OKI C9850MFP - A3+ printer review

This heavy duty printer from OKI offers A3+ printing, duplex capability and Sharepoint integration. But can it offer speed and quality as well as an extensive feature list?

Price
£8,560

Large multifunction printers have several different uses. They're useful at the departmental level for all the print output from a busy office, they can help with archival of printed documentation and they can even be used for short-run commercial printing in print-shops. OKI's C9850 is a heavyweight standalone multi-function, but is also easily expandable into a number of more complex configurations.

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The base machine is an A3 multifunction, with a duplex A3 scanner and print engine. The print engine uses OKI's high-resolution LED print technology, a much simpler option than laser, while still providing true 1,200dpi resolution.

There are three paper trays as standard, each of which can take paper from A6 up to A3+, so the machine can print full-bleed A3 pages. The machine comes as standard with four, 530-sheet paper trays, plus a 230-sheet, multi-purpose tray. This is a good combination for keeping a number of different paper types on line at once.

Each of the trays slides out from the front, with paper feeding sideways, in photocopier style, to a 500 sheet face down tray or a 200-sheet face up one. An optional finisher unit can be added at the side, offering bulk-stacking of up to 1,000 sheets and collation and stapling of booklets.

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The A3 scanner has a scan-head either side of the paper, so completes a duplex scan in a single pass. It has an Auto Document Feeder, which can feed up to 50 pages and the whole of the scanner section, which is a substantial unit. This lifts up on a counter-balanced hoist at the back, to give easy access to print consumables, once the top cover of the printer section is lifted.

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The system includes the Fiery 8e hardware Postscript RIP, a well-known processor for wider carriage printers. This speeds up the printing of Postscript documents, particularly those with high graphical content. It also includes Spot-On colour search, which helps match specific colours with those the machine produces.

Another interesting offering is a direct connection to Microsoft SharePoint, so you can use the scanner to archive print documents in electronic form. You'll need a SharePoint server and storage, separate from the C9850MFP, but each document scanned can be tagged and directed to the required repository, all from the OKI machine's 210mm colour touch-screen. We do wonder whether this won't mean the machine is hogged by whoever's working on the archive, but guess that's an office admin issue.

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