OKI Printing Solutions MC560 Review (Apr 21, 2009 by Susan Silvius, PC World)
The Oki Printing Solutions MC560 color LED multifunction printer (similar to a color laser MFP) has inexpensive toner and generates great-looking text pages. Even so, this huge model has too high a sticker price ($999 as of April 6, 2009) and needs too much special attention to be worth your while.
Once installed, the MC560 performed satisfactorily in our speed tests, with above-average scores on all measures except the scanning test; however, none of the results came close to Oki's claimed 32 pages per minute for black text output and 20 ppm for color graphics. The machine printed finely drawn text and line art, but color images looked dark and oversaturated. Scans tended toward the opposite extreme, looking washed-out and showing visible moir? patterns in some instances.
The Oki MC560 has some interesting though questionable design elements. The plastic, 50-sheet multipurpose tray feels flimsy. After placing media in the tray, you have to press the oversize blue button next to it to lift the media up to the input slot--an odd additional step. As is typical in MFPs, the flatbed scanner and the automatic document feeder loom above the printer chassis. To get to the toner cartridges inside the printer, you must raise the scanner/ADF assembly and then raise the printer's top lid. If you raise only the printer's lid, it hits the scanner/ADF unit. The toner cartridges are not keyed; and when we intentionally switched two colors, the MC560 didn't detect the problem--it just printed bizarre-colored output. Oki acknowledged the design and expressed concern that our experiment might damage the printer--but if that's a risk, why didn't Oki take steps to prevent it?
The MC560's best attribute is its toner cost, though we reviewed this unit before official pricing was set. The unit ships with starter-size (2000-page) black and color toner cartridges. An 8000-page replacement black cartridge costs about $117 (1.5 cents per page). Each 6000-page color cartridge costs about $177 (2.9 cents per color per page), yielding a total price of 10.8 cents per four-color page. The separate drums for each color last 20,000 pages each and cost $74 to $79 (adding a fraction of a cent to each color's per-page cost).
The Oki Printing Solutions MC560 has some nice attributes, especially its low-cost toner. But it has too many problematic aspects for us to recommend it.
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