OkiData C6050 Review
The OkiData C6050 is a small workgroup desktop laser printer with a large paper capacity, fast printing speeds, and a number of features that make up for its slightly larger footprint. Users who need fast, inexpensive prints with less regard for image quality will likely be more than pleased by this model.
The C6050 measures 17.1" by 22.1" by 13.4" and weighs 57.3 lbs, making it fairly large for a desktop printer but still small enough that it could fit comfortably on a desktop or tabletop alongside other equipment. However, if desired, the printer could easily find a home on a dedicated cabinet or credenza, potentially making it easier to access for a busier work environment.
The printer produces sheets at a maximum speed of 22 pages per minute in color or 26 pages per minute in black and white, consistent with most desktop color laser printers. Its time to first page is 11 seconds in color and 8 seconds for black and white prints, and it produces documents at a maximum resolution of 1200 by 600 dpi, consistent with many other desktop laser printers (higher resolutions are typically available only on professional-grade inkjets).
The C6050 includes a 300 sheet paper tray capable of printing to letter, legal, and universal paper, as well as a 100-sheet multipurpose tray. If needed, this can be expanded by adding a 530 sheet paper tray, bringing the printer's capacity to 930 sheets, almost two reams of paper and likely more than many small offices go through on a daily basis. Supported media includes transparencies, envelopes, mailing label stock, 3" by 5" cards, and 48" banners. The main paper tray supports printing to documents sized between 4.1" by 5.8" and 8.5" by 14", and the second paper tray supports printing to documents sized between 5.8" by 8.3" and 8.5" by 14". The multi-purpose tray supports printing to documents sized between 3" by 5" and 8.5" by 48".
Duplex printing is available as an optional add-on on the C6050n, but included standard on the C6050dn.
The printer includes a Print Supervision system and the OkiLAN Embedded Web Server to ensure easy networking as well as remote printer management to control color toner use and how many jobs individual users create.
The printer includes considerable support for various printer languages, supporting PCL 6, PostScript 3, IBM PPR, and Epson FX via emulation. The C6050 includes 87 PCL fonts and 136 PostScript fonts, OCR-A and B support for bitmap fonts, and support for USPS, UPC-A, UPC-E, Code 39, and Code 128 barcodes. Windows Vista, XP, 2000, and 2003 are supported, as are both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X 10.2.
The C6050 interfaces with devices via USB 2.0, IEEE-1284 Parallel, or a built in 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet interface for easy networking under most circumstances. It ships with a generous 256 MB of RAM, which can be expanded to 512 MB by adding another 256 MB memory module.
Setting up the printer in newer versions of Mac OS X, such as 10.6 Snow Leopard, is difficult due to a number of compatibility issues. The C6050 does not support printing from 64-bit applications and must be updated using the Oki Filter Updater utility before installing PostScript drivers or the printer will not work properly. Regardless, compatibility issues may make users planning on using this model into the future with 64-bit systems choose another printer over this one.