Oki C711n review
A great printer with excellent print quality, but its size, cost and weight may affect where and how you use it
Review Date: 18 Feb 2012
Reviewed By: Ian Marks
Price when reviewed: £676 (£811 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
The Oki C711n is a real monster of a printer. lt comes with a warning sticker on the box that says "heavy item"- and at 28kg, they aren't joking. lt's also spatially large: this isn't a printer that you'll be able to install in every classroom. Not only will the size of it mean you wouldn't want to, but the high price point also means it would cost too much money. At more than £650, this is the most expensive printer in this test.
lt may just be a single-function colour laser printer without any wireless networking capabilities, but it's a highly specified colour laser. lt has exceptionally high print speeds, reaching 36ppm in our tests, and print quality is excellent: crisp black text, and detailed photo prints with natural colours. lt's the only device here to come anywhere near the quality of the HP CP2025n in this respect.
However, while the Oki is quick, it's also very noisy: it emits some impressive banging and clanking from inside the plastic shelL You wouldn't want this printer in the classroom while you're teaching.
The Oki can take a whopping 530 sheets of paper in its main input tray, and a further 100 sheets in a multipurpose tray that can also take transparencies and card stock. This model can be connected to a PC or server via a USB cable, or networked over Ethernet. Thanks to the easy-to-use software, we had no problems getting the printer up and running reliably across the latter.
The C711n's toner cartridges are expensive, with a full set costing around £427. However, these last around 11,500 pages, which puts the price per colour page at less than 1p. Mono print costs are even cheaper, at 0.7p per page. If you need high throughput, the Oki could end up saving you money long-term. Its sheer size, weight and noise means it isn't the perfect printer for a classroom - and the purchase price is undeniably hefty - but if you need a printer to share across many users, it's still a worthwhile choice.
Author: Ian Marks
Fourfold error in colour print costs, surely?
If a set of cartirdges costs £427 and you get 11,500 pages and those pages are in colour so it uses a little of each of the 4 colours, then the cost per colour page is 427/11500 which is just under 4p.
Looks like you only used the cost of one cartridge. Which you can do for mono, so mono would be 0.9p.
I was really interested in thisprinter at 1p per colour page, but I need to think again with a fourfold increase.
I think my maths is correct, but do let me know if you got to 1p in a different way.
By mark_r_williams on 10 May 2012
Add the image drum costs too
Also, a company selling the toner also shows an image drum kit for each colour that lasts for 20,000 pages. All four of those total £312 (inc VAT), so that means it's another £156 to spend every time a 11,000 page set of toners runs out.
So that brings costs to £427+£156 per 11,000 which is now 5p per page.
Plus a transfer belt and fuser kit every 60,000 pages but that only adds another 0.25p per sheet.
By mark_r_williams on 10 May 2012
You're absolutely right, there's no way that should be less than 1p. At current ink costs you're looking closer to 4.2p, and that's before drum and transfer belt costs are added.
Apologies for the error, should have been picked up before it went to print.
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By DavidBayon on 10 May 2012
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