Copystar CS-5530 Review
Made with the convenience in handling high volume document production in mind, the Copystar CS-5530 is one of the most suitable digital copiers for offices and users with such demands. Packed with optional printing and scanning capabilities, the Copystar CS-5530 also provides users with other features that multifunction machines give.
The Copystar CS-5530 features blazing output speeds with its copy function, clocking at a rate of 55 pages per minute for letter paper types. For legal and ledger papers, the speeds are at 32 and 28 pages per minute, respectively. First copy out results are as impressive, with less than 4 seconds on its belt. Such speeds are essential to users with high speed demands for their copier, and the Copystar CS-5530 delivers in this regard in outstanding fashion. For its copy resolution, this digital copier has up to 1,800 x 600 dots per inch interpolated resolution with 256 halftone levels. It also features a standard 600 x 600 dpi resolution as well as Fast 1,200 dpi print resolution.
For its copy functions, the Copystar CS-5530 has automatic and manual exposure controls as well as ECO mode for text, photo and combined text/photo outputs. These copy functions can be used to dictate toner usage and also power consumption that enables the Copystar CS-5530 to lower production costs. It also has a continuous copy feature up to 999 copies with an autoreset to 1 option, ideal for producing fast and increased volumes of document production. Additional features include auto center, magnification, batch copy, booklet and book modes, image combine, inserts, erase mode, image overlay, image rotate and reverse, margin shift and transparency mode among its numerous features. The Copystar CS-5530 also has document management options such as store documents, file merge, forms composition and repeat copy.
In order to handle its speed and high volume production capacity, the Copystar CS-5530 is equipped with an embedded PowerPC 750 processor with 400 Mhz. Copier memory is set at 128 MB while print memory is at a standard 32 MB that can be upgraded up to 256 MB via a 100 pin DIMMS. The Copystar CS-5530 also has a 20 GB hard disk drive for storing documents to be copied or printed. For its connectivity interface, the Copystar CS-5530 has standard 10/100 Base TX, parallel IEEE 1284 and serial RS-232C. For supported protocols, it includes TCP/IP IPX/SPX, AppleTalk and NETBEUI. Supported operating systems include Windows, Linux, Novell and MAC OS distributions.
For its paper handling, the Copystar CS-5530 provides a great deal of support, offering up to a maximum of 7,700 sheets. These total is attained with Copystar CS-5530's 2,500 sheet paper deck, dual sheet drawers with 550 sheet capacity, a 100 sheet multipurpose tray and optional drawers. It als also has a reversing automatic document processor with a capacity to hold 100 sheets. Its RADF can also handle 62 letter size originals per minute, another impressive feature that Copystar CS-5530 offers its users.
For its scan option, the Copystar CS-5530 up to 62 sheets per minute, with resolutions of 200, 300, 400, 600 dpi. Scanning features are KM document flow system, document management system, scan to PC/file, scan to Mac and scan to email.
As with most multifunction machines with high volume production capacity, size and mobility will be the most pressing issues. The Copystar CS-5530's dimensions of 27 x 32 x 45 inches and weight of 417 lbs may be issues some users might consider. The dimensions and weight of the Copystar CS-5530 makes it cumbersome and relatively less mobile in any workplace, compact or otherwise. Also, the lack of fax capacity in the Copystar CS-5530 is an issue some users might find relatively hard to ignore considering other multifunction copiers have the fax function included.