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DocuColor™ 242/252/260

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DocuColor™ 242/252/260

The DocuColor 242/252/260 copier/printers are high performance professional multifunction/light production printers that are best-suited for the graphic arts, pay-for-print, commercial print, and corporate environments. They can copy and print with incredible colour control at up to 2400 x 2400 dpi resolution and can also network scan. Numerous finishing and colour server options make it customizable to fit your unique business needs.

At a Glance

Print speed Colour: up to 40 / 50 / 60 ppm
Black: up to 55 / 65 / 75 ppm
Applications Books & Manuals, Collateral, Direct Mail, Photo Publishing
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Competitive Edge

  • Superior print quality with the highest resolution (2400 x 2400 dpi) in its class, enhanced gloss modes, and exclusive emulsion aggregation high grade toner
  • Widest array of colour servers in its class to give users exactly what they need to best do their jobs
  • Standard DADF holds up to 250 sheets - over two-times the competition
  • Faster warm-up time from sleep mode (2.5 minutes) than competitive products to get you working right away
  • Unparalleled ease of use with large colour user interface and intuitive bi-directional print driver

Features that Ensure the Highest Colour Quality

  • 2400x2400 dpi resolution in both copy and print modes delivers razor sharp details and smooth colour transitions
  • Five colour server and controller options provide the colour management and control that is right for your environment
  • Increase your level of gloss when copying or printing with Enhanced Gloss Mode
  • Enhanced image quality at higher speeds with our latest 32-beam laser VCSEL technology
  • Emulsion Aggregation High Grade (EA HG) toner brings out great colour, outstanding shadow detail, superior halftones and smooth transitions
  • SRA3 printing produces full bleed 12x18 in./A3 proofs
  • Rock-solid colour calibration in a fast and easy-to-perform operation off-the-glass calibration or via a densitometer or spectrophotometer depending on colour server/controller selection
  • Maintain print consistency throughout the workday with the Xerox-exclusive trickle-charge development system and an automatic Charge Corotron Cleaning Assembly

Features that Save Time

  • Fast speeds from 40 to 60 ppm in colour and 55 to 75 ppm in black-and-white so you can choose the speed that's right for your business
  • Numerous finisher options allow you to customize a solution that best fits your environment whether you create proofs, brochures, newsletters, or catalogs
  • Power and flexibility your business needs, including sophisticated colour-management, workflow capabilities, and fast processing speed with five colour server and controller options
  • Promote and delete jobs at the touch of a button with the multiple job queues
  • Fast printing on heavy media due to a short and straight paper path
  • Fast scanning of up to 80 ppm in black-and-white and 50 ppm in colour
  • Multi-task for maximum efficiency with multiple users performing different tasks on the DocuColor at the same time
  • Program and scan ahead a new job even when the device is busy printing
  • Fast warm-up time means your DocuColor 242/252/260 will be ready to use when you are
  • Scan long jobs without the need to break it up with the large 250-sheet duplex automatic document feeder
  • Jobs will print uninterrupted even when you're replacing toner or paper
  • Extra toner capacity with two black toner cartridges keep interventions to a minimum
  • Automatic tray switching directs the DocuColor 242/252/260 to look for the same size and type of paper once the paper in a tray has been depleted. This keeps operator interventions to a minimum and printing time to a maximum

Features that Enhance Ease-of-use

  • Oversize touchscreen user interface provides easy access to the features you use most
  • Handles heavy media up to 300 gsm for high reliability and creative flexibility
  • Prevent downtime and service calls with consumables that remind you to replace them before they run out
  • Easy to program, monitor, and manage workflows with five powerful colour server and controller choices
  • Store and recall job programming means complicated jobs do not have to be reprogrammed
  • Real-time device status is easily detected before you send a print job via the bi-directional print driver
  • Quickly learn to use even complex features with numerous user-friendly help screens
  • Installation is quick and easy, even for multiple units because network administrators can "clone" settings of one device to another

Product Awards

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The Xerox DocuColor™ 242 Digital Color Printer/Copier won the Digital Printer Shoot-Out Award in the category for electrophotographic dry production printers, 20-40 ppm, at the Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) Awards, featured at the PMA International Convention and Trade Show.
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BERTL awarded the DocuColor 260 color multifunction printer a BERTL’s Best recognition in the Best Light Production Color MFP category.

June 16,

Better Buys For Business

Editor’s Choice, Better Buys for Business 2008 Color Copier Guide. BBB says “the DocuColor 242, 252, and 260 models are high-speed color [multifunction printers] that offer excellent image quality and productive features.”  They are also praised for their “very fast” output speeds, excellent image quality, “attractive supply costs,” and strong media support.
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Buyers Laboratory Inc.

The Xerox DocuColor 242, 252, and 260 color multifunction printers were each selected as a Pick of the Year for “Outstanding Critical Color MFP” by Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI). The independent research organization praised the MFPs for their “superior overall image quality,” color consistency, reliability, ease of use, and customization capabilities that the user interface, finishing options, and color print server options provide. BLI also said the DocuColor 260 “performs exceptionally in BLI’s job stream test,” which simulates traffic in a real-world environment.
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DocuColor 242 certificate
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DocuColor 252 certificate
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DocuColor 260 certificate


Better Buys For Business

Editor’s Choice, Better Buys for Business 2007 High-Volume Printer and Digital Duplicator Guide.
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