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Not to be outdone by Epson and HP, OKI has launched a multi-function print, scan and copy device built around a colour LED engine. OKI has always used hi-intensity LED light rather than a laser beam, as it’s more compact and easier to control, but the device addresses the same colour office all-in-one market as Epson’s Aculaser CX11N and the Color LaserJet 2280 from HP. Both of which we reviewed recently.
OKI’s machine starts by being a good deal more expensive than either of its two competitors, coming in £250 more than the Epson and a full £300 higher than the HP. Interestingly, though, the C5510MFP is available for €854 in Germany – yes, that’s euros – which is about £570. OKI claims this is a launch price only and it is offering either an extended three year warranty or a spare set of toner cartridges in the UK.
The C5510MFP is a C5000 colour LED printer with a 600dpi flat-bed scanner on top. Nearly all control comes from the scanner section, which sports a two-line, sixteen character, back-lit LCD display, colour and mono copy buttons and a number of preset enlargements and reductions for copying.
There’s also a function to send single or multi-page scans directly to a PC via a network – the machine comes network-enabled as standard. The flatbed scanner is fitted with a 50-sheet auto document feeder and a cunning magnetic closure, so documents stay put when being scanned.
At the front is a fold down multi-purpose tray for special media, which can take up to 100 sheets, and there’s a pull-out tray below that which takes a further 300 sheets of A4 paper. At the back are sockets for both USB 2.0 and Ethernet connections.
Putting this machine together is not a trivial exercise. If you buy from a dealer and they offer to set it up for you, accept. Once you’ve fixed the balancing feet on the bottom of the printer, mounted the scanner unit on top and locked it in place, you have to start feeding mains cables round, clipping PSUs to the back and connecting cables to link the two parts together.
The printer is supplied with all its consumables in place, but you have to free off each of the toner cartridges and un-chock the developer drum before you can get down to printing. To maintain the device, you need to buy toner cartridges, drum, fuser and transfer belt, all at different intervals. Access is good, though, as the whole of the top cover, with the scanner attached, folds up to the vertical.
Software installation is a doddle. Insert the driver CD and plug in the USB cable, Windows detects both scanner and printer and copies what it needs across. OKI supplies two colour-matching utilities, along with a copy of PaperPort, so you can tweak the colours it produces to be closer to what you see on the screen.
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