review - OkiData C5400N review
Overview: The OkiData C5400 is a color laser printer designed for a small workgroup environment, one that will likely perform best when performing limited printing duties for a small number of users. Many newer printers offer faster, improved versions of its core feature set, and as a consequence, this model is now somewhat difficult to recommend. However, users with a moderate individual throughput may be more than pleased by its performance.
Pros: The C5400 measures 16.7" by 22.1" by 13.6" and weighs 57.3 lbs, making it consistent in size with other desktop laser printers. The printer will thus likely fit with minimal inconvenience on a table or desk alongside other equipment, or could be placed on a dedicated cabinet or credenza if desired.
The printer produces up to 16 pages per minute in color and up to 24 pages per minute in black, with a 13 second time to first page for color prints and a 9 second time to first page for black prints. All documents are produced at a maximum resolution of 1200 by 600 dpi and he printer has a maximum duty cycle of up to 50000 pages per month.
The C5400 interfaces with systems via either a standard 10/100Base-T internal ethernet print server or directly via IEEE-1284 Parallel or USB 2.0. On the C5400n, PostScript 3 emulation is available as an add-on to the print server.
The C5400n ships with 64 MB of memory in a standard configuration, which can be expanded to 320 MB if desired by adding 64, 128, or 256 MB DIMM memory modules to the printer. An optional 20 GB hard drive can also be installed, which adds file storage to the printer's feature set.
The C5400n includes a 300-sheet legal/letter/universal tray and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray in its standard configuration. A 530 sheet paper tray can also be added to the printer, bringing its paper capacity to almost two reams at 930 sheets of paper. The printer's multi-purpose tray supports printing to overhead transparencies, envelopes, mailing label stock, and banners; the printer's main tray can print to 20-32 lb bond paper, while the optional tray supports printing to paper weighted between 20 and 47 lb bond. The printer's manual feed supports 20 lb bond to 110 lb index card stock, and the optional duplex unit supports bond between 20 and 28 lbs.
To ensure compatibility and quality printing, the printer supports 80 PCL fonts, 136 PostScript fonts, LPD, and OCR-A and B printing. Because of this, the printer can support operating systems beyond those that provide Windows host-based printing. A job accounting utility is also included standard with the C5400n.
Automatic duplex printing is available as an add-on with the C5400.
Cons: Installing a hard drive into the printer adds storage for document capacity; however, it also adds another potential failure point to the printer, possibly leading to inconvenient replacements and downtime.
Though the printer's paper processing speeds were standard at the time of the printer's manufacture, they are considerably slower than the fastest page-out options available in newer models like this one, which can average between 20 and 30 pages per minute in color and in black and white, significantly faster than this printer can produce.
Though the C5400 is intended for workgroup situations, the printer lacks the sophisticated paper finishing options provided by many other industrial workgroup devices, such as sheeting, stacking, and stapling. Though this may not be an inconvenience, its absence may prove frustrating in the long term for users looking to expand their business or work environment.