Xerox AltaLink B8170 Printer Review: Pros, Cons, Features    

Submitted by Nolan Fowler on Mon, 05/09/2022 - 07:07
AltaLink B8170

Finding a permanent printing solution for your office can be more tedious than you would think. 

An ideal printer-research process requires access to accurate and honest information from a reputable source. 

As a locally managed print vendor for 35 years, we’ve gathered enough expertise to provide you with exactly what you need to know to get the right machine in place for your company. 

And because we partner with Xerox, we have become experts in their product arsenal and can compile a thorough review of their various machines. 

Before getting into the review, it should be noted that Xerox machines will not be for everyone. Many brands offer long-term printing solutions that may better fit your situation and you should always vet out your options before making a purchase. 

Even though we sell Xerox products, our foremost goal in the content-making process is to impartially inform you with the knowledge you need to make the right purchasing decision.  

With that in mind let’s get into our review of the AltaLink B8170 model, which will include the printer’s specifications, features, configuration options and pros and cons to help you assess whether it’d be a fit for your business.                  

AltaLink B8170 Basics                  

Here are some general statistics and information about the AltaLink B8170 to help you get a feel for print speed, volume, resolution and cost:                

Print Speed: Up to 72 pages per minute (ppm)    

Monthly Duty Cycle: Up to 300,000 pages per month      

Recommended Monthly Print Volume: 100,000 pages    

Print Resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi (dots per inch)       

Copy Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi       

First-Print-Out-Time: 3.0 seconds   

First-Copy-Out-Time: 3.2 seconds     

Base Model Weight: About 319 pounds     

Cost: Starting at  $10,650          

For a look at the AltaLink B8170, see the picture below:       

AltaLink B8170 Key Features                  

Now, let’s look at some of the key features that come with the AltaLink B8170 multifunction (MFP) printer:                           

Touchscreen Interface and App Gallery                            

The Xerox AltaLink B8170 contains a customizable, 10.1-inch tablet-like color touchscreen that allows you to complete printing tasks simply and effectively.                            

You can tailor the user interface to your business’s goals by choosing from the numerous applications on Xerox’s App Gallery. A few examples include:     

  • QuickBooks Online, which links users directly to the QuickBooks service to quicken the expense reporting process. The app will let you scan multiple receipts at once, preview the receipts, edit and submit the data fields and notify the approver from the device. The price of the app is $20 for 100 receipts, $69 for 500 receipts and $99 for 1000 receipts, and you must have an existing QuickBooks Online account and access to a computer to use the app. 

  • Connect for Microsoft 365 and Connect for Microsoft OneDrive, which gives you a cloud-storage solution to find, store and print digitized documents. Both applications use the same pricing metric: $10 per month, $99 a year and $208 for three years.  

  • Clip2Go, an app that allows you to clip and crop parts of a document, while also previewing what the clip/crop scanned images will look like so you have a feel for what the final scan will entail. The price of the app is per device and is $27 for one year, $50 for two years and $60 for three years.  

An example of the Clip2Go app:    

The Xerox App Gallery contains several industry-specific and general applications that can help increase overall office productivity. For more information on the different kinds of apps, read the following blogs:                           

The touchscreen interface and app gallery are a part of Xerox’s ConnectKey technology, which, among other things, gives you the ability to convert hard-copy records into accessible cloud-based documents and allows you to control your printer from your smartphone with mobile connectivity features.                

AltaLink devices also include specific features such as a smart proximity sensor and multi-destination scanning that aren’t included with Xerox’s other machines. Read our blog about the Xerox AltaLink family to learn more.        

Security                     

The AltaLink B8170 contains a four-point approach to security that’ll help prevent, detect and protect against cyberattacks at all points of vulnerability.                           

According to Xerox’s website, these include:                          

  • Network intrusion and data transmission              

  • Protection from unauthorized access              

  • Stringent data encryption and secure overwrite.                

  • Added security to individual documents                       

AltaLink devices contain a built-in security measure called the AltaLink Trusted Boot, which protects your machine’s start-up process from malicious actions. Further security enhancements are a result of Xerox’s external partnerships with McAfee and Cisco, which includes McAfee’s Whitelisting technology and Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE), that aid in neutralizing threats instantly at the device.                     

Last year saw a 50 percent increase in weekly cybercrimes on corporate networks, according to Forbes. The rampant surge in cybercrime has made it critical to inform yourself of the security measures that companies are taking before making a purchasing decision. To learn more about Xerox’s security measures, read our blog about Xerox’s approach to cybersecurity and why it matters.                

Xerox’s ConnectKey technology features:     

Graphical user interface, application

Description automatically generatedAltaLink B8170 Accessories and Upgrades            

Let’s take a look at some of the standard accessories and different configuration and finishing options that will allow you to customize and upgrade your machine in ways that best optimize your business needs:                     

Standard Accessories                 

Here are the accessories that come standard with the AltaLink B8170:                

  • Single-Pass Duplex Automatic Document Feeder (DADF)       

  • Two 520-sheet Adjustable Trays       

  • High-Capacity Tandem Tray Configuration (Holds up to 3,140 sheets of paper)         

  • Bypass Tray (Handles up to 100 sheets)               

Optional Accessories                   

Now, let’s look at some of the additional accessories you can have included with your machine upon purchase:                

  • Envelope Kit (Replaces the first tray and provides feeding of up to 60 envelopes)       

  • High-Capacity Feeder (Holds 3,000 sheets of letter/A4 paper, increasing maximum paper capacity to 6,140 sheets)       

  • Long Sheet Feed Kit (Can print up to 12.6” x 52” prints)                

Finishing Options                  

Lastly, here are the finishing options you can include with the Altalink B8170:               

  • Office Finisher       

  • Business Ready Finisher       

  • C-Fold/Z-Fold Unit       

  • BR Booklet Maker Finisher (creates 64-page saddle-stitched booklets—2-to 16 sheets)         

  • Integrated Office Finisher (Provides 500-sheet stacking and 50-sheet, 2-position stapling.        

  • Convenience Stapler (Staples up to 50 sheets of 20 lb. / 75 gsm (Grams per Square Meter)         

Pros of the AltaLink B8170                  

Now, let’s look at two of the main pros of the AltaLink B8170:                  

All-In-One Printing Solution                          

The AltaLink B8170 is a multifunction printer, which means you’re getting a machine that not only has print capabilities but also can act as your scanner, fax machine and copier, as well. With an MFP, you get all these basic office functions in one machine, without having to invest in or make space for a separate scanner, copier or fax machine.                     

For more information about multifunction printers, read these blogs:                        

Permanent Solution                         

In addition to being able to perform as an all-encompassing print solution, the AltaLink B8170 is also built to act as a permanent printing solution for your workplace.                    

Investing in an advanced multifunction printer is a long-term investment, which means you can expect the machine to last for a significant amount of time if you follow the recommended monthly print volume.                   

Although printers have a monthly duty cycle that lists the volume they can print at, it’s always recommended to use a machine’s monthly print volume as a barometer for how much you should print in a month.        

Consistently printing at the machine’s duty cycle rather than the recommended print volume can result in more service issues and a shorter product lifespan.                 

Read our blog about understanding your machine’s duty cycle and print volume to learn more.              

Cons of the AltaLink B8170              

Let’s now go through two of the main cons of the AltaLink B8170:              

Size              

Arguably the main downside to the AltaLink B8170 is that it’s a large multifunction printer and requires you to have adequate space that can accommodate the machine.              

The AltaLink B8170 weighs around 319 pounds and contains a base configuration width of 24.4 inches, a depth of 31.2