The OKI MC770dnfax is not for the common man. It has far too much power to be wasted on a single individual. It is meant for a large group of people, which is to say that it is designed for medium scale businesses or even busy workgroups. In simple terms, the OKI MC770dnfax is an enterprise-class LED-based multifunction printer (MFP) that has a very impressive feature set. The features, themselves, are those that suit medium scale businesses the most.
The fact that this is an MFP means that it can print, copy, scan, and fax. In addition, it has numerous other derived functions such as printing directly from a USB drive, scanning to a USB drive, scanning to email, and even scanning directly to a network folder. The OKI MC770dnfax is classified as a laser printer but it has an LED-based print engine. While the printing technology remains the same whether you use LEDs or lasers, the former turn out to be more durable and efficient than the latter.
If you’re looking for an accomplished advanced MFP for your business or department, then you should definitely consider the OKI MC770dnfax. To help you decide, here is our OKI MC770dnfax review.
Strengths of OKI MC770dnfax
The biggest draw of the OKI MC770dnfax is how it can slide seamlessly into the document workflow of any business. So long as you have a stable system, you can be sure that the OKI MC770dnfax will improve it merely by its presence. It has, in fact, been categorically designed to do just that. The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) has achieved this by incorporating its proprietary sXP (smart Extendable Platform) into the device. The sXP is an open platform architecture that allows third parties to create software solutions to common documentation related challenges faced by businesses.
The document flow is also kept secure by the OKI MC770dnfax through a variety of security features. Some of these security features are derived from the sXP platform, some inbuilt, and some others optional. The sXP platform allows for the PaperCut MF, the Drivve Image, the SENDYS Explorer, PrintSuperVision, and Print Job Accounting which help the user capture, distribute and manage print tasks. Inbuilt security options include an encrypted hard disk drive with 160 GB memory and Oki’s web interface. If you want to upgrade document security further, you can avail add-ons such as the module for printing with PIN or card readers, the secure erase hard disk drive wiping module, and others such as IPSec secure networking.
It is good to have great document management options but if the core function of the device is not being met, then the entire exercise goes waste. In the case of an MFP such as the OKI MC770dnfax, this means printing in high volumes. Fortunately, this device is more than capable of doing justice to all your printing needs as it has an excellent paper handling capacity, high print speeds, and automatic duplexing.
In terms of print speed, the OKI MC770dnfax is rated to deliver monochrome pages at a speed of up to 36 pages per minute (ppm). This speed only drops off by a little in the case of colour pages. It can print colour pages at up to 34 ppm. Paper handling capacity of the device supports high print speed. Without opting for add-ons, you’ll get a total paper capacity of about 730 pages split amongst a 530-sheet paper tray, a 100-sheet multipurpose tray, and a 100-sheet reversing Automatic Document Feeder (ADF).
While this is exceptional in itself, you can increase it further by going for the available options. You can, in fact, increase the total paper handling capacity to as high as 3,260 sheets. Optional paper handling modules you can go for include three more paper trays (530 sheets each and a large capacity feeder (2000 sheets). The maximum monthly duty cycle of 60,000 pages per month support this device’s print speed and paper handling capabilities.
The automatic duplexing feature of the OKI MC770dnfax is also a plus simply because it performs better than what is seen in many of this device’s competitors. Generally, using automatic duplexing can reduce the print speed by half. That is not the case here because you can print at a good clip of 20 ppm even while using the automatic duplexing feature.
Another benefit that you will get with the OKI MC770dnfax is a customisable colour LCD touchscreen spanning 230 cm. The touchscreen is backlit and is accompanied by an alphanumeric keypad on the control panel which can be used to access myriad of functions on the device.
Weaknesses of OKI MC770dnfax
The biggest problem with all enterprise-class MFPs is their size. These types of devices aren’t only big and cumbersome but also heavy. This one is no different. The OKI MC770dnfax measures 552mm wide, 604mm deep, and 675mm high. If its size doesn’t render it unfit as a companion for your computer on your desk, its weight certainly will. This MFP weighs 50 Kg, which is heavy enough for you to need two to three people to move it. It would be wise of you to decide where you want to keep this behemoth in advance so that you don’t have to relocate it later.
The absence of a wireless connectivity option is as aggravating as the size and weight of the OKI MC770dnfax. If you don’t want to spend more than what you’ll pay the first time, then you’ll end up with two connectivity options – USB 2.0 and Ethernet. While these two should be more than enough for most offices, if you wish for mobility and flexibility, you should get the optional wireless module installed.
The OEM, for some reason, has set this device up to go into Power Saver and Sleep modes very quickly. It is quick enough to become very irritating, especially if you’re working on the computer.For example, you only need to lead this device
For example, you only need to lead this device idle for 70 seconds before it goes into the Power Save mode. The Sleep mode takes about 130 seconds to come about. The reason why this is annoying is that it slows down the first print speeds of the device if your print tasks are staggered. For instance, every time this device goes into Sleep mode and you give a print command, the device will take longer. As it is, the first print out times of the OKI MC770dnfax aren’t exceptional. It takes about nine seconds to spit out a colour print and eight seconds for a monochrome print. Lucky for you that this problem isn’t unsolvable. You can reset the time this device takes to go into these modes by going into its settings.
Key Features of OKI MC770dnfax
Worth is something that varies from one person to another. How much a business is willing to spend for certain features is also subjective. This is why we didn’t put the costs associated with the OKI MC770dnfax in any of the sections above. We feel that it is up to you to decide whether this device is affordable and economical or expensive and exorbitant. In order to get this device, you’ll have to spend just over $2,700. While this seems high for an MFP, it isn’t very high for an MFP with so many different features.
Further, it’s also in the average range for enterprise-class devices. The running costs of this device are also similar i.e. in the average range. They still vary on the basis of where you source your cartridges from. If you use cartridges made by the OEM – genuine cartridges, you’ll end up paying about 9.66 cents for every page you print. On the other hand, if you go for aftermarket cartridges or cartridges manufactured by third parties – compatible or generic cartridges, you’ll save a cent as every printed page will be worth 8.66 cents.
The output quality will be average if you use genuine cartridges. You can also expect the quality to remain average if you pay attention to the seller of the compatible cartridges. All compatible cartridges aren’t good, so you should watch out for that. In terms of what average output quality means, you’ll get text prints that can be presented to clients. It will, however, be best if you avoid using graphics and images printed on this device in high-value presentations. They may end up making you look bad.
The device is run by a 1.3 GHz processor which is support by a RAM of 2 GB. The standard variant of the OKI MC770dnfax will also come with an inbuilt stapler for your convenience. Software programmes available with the device include an Address Book Viewer and a File Downloader. As it is, you’ll get 12 months’ onsite warranty but you can have this extended to 36 months by registering your product within a month.
Apart from the optional paper trays and wireless module, you’ll have other components to choose from such as the Oki Castor Base, the Data Overwrite enabler, the Mifare IC card reader, the HID card reader, the IPSec enabler, and the Meta scan enabler.