OKI has just launched its new entry level colour multifunction printer, the MC160n, which should be available to buy early in the New Year. The MC160n has been designed with the small office in mind, which is reflected in its small size and low duty cycle – the monthly average duty cycle is just 300 pages per month.
As befits its entry level status, the MC160n’s specifications are fairly basic with a colour print speed of five pages per minute and a host based printing system rather than a dedicated printer language. There’s also no mention of Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.6 support, although this is under review, so let’s hope the drivers will be available soon.
So let’s forget about what you don’t get and focus on what you do get. Firstly, the MC160n includes print, scan, copy and fax functions and is network ready as standard. Versatile scan capabilities include scan to FTP, PC, USB memory stick and e-mail via the embedded LDAP address book. And that’s pretty much it – print resolution is a run-of-the-mill 1200 x 600dpi and memory is an equally average 128MB.
None of this is necessarily a problem if you’re looking for an entry level colour MFP but there are cheaper alternatives and, if your budget can stretch to an extra £50, there’s the Ricoh SP C231SF. Faster colour print speed, higher resolution, reversing ADF and lower running costs – oh, and £60 cashback – make the Ricoh a strong contender for the small workgroup on a budget. The OKI looks like a capable little machine and a free three year warranty is always welcome but it never hurts to look around and see if you can get more for your money.
by Anthony Morgan