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OKI C310dn review

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OKI C310DN

OKI has once again shown that LED printers are more than capable of matching their laser counterparts in terms of quality, and the C310dn is also impressive in terms of its speed. Running costs will be high for those printing extra large volumes, but the OKI C310dn is a competitively priced and cost-effective colour printer for medium-sized workgroups that performs extremely well. Pros: Good mono and colour print quality; low mono printing costs; fast; wide range of management utilities Cons: Noisy; expensive consumables with high-volume use

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £320

Manufacturer: OKI

The majority of enterprise printer manufacturers are sticking to traditional laser models, but OKI is continuing its trend of producing LED-based alternatives.

One of the main advantages of LED is that it's cheaper to manufacture than laser technology. The print head also has no moving parts, and is therefore likely to last longer than a laser model.

LED print speeds are usually fairly good, and OKI claims that its latest colour model, the C310dn, is capable of churning out a respectable 24ppm. As the 'dn' in its name suggests, it also has automatic duplex and network capabilities, the latter in the form of a wired 10/100 LAN port.

The printer has an elongated design and weighs a hefty 22kg. With dimensions of 224 x 410 x 504mm, it also requires a fairly large platform on which to sit. A small, two-line LCD screen is located on the top and provides quick access to a variety of setup and monitoring functions. The screen also has a blue backlight, making it visible in low-light conditions.

Consumables
The entire top section of the printer pops open to reveal the four, vertically positioned toner cartridges. The three colour cartridges (cyan, magenta and yellow) are all good for 2,000 pages and have a street price of £67, while the black cartridge has a slightly larger capacity of 3,500 pages and costs £52. What this equates to is a low mono cost of 1.5p per page and reasonable colour cost of 11.6p.

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Of course, this doesn't take into account the price of the paper used or ongoing consumables costs. The transfer belt and fuser will both need replacing after 60,000 pages, costing around £70 each. However, what may concern those looking to add the C310dn to a large workgroup is the black imaging drum, which costs £107 and lasts only 20,000 pages.

A nice touch is that the status of all consumables is visible from the printer's onboard display, so you can quickly check how much life is left in the fuser, for example.

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