OkiData C5650 Review
The OkiData C5650 is a small workgroup color laser printer available with network support and built-in duplexing (as either the C5650n or the C5650dn), offering fairly standard speeds for a small workgroup printer. Despite its age, office environments with a smaller user base and a moderate paper throughput will likely be more than pleased with this model.
The C5650 measures 17.1" by 22.1" by 13.4" and weighs 57 lbs without its consumables installed, making it consistent in size with most other desktop laser printers. It will sit comfortably on a desktop or tabletop alongside other computer equipment without much inconvenience.
The C5650 produces 22 pages per minute in color at full speed and 26 pages per minute in black and white at a maximum resolution of 1200 by 600 dpi. It has a maximum duty cycle of 60000 pages per month and a time to first page of 11 seconds in color and 8 seconds in black and white, consistent with many newer printers (older laser printers suffered from much longer time to first page speeds when printing in color when compared to printing in black and white).
The C5650's main paper tray can hold up to 300 sheets and its multi-purpose tray can hold up to 100 sheets. If 400 sheets isn't enough to satisfy your office environment, a 530 sheet second tray can be installed, which brings the printer's capacity up to almost two reams of paper, well over what most small offices go through over the course of a day.
The C5650's main paper tray supports printing to sheets that measure between 4.1" by 5.8" and 8.5" by 14". The optional second tray supports printing to documents sized between 5.8" and 8.3" and 8.5" by 14", and its multi-purpose tray supports printing to documents sized between 3" by 5" and 8.5" by 48". The main tray supports printing to paper weighted between 20 and 32 lb bond, while the second tray supports printing to paper weighted between 20 and 47 lb bond. The manual feed supports printing to paper weighted between 20 lb and 54 lb bond, or 110 lb index card stock, and the duplex unit supports printing to paper weighted between 20 and 28 lb bond. The multi-purpose tray also supports printing to overhead transparencies, envelopes, and certain photo sizes.
The C5650 ships with 64 MB of RAM standard, which can be expanded to 320 MB if desired in order to speed up printing times and processing. It includes no resident fonts, so all systems printing through the C5650n will need to be able to print as a host-based device.
Despite its lack of resident fonts, the printer supports all 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows from 2000 onward, as well as Mac OS X 10.2.8 and newer, Unix, and Linux. For easy data transfers, the printer interfaces with devices either via a built-in USB 2.0 port or a 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet port. Supervision software and an embedded web server are included.
Because the printer lacks built-in support for PostScript 3, it's possible for prints that require Adobe fonts or that come from data in the PDF format will be slightly inaccurate when reproduced on the page.
Paper finishing options available on higher-end workgroup printers, such as stacking, sheeting and stapling, are not available through any add-ons for this model, meaning that users who insist on having such functionality will need to choose another printer.
The lack of onboard fonts makes accurate dot matrix document reproduction, as well as accurate printing from DOS difficult to achieve on any consistent basis.