Xerox VersaLink B7000 Series Review

Good: Versatile paper-handling features, installation guide for setting up device with no IT involvement, cloud-based printing and scanning.
Bad: PostScript is only optional, not intended for large offices.
Bottom Line: New series of black-and-white MFPs for small-to-medium-sized businesses looking for ways to improve productivity.
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Xerox
VersaLink B7000 Series
$6,100-$8,100
Small, Medium
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25ppm-35ppm
Not applicable
1.05GHz
2GB

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.

The VersaLink B7000 Series is a family of three printer-multifunctionals targeted to SMBs. One difference between these devices and the VersaLink B405DN is that the B7000 Series accept 11″ x 17″ (tabloid-sized) paper while the B405 does not.

All three devices include standard printing, copying and scanning with optional faxing. Here is a breakdown of each MFP:

  • The VersaLink B7025 ($6,100) prints and copies at 25ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 107,000 pages.
  • The VersaLink B7030 ($7,100) prints and copies at 30ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 129,000 pages.
  • The VersaLink B7035 ($8,100) prints and copies at 35ppm and has a monthly duty cycle of 153,000 pages.

All three MFPs has a 1.05GHz processor, 2GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive.

There is also a 7″ 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 is standard but PostScript is optional. USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity are standard. The B7000 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 B7000 Series support printing from and scanning to these following cloud accounts: Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft 365, DocuShare, Google Drive and Dropbox.

And finally, for companies with limited or very busy IT staff, there’s an installation wizard that guides the user in setting up the device and connecting it to their servers.

Features

Standard paper handling includes a 520-sheet tray and a 100-sheet bypass. Users have the option of adding any of these trays: a single 520-sheet tray, a 520-sheet tray with accompanying stand, a three-tray set of 520 sheets each and a high-capacity tandem tray that totals 2,520 sheets. There is also an optional 2,000-sheet high-capacity feeder and a 60-sheet envelope tray. The maximum paper capacity is 5,140 sheets.

All devices include a single-pass duplexing document feeder that holds up to 110 sheets.

For output, there is a standard dual catch tray of 250 sheets each. There are also a few finishing options.

First, there is an integrated office finisher with a 500-sheet stacker and 50-sheet single-position stapling. There is also an external finisher that includes a 2,000-sheet finisher and 50-sheet multiposition stapling. Users can optionally add a hole-punch kit and/or booklet maker to this finisher.

There is also 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, 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.

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

PostScript is only optional, whereas on other devices, it’s a standard feature. Also, the B7000 Series is not intended for large workgroups.

About

Since the invention of Xerography 75 years ago, the people of Xerox have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done. Today, Xerox is the global leader in business process and document management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they can focus on their real business.

Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., more than 140,000 Xerox employees serve clients in 160 countries, providing
business services, printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations.

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