We don't often review printers and multifunctions in the £2,000-£3,000 price range, but OKI's MC860dn has a couple of interesting features which make it particularly attractive for the workgroup market. As well as having OKI's trademark LED print engines, it can print up to A3 and comes as standard with both duplex print and duplex scanning.
Given that this is an A3 machine, it's not that big. Although it would be happier sitting on one of OKI's optional cabinet and stand accessories than on a desktop, it's not going to take up half your office, as some of its competitors might. It doesn't have a particularly integrated look, with a substantial A3 scanner mounted on two columns and looking fairly obviously like a laser printer and scanner brought together from other production lines.
Against this, the scanner swings up on two substantial gas struts, so you can lift the top cover and reveal the four drum and toner assemblies, which are all easy to get at, along with the machine's fuser.
The Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) on the scanner can take up to 50 sheets and can read both sides of each sheet, though by reversing the paper and rescanning, rather than having a duplex scan head. This is slower technique but, when copying duplex documents, it's the print engine which governs the overall speed, so it shouldn't slow copies.
The only paper tray supplied as standard with the MC860dn takes up to 300 sheets of A4 or A3 paper - all the trays on the machine are multi-size, and there's a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray, too. Although there are two options for adding extra trays, with one or two, 530-sheet add-ons, we feel a full ream should be the minimum capacity for any machine aimed at the workgroup.
The machine's large control panel is well laid out, with many of the buttons you'd expect to see being replaced by a 145mm mono touchscreen, which is well laid out with a mainly graphical display. Those buttons there are control mode selection, for copy, fax, scan and print, provide a number pad for fax dialling and include three large buttons for mono and colour jobs and to cancel a current one.
Although the machine has a number of different consumables, they are provided preinstalled, so it's just a question of removing sealing tapes on the toner cartridges. Partly due to the use of high-intensity LEDs to illuminate the MC860dn's drums, the machine is very easy to service.
OKI provides full copies of OmniPage OCR and PaperPort document management software, both from Nuance, as well as local and network drivers. The machine comes as standard with USB, Ethernet and parallel ports, so is easy to integrate into most office environments.