The Phaser 8500 is an affordable solid ink printer manufactured by Xerox best suited for small to mid-sized office environments. Although solid ink printers are marketed as having better saturation and consistency in printing, this model printer produces moderate quality print jobs that may not compare well to a laser printer. However, the Xerox 8550 Ink sticks are incredibly affordable, especially when compared to laser printing toner.
Like many other solid ink printers the Phaser 8550 has varied printing performance: it produces high quality graphics and colored print jobs, but does slightly less well when printing text. Xerox 8550 ink works especially well when used to print photos, particularly when using the printer’s photo mode.
Xerox ink is incredibly affordable when stacked against replacement cartridges for other printer units, from inkjet cartridges to laser printing toner. Each individual unit is a solid piece of ink that is melted down and sprayed onto the paper by the machine, and is capable of yielding about 1,000 pages per ink stick. The stick sells for between $20 and $30 on average, depending on color or black ink is chosen. This style of printer has an additional advantage of creating far less waste and environmental impact than a toner printer, which usually carry metal and plastic cartridges that weigh several pounds and can take centuries to break down and decompose.
Deciding whether or not the Phaser 8550 is the proper printer for you ultimately boils down to how you plan to use it. Since it is an older model that uses cheaper inks to function and includes many standard features that are usually considered option on other models it could be a good starting printer for a college student or a small graphic artist, or it might work well in an office setting that occasionally does some in-house