OKI has added to its new range of printers with the release of the C610 and C711 colour laser machines. Both devices claim speeds of 34 pages per minute in colour and 36ppm in mono and have a flat paper path which enables them to print on media up to 250gsm. Specifications for the C610 and C711 are similar but with couple of important differences; the C711 features a larger, 530-sheet input tray and has a higher duty cycle than the C610 and uses larger capacity toners. First page out time is as fast as 9 seconds in colour, print resolution is up to 1200 x 600dpi and both machines come with 256MB memory and a 533MHz processor.
Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard are both supported (the Windows 7 driver is available as a web download) and there is a suite of security software and print utilities available. Print Control allows you to track printer usage and monitor costs, PrintSuperVision makes it possible to monitor and manage your printer network and Colour Access Policy Manager means you can monitor and control the colour usage for printed output.
Environmental impact is an important part of printer design these days so it will come as no surprise that the C610 and C711 are Energy Star compliant; power consumption is less than 15 Watts in power save mode, whilst in sleep mode it is a miserly 1.2W.
As you’d expect from OKI these days, a three year warranty comes as standard and there is cashback available on both printers. Prices start at just over £500 for the C610 while the C711 is well over £100 more than its predecessor, the C710. Is it £100 better? Well, it’s 4 pages per minute faster, prints on thicker paper and works with Windows 7 and Snow Leopard so, on balance, the answer looks like a yes.
If anything’s going to tempt buyers to go for the OKIs over the competition, we think that the ability to print on thick media will do it. As well as being able to print 250gsm from the bypass tray, the C711 will duplex print 220gsm paper – welcome news for anyone tired of hunting for a printer that will duplex more than 120gsm.
by Anthony Morgan