If you are thinking about choosing a solid ink printer for your office, you should be aware of the cost first of all. While they have come down in prices since the initial model, at ten thousand US dollars in 1991, the printers still run reasonably expensive rates compared to normal laser toner printers. But the advantages are there.
As far as quality goes most consider solid ink printers to be among the best out there. According to one solid printer ink review “Due to the way solid ink printers put the ink onto the page, print quality is considered to be excellent with lively colors. Excellent results can be achieved with low-quality stock, as the wax covers the stock with a glossy surface.”
There are downsides. Unless you plan on leaving your printer in sleep mode, instead of turning it off, you are constantly going to cool down the portion of ink kept above its freezing point in the print head. This will result in that amount of ink being cleaned and drained down into a used in reservoir where it must be cleaned and disposed of on occasion.
Thus, although solid ink printers are typically more efficient, they actually waste much more ink when you constantly turn them off and on again, making them better for situations where they almost never lose power, such as hospitals or round the clock office situations.
But rest assured, if you do invest in a solid ink printer, the performance should exceed your expectations.