OKI B2200 Personal LED Printer



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  • Review Price: £95.50

It’s good to see a company stick with a technology and OKI has pioneered its high-intensity LED printing for the best part of 20 years. It now calls it digital LED, but of course it has always been a digital technology. It enables more compact printers than those using laser engines, as the LED engine is little more than a strip of lights.

The B2200 looks like a really compact personal, mono printer, about the size of a large bread loaf, until you slot in the paper tray at the back. This virtually doubles the printer’s depth, though, since the tray is well off the desk, you could still have something sitting behind the printer, so as not to waste space.

The paper path of this novel design is a little different from most. Although paper feeds normally from the rear tray, it turns through 180 degrees and feeds back onto the tray’s cover, which has a pull-out support at the back, to hold the printed pages. There’s a single-sheet feed slot at the front of the machine, so you can print special media and envelopes.

A column of four indicators down the right-hand side of the front panel show power, online, paper jams and other errors, and there are two buttons for power and online status. This is essentially a simple machine, though, with a single USB connection and nearly all control vested in the printer driver.

The internal print mechanism is pretty straightforward and the toner cartridge piggybacks on a small drum unit to produce a neat print engine. You have to push it quite firmly into position, which is a little unusual, but once this is done, the printer is very low maintenance.

The B2200 is a GDI device, meaning it uses Windows print software, rather than a PCL or Postscript printer language. The only practical difference this could make is to the speed of print, since the rasterisation of each page is handled by the PC, rather than a processor in the printer. A slow PC could produce slower prints – though not in this case.

The driver offers to print two or four pages per sheet and to add a watermark to pages and you can manually adjust the photo image for brightness and contrast. There’s also a Template Manager, complete with a set of predefined templates which can be applied to pages. These cover standard business documents, such as posters and flyers, but also some less obvious ones, including menu cards, loyalty vouchers and beer mats.