Xerox AltaLink C8100 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: Scalable color MFPs for medium and large workgroups that need intuitive and productive features.
Intended Users:
AltaLink C8100 Series
Medium, Large
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
30 ppm-70 ppm
30 ppm-70 ppm
1.9 GHz
4 GB/8 GB (on C8170)

Product Overview

The AltaLink C8100 Series, consisting of five color 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 30 ppm to 70 ppm.

We’ve listed the five MFPs below. Note that the speed represents both black and color.

  • The AltaLink C8130 prints and copies at 30 ppm (and has a monthly duty cycle of 90,000 pages.
  • The AltaLink C8135 prints and copies at 35 ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 110,000 pages.
  • The AltaLink C8145 prints and copies at 45 ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 200,000 pages.
  • The AltaLink C8155 prints and copies at 55 ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 300,000 pages.
  • The AltaLink C8170 prints and copies at 70 ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 300,000 pages.

The devices include the 1.9 GHz processor, 4 GB of memory (the C8170 has 8 GB of memory) and a 128 GB SSB. 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 apps, such as Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Xerox Print Service Plug-in for Android and Near Field Communication (NFC) devices.

There’s also an optional Xerox EX-c C8100 Print Server for additional graphic and other professional-looking documents. The print server has a 2.4 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. Other features include variable data printing, Fiery color management and mobile and cloud printing.

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.


Standard paper handling includes two 520-sheet trays and a 100-sheet bypass. In addition, the C8130 and C8135 models has a four-tray module – each tray has a 520-sheet capacity. There’s also a high-capacity tandem two-tray 2,000-sheet module (top tray with 867 sheets and bottom tray with 1,133 sheets).

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’s a single-pass duplexing document feeder that holds up to 130 sheets on all the device except the C8170, which has a 250-sheet capacity.

As for output, there is a dual offset catch tray each containing 250 sheets. There are a few finishing options. First, the integrated office finisher contains a 500-sheet tray and 50-sheet dual-position stapling, and it available on all devices with the exception of the C8170.

Available for all devices, there’s a separate office finisher available with a 2,000-sheet tray, 50-sheet dual-position stapling and an optional hole punch kit. There’s an additional office finisher with a 60-page saddlestitching capabilities.

Then, there’s a Business Ready finisher with a 3,000-sheet tray, a 500-sheet top tray, 50-sheet multiposition stapling and a 2/3-hole punch kit. There is a separate Business Ready booklet finisher that includes a 1,500-sheet tray, 50-sheet multiposition stapling, hole punch kit and a 60-page booklet maker with saddlestitching.

Finally, there’s a Z-fold/C-fold unit and a 50-sheet convenience stapler.

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 dedication ID and password, which they enter only once.

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


The AltaLink C8100 Series are not intended for small companies or for companies that don’t require high-volume printing.


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