Oki MB470 review
Output quality is average but Oki's latest mono MFP is a speedy little number that delivers a lot of good features
Review Date: 25 Jan 2010
Reviewed By: Dave Mitchell
Price when reviewed: £320 (£376 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
There's usually an element of compromise involved in selecting a multifunction laser printer, but Oki's latest MB470 workgroup MFP aims to deliver on all counts. It ticks the box for value and combines this with print, scan, fax and colour copy functions, 28ppm print and copy speeds, a true 1,200dpi resolution and an integral duplex unit.
The MB470 comes as standard with a 250-sheet lower tray plus 50-sheet MPT and ADF. Paper capacity can be increased with an extra 530-sheet lower tray and the 64MB of resident memory can be pushed up to 320MB, although Oki cheekily charges £135 for a 256MB stick.
A comprehensive control panel and backlit display provides access to all key features. For fax ops you get a standard 33.6Kbits/sec fax modem and a good choice of port options.
Driver installation is swift, although the TWAIN driver can only be used for directly retrieving or pushing a scanned image to a PC with a local USB connection. Oki's software package includes PrintSupervision web server for remotely viewing and managing all networked printers. The Print Control Server and Client are used to track and control printer usage, while for general scanning activities you get the PaperPort 11 SE and OmniPage SE4 utilities.
For network scanning you can direct the image to an email or locally attached PC and opt for PDF, TIFF or JPEG output. Profiles store details on network PCs, and email address books and fax phone books can be created directly from the bundled MFP Setup tool.
The MB470 dashed through our 28-page Word document in precisely one minute at both 600dpi and 1,200dpi resolutions. Our heavy duty 24-page DTP test document printed at 1,200dpi in 50 seconds. Copy speeds were a tad slower, with a 28-page copy delivered at 19.5ppm.
Text is clean and sharp but photographs and graphics suffer from cross-hatching. We could see no appreciable difference between 600dpi and 1,200dpi prints and despite fiddling with the driver controls, we found photos were also too light and lacking in definition. The scanner fared better, producing good levels of detail although, again, the cross hatching effect was noticeable.
Printing costs could also be better with the imaging drum and high capacity toner cartridge returning a page for 1.5p. The drum has a comparatively high price tag and low mileage. To achieve the printer's maximum monthly duty cycle of 70,000 pages you'd need three of them.
Workgroups with print speeds, features and value high on their agenda will find the MB470 a worthy candidate. If you can cope with the average print quality this Oki will make a good general printer for a small office.
Author: Dave Mitchell
Poor Quality Printer
I used to have a Samsung Laser which lasted for 6 years - no issues at all until the poor thing was dropped off the side of a desk at work during some cleaning
It was replaced with the MB470 - which when it works is ok for single sheet print jobs - otherwise you're going to have trouble.
1) Unless you replace the cartridge with an overpriced Oki one you're constantly going to have toner errors - so will slow the print job down until you reset the unit
2) Single sheet printing is ok BUT if you want to print over 5 to 10 sheets the paper curls on its exit (I've tried cheap to expensive to branded paper) and starts to jam the next sheet coming out - this coupled to the relatively quick print speed means that subsequent sheets will fold/curl bend in exit tray until a jam occurs. I've had this happen to me EVERY time for the last 18 months I've had the unit - regardless of the paper type. I print 100 plus sheets at a time on a twice a week basis and every time I have to stand to attention to manually remove every 5-8 sheets before a jam occurs.
3) From pretty much day one the printed throws up error codes about "Tray 1 Open" - This is absolute rubbish as I open and close it perhaps 10 times before it recognises its actually closed.
I think this is all due to the poor plastic/modular design that actually causes the machine to twist and sway a little when open and so its not able to sense if all trays are closed.
All in all I would rate the printed 1/50 for build quality - I will never buy an Oki again.
By mounis on 19 Jul 2012
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