to 72 ppm.

Here are the three MFPs:

  • The AltaLink B8145 prints and copies at 45 ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 200,000 pages.
  • The AltaLink B8155 prints and copies at 55 ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 250,000 pages.
  • The AltaLink B8170 prints and copies at 72 ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 300,000 pages.

The devices include the 1.91 GHz processor, 4 GB of memory and a 128 GB SSD. There’s also an optional 500 GB hard drive. The 10.1″ color touchscreen includes access to the Xerox App Gallery, so users can download the Xerox or third-party apps for customizing workflows. A few of the apps are Xerox Translate and Print, Xerox Audio Documents and Xerox Note Converter.

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

We also want to point out the Smart Proximity Sensor that saves energy during idle times and automatically activates when a user is walking up to the device.

More details is in our Features section below.

Features

Standard paper handling includes two 500-sheet trays, a 100-sheet bypass and a 3,140-sheet high-capacity tandem tray. Xerox offers optional paper inputs, including a 3,000-sheet high-capacity feeder, a 60-sheet envelope tray and a long sheet feed kit for printing banners. The maximum paper capacity is 6,140 sheets.

There are several finishing options. First, there is the 400-sheet catch tray. Then, there is an office finisher that includes a 2,000-sheet tray, a 250-sheet tray, 50-sheet dual-position stapling and an optional hole punch kit. There is an additional office finisher that includes a 60-page booklet maker with saddlestitching.

The Business Ready finisher has a 3,000-sheet stacker, a 500-sheet tray, 100-sheet multiposition stapling and an optional hole punch kit. There is a separate Business Ready booklet maker finisher with a 1,500-sheet stacker, a 500-sheet tray and the ability to saddlestitch up to 64-page booklets. There is also a Z-fold/C-fold unit and a 50-sheet convenience stapler.

Finally, there’s a single-pass duplexing document feeder that scans up to 250 ipm. It has a 130-sheet capacity on the B8145 and B8155 and a 250-sheet capacity on the B8170.

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.

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 B8100 Series are not intended for small companies or for companies that don’t require high-volume printing.

About

Xerox Corporation is a technology leader focused on the intersection of digital and physical. It uses automation and next-generation personalization to redefine productivity, drive growth and make the world more secure. Every day, its innovative technologies and intelligent work solutions, Powered by Xerox®, help people communicate and work better.

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