SAN FRANCISCO (04/28/2000) - Xerox Corp. is giving you multiple options in your search for a multifunction device. The company has announced four new WorkCentre devices that combine a printer, copier, fax, and--in two models--a scanner, in one box.
The new devices, which range in price from $350 to $1000, offer features from digital copying to color fax messaging.
The $1000 model, the WorkCentre XD130f, and the WorkCentre XD125f, which costs $700, create copies digitally--that is, they scan a document once and can then print multiple copies from an image stored in memory. That reduces wear and tear on the scanner mechanism and on your document.
Unfortunately, the XD130f and XD125f can't scan to the PC--they only fax and copy. Both of these models, as well as the $450 WorkCentre 390, are based on monochrome laser printer engines and pull pages onto a flatbed scanner glass with an automatic document feeder.
The analog-copying 390, the XD125f, and the XD130f can all copy and fax independently of a PC (though of course not in color).
The least expensive of the new devices, the $350 WorkCentre 490cx, is based on a color ink-jet print engine. It can fax and function as a color copier when not attached to a PC, which is unusual; most color multifunction devices put their color capabilities on hold when running solo. Its scanner can capture 30-bit color at 600 by 600 dots per inch, while the 390 captures 24-bit color at 300 by 600 dpi.
When attached to a PC, all four models can send computer files as faxes. Their fax features are somewhat limited, however; they offer polling and delayed send, but lack such useful capabilities as fax forwarding and remote retrieval.
Nor can they sync their on-board address books with an address book on your PC.
Xerox says the digital-copying XD130f and XD125f print 8 pages per minute at 600 dpi. The XD130f is especially well-equipped for a home office, with dual 250-sheet paper trays, an auxiliary feed, and a built-in duplexer.
Unfortunately, for some reason it can duplex only when making copies, not when printing, and its $1000 price tag may seem steep for one person. The less expensive XD125f includes just one paper tray and has no duplexer. Both models come with a three-year warranty, while the 390 and 490cx have one-year warranties.