Oki has announced the launch of its new desktop mono multifunction printers, the MB200 series, which replace the current B2500 MFP series. The new machines are cheaper and faster B2500 series and will be cheaper to run, particularly if you purchase the higher capacity 5500 page yield toner cartridges. All the models in the MB200 range ship with 2000 page starter toner cartridges, double the capacity that some comparable machines are supplied with.
Print speed has been increased from 16 pages per minute to 20ppm across the range. Colour scanning, scan to PC or USB and direct printing from a USB stick is supported on all three models by the PaperPort software, which is supplied as standard.
The M260 is an entry level desktop MFP with copy, scan and print functions, aimed at home and small users. The M280 also includes a fax and 50 sheet automatic document feeder and is aimed at individuals and small workgroups, while the M290 comes with LDAP support and PCL/ Postscript, making it suitable for larger workgroups. A QWERTY style keyboard on the M290 also allows for quicker and easier fax operation.
Oki's own literature focuses heavily on the value for money offered by the M200 series, compared with their rivals; the message being that the new Okis are cheaper than their rivals, offer greater performance or both. If Oki's claims are borne out, then a new printer which cost less and is faster and cheaper to run than its predecessors will be a welcome change.
by Anthony Morgan