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Xerox AltaLink C8035 Review

Xerox AltaLink
Credit: Xerox Corporation

Xerox headquarters are in Norwalk, Connecticut, but its products can be found in 160 countries around the world. It specializes in business services, document management and workflow solutions. But it is probably most well-known for its printer and digital document solutions.

In the early days of personal computing, the company's researchers have been credited with creating essentials of the computing world, such as the mouse. But companies such as Microsoft and Apple were the ones to find success in that area.

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The MSRP for the Xerox AltaLink C8035 is $16,748. Xerox offers managed print services, which is akin to leasing, and you can call or chat with a Xerox representative to discuss price. You can even request a printed sample so you can inspect the quality of the copier yourself. You can purchase the C8035 through a certified dealer.

On the company's website, under Link Resources, you'll find information about a number of items, including Xerox's warranty. The warranty lasts 90 days from the date of delivery and until the original ink or toner is consumed. Xerox's warranty covers routine maintenance items, and you can purchase accessories or upgrades in that 90 days and get them covered until that warranty expires.

The AltaLink® C8035 is a color multifunction printer that comes in five different variations. It's built for midsize to large workgroups. Employees can scan, print, fax and copy from the same device. It produces the first copy in 6.7 seconds for black and white, and 8.1 seconds for color. It produces its first print in 5.2 seconds for black and white and 6.4 seconds for color. Its monthly duty cycle is 110,000 pages. And, scanning, printing and faxing can all happen at the same time, so multiple tasks can be accomplished during times of peak use.

The AltaLink C8035 has a 10.1-inch touchscreen that conveys a very tablet-like feel. Using this printer, you can create a range of materials, including brochures, pamphlets and more, with a range of finishing options. Like most high-end printers, the AltaLink C8035 comes with auto-duplexing and a stapling function. It includes two paper trays that each hold up to 520 sheets, and the trays hold a range of media sizes. In addition, the paper feeder can hold another 2,000 sheets of letter-size paper. Altogether, the paper capacity is 5,140 sheets, which is nearly double the capacity of most of the printers we evaluated.

The AltaLink C8035 comes with several connectivity features, meant to smooth workflows and encourage easy collaboration among teams. Users can customize their settings and print directly from  OneDrive, Dropbox or Box, as well as from any device. Mobile connectivity is included, and you and your employees can print using such apps as Google Cloud Print and Xerox Print Service Plug-in for Android.

The AltaLink C8035 takes a multilayered approach to security. Xerox has partnered with McAfee and Cisco for built-in security capabilities that can be administered at the user level. Security includes encryption, disk overwrite and a feature for confidential documents that will only release them when you're ready to pick them up at the printer. And, for secure access, the printer comes with built-in RFID functionality.

The AltaLink C8035 is a fast printer that allows small businesses to bring many professional printing functionalities in-house. At almost $20,000, many businesses may be wary of the price tag, but through managed print services, they may find it more desirable.

Managed print services take into account all of your printing needs – everything from maintenance and toner to paper and the printer itself. Businesses will need to weigh whether they will use many of the professional capabilities (and if the price tag is worth it).

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Joanna Furlong

Joanna Furlong is a freelance writer and content strategist based in Southern California. Her background is in digital marketing, but she’s been writing professionally for more than 10 years. She partners with startups, technology companies and small businesses across the U.S. to tell their brand stories through compelling content. And, she loves to report on the intersection where business, management and technology collide.