Review Price £556.20
OKI B6250 Mono Laser Printer
We see a lot of printers in the course of a year, so occasionally get the feeling we've seen a particular model before. It sometimes means we've inadvertently requested the same model twice, which is annoying if we've started a second review, but it can also mean the model is rebadged from another manufacturer.
OKI's B6250 produced this déjà vu feeling, but no, we hadn't asked to review it before. We checked other printer makers and came across the Epson EPL-N3000, which looks suspiciously similar to the B6250, but we haven't reviewed that, yet. Then we came across the Konica Minolta PagePro 4650EN, which we reviewed a couple of months back and again looks suspiciously similar, physically and on the spec sheet, to the OKI.
So we have one machine being sold in at least three different guises. Our guess as to the manufacturer of all three is Epson, as the company sells an A3 printer with similar styling to the EPL-N3000, which the other two ranges don't include.
OKI has to bring something to the party to make the B6250 preferable to the Epson or Konica Minolta offerings and we suspect that's price. The cheapest we can find the OKI machine for is £303, while the PagePro is £461 and the Epson is £486, all including VAT.
The OKI B6250, like the other two, is a big machine, with some subtle curves relieving an otherwise boxy appearance. Paper feeds from either of two, 200-sheet paper trays to a deep indentation in its top surface, so you can expect the printer to cope with long print jobs unattended.
The control panel is well laid out, though the 2-line, 16-character LCD is another one that is hard to view and badly needs a backlight. Why printer makers are so reluctant to use a couple of white LEDs to provide backlights on printer displays is beyond us. They cost pence to include and fractions of pence to run, given the printer is taking over 550W, anyway, when printing.
This printer doesn't have networking built in - odd for a machine aimed at the workgroup - though it's available as an option, as are one or two extra 550-sheet paper trays, a duplexer, hard drives and an offset stacker.
The machine is very easy to set up and maintain, as it uses a single drum and toner cartridges that drops in through a hatch in the printer's top cover. Close the hatch and you're covered for 11,000 pages of print. Software installation, which includes both PCL 6 and PostScript Level 3 emulations, is also easily done.