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Anyone Using a Xerox Versalink 7000 series printer (laser multifunction)

  • 1.  Anyone Using a Xerox Versalink 7000 series printer (laser multifunction)

    Posted 11-26-2018 15:24
    For my small office, an 11x17 multifunction printer is an important tool since most of my Schematic Design presentations are done in 11x17 format.  To date, I have been relying on the multifunction inkjet printers available from the big box stores.  I have had Brother and Epson printers- currently an Epson WF 7620.  My experience with these is that they work fine for a few months or maybe a year, then the print quality starts to deteriorate and the problems begin.  My current Epson is constantly jamming every other print and the output has lines that no amount of head cleaning, ink replacement has been able to fix.  It's time to replace the WF-7620.  I am tired of the disposable printer approach so started looking for something more substantial and reliable- and preferably a laser since I think part of my problems stem from the fact that I am not printing every day (everything I have read says inkjets don't like to not be used).

    As soon as I started looking for a laser multifunction with 11x17 color capability, it became clear there are not a lot of choices and I was going to be looking at a more significant investment.  I visited and demo'd a Xerox dealer and was very impressed with their Versalink 7020.  Curious if anyone has any real world experience with this machine?  Or are there other solutions to the disposable $300 big box printer that you would recommend?


    Josh Allison AIA
    Josh Allison Architecture
    Charlotte NC
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  • 2.  RE: Anyone Using a Xerox Versalink 7000 series printer (laser multifunction)

    Posted 11-27-2018 22:18

    Hi Josh,


    My 9 person office has been using a Ricoh Aficio SP C830DN for 4 years without trouble. I replace toner about every 18 months and had a service for general cleaning and checkup at about 2 years in. Quite satisfied. It has a modular approach so you can add more drawers or various finishers if you need. I added a extra capacity drawer for my 11x17 sheets. I don't think it's ever jammed except when I put 110lb. heavy card stock into one of the drawers. But put that in the feed tray on the side and it doesn't complain. And for scanning, I use a cheap Brother 11x17 MFC-J6920DW and never print from it. It has a great automatic feeder and though the ink dried up years ago, it still scans like new.


    David Whitney, AIA

    David Whitney Architects

    San Jose, CA

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