CopyStar CS221 Review
Businesses worldwide find their essential functions completed by the CopyStar CS221 Black & White multifunctional printer. Its network-ability and exceptional array of features allow the printer to accommodate the needs of workgroups. It is a true multitasking tool that delivers exceptional results in prints and functions. Managers find the printer to be robust and dependable.
The Black & White colored MFP blends in business environments and prints Black & White documents. The MFP is capable of scanning, copying, faxing, and printing. The 4-in-1 device will print Letter-sized documents at 22 pages per minute, Legal-sized documents at 11 pages per minute, and Ledgers at 10 pages per minute. It takes approximately 17 seconds to warm-up and be ready for hectic business environments. The first copy and print time will take 5.7 seconds. All that is needed for Black & White documents is 600 x 600 dots per inch in resolution. There is a standard 64 Mega Bytes of RAM that is upgradeable to 192 Mega Bytes of RAM. With Duplexing features, an optional stackless and Statement-to-Ledger is available.
The printer is quite large at dimensions of 22.4 inches in width, 23.4 inches in depth, and 23.9 inches in height. It is Energy Star qualified, and its recommended monthly duty cycle is a whopping 30,000 pages. Ideal for lawyers, accountants, and business processes, the printer can handle a plethora of jobs. Ideally, 30,000 pages per month can be divided into 10,000 pages per day. The paper supply consists of dual 300 sheet drawers and 100-sheet MPT. An optional 300-sheet universal paper drawer can be added, if needed. The standard capacity of paper storage lies at 700 sheets, whereas, the maximum is 1,300 sheets. Bond paper, envelopes, transparencies, and recycled paper can be utilized for prints. Up to two optional paper drawers can be installed. They can both hold 300 sheets each. The standard paper supply capacity is 700 sheets, whereas the maximum is 1,300 sheets.
The paper output capacity is 250 sheets of Letter-sized documents. Copy and scan speeds are roughly at 22 images per minute. There are three duplex modes for the printer: 2:1, Book: 2, 2:2, 1:2. The copier utilizes five imaging modes like manual, auto, text/photo, photo, and text. This printer was designed for high-volume printing. Its only befitting to for the creators to implement a continuous copy mode of up to 999 pages. Copy features consist of Group Mode, Sort Mode, Electronic Sort, N-Up Copy, Margin Shift, Border Erase, Book Mode, Paper and Magnification Select, and Auto Center. The magnification can be reduced and enlarged in 1% increments from 25-400%.
Windows XP versions, Windows Vista versions, Windows Server 2003-2008, and Windows 2000 are consistent with the use of the CopyStar CS221 MFP. Mac OS 10.x versions will work with the printer, but the printer is designed more for Windows-based systems. The network interface connectivity consists of a KUIO-LV slot, High-Speed USB 2.0, and 10/100BaseTX. Supported protocols in the network are NetBEUI, AppleTalk, IPX/SPX, and TCP/IP.
Print resolution is Fast 1200 Mode, 300 x 300 dots per inch, and 600 x 600 dots per inch. The printer has a memory of 128 Mega Bytes of RAM that can be upgraded to 1152 Mega Bytes of RAM. The various utilities for the printer are PDF Direct Print, PRESCRIBE Utilities, KMnet Admin, KMnet Viewer, KMnet Accounting, and Status Monitor. PDF Direct Print enables users to download files from the Internet and print without starting up applications like Adobe Reader/Acrobat. KMnet Accounting enables the user to collect meter count data from the management feature. This allows the data to be analyzed and understood. Using the KMnet Accounting feature helps administrators understand the copy/print costs in volume. It is always important for corporations to protect their bottom-line by analyzing the usage of printers and its resources. The feature essentially shows what departments are using the most paper/ink resources.
The scanner utilizes resolution of 600, 400, 300, and 200 dots per inch. The network scanning speed is 22 images per minute for Simplex and 11 images per minute for Duplex. Scanned files can be converted to PDF or TIFF. Standard connections for the scanner are TCP/IP and 10/100BaseTX. Features like TWAIN scan, Scan to email, and scan to PC will simplify the process of scanning, for business needs. Faxing takes 3 seconds per page to send to another client and operates with a standard memory of 4 Mega Bytes. The memory can be upgraded to 32 Mega Bytes, which, is more than enough for common recurring faxes. Fax functions consist of Memory Reception, Polling, One-Touch Dialing, Direct/Memory Transmission, Broadcasting, F-Code TX/RX, Confidential RX/TX, and Duplex RX/TX.
Does not present an option to print colors. The printer is quite hefty at 88.4 pounds. Although, it's not a major concern; the printer is likely to sit in a corner for the majority of time in business environments. So, it is not likely the printer will need to be moved around much. It does not facilitate wireless fidelity. Users will have to utilize the art of networking to optimize the printer for Wi-Fi.
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