Copystar CS-1620 Review
Many small businesses and home offices don’t have the space for large copy machines. The desktop copiers offer a much better alternative; although the consumables need to be purchased more often. The Copystar CS-1620 is the perfect choice for those wanting a compact copier at a lower cost, without compromising on quality.
The Copystar CS-1620 weighs 86 pounds, with dimensions of 22.6” x 21.8” x 19.8” (width, depth, height.) This is one of the heavier copiers and is a bit too big to fit on a desk, but will sit nicely on a shelf or credenza.
The unit uses a stationary platen (11” x 17”) for scanning, instead of a sliding platform, to keep its footprint the same as its physical size. The automatic document feeder (RADF) allows for a maximum of 50 sheets of single-sided originals; more sheets can be manually fed as the copy job progresses. This unit uses SOPM (scan once print many) technology and has 16MB of memory; as a result, it can produce copies at a rate of 18 letter size pages per minute; 15 legal size, and 15 ledger size copies, with a maximum of 99 copies.
The Copystar CS-1620 has three upgradable packages. The first package will give you a stand, 3 spacers and toner; the second package will give you the reverse automatic document feeder option (RADF), 3 spacers, stand and toner; and the third package will give you an added paper drawer, 2 spacers, stand, toner and duplex printing option, plus RADF.
The unit has a photo quality resolution of 600 x 600 dpi, at 256 grayscale levels. The magnification can be changed from 50% to 200% in 1% increments, or in preset jumps.
The control panel on the Copystar CS-1620 is fairly straight forward and easy to navigate. You can select the magnification, and quantity that you want. If you have the extra paper tray upgrade, you can select which tray to copy from, depending on the size of copies you need. The maximum size copy paper is 11” x 17” which is larger than most copiers allow. The paper tray holds a maximum of 250 sheets, unless you get the package upgrade; then it’s 300.
While 18 pages a minute is impressive and is adequate for most small businesses, it is still less than the 20 pages a minute that newer copiers can produce. If you have large copy jobs that you need to produce on a regular basis, you may find that 18 pages is barely adequate.
The upgradeable options on the Copystar CS-1620 are fairly standard on other models. An example is the RADF. You’ll find this as a standard option on most other copiers these days. The same can be said for the extra drawers and paper trays. These usually come as a standard feature on other models. These upgrades can be costly, and when you’re talking about a small business, expenses may be an issue.
The Copystar CS-1620 only performs one function – copying. Many businesses today look for multi-function units, simply because they take up less space. You’ll have to have a separate unit for printing, one for faxing and one for scanning. This could take up precious space, and can also be time consuming going from unit to unit. Multi-function units take up less space, and they are considered more efficient.
Even at 300 sheet capacity, the paper try is considered undersized by today’s standards. Even small operations can go through more than 500 sheets of paper a day. Most paper supplies come in 500 sheet packages; it is much more convenient to be able to drop the entire package into the tray without having to separate it. This may be an issue, especially if space is limited and you have nowhere to put the extra paper. Most businesses find that it is worth spending a few extra dollars for the option of a 500 sheet paper tray.