border=0 />Pitching colour printing as a competitive advantage for businesses, Xerox has introduced the first color multifunction scanner, copier and printer based on its solid ink technology. The WorkCentre C2424 is a £1,999 plus VAT device that Xerox claims costs less and prints faster than competing products.
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The C2424 can print up to 24 pages per minute and can multitask, meaning that a user who wants to make a copy does not have to wait for another user

Also, because the C2424 is based on Xerox's solid ink technology, it delivers better image quality and ease of use than competing products, according to Marlene Glazer of Buyers Laboratory, an independent testing organization.

"The image quality easily rivals some of the high end LED (Light Emitting Diode) printers," said Glazer, who has tested the C2424. Additionally, the new Xerox product offers better copying features when compared with other printer-centric products in this market segment, she said. Competing products are sold by vendors including Hewlett-Packard Co. and Lexmark International Inc., she said.

Solid ink technology was previously found only in Xerox's single-function printers. The imaging process for solid ink works similar to offset printers. It uses solid, polymer-based ink instead of powdered toner. Because of the absence of toners, liquids, tanks or cartridges the machine is easier to use and maintain, according to Xerox.

The C2424 is the first Xerox color-enabled multifunction device that will be available through a broad channel of value-added resellers in addition to other channels such as agents, dealers and direct sales representatives, Xerox said in a statement. The product is due out in early April, Xerox said.