OKI MC760dn-fax review - Performance and versatility for office users

A fast and versatile multifunction colour laser printer for larger workgroups

OKI has been doing well with its range of laser printers for small and medium-size businesses recently, and it’s now extending its portfolio to provide additional options for larger organizations too.

Priced at around £1500, the MC760dn is the ‘entry-level’ model in its new MC700 range of multifunction colour laser printers and is aimed at workgroups of up to 20 users. We reviewed the MC760dn-fax, which, as the name implies, is a four-in-one multifunction device that provides printing, scanning, copying and fax facilities. If you don’t need the fax option you can save about £100 by opting for the standard MC760dn model instead. Read more Printer reviews.

The MC760dn-fax provides performance and versatility for office users.

It’s a bit of a beast, measuring 675mm high, 522mm wide and 604mm deep, and weighing a full 50Kg, so you’ll probably need to leave it standing on the floor in a corner of your office. It’s a versatile machine, though, and should quickly prove its worth, providing 1200x600dpi printing, a 600x600dpi scanner, and a fax machine with a 1000-entry address book.

The main paper tray in the base of the unit holds 530 sheets of A4 paper, and its average duty cycle is rated at 6000 pages per month. There’s a multi-purpose tray that holds a further 100 sheets of heavier paper stocks (up to 250gsm) and 100-sheet automatic document feeder. It supports double-sided printing, and there’s even a built-in stapler for extra convenience.

You can also increase the printer’s capacity with up to three additional trays that hold a further 530 sheets each, and which cost about £100 each. The only disappointment is that the MC760dn-fax includes USB and Ethernet interfaces, but wifi is an optional extra that has to be installed by an engineer and costs an additional £150.00.

Print quality is very good, with the smooth crisp text that you’d expect from a laser printer, while graphics documents benefit from a glossy finish that adds boldness to colours. However, the MC760dn-fax doesn’t quite live up to OKI’s claims of 28ppm performance, as it takes a little longer than advertised to print out the first page of each job. Oki claims eight seconds to print the first page for mono documents and 9 seconds for colour, but our results were closer to 15 seconds and 20 seconds respectively. As a result, we got overall speeds of around 22ppm for mono and 17ppm for colour. Even so, that performance should still be adequate for the sort of workloads that this printer is designed for.

Printing costs are quite reasonable too. The printer is sold with a set of ‘starter’ cartridges that should last for approximately 4,000 pages and after that you’ll need to pay £78 for the black toner cartridge that lasts for around 8000 pages, while the cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges cost about £113.50 each and last for 6000 pages. However, laser printers also incur additional costs, such as the need to replace the drum mechanisms during the life of the printer, and Oki says that these costs together work out at a very reasonable 1.5p per page for mono printing and 8p for colour.

OUR VERDICT

That sluggish ‘first page’ speed means that the MC760dn-fax isn’t quite as speedy as OKI claims, but it should still be fast enough for all but the largest and busiest of offices. It’s versatile too, and provides competitive running costs along with a three-year warranty for extra peace of mind.

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