OKI has revealed its latest range of mono multifunction LED printers, the MB400 series, which will be available to buy from December. The new 28 page per minute machines feature network, duplex, 64MB memory and a three year warranty as standard. Entry level for the range is the MB460 with copy and scan, the MB470 also has a built in fax, while the MB480 comes with the fax and a larger 530 sheet paper tray. The MB470 and MB480 also feature Postscript 3 emulation and true 1200 x 1200dpi print resolution.
OKI is so confident in the durability of its LED technology that, in addition to the three year printer warranty, it is providing a separate five year warranty on the LED print head. As you’d expect, all three printers have colour scanning capability but, as with the MC350 and MC360, you’ll only be able to use the print function if you’re running Mac OS. It seems a bit of an odd design flaw and presumably OKI has its reasons although, as yet, we’re not sure what they are.
Prices start at just over £275 plus VAT for the MB460, rising to just under £400 for the MB480. The MB460 stacks up reasonably well, at least on paper, against the Samsung SCX-4828FN with a nearly identical specification for the same price; the Samsung has a larger memory but the OKI has higher print resolution and is cheaper to run. It’s a similar story at the other end of the range with the MB480 beating the HP Laserjet M2727 on running costs and speed, while losing out to the Brother MFC-8880 in the speed stakes. There’s little to choose between them otherwise but the OKI’s larger paper tray wins it a few extra brownie points. First page out time for all three models is less than 5.5 seconds, which would cancel out the speed advantage of some of OKI’s rivals, particularly on short print runs.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, cheap to run mono multifunction printer for a small workgroup, the OKI MB400 series is certainly worth a look. The free three year warranty makes them even better value but OKI would undoubtedly sell more if Mac users could take advantage of the full range of features these machines have to offer.
by Anthony Morgan