For the record: a Xerox B1025 printer review

Can Xerox crack the SOHO printer segment? We find out

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For the record: a Xerox B1025 printer review
By  David Ndichu Published  February 17, 2019

You know you have hit peak brand awareness when your product is used as a verb, as in, Xeroxing. Now whether that’s a good thing or not is another story altogether.

For now, we can now all agree that Xerox is a highly successful print and digital document management brand. A chance to test one of their printers was thus a too good an opportunity to pass. 

The unit in question is a Xerox B1025, a monochrome laser multifunction printer (MFP) designed for small and medium businesses and home offices, and for the growing and influential creative professional segment.

For the targeted demographic, the remit for Xerox was to create a printer that had all the bells and whistles of its more premium office printers, but at a more budget-friendly price, and more space –friendly form factor. 

Design

On opening the package, you are greeted by a familiar Xerox ‘look’-dark blue top and cream bottom.   

The Xerox B1025, unlike its B1022 cousin, includes a document feeder, which opens to reveal the scanner. By the side is a 4.3-inch colour interactive touchscreen which offers access to printer functions such as configuring device settings and programming jobs. A physical pad adds more functionalities such as selecting the number of printouts, fax, etc.

This sits on a paper tray that can handle 250 A4 or A3 sheets, or about half a ream of the average printer/copy paper.  An optional second paper tray lets you load an additional 250 sheets, doubling the maximum paper capacity.

Connection is fairly easy. Download drivers from the web or through the provided CD and then connect to your home or office network via Ethernet. There’s an optional Wi-Fi connect kit if you prefer a wireless connection. You can also print directly from the computer via Type B USB port.  

The unit I received included a starter print cartridge with a capacity of 2,500 black printouts.

Features

For the targeted market, physical space is usually at a premium. The typical large office can afford a whole section or room just for printers; not so for the small business and home offices. For such an environment, a compact form factor is essential. The Xerox 1025 replaces multiple devices with one, combining the functions of a duplex copier, printer, colour scanner and fax into one compact multifunction printer. In my case, the printer is tucked conveniently under my desk.

The touchscreen provides a familiar interface in our mobile world. Use the touchscreen to explore the various features: draft mode, personal print, print from USB, saved job, delay print, etc.

The user interface does not include Arabic, so English may have to do for most people in the region.

There are enterprise-level features that I haven’t touched yet. For example with an optional 8GB Micro SD memory, you can add an extra 2,000 addresses/500 groups, collation and booklet creation, among others.

There are various ways to interact with copy: as well as through the normal PC. You can even print directly from the cloud through a mobile app.

Performance

The Xerox B1025 comes with up to 1 GHz of processing power and 1.5 GB standard memory, which allows for fairly fast operations for a printer in its category. It can print at a rate of to 25 ppm (prints per minute), fairly standard for the market segment. First-print-out time is as fast as 8.9 seconds, which is relatively fast. There are few things as annoying as waiting for a printout that won’t just come out. The speed for two-sided printing is up to 13 ppm.

Copying is equally fast, at 7.6 seconds as first-copy-out time.

The B1025 offers up to 1200 x 1200 dpi image quality. The average printer will give you 600 x 600, so 1200 x 1200 is photographer-quality. The copying resolution is up to 600 x 600 dpi.

You can scan at 600 x 600 dpi with the capability for colour scanning. The Xerox B1025 allows for scan to email, or scan-to a USB memory drive.

The 100-sheet Duplex Automatic Document Feeder (DADF) quickly scans two-sided black and white or colour originals for copy, scan and fax jobs.

You can print jobs from your Android mobile device. Xerox is part of a Mopria alliance that was created to offer an interoperable printing platform for different print manufacturers. You can thus print on a Mopria-enabled mobile device from the email, gallery, and web browser applications. Additionally, the Xerox Print Service plug-in for Android enables mobile printing to many Xerox printers and MFPs without the need for third party apps or additional print drivers. There’s no iOS app, yet.

The Xerox Embedded Web Server enables remote device administration from a computer’s browser.

Verdict

The ability to bring enterprise capabilities to the home office/small business segment is crucial if you have to target this market. Xerox which has an enviable legacy in large business environments, is perhaps better placed than competitors in this regard.

The B1025 is a robust printer that delivers what it promises with few compromises.

The only shortcoming is that Xerox has not put much effort into mobile printing, a medium I would imagine every home office user would appreciate.  

For: Compact; Multifunction
Against: Mobile-unfriendly
Verdict: Enterprise-level functions in a SOHO printer

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