OkiData C3520 review
The OkiData C3520 is a multifunction printer intended for a small office environment. It offers a fairly standard small-scale set of options for scanning, copying, and faxing documents, as well as minimal opportunities for expansion; users expecting significant growth will likely want to consider a model that can continue to accomodate their needs as they increase.
The C3520 measures 20.5" by 17.6" by 21.5" and weighs 64 pounds, making it considerably smaller than most MFPs but large enough to likely require that it be placed on a dedicated cabinet or credenza to ensure easy access for all users. However, in a small enough environment, the printer would likely sit more than comfortably on a desk alongside other equipment with minimal inconvenience, which very few other MFPs and especially laser MFPs offer.
The printer has a warmup time of under 60 seconds and has a time to first print of 15 seconds in color and 12 seconds in monochrome; its print speeds are 12 pages per minute in color and 16 pages per minute in monochrome. The C3520 produces documents at a maximum resolution of ProQ2400, which creates an interpolated image at 2400dpi from a standard image size of 600 dpi.
The C3520's scanner produces documents at a maximum resolution of 4800 dpi and supports scan to network, scan to USB, scan to email, and TWAIN at a speed of up to 20 pages per minute through its 50 sheet automatic document feeder (the C3520 can also scan documents on its glass platen). The scanner's input color depth measures 48-bit and its outbit color depth is 24-bit, consistent with most consumer-grade scanners.
The C3520's copier produces 99 maximum copies at a time and is capable of reductions and enlargements between 25% and 400%. Its copy speed is consisten with the printing speeds, producing color documents at 12 pages per minute and monochrome documents at 16 pages per minute at 600 by 600 dpi.
Supported paper sizes include A4, A5, B5, and A6, as well as Avery label sizes 7162, 7664, and 7666. The printer's multipurpose tray supports 1 sheet at a time measuring A4, A5, B5, A6, or labels, and its internal tray has a maximum capacity of 250 sheets.
The C3520 ships with 128MB of RAM, which can be expanded to 384MB by adding a 256MB memory module to the printer.
The C3520 includes a USB 2.0 port and 10/100-base TX Ethernet for easy data transfers and networking in most environments. A front USB port is also available for easy scan-to operations and data transfers to USB-based flash memory.
Analog fax support is available.
The C3520 has a maximum paper capacity of 251 sheets, making it likely too small to accomodate more than a handful of users on a daily basis, as this is well under half a ream of paper (which many office environments go through on a daily basis).
Compared to industrial MFPs, the C3520 has slower speeds, though this is to be expected of a much smaller device intended for a much smaller user base. Many higher-end devices offer speeds of upwards of 50-60 pages per minute now, and users expecting to have higher paper throughputs will likely want such a device over this one.
The C3520 does not include built-in support for printing languages or any built-in fonts, requiring host-based solutions for all printing implementations and likely resulting in lower-quality prints when producing documents from PDFs and other proprietary image formats like PDF, as well as inferior font quality.