Oki has come up with three new printers based on its own LED print engine and a new toner technology.
The printers use low melting point capsular toner which, the company claims, improves print quality in several ways.
The manufacturing process allows greater control over the size and shape of the toner particles, allowing the printer to produce finer lines and smoother curves. Also, denser black areas can be produced.
Being "capsular" means that the actual toner material is enclosed in tiny capsules in order to prevent it from melting at the wrong part of the printing process.
The capsules are spherically shaped and all identical, in comparison to the microscopic random flakes of conventional toners.
Aimed at the small workgroup market, the Okipage 12i/n is equipped with an integral Ethernet interface as standard. The printer offers a resolution of 600 x 1200 and includes PCL6 and PostScript Level II emulations. The standard 4Mb of RAM can be upgraded to a maximum of 36Mb. The 12i/n costs #579.
Priced at #289, the Okipage 10ex also offers 600 x 1200 monochrome printing, but at a slightly slower rate of 10ppm. Also, because Oki is targeting this device at high volume desktop users, it does not feature a network interface, although, like its bigger brother, the 10ex does feature a 250 sheet automatic sheet feeder.
A variant of the model called the 10exs is also available, featuring a serial interface in place of the standard parallel connection and priced at #339.
Both versions ship with 2Mb of memory which can be expanded to 35Mb
For the lower end of the market, Oki has the Okipage 8p, an 8ppm device which ships with 2Mb of memory and can hold a maximum of 6Mb.
The 8p printer includes a 100 sheet tray with a manual feeder and is priced at #239.
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