The Largest Launch Ever: A First Look At Key Features Of Xerox's 29 New Printers

Making History At Xerox

Xerox said its channel partners can boost stickiness with clients and generate more recurring revenue by leveraging the company's 29 new printers and multifunction devices.

The largest product launch in Xerox's 110-year history includes a variety of sizes, speeds and capabilities to match the needs of both small and midize businesses as well as large enterprises. It features 17 larger, freestanding A3 printers and 12 smaller, tabletop A4 printers with speeds of up to 90 pages per minute.

This is Xerox’s first major product launch since completing the spinoff of its $6.7 billion business process services division -- which was renamed Conduent – at the start of the year.

Read on to get acquainted with some of the most notable features of Xerox's new printers.

A Winning Proposition For Small Businesses

Xerox's VersaLink line is best suited for smaller workgroups and is a good fit for many channel partners. Some 19 of the 29 printers and multifunction printers launched Wednesday by Xerox are part of the VersaLink line.

VersaLink offers plug-and-play setup, which is ideal for organizations with little or no tech support. These printers can be accessed from a wired, wireless, or mobile device.

VersaLink printers offer protection from unauthorized access to devices, keep confidential communication and information safe from encryption and image overwrite, audit device access attempts, and protect both data and devices from malicious intent, Xerox said.

A High-Powered Machine For The Enterprise

Xerox's AltaLink line is designed for larger workgroups with higher print volume needs. All 10 of AltaLink multifunction printers (MFPs) launched Wednesday by Xerox are larger, freestanding A3 printers.

A faster boot time and single-pass duplex scanner on the AltaLink line offers large organizations greater productivity, Xerox said. Optional features on the AltaLink offer additional flexibility and versatility to meet customers’ needs.

AltaLink devices offer a multilayered security approach, Xerox said, including McAfee protection and 256-bit hard-drive encryption.

Work-from-anywhere features on the AltaLink let users print on the road, and connect to cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.

A Printer That Operates Like A Tablet

VersaLink products feature a customizable touch-screen interface that operates like a mobile device with swipe and tap capabilities.

The tablet-like touch-screen interface allows users to preview scans and faxes, and built-in optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities quickly make scanned documents searchable.

The touch-screen interface also provides users with access to cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.

Xerox said the similar interface, features and functionality across the VersaLink product line fleet will lift sales and service margins up by enabling solution providers to provide a more consistent user experience.

An Interface Just The Way Users Like It

Xerox device interfaces are customizable to provide only the apps used most, including specific one-touch workflows to or from cloud or network locations.

The company said solution providers can jump-start recurring revenue by developing and selling custom applications through the Xerox App Gallery.

Apps created by channel partners can streamline tasks such as patient records filing, real estate contract management and retail invoicing into fewer, faster steps, according to Xerox.

Xerox said its engineers have also designed ways for individuals to use multifunction printers to streamline daily office processes such as scanning a document to email, saving the file, and uploading it to a cloud storage service such as Dropbox by handling those tasks in fewer steps.

An App-Like Experience On A Printer

Xerox developed an interface for its multifunction printers that integrates the device with the app world, making it easier for people to connect, communicate and work.

This makes it possible for the company to address specific needs of customers such as translating documents, completing a loan application or scanning directly to a client folder in the cloud with a tap or swipe on their smartphone, according to the company.

Xerox said its toolkit enables users to customize printers and multifunction devices in a way that's akin to how individuals use smartphones or other mobile devices to meet their personal needs. The new Xerox devices feature the familiar iOS or Android interface, the company said.